The Last Wish by Andrzej SapkowskiThe Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

The Last Wish

byAndrzej Sapkowski

Mass Market Paperback | May 1, 2008

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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 game:The Witcher.
Andrzej Sapkowski was born in 1948 in Poland. He studied economy and business, but the success of his fantasy cycle about the sorcerer Geralt de Riv turned him into a bestselling writer. He is now one of Poland's most famous and successful authors.
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Title:The Last WishFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 6.75 × 4.12 × 1 inPublished:May 1, 2008Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316029181

ISBN - 13:9780316029186

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! The writing style is a little dry compared to a lot of anglo fantasy books coming out these days. Having read quite a few slavic books, I know just how difficult it can be to translate languages in that family into engaging English. Still, that will be something of a hurdle for many anglo readers, I think. If you can get through it, though, this book is wonderful! It's a series of short stories, held together by an inter-chapter narrative.It's a lot of fun, and I love the use of fairy tales in constructing this very slavic-feeling fantasy world.
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome its better than the witcher
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Loved this book and immediately bought the sequel, Sword of Destiny once I finished it. Its a series of short stories that set up the world and characters and its done very well. The way that Sapkowski organizes the stories in the book makes it flow very nicely while other books with short stories that ive read feel like theres no flow to them at times. 5 stars a great read
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A little different, but very entertaining! This makes for a great change from the usual British/American fantasy - the slavic style can take a little getting used to, but it's well worth pushing through that initial culture shock. The Witcher series has compelling characters, inventive settings (that makes fresh use of the old fairy tale tropes), and a dry humour that really sneaks up on you!
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantasy done right If you haven't read the witcher and are a fan of game of thrones and the like, you deserve to read the witcher series, which predates a song of ice and fire and was the source for the hit game series of the same name. the last wish fills in some of the holes from the games and introduces us to the world of the witcher in a collection of shorts, one of two books that follow this style before the main series begins. #staffreviews
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Stories I really enjoyed this collection of stories. It's great for fans of the video game, but you definitely do not have to be a fan of the video game to enjoy (the books did, afterall, come before the game!) A good read for anyone who enjoys fantasy :)
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must for fans of the game If you love the Witcher games and you love to read....get these books! Its amazing insight to the world, Geralt's life, the relationships he has, the beasts and monsters...everything. They cover a lot of questions that come up when you play the games and give you a little sneak peek into Geralts way of life.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastically entertaining Before reading this I tried Blood of Elves and hated the translation to english. I was worried the same would happen here and I was also not sure if I liked the idea of a bunch of short stories, but I was proven wrong and this particular edition nails the polish to english on the head. It was excellent and super fun.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Choice for the Fans of the Games I bought this book when I finished Witcher 2. The games are faithful to the books as it takes place after these books. Although the game may not be considered canon, these are a great to understand the backstory of the world and character the game is based off of.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Somewhat pulpy Must read for any Witcher fan.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Really enjoyed the book. It was hard to put down.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chaud Oh my God so hot. Oh my God so chaud!
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Good I didn't know what to expect to go into this. It was a really good starting point for fans of the Witcher games. I loved the style of writing and found it to be quite interesting. The author weaves in a lot of different "fairy" tales while creating his own. The novel is written in the format of multiple short stories, which never go too in depth, which drove me crazy! I just wanted more!
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Choice for Wild Hunt fans A great starting point for fans of the video games who wish to dive deeper into the world of the Witcher. Reading these books will only enhance your gameplay, plus they're excellent books in their own right! Note that The Last Wish is a collection of short stories, look for Blood of Elves for a full novel.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Last Wish is brilliant I came across The Witcher books after playing The Witcher 2 + 3. I ordered this online from here and it was quite enjoyable. CD Projekt Red really got Geralt's personality perfect. Other than the fact that the book corner was bent, it was a good purchase.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Whether you've heard of the Witcher series through the games or not, The Last Wish is the place to start. Every character in every short story is unique and memorable, and the stories are all quite rich and well-written. The main character, Geralt, is unique among most fantasy protagonists, and his cynical worldview allows the reader to enjoy a new side of the fantasy genre; probably one of the more interesting characters in fantasy, in my opinion.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you want to dive into the Witcher's world, start with The Last Wish! A new and refreshing take on famous fairy tales and popular myths set in the world of witchers. Fascinating and gripping, I found it really hard to put this book down. Highly recommended to any fantasy readers. Start with The Last Wish and then Sword of Destiny before moving on to the actual story (five tomes from Blood of Elves to Lady of the Lake). Without these first two tomes of short stories you may find the later plot confusing. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost Perfect I only bought this to get the lore behind the video games but ended up buying the next three novels instantly. The writing style is different and makes it slow and hard to follow at times but I loved it.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good fantasy novel It's actually good fantasy novel if your looking for something way beyond the "Lord of the Rings" style this is the book, and i admit, I only read this book after having played the video game.I'm hoping to read the sequel as well.
Date published: 2016-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good A good book but a little slow at parts
Date published: 2016-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book It's actually a pain in the ass finding a good fantasy novel because after the masterpiece of a book "Lord of the Rings" many writers followed the exact same formula as Tolkien. The Last Wish by Sapkowski, is a book which consists of seven short stories which are interconnected by the witcher named Geralt of Rivia. Sapkowski uses in-depth descriptions and onomatopoeia's which results in incredible imagery. Each chapter gives a great feeling of fulfillment and somewhat gives the impression that each chapter can be easily converted to a show. This book doesn't follow an amazing adventure like Lord of the Rings. This book consists of Geralt helping people who have hired him for his services as an assassins for monsters. His character is depicted on the idea of neutrality (not apathy, just not choosing between wrong or right) and it is explained shortly after why he rather remain neutral then pretending being a hero. This book stays real to societies standards of racism, skepticism, hysteria, and people rushing to conclusions, while, Geralt sits and listens and judges what is the best course of action. As a reader you'll be questioning what's next. I'm biased to criticize this book mainly because I heard and played the first witcher game that came out in 2007. Yet I will still defend my review with the fact that the games are not canon and actually happened after the fourth book in the series which does not include this novel.
Date published: 2015-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly addictive I admit, I only read this book after having played the video game. The first couple of chapters can be confusing, but once you get into the rythm and style of writing, the novel is brilliant. No one does this stuff better than Andrzej Sapkowski. The sequel to this book is worth the read, too. I cannot praise this book enough.
Date published: 2012-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unusually written but good At the beginning I thought.. am I really reading one of those creepy science fiction novels? I pushed through about 2 chapters feeling kind of violated, but then I got into it and it is a good book. I would for sure read the sequel.
Date published: 2011-09-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unusual but interesting The book the video game 'the witcher' was based off of, the Last Wish is more of a frame story built around a series of short stores. Each story gives more insight into the life and psyche of the Witcher, a man changed by potions and magic so that he can hunt otherworldly creatures. The author skillfully weaves together various mythologies, in some cases refuting them, in others making them his own. My only criticism is that each story seemed to end a little too soon, leaving me wanting more.
Date published: 2008-03-01