Now, being a noob (yes I used the word noob) to the Witcher series, I started with Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, then read Blood of Elves and then got told I should have read The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny. So, everything is a little out of order but I like how the story is turning out and what I am learning about the characters.
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.
A collection of short stories introducing Geralt of Rivia, to be followed by the first novel in the actual series, The Blood of Elves. Note that, while The Last Wish was published after The Sword of Destiny, the stories contained in The Last Wish take place first chronologically, and many of the individual stories were published before The Sword of Destiny.
As we already know, The Last Wish is the introduction of the legendary Witcher, Geralt of Rivia the White Wolf. This collection of stories follows him to different kingdoms and hamlets in need of his Witcher services. There’s also links between classic fairytales Beauty & the Beast and even the Swan Princess.
While this story is heavy on dialogue (I actually prefer this) and medieval 3rd person POV, I loved the humour and exchanges between all the characters. I even found myself laughing out loud at a few points in each story. These stories are also really easy to read, which I cannot say the same about the main stories! This book does flash back and fourth between memories and the short stories included in the book and at first it can be a little confusing but once you have read on a bit it all makes sense.
Overall, these books have just made me love Geralt more, and he certainly doesn’t disappoint readers in this book. Wonderful start to the story, and I am excited for the rest of the series!