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A collection of stories in the world of Geralt the Witcher, introducing some of the most loved characters from this universe. A must-read for fans of the novels and games alike.Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targA collection of stories in the world of Geralt the Witcher, introducing some of the most loved characters from this universe. A must-read for fans of the novels and games alike.Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.In this collection of short stories, following the adventures of the hit collection The Last Wish, join Geralt as he battles monsters, demons and prejudices alike...The anthology is composed of several stories, loosely linked in a chronological order:The Bounds of Reason (Granica możliwości)A Shard of Ice (Okruch lodu)Eternal Flame (Wieczny ogień)A Little Dedication (Trochę poświęcenia)The Sword of Destiny (Miecz przeznaczenia)Something More (Coś więcej)...

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Sword of Destiny Reviews

  • Michelle
    2019-04-05 03:08

    (Review of 2 books: “The Last Wish” and “The Sword of Destiny)It’s been a while since I’ve indulged in some sword and sorcery, and I’m happy to have come upon a trailer of “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” on Youtube. It’s visually stunning and highly fascinating! I wanted to learn more about the game and, to cut this story short (I guess you know where this is going anyway), discovered Andrej Sapkowski’s written wonders. I’m sure the games are awesome, but I’m quite glad that I can immerse myself in the Witcher Universe through my preferred medium.“The Last Wish” and “The Sword of Destiny” are each a collection of short, inter-connected stories that read very much like a character study. A study of the witcher, Geralt of Rivia, and his tormented relationship with the concept of destiny. The stories are nonlinear, but the links are easy to follow, and not every story turns out the way you might think or expect.It's really hard for me to convey the depth of these collection of stories. They have a range of tone -- humor, romance, adventure, intrigue -- that is amazing. The writing is contemporary and yet has a resonance that feels timeless. It reminds me of Tolkien, in that there is a depth to the world Sapkowski has created that makes you feel like it's been around for a very long time. The books rank right up there amidst the fantasy genre as most immersive and entertaining. Sapkowski has an interesting way of setting up a story according to traditional fantasy and fairy tale fashion, then allowing the darkest facets of our own world bleed through the pages. Complicated questions about morality, religion, diversity, progress, and love are incorporated into the stories and the characters.I fell in love with Geralt and his story,and he never disappoints with his perspective or his choices. He is relatable in a way that he is not the hyper self-righteous paragon of justice like many fantasy protagonists. He's merely a tradesman, of an albeit interesting line of work, trying somewhat desperately to keep his head above water and do the right thing. There's something of us all in Geralt in that respect.I find the stories well written, suspenseful and engaging. The characters are diverse, colorful and relatable. One of the treasures of Sapkowski's style is how much of the plot is revealed through character interactions. Conversations flow naturally yet give all the necessary exposition and world building. The characters are interesting, believable and three dimensional no matter how small their role. The stories are at times bleak and grim, and yet there is an odd sense of whimsy like you might find in a classic Grimm's fairy tale. They can be comical or tragic but never contrived.Overall, these are highly satisfying reads and I would highly recommend this to anyone who has a penchant for tough and gritty heroes who slay monsters and protect even the dumbest jerks from themselves with wisdom, dry wit, swordplay and a grounded sense of realism. Now I'm doubly excited to move on to the main series!

  • Evgeny
    2019-04-11 03:21

    This is a second collection of short stories featuring Geralt of Rivia. If I understand correctly it was written before The Last Wish, but chronologically comes after that one. The stories of this anthology are longer and less funny although one of them can be considered to be entirely humorous. As most of the people already know Geralt is a witcher. This means he hunts monsters for living. He is also considered to be a mutant by many as his training included undergoing some chemical (herbs) and magical treatment that left him not-quite-human. So what does the guy do in this anthology? He is being lovesick - he is madly in love with Yennefer, he does his damned to escape what he thinks is his destiny, he follows his Codex which does not allow him to kill intelligent monsters. Have you notice something is missing in this description? Exactly, the monster hunter does everything, but hunting monsters. This makes even one of the characters wonder how the heck he made his living with his nonexistent work-related income; it feels kind of like this:Unsurprisingly Geralt is broke most of the time. I would like to talk about the love part of the book. What is a cornerstone cliché of a romance novel? The one without which the whole genre would not exists at all? It is a standard situation when two people are deeply in love with each other, but both of them keep creating obstacles that prevent them from being together, knowing exactly what they are doing. I mean imagine two people meet each other, fall in love, get married right away within a couple of pages, and fall into a standard married routine. Who in the right mind would read such a boring book? Geralt and Yennefer is exactly such couple. The troubles they go to NOT be with each other boggle the mind. As you might guess these situations feel a little old. They felt old during Shakespeare time actually. At least in the Great Bard's tale it were families that kept the kids separated. It was not a bad anthology despite my criticism, but it did resulted in a lower rating by half a star. I am also willing to cut some slack due to a fact that it was the first written installment of the series. The next book promptly goes to my to-read shelf.

