Finally had a moment to read it. I loved it. Geralt is a complex character who has more emotions than people realize. The last chapter had me in tears. Such a good book.
Thoroughly enjoyed this one. Certainly enhanced by picturing Henry & Anya in my mind, searching for the similarities/differences between the show & the book.
But, even that aside, this is a riveting, disorienting, wonderful story collection with plenty of humor & heart.
“The sword of destiny has two blades”
I could very much live without the whole Yennefer and Geralt ridiculousness, but otherwise, I fucking love this. The characterization is wonderfully true to class. The worldbuilding is excellent and excellently executed. The classic tropes of European style fantasy are served up in refreshing ways. All in all, delightful.
I watched the Netflix episode but immediately felt confused one episode in. I thought I‘d give the book a read as I also heard great things about the video game. So I was perplexed when the book was just ok, often convoluted, slow in parts and too quick in others. I‘m glad to have read it but it‘s not a recommendation from me
Sword of destiny is another collection of short stories, following Geralts adventures and meeting his destiny!
My favourite story is The Sword Of Destiny when Geralt meets Ciri, his child of destiny .
The relationship between Geralt and Ciri is heart-warming and loved how this was portrayed. Ciri loves geralt as a father. She trusts him implicitly and knows that he will do anything he can to protect her.
To start, I was not liking this book as much as The Last Wish, but the last half was much better with the introduction of dryads, Ciri, his mother, and more serious stories. Dandelion is funny but the silly stories were in such contrast to what had already been set up. As far as fairy tales references, this one had The Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen, and The Wild Swans (or The Six Swans).
Lane and I have a yucky cold bug, so we took the day off while we wait for covid test results (I dont think its covid, but he has to test negative before he can go back to school). He's laying on the couch playing video games while I do some #audiocleaning - not a bad way to spend the day!
I'm loving the stories about Geralt and Dandelion- their friendship is the best!
El segundo libro de las aventuras de Geralt. En el podemos seguir adentrarnos en la personalidad y motivaciones del personaje.
Sin duda uno de los personajes más queridos para mí. Su profesionalismo, temores y humildad hace que sea un personaje realista en un entorno inverosímil.
Hubo capítulos que realmente me impactaron y conmovieron .. hace tiempo no sentía esa sensación de acongojo.
I read this as the 2nd in the series on the recommendation of a friend, and glad I did. It helps to set the scene for the rest of the main story and it flows better this way I think. I didn't love this as much as The Last Wish as some location descriptions I found harder to visualise but still very enjoyable. If you are planning to watch the series I would read this and LW first because the show jumps around the timeline, this will help massively.
Happy Birthday to me 🎉 Bookmail on your birthday is the best 😃
This is book the second book, as suggested reading order, in The Witcher series. Like the first it is a collection of short stories about Geralt of Rivia. Unlike book one, book two is more about character development and less about slaying dangerous creatures. Two new characters are introduced Dandelion, the bard, and Ciri, a young princess. I can see already that the last two stories will lead into other books in the series. Loved it!⬇️
I'm actually having a reading burst. I'm reading a series and a collection of 8 books + a book. So its fun, considering that I don't feel well everyday.
#CurrentReads #JustEbooks #WeekendReads
-Innocent Lost (Sword and Magic Collection-book1)
-Sword of Destiny (The Witcher-book2)
-The Muse of Nightmares (Stranger The Dreamer-book2)
3. Oopsie Daisies by Iris Morland
This was a fun collection of Witcher stories. I especially enjoy the ones featuring Dandelion, the bard. The narrator for the audio version is terrific.
Day One of #20in4 stats:
▪️9.5 hours reading (most of which was spent listening to this one, with a couple of hours reading Space Between Worlds in print)
▪️1 book complete
As I venture deeper into the world of The Witcher, I am becoming more entranced by the world and Geralt. He‘s such a realistic character in how he behaves and questions himself. At one point he held an internal monologue about awkward feelings of attraction. I was amazed at the exposure to such raw emotions and it made him all the more endearing to me. #fantasy
Full review https://www.behindthepages.org/post/sword-of-destiny-by-andrzej-sapkowski
Ok, mixed feels
Continued to enjoy learning more about the world, also the continuation of referencing/rewriting classic fairy tales; but it lagged in places and the portrayal of women (unsurprisingly) is bad like in it's predecessor. For better or worse, I'm so used to the latter that it doesn't phase me much when I encounter it in OLDER books
I'm still looking forward to seeing where the series goes.
After finishing The Last Wish and watching the first season of the The Witcher I was looking forward to this book but wow, IT WAS SO BORING. I didn‘t care about any of the characters and the short stories just slogged on and on and on. Also the portrayal of women in this book was really gross! I‘m going to give Blood of Elves a try but so far I am enjoying the show way more than the book series.
Great stories, worse treatment of women than the 1st book. It's clear that the narrator and every male character has a low opinion of women. Every time a woman comes in, one of the following is a hot topic: her child bearing ability, her body, her profession as a sex worker, her ability to nag, etc. #fantasy #sexism
It‘s not often that I post a selfie, but I really like this one! Captured ‘naturally‘ whilst ‘on a video call.‘ Read: staged as hell while waiting for said video call to start 😂 On another note, I‘m back into the Witcher books now, having just stopped part-way through the one that‘s tagged. 🧙♀️⚔️🔮🐙🦖