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  • Similar to the Game's Style

    For anyone looking to get into the Witcher books after playing the game, this is the one you want to get. While there are no connections to the actual game, but it's definitely constructed like the game, meaning that the story progresses by moving from one adventure to the next. The main story, about Geralt trying to find his missing swords, is not really referred to as much as you might think. It happens, but much of the story about it happens during the interludes. Speaking of those, the interludes are really random and took me out of the story. Some are literally anything from Shakespeare quotes and an actual recipe. I was hoping for more insight into Geralt's character and backstory. This wasn't what I expected and while I enjoyed many of the side quests and storylines, especially one involving werewolves. To be honest, the side stories were a lot of fun and I enjoyed many of them. That said, there was one involving a halfbreed child that absolutely enraged me. I won't go into details and technically it worked out in the end, but the consequences for the resulting events were not steep enough in my opinion. The characters and side characters were fairly interesting. I still would have liked to learn more about Geralt, but he did have some interesting storylines that layered his personality. I was also very fond of Mozaik and would like to imagine she would have more of a role in the future (but probably not). I honestly wanted to rate this book higher, and it really is written well, but I was too distracted by the random interludes that often had little to nothing to do with the main story, the lack of a central plot, and that one unforgivable storyline that I can't look past. Still, it was just the right book to get me in the mood for the game!

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  • Amazing - Netflix, hurry up!

    A little different than the books it follows but the standard set by them is definitely met. I'm legitimately saddened that this is the last book I'll ever read about Geralt and I'm questioning what's even left for me to wait for... it's been a long and pleasant journey reading the books as they've been translated and waiting for the next one to be translated but here I am at the end and it seems surreal. The series couldn't have ended any better.

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  • Holds up to the rest of the series

    Thoroughly enjoyed this one, I liked that the multi faceted plot revolved around more regular events and quests of the witcher, as opposed to the all consuming quest to rescue Ciri in the main series.

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  • Season of Storms

    Great to be able to delve deeper into the witcher's story. Always left with a desire to keep reading more.

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  • Novel was OK but didn't add to the series

    This book takes place after the original two anthologies but before the novels. It follows Geralt through a few adventures as he tries to recover his lost swords. I both enjoyed it and found it tedious to read. I enjoyed the monsters and the witcher actually hunting but there wasn't enough of it. I would've also liked if Dandelion had a more prominent role in this one. I found that the other characters lacked depth and most of them were forgettable. I also enjoyed that some of the story was told through correspondence between characters. There are three aspects of Sapkowski's writing style that I do not particularly enjoy: 1) Too many pointless lists of things: almost as if the author did a lot of research and didn't want it to go to waste so made lists instead of using the info sparingly throughout the book he just lists them all at once and checks it off his "to-do" list or uses it as page fillers. 2) Characters drawl on about something for a whole page and then says "but of course you already know all this". *Insert eye roll emoji*. There has to be a better way to convey information to the reader. 3) I find his way of alluding to sexual acts are incredibly lame. Overall, this book had it's good moments but it could've been written in 250 pages instead of 419. I find this book sadly doesn't add to the series whatsoever.

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