Synopsis: Geralt the Witcher has fought monsters and demons across the land, but even he may not be prepared for what is happening to his world. The kings and armies are maneuvering for position, each fearing invasion from across the river, each fearing their neighbors more. Intrigue, dissent and rebellion are on all sides. The Elves and other non-humans are still suffering under decades of repression, and growing numbers join the commando units hidden deep in the forest, striking at will and then dissolving into the trees. The Magicians are fighting amongst themselves, some in the pay of the kings, some sympathetic to the elves. And against this backdrop of fear and contempt Geralt and his lover Yennefer must protect Ciri, orphaned heir and sought by all sides. For the prophecy rests on her, and whether she lives or dies she has the power to save the world—or perhaps end it.
Hello, everyone! This is my first review for 2019 and it’s going to be a not-so-review-like mess. I haven’t written a review in what feels like forever so please bear with me as I get the hang of it again. Also, I was supposed to have this review written and published last year, but I somehow skipped it and moved on to other books leaving this one pending. Which is why this review is going to be short and different. I’ll only talk about what I liked and what I didn’t like and that’s it because I remember some details, but not as many as I’d like for a full review.
Things I liked:
- The Wild Hunt makes an appearance.
- Yennefer and Geralt make up.
- We visit Aretuza and meet the council of magicians.
- There’s a freaking coup and things get not just out of control but also super interesting.
- Geralt and Ciri are separated. I didn’t really like this but I like how this changes the story a bit and I can’t wait to see more of it in the next book.
- We get to see more of Ciri’s power.
- The dryads make another appearance and I love them.
- The Rats. I don’t exactly like them after what happened, but I’m excited to see more of them and see how they end up after this–which I already know is not that good.
Things I didn’t like:
- This book felt really slow and I felt like I was starting with “The Last Wish” all over again. In other words, I struggled with it yet I managed to finish it and enjoy it!
Overall, this fourth installment was intense, but it was too slow for my liking. Now I can’t wait to finally start reading “Baptism of Fire” and get to know more of what will happen after this mess with Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri!
Thanks for passing by & reading! x