  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    2019-04-16 23:59

    Uh-oh, I think my boyfriend Geralt is on strike. I mean, why else would the Most Deliciously Scrumptious Witcher Ever aka the Super Hot if Slightly Mutant Monster Slayer (MDSWEakatSHiSMMS™) butcher such a ridiculously low amount of supernatural beasts in this volume? Well, I guess it is also possible that his evil boring twin took over while I was, um, otherwise engaged with some of my other harem, um, boarders and stuff. Or maybe he was abducted by aliens, submitted to vigorous brain reprogramming sessions, and then shipped back to us via Expedited Shrimp Express (ESE™)? Who the fish knows? In any case, there is way too little delicious slaughter here and way too much pondering on the meaning of life, destiny, blah blah blah and all that crap. Not to mention the inordinate amount of Suicide-Inducing Lovey Dovey Crap (SILDC™) one has to bravely endure while reading this book. Indeed.Okay, so there's some really good, err, what's the word for this? Oh, yes, I remember now, "stuff" is the technical term I'm looking for. So yes, there is definitely some good stuff here: a little bit of intrigue, a pinch of adventure, a dash of Let's Gleefully Hack at Things (LGHaT™), a speck of humor, a drop of shenanigans and a soupçon of my homicidally sexy boyfriend. Alas, unfortunately and stuff, sufficient to make this short story collection as yummilicious as The Last Wish this wasn't. Most of the stories begin stupendously enough, I'll give you that, my Little Barnacles. One opens with a basilisk, free warrior women and crayfish. Which got me all excite because coming across my freshwater cousins in books always makes my exoskeleton tingle and stuff. Another story begins with tentacles, serrated claws and mountains of exploding trash. Which brought back fond memories of my past life as Marjory the Trash Heap.Ah, good times.Then there is the story that kicks off with a delightfully capricious mermaid and later introduces super, um, friendly sea creatures. And then the story that starts with most, um, welcoming monsters. And severed limbs. Oh, and let's not forget the one with the dryads! So, you see, all the stories in this collection begin quite gloriously indeed. The problem is, most of them then proceed to deflate like the proverbial (if bloody shrimping) soufflé. Because too many pointless ramblings and endless dialogues, not enough blood-shedding. Because too much allergy-inducing relationship drama, not enough action. And don't get me started on Yennefer. Actually, no, please DO get me started on her. To think I locked her up in my harem kindly offered her asylum after reading The Last Wish! She was cool! She was cunning! She was badass! She was hot! She was mine! But now? It's pretty obvious the aliens kidnapped and then brainwashed her like they did Geralt. Why else would she act like such an exasperatingly selfish—or is it selfishly exasperating? I forget—bitch? And the angst! Bloody stinking fish, the angst! There's enough of it here to feed a battalion of Thoroughly Frustrated New Adult Fangirls (TFNAF™)! Yeah, more or less.But hey, it's not ALL bad. (view spoiler)[Just so you know, I deny ever writing what you are about to read. It only exists in your alcohol-drenched little head. You shouldn't drink and read, you know. It's not the most sensible behavior, you know. Follow my example! Drink chamomile tea at all times!(view spoiler)[That detector of yours is obviously broken, Young Man of the Silly Costume. (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)] I mean, there's a super cute kid in two of the stories. Her name is Ciri. She made my black, withered heart do all kind of weird things. First of all, it started beating, which was kind of, you know, spooky and stuff. Then it kinda sorta felt like it was getting slightly squished and stuff. Strange, err, what was that technical term again? Oh yes, stuff. Strange stuff. Indeed. Disgusting, too. You have to admit that feeling so revoltingly emotional and human isn't really in my line of work. I find the idea both terribly repulsive and horribly inadequate, to be honest. So I very logically kidnapped Ciri. For her own good, obviously. Also, she'll make great blackmail material. I won't release her until my Geralt returns to his former MDSWEakatSHiSMMS™ self. Muahahahaha and stuff.(view spoiler)[This is the end of the paragraph you thought you read but didn't because you're drunk and because I never wrote it. You're welcome. (hide spoiler)]➽ And the moral of this The Evil Russians™ Quite Evidently Replaced my Geralt with a Sappy Doppelgänger That's It I'm Unleashing the Shrimps on the Kremlin and Getting the Real Him Back to the Harem and Stuff Crappy Non Review (TERQERmGwaSDTIIUtSonKaGtRHBttHaSCNR™) is: my pet Algernon misses his monster friends, Mr Sapkowski. Please bring them back, even if it's just to have them slightly slaughtered by my Geralt. Algernon feels awfully lost without them, you see. I mean, look at the poor thing! Doesn't he look utterly helpless and completely befuddled to you? So please do the charitable thing, Mr Sapkowski. Bring my mutant beast slayer back and Make Algernon Gleeful Again (MAGA™)! ✎ Book 1: The Last Wish ★★★★★✎ Book 3: Blood of Elves ★★★✎ Book 4: The Time of Contempt ★★[Pre-review nonsense]Geralt, dear boy, we need to talk. I locked you up in my High Security Harem because you were a super hot monster slayer, not for your disgusting love sick puppy tendencies. So you stop this revolting display of vile maudlin sentimentality right this minute, or I'm sending you to the DNF Graveyard until you become yourself again, you hear me?!What? You didn't know Geralt looked like a toast with tiny arms? You really are clueless, aren't you, my Little Barnacles?➽ Full Who The Bloody Fish Are You and What Have You Done with My Sexey Badass Mutant Boyfriend Crappy Non Review (WTBFAYaWHYDwMSBMBCNR™) to come.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Fredrik
    2019-03-28 06:29

