For many people the pandemic has been an opportunity to binge watch. When you are the only parent home with two children, including a three year who constantly needs to snuggle, your options are limited while they are awake. One night my husband and I decided to start The Witcher. We watched one episode and enjoyed it but it took a while to watch another. I then remembered I had bought the first book, which some of the episodes are based on, a while back so I decided to read it (because I can do this while my 3 year old is sitting on my lap). At this point I have still just watched the one episode because I decided to read both books the first season pulls from first.
The Last Wish is collection of tales about Geralt, a witcher. There is one tale that is told a chapter at a time in between the other stories but it is more of a collection of intertwined tales then a novel, which personally made it easier for me to read quickly. Geralt has his own witcher code he follows as he battles monsters in a typical fantasy medieval like setting. The characters he encounters are also unique, funny, and flawed. A couple were engaging enough I wished they were in more of the story.One of the things I loved about this book I didn’t see in the episode of the show is the connection the author makes to fairy tales. I love fairy tales and often there will be a reference to a character that connects that character to a well known fairy tale. The stories also help build that world and their myths, monsters, legends, and rules.
I liked the book and plan to start reading the second book, I even recommended it to my husband is just an occasional reader. If you enjoy books with action, monsters, and fantasy this is one to pick up.