El último deseo (La Saga de Geralt de Rivia, #1)

256 pages

Spanish language

Published Nov. 12, 2007

ISBN:
9788493283698
Goodreads:
8284655

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4 stars (18 reviews)

The Last Wish (Polish: Ostatnie życzenie) is the first (in its fictional chronology; published second in original Polish) of the two collections of short stories (the other being Sword of Destiny) preceding the main Witcher Saga, written by Polish fantasy writer Andrzej Sapkowski. The first Polish edition was published in 1993 and the first English edition was first published in 2007. The book has also been translated into several other languages. The collection contains seven short stories interspersed with a continuing frame story: Geralt of Rivia, after having been injured in battle, rests in a temple. During that time he has flashbacks to recent events in his life, with each flashback forming a short story.

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Review of 'Last Wish' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

The Last Wish is a collection of short stories, revolving around Geralt of Rivia, and his adventures with the troubadour Dandelion and sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg.

I enjoyed reading this, as there were some witty jokes, and insults being traded. Additionally, this also includes some interesting themes, such as racism at the Edge of The World, and truth in A Grain of Truth. This book is funny, yet contains some important concepts.

Review of 'The Last Wish (The Witcher, #0.5)' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This collection of short stories introduces us to Geralt of Rivia, the Witcher. As inspiration for the video games by CD Projekt Red, they are a nice proof of how well they managed to adapt the tone and style of the books.

The short stories are set in the Witcher's dark world, where normal people are sometimes far far scarier than the monsters the Witcher gets paid for to kill them. In the collection of short stories, Grimm's fairy tales are picked up and re-told, and thus Snow White is hardly the damsel in distress, but a cast out princess who got terribly abused and has come for vengeance. Thus, we learn why the Witcher is the Butcher of Blaviken in the story The Lesser Evil.

We also get to see the first ever meeting between Yennefer of Vergerberg and Geralt, in The Last Wish, which is picked up again …

Review of 'The Last Wish (The Witcher, #0.5)' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

It feels like it took me ages to get through The Last Wish and I ended up skimming a lot in the last third. It's not a bad book, but the translation from Polish into English is stilted and the fact that the book is a collection of short stories didn't help. I've picked this up because I'm quite enjoying The Witcher video games and I wanted to know more about the universe. I really tried to like this book. Geralt, who is mainly fighting monsters, vampires and other creatures, is an interesting character, but in the end it just didn't click with me and I almost gave up.

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