The Last Wish - Andrzej Sapkowski

The Last Wish

By Andrzej Sapkowski

  • Release Date: 2008-12-14
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 1,772 Ratings

Description

Now a Netflix original series!
Geralt the Witcher -- revered and hated -- holds the line against the monsters plaguing humanity in this collection of adventures in the NYT bestselling series that inspired the blockbuster video games.
Geralt is a Witcher, 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.
Andrzej Sapkowski, winner of the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement award, started an international phenomenon with his Witcher series. The Last Wish short story collection is the perfect introduction to this one of a kind fantasy world.

Witcher collectionsThe Last WishSword of Destiny
Witcher novelsBlood of Elves
The Time of Contempt
Baptism of Fire
The Tower of SwallowsLady of the LakeSeason of Storms
The Malady and Other Stories: An Andrzej Sapkowski Sampler (e-only)

Translated from original Polish by Danusia Stok

Reviews

  • The books only make me love the Witcher more

    5
    By Diag0nal
    Started with the games and now I am reading the books. This is by far one of my favorite franchises of all time!
  • Excellent fantasy series

    5
    By Bashole
    I decided to read the books before watching the series because, let’s be honest, the books are always better. I’m glad I did, this book is very well done and a true joy to read. The storyline is really well laid out and it’s centered on sarcastic characters. Having been in many life and death situations and knowing first hand the changes this makes to people it’s a pleasure to read something where the characters are tarnished with their lots in life.
  • Excellent

    5
    By ChrisDQ82
    andrzej sapkowski has crafted an amazing collection of tales. this is a collection of short stories interwoven with a single story that connects them all. each story references a different fairy tale. the 1st about the princess Renfri is a thinly veiled reference to snow white and the 7 dwarves, following this if you look carefully you will find references to sleeping beauty, beauty and the beast, the bible in the book of revelation, Rumpelstiltskin, and others. and yet, the author takes these stories in completely new and unexpected directions. despite the obvious inspiration from fairy tales, it’s clear this is the beginning of an original tale that will be epic in scope.
  • Dumb and short I want a refund!

    1
    By blackdragonashes
    I only read it because I was curious about the Netflix show. The book was SO much worse then I imagined. If I could give it a negative stars I would. I want a refund
  • Incredible

    5
    By Holder30
    This book and series has given me a love for reading!
  • Critically Acclaimed Books, Game of 2015, Netflix Original Series

    4
    By It'sLiterature
    The title speaks for itself. The world of the Witcher is as rich, vibrant, and seamless as any other in the fantasy genre. That being said, do not read these books thinking that they are an extension of the show or video game. The books stand alone and bring something completely different to the table. Rather than being the fulcrum upon which the world’s fate turns, Geralt of Rivia is a largely passive but powerful bystander through which the story is told. Rather than being the one to enact change, Geralt more often than not comes into contact with agents of change and engages in moral and philosophical discussions about the repercussions of their actions. These pseudo-symposiums are punctuated with detailed monster biology, political intrigue, and brutal sword fights. Be prepared to see classic fantasy tropes told through the lens of a truly neutral character.
  • Peanut

    5
    By traythegod
    TraX got Gvcvnm
  • Bookkd

    2
    By mords920
    I didn’t liked
  • AMAZING

    5
    By VanillaTaco02
    Just went through about 20 some playthroughs of The Witcher 3, (not joking) and just got the content jitters. Finally picked up the first book and by god, it’s fantastic! I can’t wait to read the rest!
  • Boring...

    1
    By JV@work
    Bunch of disconnected stories... pretty boring book.