The Last Wish – Andrzej Sapkowski


Published: 7 June 2007
Publisher: Gollancz
Pages: 280
Series: The Witcher (Book 0,5)
Format Read:


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.


It has taken me close to a month to try get my thoughts in order regarding this review. How can I do a good job of reviewing this novel, this book 0,5, this weirdly sculpted introduction book into the Witcher series without screwing it up for others or making other people shy away from experiencing the same things I have in the past few months? In this case it is easy, it can be devided into a few categories;
1. You will easily enjoy this as a fan of the games that spun off of this series.
2. You like new avenues of storytelling that take on old fairy tales and gives them a bit of a twist.
3. You saw the Netflix series and are kinda intrigued and would like to know some more about the world.
4. You saw the Netflix series and couldn’t give a toss about the world and it’s setting (totally understandable)
5. As the last, you have no clue that this is even a thing (it is a thing for quite a lot of people…)

I, for one, fall into almost all of the categories mentioned above at some point in life. I have known about the Witcher from the first time I saw my older brother play the first game as far back as 2008. I did not even know at the time that it came from a book, but it only took a year or two to sort that out. Forward a few years later and we now have about 4 Witcher games, a Netflix series, an animated move taking place way before the events of the games and books as well as a mobile game based of of the popular card game from the Witcher 3 Wild Hunt game. To say that Witcher has some sort of bigish fanbase nowadays might be an understatement.

But enough about that, what are my thoughts on this book? I have to say that I liked it over all. There is a small bit of a problem seeing as this is supposed to be the introductory book, but characters in it already seem to have been established, but that did not put me of a lot. I have known some of the characters for a while now. Last Wish is essentially a bunch of short stories involving Geralt of Rivia’s adventures as a Witcher. While they are all in some form or way a retelling of classics such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel too name but a few, there are also filler chapters in between that tells it as a whole thing as well as set up scenarios for further books to come?

Like I might have mentioned in previous posts, I picked this up after I started playing the Wild Hunt game and I am glad I did as some parts of what is referenced in game takes place in this book. I had a blast reading through it as well as I am still having going through the game. I might be a bit biased on my over all score of this book so just forgive me for that. I gave it a 4 out of 5 on GR, I could easily recommend it to people that find the blurp and my introduction to this post somewhat intriguing, for the review part I can not say an aweful lot more than has already been written by other bloggers/ mega fans of this series. If you like monster hunting anti heroes, then this is for you. I enjoyed my time with it. I was afraid that translations were going to be a problem as I felt about one book that comes later in the series, but I also think that part of my brain has been better developed in the recent years and could maybe cope better than a few years ago and in this book it was fairly easy to follow. I have a possible buddy read for the next instalments with Jenn who is reading the Horus Heresy series with me, so will be nice to have a friend tag along for the ride. I am not sure if Milou will be continuing the series after the slut Geralt was in a later book, but maybe I could persway her to join me as well. It does mean I have to get my ass in gear tho, got a lot of catching up to do!

That is all I have for now on the Witcher, let us see how Book 1 goes…

17 thoughts on “The Last Wish – Andrzej Sapkowski

    1. I figure it influenced them quite a lot. I do not know the ratio of how popular it was only in Poland, before the games came out. I have to say that i do like the setting and lore. It has also increased for me since I started playing wild hunt, its really engaging and interesting. This is very much one of those you either like it or you dont kinda series… In your case, i think you you’d probably be in the latter group, which i can easily respect

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  1. Great review, glad you liked it – I’m always interested in reading non-Polish reviews of Witcher, as I consider it the best Polish fantasy, but also a fantasy that is very Polish, and not that easy to translate… it was very popular here long before the games came out, and in some countries around Poland, but the international fame is thanks to the games, no doubt about it.

    I love the stories, as even if we meet some characters we do not know as well as the author seems to assume, we learn a lot about the world, before the action speeds up – the way it does in the novels. I missed that in the TV show…

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    1. I for one do wish i had the extra insight into the polish side of this series. Milou read this as part of a book club where there was a polish person that gave all nice little titbits and extra info regarding certain things. Which made the book enjoyable to her. I just love it cause i loved the world and the monsters when i first got to know it.

      The Netflix series strayed too far away from the book in my opinion and it could’ve been easily avoided if you just stuck with what you had. I think my favorite episode was with Gerald and the Beast guy, why not do more of that rather than what we got? So odd what holywood thinks and makes of a good setting…

      As for translation, i read time of contempt many years ago without knowing it was a later book in the series, i know i struggled with the sentence constructions there. But being older i might be able to omit it all together.

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      1. I haven’t seen the second season yet, and I’m not sure if I ever will… maybe I’ll let it play in the background while playing something on my computer.

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  2. This is a series that I keep meaning to get into, especially as my buddy Tony is a huge fan and keeps telling me to get into it! I think there’s a boardgame from fantasy flight that we played years back, but not being a video gamer I’ve not really had any other exposure to it. I think it’s time to change that…

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    1. Ive had a lot of fun with the game so far. I would recommend not watching the series first, but trying the books. If you want you could join the club with my wife, Jenn and I. You’d have to read the first book on your own though as we will be starting with 1 and not 0,5. Then again if the book does not resonate with you all that much I’d also say do not be too bothered if you do not like it.

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      1. Well I’ve started it this evening, only just read a few pages but I’m really quite impressed, so I’m gonna stick with it, I think! I hear there’s a lot to the world of the Witcher, which is exciting, so hopefully I’m in for the long haul!

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    1. Glad you are into reading Witcher man. Wife and i also dont know what to make of Bobba, first few episodes were good then it went south. We kept saying this shouldve just been called mandalorian season 3.


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