    I read this book in swedish (called Ödets Svärd - Sword of Destiny) and let me just say;WOW. Sapkowski, you f-ing rule.It doesn't seem like the Swedish publishers will publish any more Sapkowskibooks, and all I can say is; Your Loss, man.Luckily, the Witcher Saga is available in English!Everything about this book is awesome, from the characters to the world, to the humor and the fighting scenes. Geralt is a true badass, although he tries not to act like one. And his, kind of tragic, love story with Yennefer really gets to you. (unless you are a ghoul or something, and then Geralt will find you and destroy you.)So, if you haven't yet read any Andrzej Sapkowski, do it now. Yesterday if you could. You wont regret it.

  • Knjigoholičarka
    2019-03-27 01:13

    Jedne večeri se Džon Grin i Paolo Koeljo otkinuli od Rubinovog Vinjaka i odlučili da pišu fantastiku pošto tu sad leži lova. "Ti dnapišeš onaj 'lozofski deo one... one... 'nutrašnje mono-loooge... i spoljašnje...kaksezovu", zapetlja Grin jezikom, "a ja ćdnapišem ljubvne priče i dialogitakoto". "Ae", reče Koeljo, pre nego što je glavom opalio o već lepljivi sto i skotrljao se na pod bifea "Čep".I tako je nastala ova knjiga.

  • Markus
    2019-04-20 04:20

    This second short story collection is unfortunately the weakest part of the Witcher universe that I have read. It is not on the level of The Last Wish, the stories feel mashed together without the same sense of purpose as in the other book, and they are less exciting, less symbolic and less epic.However, I love experiencing the world of the Witcher and following Geralt of Rivia and Yennefer of Vengerberg on their adventures (even though Yennefer is dreadfully annoying in this book compared to other volumes). Sword of Destiny is also very much worth reading for a Witcher fan as it provides a proper introduction to Ciri, adding more context to the happenings of The Last Wish and the main saga.Overall, this is a decent book, although it doesn’t quite fulfil its huge potential.Witcher reviews:#1 The Last Wish#2 Sword of Destiny#3 Blood of Elves

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2019-04-17 06:02

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum of Destiny is a collection of short stories featuring Geralt of Rivia, and it is actually the second book in The Witcher sequence. But because the English editions of the series’ first three full-length novels were released before this one (not to mention I was also pretty adamant about waiting for the audiobook, which wasn’t released until December 2015), I had to read it out of order.Now that I’ve completed the book though, so much is finally falling into place! Sword of Destiny bridges the events between the end of The Last Wish (the first short story collection) and Blood of Elves (the first novel of the series), making it a must-read for fans of The Witcher. Even if you’re not a “short story person”, picking it up is absolutely essential if you want to get the full picture.The book opens with “The Bounds of Reason”, a story about a good old-fashioned dragon hunt. Well, things begin innocently enough, anyway. Geralt and his friend Dandelion get together with a group of adventurers to investigate rumors of a rare gold dragon. They eventually come across the creature, only to be met with some pretty big surprises! Geralt is true to form, stepping up and proving himself to be someone you want to root for. Yennefer, one of the series’ major characters, also makes an appearance. This was a great story to start the collection, with lots of action and a healthy dose of humor. I also enjoyed the classic quest narrative…with a twist.The second story is “A Shard of Ice”, which I admit I didn’t enjoy quite as much. It’s not a typical short story, with not much of a plot, instead centering its focus on the romantic relationship between Geralt and Yennefer. Still, I liked how it revealed more about both characters, how they are both flawed people with plenty of cracks and vulnerabilities in their defenses. How can two people be so right and yet so wrong for each other at the same time?The collection continues with “Eternal Flame”. In my opinion, this is another rather ho-hum tale, though it certainly had its moments. Geralt and Dendelion are up to their shenanigans again, heading back into the city to visit a friend, only to discover that he has been replaced by a mischievous doppelganger. It was a fun story, but ultimately I didn’t find it very memorable, and overall it didn’t add to the narrative in any meaningful way.Next up is “A Little Sacrifice”, and I have to say, this story is where the audiobook excels. There’s a good reason why I choose audio format for this series, and that’s because narrator Peter Kenny is awesome—but more on that later. In this story, we get a twisted little take on The Little Mermaid. A duke and a mermaid fall in love and Geralt is hired as a translator to negotiate the terms of their relationship. The results are as hilarious as you would expect, and funnier still, the mermaid “language” involves singing the words. Peter Kenny rises to the occasion, delivering the lines the way they were meant to be spoken—in sing-song. Major points to him for that, because I have a feeling very few other narrators would have made the effort. This story made me laugh a lot, but it isn’t all humor either; Geralt reacts unexpectedly to another woman’s affections, realizing how his relationship with Yennefer has changed and affected him.Finally, we come to the most crucial story, “The Sword of Destiny.” Geralt is tasked to meet with the Dryads, and while traveling through their forest, major events come to pass which will forever change his life. This is perhaps the most important story to read in this collection, as it is the one that introduces Ciri, the lost princess of Cintra. She plays a huge role in the rest of the series, and Geralt’s first meeting with her is not to be missed. As watershed moments go, it was a pretty good one.There’s one more story left, and that’s “Something More”, aptly named because it is like an addendum to the previous story, reaching back to link Geralt’s past with his present and future. It also references more of the fairy tales and myths that make this world so fascinating. Geralt sustains a grievous injury after one of his harrowing battles, and he drifts in and out of consciousness during his long recovery, flashing back to memories and regrets from the past. This last story is a very powerful and touching one, a perfect end this collection. It ties things up neatly, and the final scene is enough to bring any Witcher fan to tears.All in all, Sword of Destiny is a fine collection of tales, though as most collections go, it is not without its ups and downs. Nevertheless, it is an essential part of The Witcher series, especially the last few stories. Now that it is out, I highly recommend reading the books in order. This one in particular covers a lot of the events before Blood of Elves. The audiobook release schedule has also now caught up to the print release schedule, which is great news because I can’t imagine experiencing these books any other way. For me, Peter Kenny has become the voice of this series, and I look forward to hearing him narrate the next novel The Swallow’s Tower.

