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Geralt the Witcher - revered and hated - holds the line against the monsters plaguing humanity in the best-selling series that inspired the hit Witcher Netflix show and video games.
Geralt of Rivia is a Witcher, a man whose magic powers and lifelong training have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary killer: he hunts the vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. But not everything monstrous-looking is evil; not everything fair is good...and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.
Translated by David French.
Andrzej Sapkowski, winner of the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement award, started an international phenomenon with his Witcher series. In this second collection of short stories, following the adventures of the hit collection The Last Wish, join Geralt as he battles monsters, demons and prejudices alike....
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|Durée||12 heures et 57 minutes|
|Date de publication sur Audible.fr||03 décembre 2015|
|Éditeur||Orion Publishing Group|
|Type de programme||Livre audio|
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Il est difficile de dire que le Witcher est "nul". J'adore l'univers : c'est très différent des stéréotypes inspirés de Tolkien, et en même temps le lore polonais le rend assez proche de notre culture en quelque sorte... Et de toute façon, quand on voit le nombre de fans, c'est que ça plait et on ne peut pas lui reprocher ça.
Mais la violence gratuite où on peut tuer sans conséquence et où on réduit des gens à "ils sont là pour être stupide et mourir", et le côté un peu misogyne... Ca ne m'avait pas trop dérangé dans le précédent. Mais pour le coup, ce premier chapitre n'a vite couper l'envie de continuer, j'ai compris que le reste de la série ne serait pas pour moi (en espérant qu'elle le soit pour vous).
On retrouve moins les rapports aux contes de fées du précédent tome et on attaque directement avec beaucoup de personnages autour de l'attaque d'un dragon, le temps pour l'auteur de se moquer de certains tropes classiques de ces personnages.
On retrouve aussi beaucoup de dialogues, personnellement j'ai trouvé ces parties très drôles. On en apprend un peu plus sur les witchers et un peu tous les personnages. Le seul qui m'agace est Dandelion, trop caricatural sans doute.
La fin nous prépare au roman suivant qui commence la trilogie associant Geralt et Ciri. Et j'ai déjà commencé ce premier tome qui nous en apprend encore un peu plus sur qui sont les witchers.
Bref, je recommande sans hésiter pour les amateurs de fantasy grim dark et qui attendent un peu d'humour en prime autour.
I'm satisfied by the stories in this book, in general. But sometimes I found that it was a bit difficult to follow. Because the use of ancient words, uncommon terms, and the unclear switch between what the witcher is thinking and what he is saying. Even though, I still want to read the next one in the series. I recommend despite of some small flaws.
Mais, ceux qui lisent ce livre savent généralement à quoi s'attendre.
Reçu dans les temps, dans un carton Amazon standard. Suffisant pour le transport de livre.
About the layout and typography, they are of good quality and the cover, some of them using the Witcher video game series models, is the perfect fit for this book.
In terms of content, the book is, like its precedent volume, filled with humorous situations, magical environments, eroticism between Geralt and Yennefer, and rich dialogues. So those who might find themselves with more action than discussions will might be disappointed and might want to read something else. But for those who are willing to find very rich psychological personalities, then dive into this book. You shall enjoy the ride, especially as its the prelude to a five-part novel saga that concludes in the excellent video game series. A series that brought a greater public to the Witcher and gave to its novels an excellent publicity and a wider publication range than in the 1980s and 1990s.
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The Last Wish featured mostly isolated stories with the Witcher tackling a certain monstrosity for a set payment. He travels around the world to where his peculiar killing and magic techniques are needed to tackle a problem and individuals will hire him. In the first book, apart from a couple of brief interludes, there were no recurring characters. It was solely about a certain adventure at one end of the world and then another a thousand miles away. Sword of Destiny features a handful of main characters from the series who become more fleshed out as there presence recurs. Geralt's friend and lady loving bard Dandelion, his mysterious sorceress love interest Yennefer and a potential child of destiny called Ciri. If you've played The Witcher computer games I imagine you a familiar with these characters, the sort of missions set and the monsters the Witcher is assigned to eradicate, and how beautiful and vast this created world is.
I found the stories in The Last Wish more consistent but two or three of my favourites are from this entry. If you decide to read the short story collections first I'd truly recommend starting with The Last Wish and not Sword of Destiny. Two stories in The Witcher #1, one including Yennefer and one including a Queen and a Princess, add huge depth to the action and events that occur in this collection, especially with certain relationship complexities.
