book reviews by Althea

Sword of Destiny – Andrzej Sapkowski ****

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Sword of Destiny
Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Bounds of Reason
Rumor has quickly spread of a dragon on the loose, and an assorted group of warriors, wizards and scoundrels have assembled. Many are clearly there to slay the dragon and gain reward and treasure – but Geralt the witcher is also there, and he says he doesn’t kill dragons. As the story unfolds, we discovers that others’ motivations are also more varied than we might’ve guessed.

A Shard of Ice
In a dingy midden heap of a town, Geralt must compete with a powerful wizard for the affections of the beautiful sorceress Yennefer. The angstiness here is worthy of the Elric saga.

Eternal Flame
Geralt and his minstrel friend Dandelion run into each other in the city of Novigrad (thirty thousand inhabitants!) Here they meet the halfling merchant Dainty Biebervelt – which, is soon becomes clear, is having an issue. He’s being impersonated by a rare being known as a doppel or mimic – who is interfering with his business in a most disturbing manner. The story becomes a delightful farce, with a most satisfying resolution.

A Little Sacrifice
An arrogant duke has requested the Witcher’s services as translator – he wants to speak with the mermaid he’s in love with. The initial conversation doesn’t go so well.. but while Geralt is still there, a boat of pearl divers vanishes – and a second request (or order) is issued: discover what monster might have slaughtered the divers so that commerce can resume.

The Sword of Destiny
While on a dangerous mission as envoy to the Lady of the forest of Brokilon, Geralt stumbles across a badly-wounded acquaintance. The besieged dryads of Brokilon make a policy of slaughtering anyone who infringes on their ever-shrinking territory. But the wounded man was desperate to fulfill his mission: to deliver a runaway princess to her intended betrothed. Can Geralt intercede on their behalf and save their lives?

Something More
Here, Geralt is badly wounded in his efforts to save a merchant from an attack by monsters. Delirious and hallucinating, he thinks of the past and the various destinies and truths that he has tried to avoid. But destiny has a way of catching up with everyone…

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