Over the past few days, we’ve continued to have a lot of cold, snowy weather, which has been perfect for staying indoors with a blanket and a good book. I spent most of the weekend reading, and it was lovely! One of the books I had the opportunity to finish reading was Season of Storms, by Andrzej Sapkowski.
Season of Storms is a continuation of Sapkowski’s The Witcher Saga. While this book is the most recent installment in terms of its publication date, the story actually takes place sometime around the events of The Last Wish.
In this novel, Geralt of Rivia is visiting the city of Kerack when he is arrested on false charges of embezzlement. The charges have been brought against him by a sorceress named Coral, who (strangely enough) has also paid his bail.
Unfortunately, while Geralt is imprisoned, his swords are stolen from the guardhouse where they’d been stored. As he searches for his missing weapons, and the thief who took them, Geralt finds himself working for princes and sorcerers, fending off an angry aguara, and fighting a magically mutated lizard.
I really enjoyed reading Season of Storms! This installment of Sapkowski’s The Witcher Saga did take me a little longer to get into than the previous two books (mostly because I was reading several other books at the same time), but when I finally settled down to focus on Season of Storms alone, I had a very hard time putting it down.
One of the things I liked most about this book was the fact that every time you think things can’t get much worse for Geralt, they do. That, along with the action and intrigue (both political and magical), really made the book an enjoyable read.
The only thing that would have made this book more enjoyable for me as a reader would be the inclusion of a map. Geralt does a tremendous amount of traveling in this book, not only by horseback, but also on foot, by ship, and via magic portals. While Sapkowski does a pretty good job of orienting the reader when Geralt changes locations, a map would have been helpful.
If you are a fan of The Witcher Saga, and you’ve read The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny, I highly recommend taking the time to read Season of Storms. It’s an exciting, action-packed addition to the series that I think you’ll really enjoy. I’m already looking forward to starting the next book in the series, The Blood of Elves, as soon as I have the opportunity.