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 New York Times bestselling series that inspired the Netflix show and the hit 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.
The Last Wish story collection is the perfect introduction to a one of a kind fantasy world.
And look out for The Tower of Fools, book one of Andrzej Sapkowski's Hussite Trilogy, coming in October 2020!
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
The Last Wish was a rock band from Houston, Texas, noted for being the first band of Blue October frontman Justin Furstenfeld. Ryan Delahoussaye of Blue October played with The Last Wish at a couple shows, but he was never a member of the band. Song writing collaboration was often shared by Greg Hammond, Amy Immel and Justin Furstenfeld. The members of the band attended Bellaire High School, and HSPVA, and the group was started while the members were students. The group built a strong fanbase in Houston, where they played several sold-out shows at Houston venues such as Zelda's, Fitzgerald's, Toads Tavern, Last Concert Café, Café Artiste, McGonigel's Mucky Duck, and The Abyss. Furstenfeld left the group in 1995 while they were working on their third album. Furstenfeld still plays Last Wish songs during his solo shows, and Blue October has played Last Wish songs on occasion.The band released two albums, and a vinyl single which included the songs "Black Orchid", "Go On" and "Goodbye". "Black Orchid" appeared on Blue October's album, The Answers, in 1998 and on Furstenfeld's 2014 album, Songs from an Open Book. A third album by The Last Wish was in the works, but the band broke up before it was finished...
With such a broad story that Geralt has it seems that it's been pin pointed down to this one storyline. Missing a lot of detail that makes the book pretty bland. I hate to say this and I don't think I ever have but even the Netflix show is better than this book. Just go watch the show. You'll be more satisfied. 25
Coming from Witcher 3 and hearing the great reviews, this book did not disappoint. I’ve also heard reviews saying the writing/translations are not good, but unless you’re a hardcore critic, then they are honestly fine. I didn’t notice any jarring writing and thoroughly enjoyed the book! 55
What a great story. Fairy tales wound in like days of yore. i’m mostly a sci-fi fan but have been enchanted by Geralt of Rivia and the sorceress Yennifer.. Highly recommend the series. 55
Started with the games and now I am reading the books. This is by far one of my favorite franchises of all time! 55
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. 55
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. 55
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 15
This book and series has given me a love for reading! 55
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. 45