The Last Wish is a collection of short stories introducing the world of The Witcher. It follows Geralt, 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.
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The Characters and World Building
Sapkowski does an excellent job of creating this world and the characters that reside within it. I felt fully immersed into each individual tale told in this collection. Geralt especially, I felt like we really got to know him by the end. His witty sarcasm and desire to do good really won me over. I do however feel like other characters were slightly underdeveloped and hard to imagine. With little to no descriptive language for some of the characters in some chapters I found it hard sometimes it remain engaged. I can’t build any kind of attachment to a story without being able to properly picture a character in my mind.
The Story Progression and Plot
The short stories throughout provides readers with a breadth of monsters, creatures and magical knowledge. Each coming with their own troubles and tribulations. Geralt very much being the middle-man for a lot of them. I guess that is his job in a way as a witcher. I loved seeing how he tackled each task laid before him and his thought processes as to how he could best overcome them. I really felt for some of the characters.
At points I did feel like I was getting a bit bored though. Especially towards the end with the final story featuring Dandelion and Yennifer. It would be exceptionally gripping at some parts and then really dull at others. I found myself skim reading the fluff to get back to the juicy bits.
For that reason I rated this The Last Wish four out of five stars in this review.