Author: Andrzej Sapkowski
Series: The Witcher #2
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction
Publication: May 21st, 2015 (first 1992)
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.
I started listening to the audiobook before I got the book and was a little bit overwhelmed at first. I mean, it's good! The narrator used different voices for different people so it was quite easy to tell them apart (I love that!) but he was simply too fast. Once I got the book though and read while listening to it, it was almost too slow for me ... very weird. Still one of the coolest audiobooks I've listened to!
As with The Last Wish this book contained short stories about Geralt and his life. I critizied that in the first book but didn't mind it as much in this one - it had loads of characters in it that I now knew, I was familiar with most of the monsters and different creatures and even knew a bit about the storyline itself. The characters were probably the best thing; to read all the background stories, how they met and how they became companions and friends was so interesting and great!
Have I mentioned that I'm such a huge fan of Dandelion? I mean, he's kinda silly at times but I just love him so, so much. He brings fun into every situation and with his comments and the ones he receives from others ... well, it made me grin and laugh more than once! Without him this would've been half as much fun and I'm so happy there was more about/with him in this book. Also, the story about Villentretenmerth was great! I knew this name from the game (mainly from Gwent) and always wondered who or what he/it is - well, now I know! And I love it! I didn't expect the outcome but looking back at it now ... I should've guessed it but actually I'm very pleased that I didn't because it wouldn't have been a surprise anymore, haha. And indeed ... "He is the most beautiful."
I'm also really excited to finally have met Ciri - I know her story from the videogame and would've expected her to be/act a little bit different but ... well, she's young so I can forgive her. I'm super curious to find out more about her in the next books.
So all in all, I enjoyed Sword of Destiny A LOT more than the first book. I knew many more characters, had a clue of what's going on and even didn't have as much trouble with the terminology anymore. There are so many different creatures and monsters which makes this book a fantastic adventure and I couldn't wait to discover EVERYTHING. I just love this universe. ♥