Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆
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.
I’ve been playing the Witcher, Wild Hunt a lot recently so I was curious about the novel behind it.
What I really loved about this collection of stories was the sheer inventiveness of the world and its monsters. Particularly the monsters. They’re something else from your classic Vampire/Zombie/Werewolf creatures.
I also really liked the nods to classic fairytales, twisted to fit the Witcher world. Those were incredibly fun.
“She sent the little one out into the forest with a hired thug, a trapper. We found him later in the undergrowth… without any trousers, so it wasn’t hard to recreate the turn of events. She had dug a brooch-pin into his brain, through his ear, no doubt while his attention was on entirely different matters.”
However, I did not like the style much. The sentences felt disjointed and disconnected and the characters remained emotionally distant.
Cool world, but a writing style that needs getting used to.