As you know I have been obsessed with The Witcher series since I was told to play Wild Hunt. Since I finished that game, the first time, I have completed it twice more, and watched Witcher 1&2 been played on YouTube. So, I thought it was time to get into the books!
Geralt the Witcher has fought monsters and demons across the land, but even he may not be prepared for what is happening to his world. The kings and armies are maneuvering for position, each fearing invasion from across the river, each fearing their neighbours more. Intrigue, dissent and rebellion are on all sides.
The Elves and other non-humans are still suffering under decades of repression, and growing numbers join the commando units hidden deep in the forest, striking at will and then dissolving into the trees. The Magicians are fighting amongst themselves, some in the pay of the kings, some sympathetic to the elves.
And against this backdrop of fear and contempt Geralt and his lover Yennefer must protect Ciri, orphaned heir and sought by all sides. For the prophecy rests on her, and whether she lives or dies she has the power to save the world - or perhaps end it.
The cover for this book has always captivated my attention. I love the image of the woman on the front, who I assume is supposed to represent Yennifer. She is super mysterious and I love it.
In this book, Ciri and Geralt go through some major changes which really ups the stakes of these novels. The focus of this story is split between Ciri and Geralt, with the change of POV sometimes getting a little confusing, it is easy to pull yourself back to who is telling the story. Ciri definitely has a more interesting tale in this book as she goes to different locations and has a few more conflicts throughout the course of the novel.
I found the first half of the book to be less eventful, but I still enjoyed the writing. I loved all the reveals and the way the story weaves itself into your mind. Then, when things inevitably kick off, there are things that makes it impossible to put down.
The ending, although a little strange, was unexpected and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book.