Title: “The Last Wish”
Author: Andrzej Sapkowski
Overall Thoughts: This book is one of the rare times that I have watched a show before reading the books, so I feel like a bit of a poser. ANYWAY, the story of Geralt of Rivia is one that is eludes to commonly known fairy stories as it tells the gritty tale of the Witcher’s life. Read the books you will find out all that being a Witcher entails! Geralt often finds his cantankerous self in situations that force his hand into taking a moral stance, which he hates, but ends up wholly involved. Sapkowski intersperses humor that cuts through Geralt’s serious nature and juxtaposes the nicely to this savage world. This first installment truly “introduces” us to this fantasy world and sets up a plot that draws you in. Great characters, with a wonderfully built world make for a great story!
Comparing book to movie/show often ends in despair for book lovers. I feel the series did justice to the books(at least from what I have read and seen). Of course there were flairs added that I felt unnecessary but these books lay a wonderful groundwork for this show. To make a story that is easily related via screen I understand why some liberties might have been taken. Well done Henry Cavill you make a marvelous Geralt!
I was left with many questions, and can’t wait to return to the world of Slavic creatures and mutants.