This series is so weird. I’m fairly certain I have started a review of one of these books before with that exact same sentence. I think I meant it more positively on that one. I am up and down, up and down with these books. One I’ll be obsessed and inhale it, and the next will be a slog that doesn’t catch my attention. This one was unfortunately mostly the second thing for me, although I still liked it.
Gerald and his motley crew of associates are still trying to rescue Ciri, this time by tracking down some druids, but they make almost no progress. The book mostly takes place with Ciri (which might explain why I wasn’t super into it; I did enjoy that all the Rats are now a non-presence in this story, although I do feel badly about not feeling badly when they were all brutally murdered in front of Ciri). The structure in this book is completely wack. It bounces back and forth with almost no indicators that’s happening. You just have to accept that’s the kind of thing Sapkowski’s writing does. Most of the book features Ciri being taken in by an old man named Vysogota who nurses her back to health, and she tells him the story of what’s happened to her (with us being filled in on the events between now and when we last saw her).
We also briefly get a Yennefer chapter, which I was very excited about, but it was short and confusing. I will admit I had to read the Wikipedia summary to figure out what all her weird visions were about.
Then, more Ciri.
I have absolutely no idea how this series is going to wrap up. There is only one more book in the series proper! (Season of Storms is another book of short stories that take place in the middle of the series.) What’s the endgame? I guess I’m just along for the ride.