At this point I have to admit that I’m thoroughly hooked on this series, and am having trouble remembering what happened in this book and what happened in the last book, and that’s not a criticism…but it does speak to the fact that the novels seem to be one big story, rather than a series of distinct tales. Don’t expect a satisfying beginning, middle and end here. This book picks up where the last one left off, keeps going for three hundred pages and then stops…leaving you wanting more.
What some people will want more of is Geralt. As I said in my review of the previous book, while the TV show is called “The Witcher” and the games are called “The Witcher,” the book series is not, and while Geralt was the focus of the first two short story collections, he’s not the focus of the first two novels. That would be Ciri.
This book does give us more of Geralt though, and it focuses on his relationship with Yeneffer…before all of that is rudely interrupted by a civil war between the wizards…and all out war with Nilfgaard.
This leads to the strongest section of the book, when Ciri finds herself alone in the middle of a desert, forced to survive long enough to find refuge…when she actually finds an unruly band of outlaws (which contains the one part of the book that makes for particularly uncomfortable reading…). Still, the part in the desert makes for very compulsive reading!
I’m very much looking forward to getting stuck into the next book, but I have a few other books to read first. Hopefully I can speed through them and get back to the adventure of Ciri, Geralt and Yennefer!