  • Mili
    2019-04-08 23:20

    It started out way too boring, its not that the characters are not interesting but it lacked a plot. Im not a short story person perse. After the mermaid chapter it got more intense and interesting. Thats when it picked up my interest (Brokilon, cool amazonian chicks and Ciri ) and I went through it quickly. Really cool ending, got me a wee it emotional xD

  • Mari
    2019-04-12 23:02

    [March 18, 2017] Marking for reread and also *fanfare* upping my rating to a full 4 stars. Do I think it's a 4 star book? I don't know. I just know that this world and these characters keep growing on me more and more. I've read these stories before (obvs) but that doesn't make them a bit more interesting, entertaining or edge-of-your-seat worthy. Part of my grading comes from rereadability. I hold stories that you can visit again and again in high esteem, and this is certainly a collection that falls there. My review below is great. Read it because I still mostly feel all those things for sure. [June 5, 2016] I talk about reading this book in this reading wrap-up!3.5 starsThis has been such an entertaining and interesting reading experience. I will say that I'm loving the stories in terms of action, adventure and Geralt. I LOVE GERALT SO MUCH. I love his non-emotional emo. I love his cold brooding. I love his code of ethics, his solitary figure that is constantly surrounded by the strangest friends, his ability, his capability, etc. I could go on. I also know, however, that I'm so enchanted with this character and setting BECAUSE I played the video games first. I'm not sure how I would receive all of this if I didn't have that other experience first. I start on page 1 with investment already and I just want to be clear that this was never going to be anything resembling an objective reading experience for me. I'm okay with that, because I'm enjoying myself a ton, but clearly I've also been wondering what I would've thought had things been reversed. The two things that give me pause here are the writing style and the treatment of women within the story. The writing style isn't bad, by any means. I'm also reading a Sarah J Maas book at the moment, so I'll repeat: I'm not talking about SJM levels bad. There are moments where it is just beautiful it what it says about people, humanity, destiny, war, etc. But those moment are far between. Usually the writing style is rather plain and formulaic. It fits the fantasy style and the character of Geralt well, but it isn't my preferred style. I like things a little more fluffy and descriptive, etc. The whole thing with women is difficult. We've met a few really powerful, take charge, no nonsense women. The author has even made some really interesting, pro-choice commentary within his story in a way that makes it clear that he's here for women's rights. There is nothing that I could point to and say concretely, "this is SO problematic." It's more of a... ~*feeling*~. Women are constantly sexualized, but in that really plain straight forward manner, so that I'm constantly going back and thinking, "is he being descriptive or gross right now?" If a woman enters the scene, her breast size is going to be described. Bank on it. I often wonder if Geralt is going to make out with all of the women he comes across because of that air with which the author treats his women. It's not happening so much or so overtly that I won't continue reading, especially because I find Yen and Triss and especially Ciri incredible characters. THAT LAST STORY IN THIS COLLECTION WITH CIRI. Tears. Finally, ship update: I ONLY ship Geralt and Yen because it's what Geralt wants. I'm back here like, bro. I advise against it but if that's what you want... Yen is difficult to root for. I get all of her reasons for doing things but I get them in my head, not in my heart.I love that this series starts off with two collections of short stories. (Or at last, that's how I read them. There are a gazillion suggested reading orders out there. I'm going in publication order because.) Every story is like a little piece of the puzzle. It feels like I'm getting tid-bits and easter eggs and I'm liking it. Onward!

  • Althea Ann
    2019-04-14 23:24

    The Bounds of ReasonRumor 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 IceIn 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 FlameGeralt 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 SacrificeAn 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 DestinyWhile 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 MoreHere, 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...

