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.
December 2, 2008  |  388 pages
(Read from Dec 28, 2018 to Dec 30, 2018)
Grade: B–    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 70% Entertainment, 30% Literature
Writing Quality:
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Low High
Movie Potential:
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Sequel Potential:
Low High
Having experienced this fantasy realm through the video game format (for hours and hours and hours of beasts and spells and Gwent), Sapkowski’s introduction to Geralt is an enjoyable source of interesting backstory. Many of the short stories feel like levels of a game, with cut-scene-styled dialogue and fast-paced battles. But there are sluggish parts, especially when important exposition occurs within lengthy monologues. Thankfully, Geralt’s wit does not get lost in translation at all.  (+3 votes)