The Last Wish (1993)
Author – Andrzej Sapkowski
Genre – High Fantasy
Page Count – 360 pages
In the order in which the Witcher saga is supposed to be read, this collection of short stories should be the first one, followed by Sword of Destiny and after that the main full length novels starting with Blood of Elves.
I was a little confused about the order and had started Blood of Elves and after a little research I realized that I should read The Last Wish. However, I’m not sure if its absolutely necessary.
The Last Wish introduces our main Witcher, Geralt of Rivia. Witchers are highly mutated beings with the power to weild magic and often make a living by hunting down beasts for other people.
The Witcher, injured and slightly delirious has flashbacks which make up the seven short stories. He remembers his encounters with supernatural entities and even the day he met Yennefer, a powerful sorceress.
SOME THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT THE BOOK
The stories are really easy to read and are absolutely engrossing. Each story is more exciting than the last.
The books were written by a Polish writer and the stories have a lot of Slavic folklore and myths in it and after the initial few pages, it completely pulls you in.
THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT THE BOOK
The book, while exciting, seems a bit unnecessary and it made me wonder if I should just skip the two short stories collections. But I want to read it right, so I kept going on.
There is definitely a lot of talking between the character which feels out of place. Since its the introductory book about the Witcher, I was hoping for a bit more action which was sporadic and spread out.
If you are looking for an exciting new series to read with a complimentary show to watch, then pick up the Witcher.