We come to the end of the Witcher series, and I say thank Belzebub for that. It is difficult to say why I kept reading to the very (very) bitter end, since the series was getting increasingly worse by every page. There has been no mention of our world, no subtle plot device to prepare us for this event and absolutely no indication that this would even be possible. There was never a mention of "other worlds" and to have Ciri just suddenly be able to do such a thing is terrible storytelling. There is also a moment where some characters actually ride off in to the sunset, as if that isn't the most clichéd thing that has ever existed as a plot device. I'm so unhappy with myself for letting me read the entire series, but I suppose I was just hoping and being annoyingly optimistic.
Whose that read the books of the series starting with the third one - the first one in the format of a novel - know that author likes jumping between POVs and time but somehow manages to make this not confusing. Finally the third chapter gets much better returning to Geralt and his sidekicks (see, I just spoiled you that the guy is alive in the beginning of the last book). The ending was so vague and confusing that I postponed writing my review until I read a short story taking place after the events of the series. I realized that the series would be better off as short story anthologies like the first two books. The short stories have Geralt as a main character as opposed to novels where Ciri becomes one. Such a promising character was completely ruined in the end for me when I realized she managed to do nothing useful whatsoever in the series - except for getting some good people killed. The fact that the story focus shifted from Geralt to her lowered my opinion of the series. I wholeheartedly recommend it to all fantasy fans - read at least first two books and see how you like them.
This is the final tale in the dark fantasy series The Witcher, and all though it had a decent start the ending will, no doubt, disappoint many readers. It's an interesting idea, one that merges history and fantasy creating an almost dream like feel within the writing, though it never delivers what it promises. The fantasy elements in here are predominantly dark and twisted. Such is Ciri's strand of the story. The story telling was not as precise as the early books in the series, and the structure was a little clunky. It was hard to tell when events were happening in relation to each other, and at times the book felt like a series of connected short stories or novellas rather than the full novel it was trying to be this time round.
Let me start by saying that Lady of the Lake is absolutely a bittersweet, yet fantastic finish to The Witcher series. It may be an unexpected kindness from a character who has hitherto appeared cold and calculating; or someone Geralt or Ciri came to trust, demonstrating why trust, in this world, should be granted prudently. These are timeless concepts, and by no means original to the series; yet they are striking nonetheless, by virtue of their flawless execution, and the degree to which we come to care about what happens to Geralt, Ciri, Yennefer, and the others. (view spoiler) I have my theory and please keep in mind that, amazing as the games may be, I dont consider them as canon: It's clear to me that Geralt and Yennefer died and retired to the afterlife. Only myths can ignore the limits of what's possible." Or if you think what Yennefer said about elven legends in A Shard of Ice -- how she was wondering if humans will have ever such beautiful legends about love -- not knowing that one day she will became one of the main protagonist of such legendary tale about love for the next generations Ciri symbolically dies. After burying Geralt and Yennefer, she realizes the only two people she loved are gone, hence there is nothing left in her homeworld except danger, obligations and life as a pawn. Although the death interpretation fully resolves all the themes and arcs that ran their course throughout the series, Sapkowski ultimately left it up to the reader to decide -- because the question of whether they are alive or dead is thematically immaterial and unimportant. Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri transcend life and death, and become myth and legend -- which is what the whole Nimue/Condwiramurs angle was designed to convey.
No he conseguido cogerle ningún cariño a Yennefer, incluso he tenido muchísimos momentos en los que quería que muriese, pero bueno, ninguna saga es perfecta al 100%.
I just wasn't excited about what I was reading.
Ali nain na koji Sapkovski to radi sve je i - za mene - inovativan u ovom anru. Umesto da da oma piscima i knjievnim likovima, Sapkovski im daje novi ivot, reinterpretira njihova dela na nain koji moe da znai jedino da se prokleto dobro zabavljao piui ovaj serijal i smiljajui razne sarkastine nepodoptine. Takoe, jedan od aduta anra epske fantastike jeste i vezivanje italaca za krajnje ivopisne likove koji, prolazei sito i reeto, sazrevaju, ue, bore se, tuguju, raduju se, a zajedno sa njima i mi, itaoci, eljni eskapistikog predaha uz avanture nekog imaginarnog sveta. Odluujui se za motiv provokativnosti koji bi njegovu Sagu mogao da istakne u odnosu na druge serijale, Sapkovski je, po mom skromnom miljenju, nainio pun pogodak, opredelivi se da nam opisuje sve one ogavne stvari koje se obino preskau u ovakvim priama, i stavljajui svoje likove u situacije sasvim surove i, naalost, realne, u skladu sa dogaanjima opisanim u knjizi. Suma sumarum, to se tie hvale namenjene ovoj sagi, zadivljujue je kako je Sapkovski naizgled jednostavno, promenama u nainu pripovedanja (sa pravolinijskog prianja prie prelazi na flashbackove, i vice versa; menjanjem POV likova, ukljuujui time razliite "tabore", stalee, polove, profesije, vrste), uspeo da obuhvati celokupan haos koji nastaje prilikom izbijanja rata izmeu dve velike vojne sile. irinu teritorije koja tom prilikom strada, naine na koji svaki od stalea/naroda/polova pri tome trpi, kao i sveobuhvatne posledice koje takav jedan sukob izaziva.
I love everything about Arthurian England and I think the author used the inspiration excellently while still putting his own twist on it. The writing is the other thing I love about this book.
The problem with this series is that it felt like one ENORMOUS tumour had begun to manifest in it by the end of the second book, and grew to full form at the fifth. I truly loved her character from the beginning, but by the end I felt like the author didn't even bother to sugar-coat the fact that she had evolved into a very obnoxious Mary-Sue. The thing is I wouldn't have minded any of that had her Mary-Sueness not manipulated the plot into something mundane, something dull and dulling and just so mundane. I know she is supposed to be the main character from the very beginning, so no problem with that, but was it necessary to kill off anyone else who had no place in her "happy" ending?
His first short story, The Witcher (Wiedmin), was published in Fantastyka, Poland's leading fantasy literary magazine, in 1986 and was enormously successful both with readers and critics. Sapkowski has created a cycle of tales based on the world of The Witcher, comprising three collections of short stories and five novels. In 2001, a Television Series based on the Witcher cycle was released in Poland and internationally, entitled Wiedmin (The Hexer).