  • Aziz Varlık
    2019-03-29 02:13

    Çok duygusaldı buluşmaları 😢İlk kitaptan çok daha iyiydi. Üçüncü cilt ne zaman gelir acaba 😫

  • José
    2019-04-11 03:26

    «La espada del destino tiene dos filos... y uno eres tú».«La espada del destino» es el segundo libro de la saga de Geralt de Rivia, mejor conocido como el brujo o The Witcher. Esta saga presenta un comienzo atípico en relación a otras obras de fantasía porque los dos primeros tomos son colecciones de historias cortas que ayudan a conocer a Geralt, el mundo en el cual transcurre la saga y los personajes que acompañarán al brujo a lo largo de su viaje; se puede decir que la saga comienza de verdad en el tercer libro, aunque estas historias (sobre todo las últimas dos de «La espada del destino») son necesarias para comprender el trasfondo de muchos personajes y del protagonista. Mientras que la temática de los cuentos de «El último deseo» giraban en torno a los diferentes encargos que Geralt realiza (Geralt es un cazador de monstruos), las historias de «La espada del destino» están relacionados con Yennefer, una misteriosa hechicera de la cual el brujo está perdidamente enamorado, y Ciri, una joven cuyo destino está ligado al de Geralt. Para ser honesto, al principio estos cuentos no me gustaron porque parecían muy desconectados uno del otro y la historia de Yennefer y Geralt es la típica historia de histeriqueo que suelo detestar, además de que es un tanto confuso determinar si las historias siguen un orden cronológico o son cuentos sueltos. Por suerte, a medida que avanzamos en este libro, llegamos a conocer las razones por la cual el brujo y la hechicera no pueden estar juntos y el tema del orden cronológico queda bien claro en los últimos dos cuentos. Como ya mencioné en la reseña de «El último deseo», Sapkowski toma una cantidad de criaturas mitológicas clásicas como náyades, djinns, elfos, dragones, enanos; lo cual hace que sus historias tengan cierto tono de cuento de hadas. Lo que me parece genial de este autor es que, a pesar de presentar escenarios tan hermosos y criaturas majestuosas, utiliza un estilo bastante "desprolijo" para describirlos: sus personajes insultan muy a menudo, son extremadamente groseros y hacen uso del sarcasmo y de la ironía.Creo que ese contrapunto que se genera entre la fantasía tradicional y sus personajes que no tienen nada de heroico, hacen que estos libros sean muy entretenidos de leer. Pero esto no quiere decir que por usar un lenguaje vulgar sean cuentos de mal gusto, sino todo lo contrario: los títulos de cada una de estas historias guardan un gran significado y las metáforas que utiliza Sapkowski para presentar cada tema son impresionantes y muy hermosas; el cierre de la última historia (que se titula «Algo más») es uno de los mejores ejemplos.Si tuviera que señalar algún aspecto negativo de este libro, además de la falta de cohesión entre las historias de la que hablaba anteriormente, es cómo el autor maneja los "encuentros amorosos" de Geralt. En lo personal no tengo problemas con que el protagonista conquiste a todas las chicas que se cruzan con él siempre y cuando sea hecho de forma convincente, lamentablemente no es el caso de estos cuentos: en todas las historias (sí, en todas y cada una de ellas) Geralt termina encamado con una mujer diferente tras intercambiar un par de palabras, algo que me pareció poco creíble teniendo en cuenta que el brujo es descrito como un personaje aterrador y bastante frío. A pesar de su aspecto aterrador, Geralt se muestra como un personaje con códigos y no es para nada insensible, pero de todas formas no me parece convincente que todas las mujeres se enamoren de él así sin más.A pesar de que el comienzo es un poco flojo, considero que es una colección que va de menos a más. Los últimos dos cuentos son verdaderamente maravillosos y le dan un mayor sentido a las primeras historias que hasta entonces parecían desconectadas una de la otra. Además, estas últimas dos historias introducen temas y personajes que seguramente serán muy importantes en los siguientes libros; el final del último cuento me dejó con muchísimas ganas de continuar con los libros del Geralt de Rivia y seguramente los leeré pronto.Calificación 8/10 «La espada del destino» es una buena colección de historias cortas que va de menos a más. A medida que avanzan los cuentos es posible comenzar a comprender cómo los diferentes acontecimientos están relacionados y a entender algunos aspectos del mundo de Geralt. El estilo de Sapkowski es único porque logra mezclar fantasía heroica con personajes antiheroicos y groseros, lo cual hacen que estas historias sean muy entretenidas y fáciles de leer en comparación con obras de fantasía épica más "densas".Los últimos dos cuentos de esta colección adelantan lo que promete ser un gran comienzo para esta saga.

