Suggested by a Teen patron to the Tenbury Library I have been following the Witcher and his adventures in the hit collection THE LAST WISH Now on Netflix. But preceding the main Witcher Saga we the collection of six short stories. These were originally published in 1992 in Poland for a creative writing magazine. The book gives the stories of Geralt of Rivia in as chronological fit as was possible. fans of the show will be able to pick out characters and events from the first series that link in.
Geralt is a mutated human known as a ‘Witcher’ in this story world. He is a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Although he is a sword for hire Geralt (and other witchers) have a code. The ideal would be to protect the innocent and strive for good to win over evil. However, as he travels the wilderness and countries Geralt discovers not all are vile beasts and monstrous, some are the victims of evil or naive mistakes. Nevertheless, Geralt remains our hero as he battles monsters, demons and prejudices alike
Tharshigly great read with high fantasy and all the gore you could want from such a great genre. Geralt’s stoic character has him chasing his destiny even when he wishes to avoid it. But, as all heroes are fated to do, he turns up when he is most needed, not when wanted. The nice twist on this is that Geralt admittedly is not always on his best behaviour. However, the faults in his manner create some exciting and fun moments of storytelling.