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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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The New York Times bestselling series 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

Overview

The New York Times bestselling series 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.

The Witcher series The Last WishThe Sword of Destiny Blood of ElvesThe Time of ContemptBaptism of Fire
The Malady and Other Stories: An Andrzej Sapkowski Sampler (e-only)

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
This beautifully written character-based story from Polish author Adrezej Sapkowski is a refreshing champion in a genre that's starting to get a little homogenic. While there is the occasional nod to traditional European fairy tales (Snow White, among others), much of the application of supertext and tropes are from a new point of view.—THE SPECUSPHERE

It's refreshing to see another take on familiar elements. There's a fairy-tale quality to much of THE LAST WISH.—Jonathan Wright, SFX

It is [his] world-weariness, combined with his battle-boned 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 magazine

Sapkowski's 'The Last Wish' is a great collection of short stories centred around a witcher, Geralt - a rare sorcerous breed who hunts down the monstrous but is feared by the innocent. With a wonderous mix of Eastern European folklore and myth, beautiful princesses, mischievious 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.COM

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316055086
Publisher:
Orbit
Publication date:
12/14/2008
Series:
Witcher Series
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
7,934
File size:
2 MB

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 3 ratings. 115 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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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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Tyrlis More than 1 year ago
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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Purple_Violin More than 1 year ago
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.