The Last Wish – Book Review

Hi, welcome to my blog. Before I post my December TBR, I thought I’ll post a quick review update on the last book I read in November. I left this book out in my November wrap up earlier for the obvious reason that I hadn’t completed it.

I read: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski, a Polish fantasy author, better known for his Witcher Saga. You read it right, the very Witcher saga that’s being adapted into a series. (I confess I stumbled on to this book series only after seeing the Netflix Trailers!). The Last Wish (How ironic! 🙂 ) is the first book of the two short story books that precede the main Witcher saga books. You don’t need to read the short story books before you begin the Witcher Saga. But I didn’t want to miss the MC’s introduction hence I read it anyway.

I am not a short stories girl, but I enjoyed The Last Wish thanks to Geralt of Rivia, MC of the Witcher series. It was a fast read, not as satisfying as reading a novel but I was happy I learned something about the Witcher’s world. I still am not sure if I should begin reading the second short story book Sword of Destiny or if I should jump right into the first book of the series Blood of Elves. I probably will decide based on the completion of my December TBR. So, without further ado let’s get on with the review.

The Last Wish:
Genre – High Fantasy
Author – Andrzej Sapkowski
Goodreads Rating – 4.19
Rrkreads Rating – 4.0

I knew this book is just a primer to the Witcher Saga so I didn’t start it with much expectation, but I was pleasantly surprised to find the book quite enjoyable. The side characters were funny and mysterious. Most of the characters were grey, not a solid black or white thus making their stories a bit more interesting. I especially loved and enjoyed Monster’s story. I am intrigued by Geralt and am thirsting to read more about him. I am sure it only gets better in the rest of the books. I adored most of the side characters including Nenneke, Lola and the surprisingly lovable Dandelion. I do hope to see more of them in the main series as well. (Will I? If you have read the series, do let me know in the comments.)
The series begins with a serious and philosophical tone but as the book progresses it becomes funnier, especially with the introduction of Dandelion.
I especially liked the following sentence:

They fell, shattering the stair balustrade and, with a deafening crash, landed on the table. The table had the right not to withstand the blow, and it didn’t.

Honestly! that’s so brilliant considering the situation in the story. 🙂 I do not have much else to say about this book apart from the fact that I am eager to start the rest of the books in the series and that probably you won’t miss much if you get started with the Blood of Elves right off the bat.

So, let me finish this review with my favorite dialogue:

Lesser, greater, middling, it’s all the same. Proportions are negotiated, boundaries blurred. I’m not a pious hermit. I haven’t done only good in my life. But if I’m to choose between one evil and another, then I prefer not to choose at all.

and my favorite phrase:

pinnated pondblood moss

don’t ask me why I like this phrase so much, but I read this and repeated it loud a few times and found it hilarious, try repeating pinnated pondblood moss a few times and you’ll see what I mean.

Verdict Pick. If you want an introduction to Witcher, have time, and can handle short stories. Else, start with Blood of Elves and come back to this if you feel like it.

So yes, I enjoyed this book and I hope you do too. Let me know in the comments if you have any thoughts on this book or the series. I’ll catch up with you guys soon with my December TBR post. Stay happy and blessed. Om Shanti.

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PS: I am not sure why but my copy of the book had the name Dandelion spelled out as Dandilion, so I used that throughout the post, but now that I have realised my error, I have corrected the spelling of the name in the post.


    • Thank you Daniel, I read about the book in Goodreads, it has more of Dandelion & some continuation of the Queen story I presume? The reviews are great as well. As you said, Sword of destiny seems to be an unmissable book. Will definitely read it before starting the actual series. Thanks again for helping me decide. ?

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