The Witcher tales are exciting and addictive to say that a story can be finished within about half an hour. Sapkowski doesn't dumb down the world and there are a plethora of complex characters and demons throughout these pages. My favourite story is here is The Bounds of Reason and it features about twenty-five different well-crafted characters who set off on a mission to kill a wounded dragon. I found this narrative exceptional, unpredictable, thrilling with a hell of a twist at the end. This sets Sword of Destiny up brilliantly. This constructed world does feature typical fantasy tropes but nothing feels forced. It all feels enticing and original. I'm not looking forward to seeing more of the Elves in the next book!
I won't go into the details of the stories too much as it might approach spoiler territory. I will confirm that these tales feature many fantasy races as well as mermaids and underwater warriors, showdowns with sorcerers, a group trying to trace a doppleganger, and also meeting Ciri. It features monster hunting of course but not as much and as frequent as The Last Wish. Each The Last Wish story played like a level on the Witcher games. These are less standalone and cleverly building up for the full narrative which will start with Blood of Elves.
I adored The Bounds of Reason, A Little Sacrifice and Sword of Destiny. Eternal Flame and A Share of Ice were very average. The final story Something More I really struggled with initially. It follows two timelines as Geralt in a fevered state and I sometimes got confused where and when we were. If it was a full-length story I wouldn't have finished it but I did and I'm glad I fought through as the ending is highly satisfying with setting up what can possible happen in the next outings.
I decided to read all of the Witcher books before the TV series is released and I am glad that I have taken on this venture. I've read the first two books within four days and I can't wait to move on further. I often struggle with short stories but I can recommend these highly. The Bound of Reason is one of the top two finest short stories I've ever read alongside Sebastian De Castell - The Fox and the Bowman.
Some phrases are clunky, some difficult to understand the original meaning of, some are clear copies of certain Polish expressions without looking for better alternatives in English, some due to sloppy editing are a bit illogical or grammatically incorrect.
Also there should be reference section/ sections- for stuff (cultural or language related) clear as day to Polish person, but alien to non-Poles reading. As this time I was reading the book, at roughly the same pace as my British friend, I found myself explaining a lot of context, which should have been made clear, to those willing to understand.
Surely this could be fixed for next editions, right lovely publishers/translators?
All in all, still an amazing book, all of the above notwithstanding, but some editing/ additional information would make it even better.
Geralt continues his search for purpose in a world that despises him, amongst those who see him only as a tool for killing to used for their own end. There are some absolutely cracking short stories in here, and great character development. We start to get more invested in the main characters, but some of the minor characters, that only stick around for a single chapter are so beautifully drawn, Essi Draven, the feisty love lorn bard, and Villentretemerth, really stood out. The world that the author creates for these characters to inhabit it complex and coherent, immersing yourself in it and unravelling its mysteries is a real buzz.
As soon as I had finished this book I downloaded the next - two books on, I haven't stopped yet, they keep getting better and better.
It is unfair to compare the TV show with the books because they are very different but this is not bad. I think the TV show does a good job of taking the anthology books of The Witcher and weaving it with the main series.
This is the second book of anthology tales. Thoroughly enjoyable. I find Andrzej (maybe it's the translation) meandering in his storytelling at times. But they are a really good way to immerse yourself into the world of Witcher before getting into the main series.
As with last wish most of the stories are self-contained although there is a thread that runs through some of these stories with plot points picked up from the previous book.
The next book in publication order is blood of elves, which starts the main story arcs. But the next book in the chronology of the world is actually the last book written: season of storms.
While this time there is no over-arching story linking them together this is to the book's credit. I got annoyed with the Last Wish/Season of Storms's clumsy attempt to sew together a number of different stories - like those old episodes of a sitcom that was just a hashing together of different flashbacks. Though it does mean you could struggle with the chronology, but I think assuming the stories are after the Season of Storms is a safe bet.
All of the stories are reasonably exciting, but Sapkowski does have a tendency to start these stories with the Witcher's triumph over another creature, and focus on the aftermath - sometimes you long for the thrill of the preceding hunt.
The final story, which I feel is the main link into the first book, includes a number of sections where the Witcher is hallucinating. The segue between these isn't always clear, and while this adds to the atmosphere and feel of the Witcher being drugged, it does leave you a little confused at times (though this passes briefly).
A good set of stories and a decent translation with few clunky parts.
I would recommend these are read after the main books (i.e. in published order) - while I haven't read those, I have probably taken some characters/stories for granted and not appreciated how they feed in to the overall canon of Witcher works (without googling for spoilers).