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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

The Last Wish (The Witcher #0.5) | Review


Rating - ⭐⭐⭐


"Geralt the Witcher—revered and hated—is 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.


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 Last Wish is the second prequel novel in The Witcher, a fantasy series by Andrzej Sapkowski.


This was on my list of books I need to read in 2022 and, uh, it wasn't a particularly successful one. That is because this wasn't a great entry point into this series. I know it is a popular place to start, hence why I did as well, but it didn't work well. That is mainly because of the way the book is written. Comprised of a series of stories, we are thrown straight into this world with pretty much no context.


No context for the world or story or setting, and no character introductions as well. You need context for a story to work, so without any things just don't make much sense. I couldn't get into the story mainly because I knew nothing about the characters, they just appeared out of nowhere as if you were expected to already know them. As for the story itself, it was fine otherwise. Not great, but pretty 'meh' quality.


Honestly, season 1 of the show does a pretty good job at adapting the book, and even does a better job in some areas, because the show actually gives you the context you need. I don't know what I would think of this had I not already watched the show. Probably wouldn't like it any better in the end though because of, again, the lack of context.

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