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Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher
     

Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher

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by Andrzej Sapkowski
 

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A special collector's edition of the New York Times bestselling novel that inspired the international hit video game: The Witcher.

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

Overview

A special collector's edition of the New York Times bestselling novel that inspired the international hit video game: The Witcher.

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.

For fans of the video game and the uninitiated alike, The Last Wish is the opening chapter of The Witcher series.

Witcher collections
The Last Wish
Sword of Destiny

Witcher novels

Blood of Elves
The Time of Contempt
Baptism of Fire

The Tower of Swallows
Lady of the Lake

The Malady and Other Stories: An Andrzej Sapkowski Sampler (e-only)

Translated from original Polish by Danusia Stok

Editorial Reviews

Geralt de Rivia is a pale, white-haired witcher, a cunning sorcerer who kills without pangs of conscience. He pursues a single purpose: to destroy the dangerous monsters that plague the planet. Both cynical and noble, he plies his grim trade in the midst of uncertainty, a highly trained assassin who must respond instantaneously to danger. The Last Wish introduces the Witcher to an American audience; in author Andrzej Sapkowski's native Poland, this series outsells Stephen King and Michael Crichton.
From the Publisher
"The universe of Sapkowski's The Witcher is one of the most detailed and best-explored in modern fantasy, offering endless opportunities for fresh ideas ... Complex character relationships enrich this already complex world; this is the sort of series fantasy fans will cherish."—B&N "

One of the best and most interesting fantasy series I've ever read. Though it functions well as adventure fiction, it has added depth and value as satire and commentary on fantasy literature ... Sapkowski is a genuine stylist."—Nerds of a Feather"

Like a complicated magic spell, a Sapkowski novel is a hodgepodge of fantasy, intellectual discourse, and dry humor. Recommended."—Time"

Like Mieville and Gaiman, [Sapkowski] takes the old and makes it new ... fresh take on genre fantasy."—Foundation on The Last Wish

"A breath of fresh air in a well-worn genre. Don't miss it!"—Dreamwatch"

Sapkowski has a phenomenal gift for narrative, inventing sensational events, creating a suggestive mood, and building up the suspense along with a dazzling, slightly cynical sense of humor."—Jacek Sieradzki, Polityka on The Last Wish"

Sapkowski's The Last Wish is a great collection of short stories centered around a witcher, Geralt - a rare sorcerous breed who hunts down the monstrous but is feared by the innocent. With a wondrous mix of Eastern European folklore and myth, beautiful princesses, mischievous demons and where all is not as it seems, The Last Wish is a great read - perfect for dipping into or just reading cover to cover, as I did."—Waterstones"

It is [his] world-weariness combined with his battle-honed powers that make Geralt such an interesting character. Here's hoping The Last Wish is merely the opening chapter in his English language adventures."—Edge"

I really, really enjoyed this book ... None of the characters in Sapkowski's world are black or white; they are all shades of grey, including Geralt and the monsters."—The Deckled Edge"

Sapkowski is very good at creating interesting, imaginative characters with unusual levels of depth to them ... The Last Wish is an enjoyable book full of stories both melancholy and comic."—The Wertzone"

This beautifully written character-based story from Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski ... a refreshing champion."—The Specusphere"

New battle mechanics, a fantastic storyline, and a gritty setting make The Witcher one of the most engrossing, mature RPGs to arrive on the PC in years."—Gamespot.com on The Witcher video game"

The Witcher delivers one of the most intense and rewarding role-playing experiences this year."—GT Reviews on The Witcher video game

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316029186
Publisher:
Orbit
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Series:
Witcher Series
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,409
Product dimensions:
4.12(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Andrzej Sapkowski was born in 1948 in Poland. He studied economy and business, but the success of his fantasy cycle about the sorcerer Geralt of Rivia turned him into a bestselling writer. He is now one of Poland's most famous and successful authors.