  • Dusty
    2019-04-08 00:10

    What a pleasant surprise. I've heard good things about the Witcher books, of which the Witcher video games are based on, and I wasn't disappointed. This collection of short stories is not available in an official English translation so I had to read the fan translations. I didn't know what to expect in terms of the quality of the translation, but it was actually very well done. They were in Word doc format and I combined them and created a single Mobi file for the Kindle which turned out quite nice.The stories were all superb fantasy fare. Nothing extraordinarily original or outstanding, but there was something in the quality of the character creation, dialog, and interactions that makes the stories have a very intimate feel. There's probably a better way to describe the style, but that's what immediately comes to mind. Geralt is very quiet, sensitive, and sympathetic for a cold blooded, monster hunter. The contrast is effective in making him more likable than in the games, I think. There are also many humorous moments sprinkled throughout involving the supporting characters. It's nice to read a book about "monster hunting" that tries to give the hunter a soul and relies less on heavy action sequences and stale monster types (Hello Monster Hunter International. I'm still sour from having just read that one.) I'm looking forward to immediately jumping into The Last Wish which is another short story collection in the Witcher universe.

  • Mark Halse
    2019-03-25 03:26

    The more stories I read about Geralt of Rivia the more I love him. The best thing about these stories is that the characters are so very real despite living in a fairy tale world.I liked this set of short stories a little better. In THE LAST WISH the only thing holding the stories together was that they all starred Geralt. In this book the stories were connected by more and seemed to lead to something. The thing I love most about Geralt is how honest he is as a character. Sometimes he's a selfish prick who makes mistakes and I like that. Most of the times he isn't and I like that too.This book had monsters and action, magic and most importantly drama. At heart this book is a fairy tale soap opera staring a cat eyed monster hunter. Seriously it's cooler than it sounds.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  • Trevor Frazier
    2019-04-10 02:15

    Another great collection of Geralt's adventures!There was more emotional depth than in the first set of stories, especially in A Little Sacrifice and Something More. The very last page of A Little Sacrifice wrecked my world for a few minutes. The feels man, the feels.The only story I didn't care for much was Eternal Flame. The pacing was horrible and the twist was foreshadowed so heavily that I already knew what to expect, therefore ruining any satisfaction at the end. Reasons to give this a read:1.) The first meeting of Geralt and Ciri!2.) Mermaids full of attitude and sass.3.) Here be dragons. Golden dragons!4.) Geralt on acid. Trippy. (and well written)

  • daisy
    2019-04-06 00:59

    y'all I actually wrote a review instead of sticking RTC in the little text box and then forgetting about it - it's a miracle!! I'm gonna be completely honest - I didn't really love most of the stories in this one. Those featuring Ciri were by far my favourites, the last one in the little collection was my fave of the lot, but the rest were kind of just? okay? Which is a shame because I do quite like Geralt and find the magic and monsters and all of that jazz enjoyable + interesting.Something that definitely bogged down my enjoyment - and was coincidentally the only major issue I had with the previous book - was the gross sexist/rapey throwaway lines and world-building.SPOILERS BELOW - Yennefer is overpowered, bound, has her blouse ripped open, her breasts groped, and is then basically told she's going to be passed around by a group of dwarves to 'enjoy' after they've completed their hunt.- There's a line about one of the victims of a dragon being the town halfwit, the son of a 'retarded woman and a squadron of invading soldiers who passed through' that was just odd. - Geralt witnesses a crying twelve year old girl being groped by an innkeeper and is just 'annoyed' by it - after which neither of them are mentioned again. It was? pointless?- A teenage squire helps Ciri, a young child, away and Geralt's inner monologue suggests that he did so because he'd 'heard knightly tales about virgins being promised to their heroes' or something.- There's a mermaid called Sh'eenaz, who I quite liked, but every time she appeared in a scene, there'd be a line about how 'lovely her charms' were. Charms AKA her boobs. How lovely and perfectly shaped and firm her boobs were. Every single scene. Boobs are great, I get it, but you don't need to mention it every single time she blinks. - Women are constantly described via the size of their breasts, how plump/shapely they are, how fair of face they might or might not be, how virginal they are or aren't, etc. etc.- Also I get that Yennefer being barren is upsetting for her, and something she desperately wishes to reverse, that's understandable, but the way she talks about her infertility is just... strange to me. Like she's not worth anything else as a person or a woman because she can't conceive.It all felt super unnecessary and gross and I've said it before and it's probably just my personal preference, but I don't have any patience for it anymore tbh.In saying all of that - I'm definitely gonna continue with the series because a) I do genuinely enjoy the general setting and main cast, b) I think the rest of the books are actually novels, not collections of short stories, which I think I might enjoy a little more, and c) I already own them all, so... might as well! I'm also hoping to get through the books before I dive into The Witcher 3, so fingers crossed that happens.

  • Patremagne
    2019-04-21 04:24

    "It's like they said! Geralt! it's like they said! Am I your destiny? Say it! Am I your destiny?""You're much more than that, Ciri. Much more."Fuck. Too many feels in these past two audiobooks.

