It has been quite a while since I watched The Witcher on Netflix. I am obsessed with books and shows that have magic in their storylines, so my attraction to this series was quite natural.
I watched it, I filled my days with shouting Toss a coin to your Witcher until my voice would crack and refuse to cooperate. It’s addicting, that song.
Once the season was over, I realized that I will have to wait another year or more to continue with my adventure with Geralt.
Patience is not one of my strengths, so I went on a hunt to see if this is a book, which brings us to THE LAST WISH by ANDRZEJ SAPKOWSHI.
This book is originally written in the Polish language and is translated to English by Danusia Stok, who has my gratitude.
WHY SHOULD YOU READ THE LAST WISH by ANDRZEJ SAPKOWSHI?
IF YOU ARE A FAN OF THE NETFLIX SHOW: THE WITCHER.
If you are a fan of long fantasy adventures like me, then I am sure the 8-episode series left you unsatisfied. This book is a cure for that craving of adventurous journeys with Geralt of Rivia.
The show is fantastic in its own right, but the book offers you a far more detailed narration of Geralt’s adventures and the world he lives in.
The show proceeded in a confusing flow of different timelines merging in at the end, which leaves you with many unanswered questions at the end.
Reading this book will bring you closer to those answers.
WHAT MAKES THE LAST WISH AN INTERESTING READ?
The Last Wish is divided into short stories, alternating between his past and present adventures. The stories serve as good reading milestones if the idea of reading the whole book seems daunting to you.
The storyline is easier to follow than that of the show, as each story has a clear beginning and end.
A DIFFERENT TAKE ON THE FAIRY TALES
I have read at least 10 books based on fairy tales such as Snow White and Beauty and the Beast, but the version this book offers shocked me.
They seem much more realistic and believable, despite the presence of magic and strange creatures.
If you have read the book, do share your views about these two stories with me in the comments.
THE DIFFERENT CREATURES
If you are an avid fantasy reader like me, you can count the types of creatures you will come across in a fantasy book using the fingers of your hand. The dwarfs, the elves, the fairies, the witches, the wizards, the werewolves, and vampires, in dozens.
But the types of beings you meet in this book are quite interesting, some of which I haven’t even heard of before. Most of the monsters and creatures are a treat to read if you are bored with the filthy rich and irresistibly sexy vampires in every second fantasy or young-adult book you pick.
THE TEMPLE OF MELITELE
A major part of the book describes the time during which Geralt stays at the Temple of Melitele, which is a kind of female Goddess Cult, essentially Pagan in nature.
The healing herbs and plants growing here interested me a lot, and the kind of power and following that this cult has was quite a pleasure to read.
IS THERE SOMETHING OFF-PUTTING ABOUT THIS BOOK?
The book has some abuses and a few intimate scenes here and there, but there’s nothing off-putting or vulgar about it.
But if you are someone who does not like reading bad words or love-making scenes at all, you might want to give this book a pass.
I feel that there is very little of Yennefer in this book which may disappoint the fans of this capricious purple-eyed witch from the show.
But there’s a lot about Geralt of Rivia and Dandilion (Named Jaskier in the Netflix show) and that’s more than enough for me.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS:
This book offers an adventurous ride which I guess all of us need during these lockdown days. It has an admirable hero, an annoying best friend, a mysterious lady love, and an unclear yet thrilling future set in a magical world. Get this book, and grab this exhilarating experience of reading a fantasy book for the first time!
Fantasy genre lovers, convince hogaye ya me aur bolu?