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Last Wish 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 119 reviews.
Phantom00700 More than 1 year ago
Well, I picked this book up after hearing nothing but good things about the video game The Witcher, and, being a curious person, I decided to see where it all started. As a fantasy nerd I heavily enjoyed this book; it was original (which is a hard to find trait among fantasy novels), and it pulled me into the universe that Sapkowski created. Although, I was surprised that it was a collection of short stories (not that that's a bad thing). Pros: - Originality. - Interesting. - Developed Characters. Cons: - Poor copy Editing on the Nook. - Confusing dialogs and descriptions at a few points. - Some character names were very hard to pronounce.
clb2525 More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad that Andrzef Sapkowski's Witcher books were translated into English. This story is "old school fantasy" - utilizing some ancient monsters and fairy tale characters in a new and exciting storyline. Universal theme of "good vs evil" leaves you wondering which team each character plays on. The reader experiences the story of the Witcher through a series of flashbacks which can be slightly confusing at times, but helps to tell the Witcher's story in a fun and unique way.
Janus More than 1 year ago
Apparently the stories contained within Last Wish have been made into a video game called "The Witcher". I haven't played it, but I have read the book and it is excellent. Fantasy and Sci-Fi are the two genres I've never been able to get interested in. I couldn't read Lord of the Rings and I never finished the Harry Potter series. Try as I might, I have trouble suspending my disbelief to the level that most of these books ask. The Last Wish was somehow different. Yes, there was magic and monsters and swords and all that jazz, but the heart of each of the stories contained in this novella are morality issues. Issues of mercy, bigotry and corruption are really what drive each of the stories. Don't think that this is a boring book though. Geralt keeps the reader entertained constantly.
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Anonymous 4 months ago
Timeline jumps around, which surprisingly worked and was quite refreshing. The battle scenarios were a bit drawn out; while exceptionally descriptive I found myself skipping over some of the details in order to get to the next plot/scene. I really liked the crossover stories with traditional myth and Grimm's fairytales, especially since it was a more adult and sometimes dark perspective. Excited to read the next installment.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Love it and the whole series
Ariam 7 months ago
As a fan of The Witcher video games series I was very much looking forward to reading the book series that started it all. While the video game series is amazing on it's own (without having read the books), the books fill in small gaps on how Geralt met many of the characters I'd come to both love and loathe in the games. The Last Wish introduces Geralt of Rivia, the White Wolf - Witcher of renown. This book was fast paced, well written and very engaging - though jumpy. Again, I say that after playing all three games. I think that if someone just picked it up without any background it might be a little difficult to dive in. It was easy to follow along having had played the games but the chapters are written jumping around a little from different times in Geralt's life. We do find out more about beloved characters such as Yennefer, Ciri and Dandelion which the games don't necessarily address fully. I also found the characters seemed to differ, in my opinion, quite a bit in the book from how the were portrayed in the game - again, personal opinion. The end result though is if you ARE a fan of The Witcher video games even in the slightest, I highly recommend this book. If you are just becoming acquainted with the Witcher, through hearsay or word of mouth, it might be a little difficult to get into, but believe me, the next books in the series are written more in a "typical", flowing novel form and completely worth continuing the journey. My recommendation would be to play the games first then read the novels for the backstory. However, if you're not a video game fan and strictly a fantasy fiend, this book series will be worth it - even more so after this novel.
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Great series to read for any fan of the witcher games
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is awesome as I predicted. My only qualm is the lazy and cheap packaging Barnes and Noble provide. Every book I have ever purchased online from Barnes, is wrapped in a cardboard type of box without any protective wrap for the books. All of my Barnes purchases come quickly, but always have a few scratches on them because of the crappy packaging.
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Bugman511 More than 1 year ago
Like many here I first heard about the game series before I read this book. After reading this I was hooked on the series and am about to start "The Blood of Elves" which is the third book written in the Witcher universe. Give this one a try if you're interested in classical fantasies as several of the stories are based on Grimm's Fairy Tales like Beauty and the Beast and Snow White, each with a twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The short story format makes for an easy read. With the third and final game, Wild Hunt, recently released, this is a great place for those who were unable to play the first two to get caught up on Geralt's backstory. Stories are well written with a good balance of drama, humor, and action throughout book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got into this series before the games, but having played The Witcher trilogy, I love this series even more. The translation is well-done, and Geralt is definitely an amazing and compelling character.
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I've been hooked since I first discovered Geralt and his cast of friends enemies and all of those in between. A complex world with deep characters. This is a great introduction to that world.
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One of my favorite characters in literature.
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An engrossing series of short stories framed within the context of the first.
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