Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher

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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.

The international hit that inspired the video ...

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Overview

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.

The international hit that inspired the video game: The Witcher.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316029186
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 42,764
  • 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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  • Posted December 31, 2010

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    An Interesting and Original Fantasy Novel

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2009

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    Old school fantasy!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2009

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    The Witcher

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2015

    Love the characters and the world

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2014

    Great character!

    One of my favorite characters in literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Engrossing

    An engrossing series of short stories framed within the context of the first.

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

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    Gritty Fantasy World

    I was a fan of The Witcher games before I read the books, but I'm so glad I finally read the series. The fights are vivid, the world is brutal and real, and Geralt is a fascinating flawed hero. The short stories of 'The Last Wish' work better when related to the longer and more coherent 'Blood of Elves' and 'Time of Contempt'.

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  • Posted August 8, 2013

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    I love this book, and I re-read it every time I have the chance.

    I love this book, and I re-read it every time I have the chance. It is a series of action-packed adventures experienced by Geralt, a monster hunter, with interludes describing his current situation. He is a truly remarkable character and not your typical good guy. In fact, sometimes it's hard to decide whose side he is on. The translation is fantastic, as the story flows perfectly and has no awkward moments. That is not always the case in translated novels, but this translator has done an outstanding job. Read this! You won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    Great stories... good underlining main plot

    All of the stories were short, yet engaging and well developed. The abundance of dialogue may be something disliked among some readers but i personally enjoyed it in this format... it made for a more interesting and engaging chain of event that keep you wondering what could possibly happen next!

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

    Book and game go hand in hand

    I started playing the game not to long ago, and then found out they were based on the books. I figured that since i like the games so much I'll check it out. Man, i was floored by how much the game actually follows the books. Great read for a d&d gamer like myself, and I'm sure it'd be great for anyone who enjoys some good fantasy.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Good read, really enjoyed the characters!

    This book wasn't something I was used to reading. I have become more accustomed to reading long epic volumes of series, case in point Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. With the long series the author has the time to flesh out the characters and character development happens over time. With "The Last Wish" we only really get to know Geralt by the end of the book. Even then, there is a lot of his story we don't know. Of course, I am sure this is exactly what the author intended because I believe there may be more books associated with the Witcher. I intend on finding those books and reading them.

    As a sci-fi/fantasy reader, I would most definitely put this on the read list!

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    An excellent read - with a few minor drawbacks

    The Last Wish has a lot going for it. It's got great fantasy, excellent prose (and you can clearly tell Andrzej has been inspired by Stephen King), and an intriguing new twist on the Van Helsing style monster hunter. To top it off, many of the themes in this book are re-telling of classic fairy tales with a darker, more realistic twist. It should be noted that the language and sexual references in the book may not make this a book for young readers, but anyone teen and above should be able to appreciate the artist merits of such fiction.

    There are a select few drawbacks though. For one thing, this is an English translation and there are a few instances where this really shows, but is in no way especially distracting. The story is told in a bit of an odd time dilation which was very confusing for half the book, until I figured out that it was short stories being told in between segments of natural time progression. Perhaps this was intentional and cannot be faulted to the author, but in my opinion confusion is never a good thing.

    Rich characters, well written dialogue, and an interesting premise, make this an excellent read for any fantasy buff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Excellent Fantasy

    I havent read a fantasy genre in quite some time, but after playing through both Witcher games I needed more of Sapkowski's universe. The Last Wish was excellent and engrossing from beginning to end. I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Good book and intriguing universe

    Very intriguing lore and a great main character with great depth. There were a couple of eye-roll worthy moments, but otherwise great fiction. Worth a recommendation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    The Witcher

    Having played both "The Witcher" and "Assassins of Kings" I was both surprised and excited to learn of this novella. A great read for fans of the video games and general dark fantasy alike!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2012

    An Introduction

    Suiting the "Introducing the Witcher" sub-title, there is a lot of setup and explanations for character relationships in this book. The overall story is told by going between important events (there are no uneventful travel log like sections), and jumping to different places in time to demonstrate instead of just explaining relationships. Violence is a consistent part of Geralt's (the main character) story because of this.

    Compared to a more traditional novel, the focus on important plot points does make you feel very much like an observer. But by doing this, the world is built to a grand and detailed scale without excessive descriptions or page counts.

    This makes it relatively easy to recommend Last Wish, although it is structurally a departure from many sword and sorcery type novels (just not entirely by content). Some of the characters were a bit disappointing, as they come off as flat when they are only a concern in the story when they play a important role in Geralt's path. But that does seem like an issue that would could be remedied if the series develops.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    Even better than expected

    The Last Wish is a fantastic retelling of classic fairy tales with a dark touch mixed with Sapowski's own original characters and plots. A joy to read.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    Wonderful... but an issue with the nook version

    This is a wonderful book and would recommend it to anyone who loves a good dark fantasy... that said,

    I bought this version for my nook... and for some reason every short story is called "The Voice of Reason" which is the title of the first story. For some reason, they are all mislabeled as that. You can easily look up chapter names online.

    And that is my only complaint. a misprint only in the ebook versoin.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

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    Hard to put down.

    I read this book in one sitting! It's a perfect blend of action and mystery. The skills that The Witcher uses makes me want to become a Witcher. Anyone reading sci-fi and adventure should pick this book up.

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  • Posted March 30, 2010

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    Different.

    It was an interesting read. The characters were well crafted, and the story was different. It seemed like it was cut short, even though it reached a conclusion (sort of).

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