Review: Sword of Destiny

Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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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. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.

In this collection of short stories, following the adventures of the hit collection The Last Wish, join Geralt as he battles monsters, demons and prejudices alike... 

How should I begin reviewing this one? Hmm, well I had seen "The Witcher" on Netflix and after that decided to read the book series as we always say books are better than their adaptations. But I still stick to my previous conclusion as for now. For "The Witcher" sadly, Netflix adaptation is way better.

Coming to the book, I had googled online the reading sequence for the witcher series as it's obvious you're not going to remember every series in title since it's not mentioned which comes first and which comes later. Here there was a little difference. This book was published first but it was asked to read after 'the last wish'. But to be frank, I feel this should've been read before. Although, there would have been a ton of mystery on what's happening and why and how as such but it would be better in terms of understanding the characters.

The story telling is a huge mess creating confusion in this book series. Honestly, I'd prefer a sequential approach rather than chaotic approach for telling a complex story like this one. I never thought this day would come when I'd complain and rant about the way a story is told but it is has arrived. Seriously, I loved the book, plot, characters and heck even writing. Although the overuse of archaic english is seriously annoying when I have to google 10 or more times in a single chapter, but still I'd let it go as it's quite a personal preference while reading.

But apart from that the there's a serious fault in the way story is being told. I know these are short stories but both the previous book and this one is a serious chronological mess and that too without any time or date reference. It just starts telling you a story without any time context to put that particular episode in. In some places the witcher hasn't even met ciri yet while in another he has already met her. Like what the heck is evening happening here?

There are some differences from the series adaptation though as you'd expect usually but I feel those make the series more palatable than this one. Overall if you love to prepare for GRE or start feeling what english literature homework looks like while enjoying a good story, try this book out. I'd still advise to follow reading the books the in the order they were published as that's the best way to read this story with minimal confusion. Don't follow reddit or other forum advices for reading this series, it'll just put you in more confusion leaving on ditching to read this series altogether.

I gave this one an all star rating because everything I complained about was a personal preference and factually or technically there wasn't a serious fault in the book itself. A writer can tell his story anyway he wants and here we can see not a very good example of how it should be done. Nevermind, the plot's seems good, there are a ton of monsters, overkill to be honest. Little to no information on the world we are dealing with here and it's characters. Most monsters and references are taken from old english or french myths and some even polish myths. We see the forktail vs dragon debate here, I loved that little difference.

Since I do spoiler free reviews I won't talk about the episodes but the moments inside be it action, romance were finely tuned and pleasure to read. I'd say go ahead and start reading.

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