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Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent.
He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.
©1993 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group
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By Renell on 09-10-15

Spectacular Introduction to "The Witcher"

I absolutely love this book. It is full of rich detail and vivid imagery. I can imagine myself right alongside Geralt as he goes from one amazing adventure to the next. I don't want to give away spoilers, so I will just say that I couldn't put it down. The world is so believable, despite the high-fantasy setting. It's a world similar to our own, but with magic and an array of majestic or horrifying creatures. The world is dirty and rife with evil and corruption, but with enough glimpses of goodness and light to give you hope for the future (much like our own world).

I read this via "immersion reading". I read the Kindle version (and sometimes the paperback version) as I listened to Peter Kenny's incredible voice-over. He is a master storyteller. I loved his changing voices and the life he gave to each character on the page.

The only critique I have would be the chapter for which the book is named after. "The Last Wish" is a thrilling and action-packed chapter, especially towards the end. However, Peter Kenny spoke the dialogue of Yennefer and Geralt a little too plainly during the action sequences. There is so much happening I would have expected him to at least change his pitch a little. I read the chapter on my own without the voice-over and let my imagination do it justice.

Aside from that, I will still say that Peter Kenny did an excellent job. I will not hesitate to get an audiobook he voices in the future. I will also move on the other novels in the series, once the "Sword of Destiny" is released as an audiobook. I hope Peter Kenny is brought onboard once again.

Also, as I wrote in the Kindle review, I wholeheartedly recommend "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt" game. It's the greatest game I have ever played.

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By Rob on 09-10-16

A rich world explored through vignettes

What did you love best about The Last Wish?

I enjoyed the richness of the world, the sense of history, the previous world events and social changes.

What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

I felt the narration did not distract from the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found the audio a little disconcerting as the story jumps in time and location without preamble. In the book, there would be a new chapter to help you with the jump. At times I felt lost, particularly if I had taken a pause, it took me a while to figure out what was happening.

Any additional comments?

This is a great world, well described. That said, it is a little different in style from more common fantasy stories. I found the concept epic in nature, yet the scenes were more like stand alone short stories. Not a bad thing, just different.

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By Fraza92 on 04-27-15

Surprisingly witty, funny and all round Amazing.

loved listening from start to finish. Had to stop listening at points due to the urge to burst out laughing at some of the wit but the humour is second to the amazing writing.

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By Claudia G. on 03-26-15

fantastic Polish fantasy.

I am a fan of RPG videogame The Witcher and when I found out it is based on this novel, I did not hesitate to read it. it is very good. You meet Geralt of Rivia, a witcher whose job is to kill monsters.
This book is a collection of short stories telling tales of Geralt, his deals with politics ( unwilling but hard to avoid ) and the people who are friends in adventures ( Dandelion) and many lovers. Geralt is a mutated witcher and strange looking, but this only attracts women to him.
This book is for a more mature audience and should be the first one to read to get a glimpse of who the witcher is, but don't stop here. There are others to be read.

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By blake on 06-30-15

Unique fantasy with brilliant voice acting.

A collection of short stories following Geralt and laying the foundation for several interesting characters. The stories are descriptive and well written and the characters are interesting and unique. The voice acting is incredible, it is easy to forget one person is doing the reading. My only grip I have is the series of short stories gives the book an awkward progression that doesn't really head to any kind of overarching conclusion.

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By Adam on 02-24-15


A good read for people who played the games and fantasy geeks in general. Worth a Buy!

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