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Book Title: Krikštas ugnimi|
The author of the book: Andrzej Sapkowski
Date of issue: 2006
ISBN 13: 9789986971542
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In the previous book Geralt's POV ended with him getting beaten the crap out of, in a really bad way. In the beginning of this book he did not recovered, but he really had no time for full recovery as he needed to finish what he was trying to do before he was stopped. He left the sanctuary he was staying in and went straight toward the war front - all the nearby kingdoms were entertaining themselves in all-out war. Geralt still had an illusion that he would be able to stay neutral. To make a long story short, his failure in this was nothing short of spectacular.
On his way he somehow managed to collect a ragtag group of followers. I cannot say that is was his winning personality as he was either brooding, or big jerk all the time. Seriously in the beginning I was very exciting to know that the vast majority of the book would be told from his POV. It turned out to be one of the most boring ones because of his behavior. Yennefer had very little screen time - practically a couple of pages, but it was very exciting to read them. First, she finally realized what exactly she was playing with (forces way beyond her abilities, sorceress or not). I really hope this would bring her attitude down a couple of levels: she desperately needed that. Second, as the result she ended up being very pissed off and she has enough competence as a magic user to do something about it.
So Geralt is boring. None of his companions however are. Everybody's favorite bard still provides comic relief. Zoltan and his parrot are very colorful. Do not let me get started on a vampire healer (yes, you read it right and no, he does not sparkle).
Oh I almost forgot. Geralt's protégé firmly moved to my could-not-care-less category. Somehow I am not crazy about that development.
The ending was somewhat abrupt, but highly ironic. Otherwise it was a great book and my only wish for the next one is less Geralt's brooding or failing that - less Geralt.
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Read information about the authorAndrzej Sapkowski, born June 21, 1948 in Łódź, is a Polish fantasy writer. Sapkowski studied economics, and before turning to writing, he had worked as a senior sales representative for a foreign trade company. His first short story, The Witcher (Wiedźmin), was published in Fantastyka, Poland's leading fantasy literary magazine, in 1986 and was enormously successful both with readers and critics. Sapkowski has created a cycle of tales based on the world of The Witcher, comprising three collections of short stories and five novels. This cycle and his many other works have made him one of the best-known fantasy authors in Poland in the 1990s.
The main character of The Witcher (alternative translation: The Hexer) is Geralt, a mutant assassin who has been trained since childhood to hunt down and destroy monsters. Geralt exists in an ambiguous moral universe, yet manages to maintain his own coherent code of ethics. At the same time cynical and noble, Geralt has been compared to Raymond Chandler's signature character Philip Marlowe. The world in which these adventures take place is heavily influenced by Slavic mythology.
Sapkowski has won five Zajdel Awards, including three for short stories "Mniejsze zło" (Lesser Evil) (1990), "Miecz przeznaczenia" (Sword of Destiny) (1992) and "W leju po bombie" (In a Bomb Crater) (1993), and two for the novels "Krew elfów" (Blood of Elves) (1994) and "Narrenturm" (2002). He also won the Spanish Ignotus Award, best anthology, for The Last Wish in 2003, and for "Muzykanci" (The Musicians), best foreign short story, same year.
In 1997, Sapkowski won the prestigious Polityka's Passport award, which is awarded annually to artists who have strong prospects for international success.
In 2001, a Television Series based on the Witcher cycle was released in Poland and internationally, entitled Wiedźmin (The Hexer). A film by the same title was compiled from excerpts of the television series but both have been critical and box office failures.
Sapkowski's books have been translated into Czech, Russian, Lithuanian, German, Spanish, French, Ukrainian, and Portuguese. An English translation of The Last Wish short story collection was published by Gollancz in 2007.
The Polish game publisher, CD Projekt, created a role-playing PC game based on this universe, called The Witcher, which was released in October 2007. There is also a mobile version of the game which has been created by Breakpoint Games and is being published by Hands-On Mobile in Western Europe,Latin America and Asia Pacific.
The English translation of Sapkowski's novel Blood of Elves won the David Gemmell Legends Award in 2009.
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