Geralt was always going to stand out, with his white hair and piercing eyes, his cynicism and lack of respect for authority … but he is far more than a striking-looking man. He’s a witcher, with powers that make him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin – his targets are the vile fiends that ravage the land.
As guardian of the innocent, Geralt meets incestuous kings with undead daughters, vengeful djinns, shrieking harpies, lovelorn vampires and despondent ghouls. Many are pernicious, some are merely, and none are quite as they appear.
This is a collection of short stories set before the main Witcher series, so there is a lot of different plots going on (You have to read this before the main series, so I’m told). This collection of short stories definitely acts as a good introduction to the world/ series. I will definitely be picking up the rest of the books.
Each story is individual and stands on its own, there isn’t one I disliked, each was interesting and unique yet loosing strung together. There is a folklore/fairytale feeling throughout all of the stories, I mean I couldn’t give specifics for each one but there is one that is a Beauty and the Beast-type-story.
The world is very interesting, there are so many different types of species of monsters going on in this world, I couldn’t keep up with the number of different monsters it had going on. There isn’t much worldbuilding in this but so far I like the world and am hoping for a lot more worldbuilding in the rest of the books.
Geralt: A Witcher – aka monster hunter/slayer – Witcher’s are mutated human’s trained from a young age to use magic/ fight monsters etc. He’s a really interesting character, obviously, been the main character all the stories are centred around him.
There is also a lot of side characters, one of my favourites being Dandelion – he is one of Geralt’s friends and is that friend who can’t hold his tongue and makes the situation worse. He’s funny, his character adds some comic relief and the friendship between him and Geralt is fun! Yennefer is pretty cool too, I’d like to see more from her.
Problems: THE LACK OF WOMEN. Like seriously, I really enjoyed this world and stuff but the lack of women was disappointing. They’re only really in the story in a sexist way, they have no big part other than for sexual reasons. I hope the next books improve the treatment of women…
Rating: 4 Stars