Good Morning and Happy 2022. My first review for the year is the first book in The Witcher series, The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski.
Introducing Geralt the Witcher – revered and hated – who holds the line against the monsters plaguing humanity in the bestselling series that inspired the Witcher video games and a major Netflix show.
Geralt of Rivia is a Witcher, a man whose magic powers and lifelong training have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin.
Yet he is no ordinary killer: he hunts the vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent.
But not everything monstrous-looking is evil; not everything fair is good . . . and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.
I have to admit that I only picked this book up after failing to read it last year after watching series 1 on Netflix. Once I finished the 2nd season I just really wanted to dive straight back into the world and aim for finishing the series before season 3 starts.
Obviously as with anything where you read a book then watching a show and vice versa you go into it with expectations and boy did I have them. Geralt aka Henry Cavill is a hard act to follow.
The book is pretty much exactly what is states in the blurb, it’s an intro to the Witcher and his world and is put together in the form of short stories which link together.
I really enjoyed it. Sapkowski’s writing flowed well, his eye for detail on the worldbuilding was fantastic and I genuinely felt that the books and TV series had a great likeness. A lot of the characters I was introduced to in the book, were pretty much the same as the TV series. The casting has been great, though I do realise I’m only one book in and this may change but so far so good.
The stories were entertaining, insightful and most importantly they taught us a lot about the Witcher, how he is perceived and how wrong those perceptions often were.
I am very much looking forward to continuing with this series as the year goes on. This is my first 5 star read of 2022.
Thanks for reading and if you have also read the books I would love to know how you compare them to the TV series.