Title: The Last Wish
Series: The Witcher
Author: Andrzej Sapkowski
Publishing Date: 1993
Official Summary: 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.
Geralt of Rivia is an exceptional boring and rude main character whose wonderful talents we are told about in almost every chapter fail to translate through his many fight scenes. While the action scenes themselves are both engaging and entertaining, Geralt’s skills come off as lacking compared to the talents we are told he has.
On multiple occasions the women in The Last Wish are often treated as and referred to as less that unless they are in a position of very high power. The act of rape is repeatedly referred to as a humorous action and it is even stated more than once that a man raping a woman is his ticket or gateway to becoming a real man.
The setting and descriptions of creatures were done well enough. However, the structure of the story made reading difficult. The Last Wish is a motley collection of stories told through either flashbacks, Geralt recalling and relaying an event or an event taking place in present time, unfortunately this made it a little hard to follow.
I did not enjoy this reading experience and I was left with much to be desired.
That’s All I Got, Danielle.