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LA ESPADA DEL DESTINO: LIBRO 111, SAGA…
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LA ESPADA DEL DESTINO: LIBRO 111, SAGA GERALT DE RIVIA. (original 1993; edição 2003)

por ANDRZEJ SAPKOWSKI

Séries: The Witcher (2)

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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."--
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Título:LA ESPADA DEL DESTINO: LIBRO 111, SAGA GERALT DE RIVIA.
Autores:ANDRZEJ SAPKOWSKI
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The Sword of Destiny por Andrzej Sapkowski (1993)

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This collection failed to reach the heights of [b:The Last Wish|40603587|The Last Wish (The Witcher, #0.5)|Andrzej Sapkowski|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1529591917l/40603587._SX50_.jpg|2293675], which I reviewed very favourably here. For most of the book, there is no clear overarching narrative that links the discrete stories together. It's more angsty, horny, with multiple drippy romance threads that didn't interest me nearly as much as all the monster hunting. As a result, it comes off very sexist; most (all?) of the adult female characters are sexualised in some way - some quite gratuitously, others massively distastefully.

It contains two really weak stories, but begins to redeem itself with The Eternal Flame (my favourite one), which I found inventive and quite clever, despite the slapstick humour and general silliness that doesn't seem inkeeping with the rest of the 'twisted fairy tales' grimdark fantasy universe that Sapkowski writes in.

The main characters are interesting; I feel like I already know them, and yet want to know more about them. But it's the world I really want to know more about, and I felt that this collection only teased at what else is to come, especially in the final two stories. I got through this book pretty quickly, and while I wasn't blown away, I find myself still eager for more.

But please, no more cringe-inducing torturous introspection from the Witcher himself. It's better when he stays silent.

Content warnings: sexual assault, paedophilia, violence, blood, gore, death, suicide, animal cruelty, child abuse ( )
  Katrana | Oct 13, 2021 |
I had to wait a while to get to this second short collection because of the wait at the library. But I’m glad I did, because it gave me an opportunity to savor the experience of the previous one and enjoy this even more.

As with any collection, this one had a couple of amazing stories and a few bored me. As a very dialogue heavy writing style, this one too had many many conversations which I thought were pointless, but some of them were profound and emotional too, so I don’t wanna dismiss it all entirely. But it’s the couple of stories which were part of the TV show which I had the most fun reading. I definitely like that Dandelion is much more prominently featured in the stories, Yennefer here is a little less fiery and more emotionally available, and Geralt is a grumpy delight. There’s one story featuring a new character Essi which made me very emotional, and it was just so beautifully tragic. But it was the introduction of Ciri that stole the show, and I can’t believe how different the first meeting of Ciri and Geralt is. I definitely would have loved to see that in the show. And the ending was amazing, with the exact final scene from the show playing in my head and on the page.

In conclusion, I’m having as much fun reading these books as I was watching the adaptation. Both the similarities and differences are quite exciting to explore and I can’t wait to finally dive into the novels which will bring a whole new story. The writing (or maybe the translation) isn’t always easy to follow, but hopefully I’ll get used to it. The wait times for the next books seem to be quite high at my library, so I hope I’ll be able to finish them all before the start of the next season. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
The stories in this Witcher anthology are all on the long side, a change from The Last Wish. Also, there are no efforts that I could recall to transition from one story to the next, although several of the stories do naturally work well in the order in which they're included.

Geralt encounters a mermaid and other sea creatures, dryads, a dragon, and a shapeshifter. He also deals with further complications in his relationship with Yennefer and finds himself face-to-face with a destiny he's not entirely sure he wants anymore but can't avoid.

The Last Wish ended with something that felt like a cliffhanger, as Iola had some kind of horrible vision of Geralt's future. I had thought that Sword of Destiny would continue on from that point and provide an explanation, but that didn't seem to be the case. Not only that, Iola and Nenneke made no appearances in this volume.

It was a bit jarring, but not necessarily a bad thing. This volume also seemed to lean less heavily on fairy tales (unless they were ones I didn't recognize) - I noticed "The Little Mermaid" and one or two others, but they were more in the background this time. The tone didn't shift quite so wildly from one story to the next, and overall it felt like Sapkowski had gotten a better handle on his characters and their world.

That said, the individual stories weren't quite so memorable this time around. Also, I found the first half of the volume's greater focus on Geralt's love life to be tiresome. Geralt and Yennefer exhaust me, and Geralt and Essi was just depressing. I was glad that Sapkowski made no attempt at a Geralt and Braenn pairing.

It was surprising how well Gerald handled Ciri. I wouldn't have thought he'd have had much experience with children - he seemed like the kind of guy parents would generally warn their children to stay away from. And it was nice to see one of the loose ends from The Last Wish get taken care of, or at least continued/built up further.

This is the last of the books from this series that I own, and I have some book club reading to do, so it may be a while before I continue this. However, I do plan to continue on.

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.) ( )
  Familiar_Diversions | Aug 7, 2021 |
Like certain others, I mistakenly read Book 1 first (Blood of Elves) before reading the short story prequels (The Last Wish) and this collection. This was the best of the three (so far), with the stories helping us to better understand and appreciate the main characters: Geralt, Yennefer, Ciri, Dandelion, and their complex relationships. And that's coming from someone who does not like story collections too.

1. The Bounds of Reason is a story about a good old-fashioned dragon hunt for a supposed legend, with significant political ramifications.

2. A Shard of Ice is a weaker story about Geralt, Yennefer and another sorcerer and her passions.

3. Eternal Flame is about a halfling and his imposter, who is a most astute businessman. Good surprise ending.

4. A Little Sacrifice is about a duke in love with a mermaid (think Splash), with dangerous sea creatures and a young female minstrel who falls in love with Geralt.

5. The Sword of Destiny is the key story where Geralt while traveling to meet the Queen of the forest-dwelling Dryads, saving the life of the lost princess, Ciri.

6. Something More is an important link in the Witcher series, as Geralt is gravely injured, rescuing a merchant and his cart, after procuring a seemingly strange promise as his reward. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Andrzej Sapkowski's short stories are beautiful, this is truly fantasy at its best.
I spent hours feeling sad because of the story of a small secondary character in one of the short stories, and I woke this morning still thinking about her. Not many writers would be able to do something like that.
The fairy tale retelling aspect was also incredibly done, both in the Last Wish book, and in the Sword of Destiny. There was room for comedy, adventure, tragedy, and an entire world of imagination. The slavic folklore and mythological creatures that populate these books are immensely exotic for me, I am looking forward to leaning more about it.
Now I am going to read the actual novels! I have been disappointed so many times this year with fantasy series that started out great, and afterwards went downhill, so I am trying to to have too many expectations. ( )
  Clarissa_ | May 11, 2021 |
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