Summary

The conclusion of a father and his daughter. Sniff.

Written by
Andrzej Sapkowski in 1999, official English translation due 2017

The Witcher series of books is not by any means a story simply about the main character, Geralt of Rivia or his turbulent relationship with the beautiful sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg. No, it runs much deeper than that. It’s about a relationship between two parents and their children fighting to survive and emerge from turbulent times with as much as possible.

The search for Ciri continues, and this time, it all comes to a head. The schemes of all the players who want Ciri for themselves, the Emperor of Nilfgaard, the Lodge of Sorceresses, Vilgefortz the evil wizard and of course Geralt the cynical but soft hearted witcher.

Little do any of these players (apart from Vilgefortz), knows of the true power of Ciri’s blood. She’s the Lady of Space and Time, an innocent girl who has fought for survival at every step of her life. After she travelled through the Tower of Swallows in the book of the same name, she finds herself in the world of the Aen Elle, the Alder elves. There, we meet Eredin and Avallac’h, who influential figures in the events to come. We also find out what the Wild Hunt actually is.

The world of Geralt, Yennefer and Cirilla is a dark and moody place, and the writing style of Andrzej Sapkowski emphasizes itsa stark and foreboding nature. Certainly, I wouldn’t want to live in it. There’s carnage, gore, pogroms, good and evil. There are even normal people trying to live a peaceful and satisfying life without being bothered. But what matters in the story, ultimately, is the love that Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri share. Their love and their fates are really quite moving.

This is a book that you’ll read because there’s a definite conclusion. It’s not happy, but it’s not exactly sad, but a conclusion that makes sense and makes you go; “wow, those books told a great story”. I just wish the story kept going…(spoiler alert: it does in the games, but they’re not canon).

Rating

This is the way to end a fantasy saga. Only to lead you to playing the computer games of course. By the way, go play them, they’re freaking brilliant!

Read this if you…

Are like me, cynical on the outside, and soft as jelly on the inside when it comes to the love for your children.

Skip this if you…

Aren’t into bittersweet endings.

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