  • Gorgona Grim
    2019-04-09 03:16

    Za razliku od prve knjige koja je koncipirana kao niz kratkih pričica, iako se donekle ponavlja forma, priče se "ukrupnjavaju" i nema toliko brzine i skokova. Međutim, ovo blago smirivanje tempa pripovedanja uopšte ne šteti, naprotiv, predstavlja odličan prelaz ka narednim nastavcima sage.Kroz šest priča pratimo Geralta i njegove avanture. Priče su ovaj put međusobno čvršće povezane i referišu se na pojedine likove i događaje iz prve knjige. "Granica mogućnosti" je priča o mitskom zlatnom zmaju koji i nije toliko mitski. U priči "Komadić leda" ponovo pratimo odnos između Jenefer i Geralta (view spoiler)[kao i njihov rastanak, ali ne definitivan (hide spoiler)], dok "Večni plamen" prikazuje susret sa mimikom koji unosi haos u život trgovca kojeg oponaša. "Malo požrtvovanja" u jednom segmentu se referiše na bajku o maloj sireni (view spoiler)[ali ujedno prikazuje i jednu od Geraltovih ljubavnih veza koje se završavaju neslavno (hide spoiler)]. Poslednje dve priče, "Mač sudbine" i Nešto više", predstavljaju poslednje temeljne stubove na kojima se gradi novi nivo sage, koja svoj puni zamah hvata u delovima pred nama.Iako mi je svaka priča bila izuzetno zanimljiva, pa i one u kojima se "patetiše i ljubaviše", ipak prevagu odnose "Mač sudbine" i "Nešto više". U priči koja je ujedno i naslov drugog dela sage, Ciri i Geralt se po prvi put sreću u šumama Brokilona, gde Geralt saznaje da je ona njegovo čedo nenadanosti. (view spoiler)[Naime, u priči iz prve knjige "Pitanje cene", Geralt rešava delikatnu situaciju u kraljevskoj porodici i tada, kada biva upitan šta traži kao cenu za učinjen trud, izgovara: Daćeš mi ono što već poseduješ, a o čemu ne znaš. Za šest godina, vratiću se u Cintru i proveriti da li mi je sudbina bila naklonjena. Ovakva izjava obavezuje onoga kome je izrečena, da vešcu preda ono čemu se nije nadao ili za šta nije znao. Nakon ove izjave, obelodanjuje se da je Paveta, princeza Cintre, trudna. Sada, šest godina kasnije i tokom susreta u Brokilonskoj šumi, Ciri je stavljena pred izbor: ostati u šumi i postati drijada ili otići sa Geraltom, na šta Ciri odgovara da želi da ode sa Geraltom zato što je on moja sudbina. Međutim, Geralt je ipak ostavlja, ali ispostavlja se, ne zadugo.(hide spoiler)]U priči "Nešto više" donekle se ponavlja tok iz priče "Pitanje cene". Veštac pomaže trgovcu u nevolji i kada ga trgovac pita čime i kako mu se može odužiti, Geralt ponavlja: Daćeš mi ono što po povratku kući zatekneš, a čemu se ne nadaš".Iako ga trgovac uverava da ne postoji šansa da je njegova supruga trudna, govori vešcu da ima dva sina te da može da izabere jednog od njih koji će postati veštac. (view spoiler)[Ono što trgovac nije ni mogao da pretpostavi jeste da je njegova supruga, u njegovom odsustvu, prihvatila devojčicu iz izgnanstva, a devojčica je, ni manje ni više - Ciri. (hide spoiler)]Odnosi koje likovi grade između sebe u ovom delu knjige počinju izuzetno da se povezuju i bivaju kompleksni, dok je sudbina kao motiv izuzetno upečatljivo korišćena. Iako su mnogi iskritikovali ovaj nastavak, manje ili više osnovano, moja impresija je i dalje izuzetno pozitivna i u rangu prve knjige. Izuzetno mi se dopada način na koji se isprva regrutuju novi potencijalni vešci i vešterice, a to je putem zahteva nenadanosti.

  • Jeraviz
    2019-04-05 23:21

    Sapkowski entra en mi top de mejores escritores. Alucino con la cantidad de registros que tiene en los diálogos, haciendo que cada personaje tenga voz propia. Las escenas de acción las narra milimétricamente y cuando se tiene que poner épico, se pone como el que más. Grandísimo trabajo también el del traductor.En este segundo tomo sigue con el formato de relatos, para profundizar en la historia de los personajes pero sin un hilo conductor como sucedía en el primer libro. Esto ha hecho que estuviera algo perdido en la cronología de los relatos y su relación con los del primer tomo. También hay un par de ellos que me resultaron algo lentos.Pero las 4 estrellas se las llevan los dos últimos. Que es donde sienta las bases de lo que está por llegar y da una profundidad al mundo que crea espectacular.Vayas ganas de continuar.PD: Cada vez que alguien me diga si necesito algo voy a responder :"Me darás lo que al volver a casa no te esperes". A ver qué sale de eso.

  • Laura
    2019-04-14 23:00

    Me ha faltado algo para darle 4 estrellas, pero tampoco son 3.Es entretenido porque hay muchas historias y no te da tiempo a aburrirte, pero yo ya quería una trama más continua. La historia que más me ha gustado ha sido la del dragón, porque los dragones son mi debilidad.La de las dríadas del bosque espero que la vuelvan a tocar más tarde en alguno de los libros porque tengo mucha curiosidad.Y ahora voy a hablar un poco (muy poco) de los personajes. Jaskier me hace mucha gracia y siempre estoy deseando que aparezca. Odio a Yennefer mucho, yo la haría desaparecer pero me la voy a tener que seguir tragando seguramente hasta el último libro. La historia de Essie me ha encantado y me ha dado muchísima pena. Y ese abrazo final con Ciri me ha dado mucha ternura. A ver cómo sigue esta historia...

