Season of Storms (The Witcher #0) by Andrezj Sapkowski

Title: Season of Storms
Author: Andrezj Sapkowski
Series: The Witcher #0
Publication: 22nd May 2018 by Orion Publishing Group
Genre: Fantasy

My Thoughts (2)

(Goodreads)

Geralt. The witcher whose mission is to protect ordinary people from the monsters created with magic. A mutant who has the task of killing unnatural beings. He uses a magical sign, potions and the pride of every witcher – two swords, steel and silver. But what would happen if Geralt lost his weapons?

Andrzej Sapkowski returns to his most popular hero in a stand-alone novel where Geralt fights, travels and loves again, Dandelion sings and flies from trouble to trouble, sorcerers are scheming … and across the whole world clouds are gathering – the season of storms is coming…

My Thoughts

The story is a prequel to the renowned series of novels by Sapkowski. As always Geralt is caught up in a huge mess involving sorceress’ and the politics of yet another empire. However, he isn’t alone, his trusty sidekick Dandelion appears just in the nick of time and you begin to learn more about Geralt’s friendship with the dwarven kind.

Sapkowski has a particular method for describing the more sexual nature of his novels including describing a scene by applying the metaphor of a ship in a rocky bay for the sexuality between Geralt and the sorceress, Lytta Neyd. To quote the weirdness of the sea metaphors “He utterly devoted his hands and attention to a pair of galleons under full sail.” This appears in the midst of his raunchy relationship and I’m sure that I don’t need to explain what these “galleons” are. The strangest thing about this relationship is that it revolves around Lytta, the sorceress to a crazy King who specialises in creating infertile brides (usually around 18 years old) for the King (who is around 80 years old).

Sadly, if you have read the short manga styled adventures of Geralt then you would have already read the majority of this story. Also, the story took on a very interesting twist when Geralt is sent on a cat and mouse hunt for a disgustingly violent serial killer – a much more interesting story line. However, despite this being built up for the majority of the story, it is incredibly quickly resolved when Geralt comes face to face with the enemy.

Sadly the story does not live up to the rest of the Witcher series and should be avoided – just don’t avoid the actual series of novels (these are much better!).

My Thoughts (1)

2-stars

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Lady of the Lake by Andrzek Sapkowski

Title: The Lady of the Lake
Author: Andrzek Sapkowski
Series: The Witcher #6
Publication: 16th March 2017 by Orion Publishing Group
Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis (Netgalley)

After walking through a portal in the Tower of the Swallow, thus narrowly escaping death, the Witcher girl, Ciri, finds herself in a completely different world… a world of the Elves. She is trapped with no way out. Time does not seem to exist and there are no obvious borders or portals to cross back into her home world.

But this is Ciri, the child of prophecy, and she will not be defeated. She knows she must escape to finally rejoin the Witcher, Geralt, and his companions – and also to try to conquer her worst nightmare. Leo Bonhart, the man who chased, wounded and tortured Ciri, is still on her trail. And the world is still at war.

Daz’s Thoughts

The finale to the epic fantasy series, The Witcher. The story takes place straight after the events of the Tower of the Swallows and sees the entire Witcher universe committing itself to a great war. Geralt is engulfed in his depression of losing Ciri and Yennefer and throws himself into helping anybody else who is in desperate need of ‘killing monsters’. Meanwhile, Ciri is battling against those who are trying to force her destiny upon her.

The story is a fitting end to the entire series. Although it starts off at a bemusing pace (time travel and alternate universes) all of these begin to knit themselves together and forms the blanket of a world that is closing in on Tolkien. There are still elements of the politics behind war and you begin to learn about the true horrors that befall countries during these times.

I must say that there are parts that I could’ve done without, for example I didn’t need the part about the rapey old man in the woods. However, I am still very happy with this story being the ending to a great story and it ends in a way that should close storylines behind itself.

Daz’s Rating

5-stars

Top Ten 2016 Releases So Far

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. They’re an excellent way to find new interesting books on a variety of topics, and to find bloggers that love the books you do. This week’s topic is  “Top Ten 2016 Releases So Far”.

None of us have read many books released in 2016, so we are going to accumulate our 2016 releases together!

Emily’s Reads
The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy)The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutoski
This is book 3 of The Winner’s Curse Trilogy. It was the perfect conclusion to the popular series. Highly recommended

The Crown  by Kiera CassThe Crown (The Selection, #5)
The conclusion to my guilty pleasure series, The Selection. It revolves around America’s daughter, Eadlyn, and her own selection. The character growth is really good, I was hooked the entire way through once again as it was full of surprises.

Flawed (Flawed, #1)Flawed by Cecilia Ahern
The YA debut of the renowned romance writer.
About a society based on perfection and punishing those who are not perfect, who are flawed, by branding them. It centers around Celestine who is faced with a situation which forces her to make an action that the Guild tells her is wrong.

 

 

Daz’s Reads
東京喰種トーキョーグール 7 [Tokyo Guru 7] (Tokyo Ghoul, #7)Tokyo Ghoul vol. 7 by Sui Ishida
Yet another edition to a growing manga series! About a world where humans and ghouls have to learn to live with each other…the only problem is that ghouls require human flesh in order to survive!

Tower of the Swallow (The Witcher #6) by Andrzej Sapkowski
The Tower of the Swallow (The Witcher, #6)A continuation of the infamous Witcher series. Follow Geralt as he tries desperately to fight against his destiny and find his adopted daughter, or is it too late?

2016 Releases we own but haven’t read (quite) yet.

  • A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas
  • Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare
  • Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black
  • The Neverland Wars – Audrey Greathouse
  • This Secret We’re keeping -Rebecca Done
  • Carry On – Rainbow Rowell
  • Under The Dusty Moon – Suzanne Sutherland
  • The Light Fantastic – Sarah Combs