Despite the fact that it’s only Wednesday, it has been a pretty busy week so far! I’ve been doing a considerable amount of holiday baking, and indulging in many of my favorite Christmas traditions. One of the things I’m enjoying most about the holiday season is having the opportunity to spend time reading next to my Christmas tree.
Along with my holiday/winter-focused reading, I am continuing to read Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher Saga. I just finished reading Sword of Destiny.
Sword of Destiny is a collection of six stories set sometime after the events of The Last Wish. These stories include, but are not limited to: Geralt’s encounter with a golden dragon; an adventure involving an identity-thieving, yet extremely business-savvy mimic; and his meeting with a young runaway princess, whose destiny seems to be tied to his.
This book also expands on Geralt’s somewhat complicated, on-again-off-again relationship with the sorceress Yennefer, who appears in a few of the book’s stories.
I really enjoyed reading Sword of Destiny! Like the previous book, it was very fast-paced and entertaining. I especially liked how the author incorporated elements from some well-known fairy tales into this book (The Little Mermaid and The Wild Swans, for example), giving them an unexpected twist.
I do think it is important to mention that this book does include some content that might cause discomfort for readers, including unwanted sexual attention, as well as allusions to rape.
Sword of Destiny is a great book for readers who are fans of fantasy, or The Witcher television series or video games. Prior to reading this book, I do recommend reading The Last Wish, as it not only introduces the Witcher himself, but also characters such as Yennefer and Dandelion (a wandering poet/minstrel who occasionally gets tangled up in Geralt’s adventures).
Overall, I have been very impressed with the series so far, and I’m already looking forward to beginning the next book, Season of Storms. If you have the opportunity to read these books, I hope that you enjoy them as much as I did!