  • Mladen
    2019-04-08 03:10

    Kao i prva knjiga - brzo, osvežavajuće, bez opterećujućeg razvlačenja, s malo više humora i mnogo bolje osmišljenim celinama/pričama.Utkana poznata mitologija, to jest poznata bića ne ostavljaju utisak prežvakavanja već poznatog jer su preoblikovana u skladu s pričama - odlično utkana u piščev svet koji mi se, kako čitanje odmiče, sve više dopada. Za razliku od nekih drugih serijala, koji su mi se smučili na drugoj knjizi jer vode u beskrajno prežvakavanje po svetovima koji sa svakim poglavljem postaju bespotrebno sve veći i veći, ovu knjigu mogu svakom ljubitelju fantastike da preporučim.

  • Kenchiin
    2019-04-17 05:12

    Sapkowski knows what he's doing. He just knows.

  • Michelle Morrell
    2019-04-22 05:23

    Oh Geralt, how do I love you? Enough to sneak chapters on my phone whenever I can. So yeah yeah, I came to the books through the Witcher 3 game. A quick trip through the wiki helped a little, but there's nothing like source material. All this backstory is finally filling the massive holes in my knowledge (and finally introducing me to the people behind the Gwent cards).More Geralt side quests, all wrapped around more of the story of young child Ciri and their shared destiny, with some Yennifer on the side. Special appearance by ... Geralt's mom! This one fits between "The Last Wish" and "Blood of Elves," some put it as #2 and others call it #1.5.

  • Jennifer Melzer
    2019-04-17 06:25

    I have become so emotionally attached to these characters over the last few years. By the time I got to the end of the last story in the Sword of Destiny I had a pile of tissues on the table beside me.These stories were missing, little bits and pieces of the story in the fog, but wow... Just wow. Filling in those empty spaces was like coming home through memories you almost forgot were the greatest part of who you were, are and will one day be.

  • Celise
    2019-04-15 22:03

    I can't say this second volume of short stories in the Witcher Saga was nearly as enchanting as The Last Wish, but it was still good. Just a bit more hit and miss, and the monsters were less philosophical and interesting. I also couldn't seem to sit down and read an entire story in one go, which I was able to with the previous volume.My favourite was The Bounds of Reason, which I thought featured some pretty cool characters. Plus there were dragons, and dragons never get old in fantasy for me. Other than that I liked parts of The Sword of Destiny, and I was somewhat partial to A Little Sacrifice. I definitely was not into the whole Yennefer/Istredd plot of A Shard of Ice and could have done without that story altogether.I know Ciri is going to be an important character in the series and games so I was excited to hear that my suspicions about her origins were true. I think she may end up being my favourite character.3. 5 stars. Buddy reads with Markus

  • Meseceva
    2019-04-01 02:20

    Mrcvarismo se ova knjiga i ja mnogo duže nego što sam mislila da bi bilo moguće posle solidne uvodne priče. Naredne tri priče su donele veliko iskušenje da odustanem od daljeg čitanja, a time i od ostatka Sage o vešcu, što baš i nisam bila rada, pa uz nešto gunđanja i zevanja iščitah te delove slabijeg kvaliteta. A onda je došla nagrada u vidu dve poslednje, vrhunske priče - Mač sudbine i Nešto više. Nadam se da će ostatak sage biti bar približno na nivou pripovedanja u tim svetlim tačkama drugog dela.

  • Mizuki
    2019-03-26 23:24

    After this re-reading I can confidently give The Witcher: Sword of Destiny five stars. The stories are cleverly plotted with a great sense of humor, the fairy-tale re-telling elements are well placed, the characters are freshed out, what is not to love?

  • KatHooper
    2019-04-10 03:00

    Will review at

  • Melanie
    2019-04-25 04:06

    1.) The Last Wish ★★★★★

  • Razvan Zamfirescu
    2019-03-27 03:23

    Spicuiri din recenzia finala care se gaseste pe blogul meu..........................................Cronologic, în arhitectura temporală a lumii Witcher, volumul de față se recomandă a se citi după Ultima dorință, chiar dacă Sabia destinului a fost scrisă înaintea volumului ante pomenit. Prin urmare, unii cititori s-ar putea simți ușor ciudat, dat fiind faptul că se găsesc în fața unor serii de povestiri care încearcă, de fapt, să te familiarizeze cu un personaj pe care deja l-ai cunoscut și de care deja te-ai atașat. Ciudat s-ar putea să pară inclusiv detaliile legate de modul în care Geralt își trăiește momentele de cumpănă, mai ales că în volumul anterior ne-am familiarizat cu stilul de a lua decizii al vânătorului de monștri și credem că știm ce e în mintea și sufletul său........................................