The Last Wish (Saga o Wiedźminie #1)
by Andrzej Sapkowski
Geralt of Rivia is a witcher.
A cunning sorcerer.
A merciless assassin.
And a cold-blooded killer.
His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world.
But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good. . . and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.
The international hit that inspired the video game: The Witcher.
The only reason I am reading this is because it’s the Sword and Lazer pick for the month. I have never played the game and don’t intend to.
The author is Polish and the book has been translated to English. It’s a good translation, the prose is easy reading and despite large sections of story-telling by some characters, the plot moves nicely.
The book is a series of episodes where the Witcher encounters a situation or problem with a new set of characters, fixes things and moves on. Because of this there is no story arc or change to the character from start to end. Interesting, but not very satisfying.