Book Reviews

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

It’s been almost a full month since I last wrote a book review, because it’s taken me almost a full month to read my latest book! I’m a slow reader at the best of times but I also read exclusively at bedtime and I’ve been so tired lately I’ve only managed a few pages before my Kindle is literally falling out of my hands and onto my face. I promise it’s only tiredness that’s lead me to take so long to read The Last Wish though, I really enjoyed it!

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski is the first book in a series of tales of Geralt, the Witcher. You might have already heard of the Netflix series starring Henry Cavil, and/or the series of hugely popular video games. I’ve poured hours upon hours into the latest game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and as reluctant as I was to see the Netflix show – I gave it a go and was pleasantly surprised. I’ve heard only great things about the books and I’ve had The Last Wish on my kindle for over a year now since it was on sale, so I finally gave it a read.

This first book feels less a full novel and more a collection of side quests that Geralt finds himself a part of. It makes for really easy reading and fans of the show will enjoy the fact that it matches the first season quite closely. It has a strong resemblance to the detailed side quests that you find yourself on whilst playing the game. Geralt himself has a more much level head than I do when playing though, I’m so quick to take sides and the real Geralt really does take a step back. It’s going to make me think a little harder about my decisions when I next play the game.

As much as I’d lie to – if I read the entire collection of Witcher books it would most likely take me months and I’d like to read as wide a variety as possible. I’ll probably read the next book after a few others. All in all though I was impressed even though my expectations were already high. There’s something to enjoy for fans of the games, the Netflix show and even for readers who know nothing about Geralt!