Last Wish - Andrzej Sapkowski (Paperback)

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The book that heralded the arrival of a European superstar!

Product Details

14 Feb 2008
Supply Source
South Africa


Andrzej Sapkowski
Orion Publishing Co
Number of Pages
197 x 129 x 47mm (274g)


The book that heralded the arrival of a European superstar!


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.

One reviewer said: 'This book is a sheer delight. It is beautifully written, full of vitality and endlessly inventive: its format, with half a dozen episodes and intervening rest periods for both the hero and the reader, allows for a huge range of characters, scenarios and action. It's thought-provoking without being in the least dogmatic, witty without descending to farce and packed with sword fights without being derivative. The dialogue sparkles; characters morph almost imperceptibly from semi-cliche to completely original; nothing is as it first seems. Sapkowski succeeds in seamlessly welding familiar ideas, unique settings and delicious twists of originality: his Beauty wants to rip the throat out of a sensitive Beast; his Snow White seeks vengeance on all and sundry, his elves are embittered and vindictive. It's easily one of the best things I've read in ages.'


General Subject
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Fantasy / General
BIC Classification 1
Dewey Classification
General (US: Trade)

Author Bio

Andrzej Sapkowski was born in 1948 in Poland. He studied economy and business, but the success of his fantasy cycle about the sorcerer Geralt of Rivia turned him into a bestselling writer and he is now one of Poland's most famous and successful authors, selling more in his own country than Stephen King or Michael Crichton.

Customer Reviews

But...that sword is only for monsters!

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The Last Wish was originally written in Polish, and I had feared that the short stories would fall flat when translated, but happily that is not the case.

It's very apparent as to why these stories were later adapted into a commercial and critically successful video game series. The world shown in this book is layered with shades of grey, ambiguity and dry humour. There are no heroes or villains, just people trying to get by, and everyone has ulterior motives. Geralt is a monster slayer, but the recurring theme is that humans are the real monstrosities, not the beasts and ghouls.

The Last Wish makes reference to classic fairy tales but twists them to fit the dark world of the novel. Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Rumplestiltiskin and Snow White are woven into this tale in a really fresh and unique way. I thought that this added to the experience and raised the bar much higher than your traditional fantasy novel.

The Last Wish is a must read, for fans of the games and newcomers alike.