The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher

The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher

by Andrzej Sapkowski


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The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski

The New York Times bestselling introduction to the Witcher series that inspired the Witcher video games.

*Look out for Season of Storms in May 2018*
Geralt is a witcher.

Yet he is no ordinary killer-for-hire.

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.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316438964
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 07/18/2017
Series: Witcher Series
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 12,822
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 126 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very nicely assembled collection of short stories with well thought out twists and turns
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My interest waxed and waned for most of this book, but I'm glad I didn't put it down. I had played the games and, since the books are so acclaimed, decided I wanted to learn the backstory behind them. Stick with it, and the last bit is pure gold.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this after playing the Whitcher 3, and was excited to learn more about Geralt. Really enjoyed the story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great short stories that introduce the world and It's characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a good book was torn on finishing it in two days and wanting to make the experience last longer! Looking forward to the next book
jamsreadsbooks More than 1 year ago
The Last Wish is the first set of short stories chronicling the adventures of Geralt, a monster slayer for hire. Although this book was published second, in terms of chronology it is the first book in the series, with several stories detailing the origins of how Geralt became tied to several key characters, namely his main love interest Yennefer as well as the destined child, Ciri. I ended up picking these books up for my husband who is a very big fan of the video game series. While I myself had never played the games and was only vaguely familiar with the base story and characters, I decided it would be fun to read along with him and make it an activity for us to do together. That being said, with this book being my first experience with The Withcer I am HOOKED. I found myself blazing through the stories, usually at least one a night and I had a hard time putting the book down! The stories were filled to the brim with action and Sapkowski did a phenomenal job balancing serious plot points and discussions with some lighthearted humor. My absolute favorite story out of the entire collection was the titular story, The Last Wish, and I am utterly in love with Yennefer. She is my dream girl fantasy heroine partially because she breaks many character stereotypes. I of course admired Geralt as well, the Witchers are truly interesting and he’s a thoughtful hero, I greatly enjoyed the love story between him and Yen. Really I ended up liking most of the main cast of characters, even Dandelion as terrible as he is provided some much needed comic relief. One of my other favorite aspects of Sapkowski’s stories was the clever retelling of classic fairy tales. I absolutely adored the way that Beauty and the Beast was re-imagined in a way that was really refreshing amidst all the other variations of the original story. There were also many other references to lesser known fairy tales, such as The Princess in the Chest and Hans My Hedgehog. The tales are blended seamlessly into Geralt’s adventures and they were truly magical. I think the only issue I had personally as a reader was that at times during the action scenes, with the very detailed descriptions of combat, I tended to zone out and struggled to follow along. It’s probably just a me thing, but the writing otherwise was top notch. This book has sold me on The Witcher series and I’ve recommended it to several friends, especially the ones that are fans of the video games, and strongly recommend it to fans of fantasy books in general. It’s definitely a bit different from the usual high fantasy, but I found it to be a real treat.
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Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
Love it and the whole series
Ariam More than 1 year 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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