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SJay's Reviews: Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski

Saria J. Beainy By Saria J. Beainy Published on February 18, 2018

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"You found me! Oh, Geralt! I was waiting all the time! For so very long... We'll be together now, won't we? Now we'll be together, won't we? Say it, Geralt! Forever! Say it!"
"Forever, Ciri."
"It's like they said! Geralt! It's like they said! Am I your destiny? Say it! Am I your destiny?"
"You're more than that, Ciri. Much more."

I couldn't open the third book fast enough after reading this ending. Geralt has got to be my favorite book character ever. 

OK. Along with Aragorn.
This book was like a whirlpool after The Last Wish. I had so many questions running through my mind, the first being: he really in love with Yennefer or is the damned love spell still suffocating him? I really can never tell for sure. But how he loves her is just the stuff of dreams. This book has some really bitter endings, as well. Little Eye, that's all I'm saying. It's a Sirius-dying kind of moment. You get so sucked into the story, and so completely attached to the characters, even when you've only known them for a few chapters!

I loved the Ciri twist. That's one heck of a twist. She humanizes him in such a mind blowing way. When all you can think of this character is "the glorified monster hunter", Sapkowski then introduces an almost paternal-representation of Geralt. Another shocker is Geralt's mother. Seriously, how does that even happen?!

I'm rambling. Sorry.


"Sword of Destiny" is the kind of book you can't put down from page one, all the way till the end. You just need to know what happens with Geralt. You get to see him in a whole new light. And all the while the story just sucks you in deeper. There are so many question marks, so many unresolved feelings, but not one event is unresolved. So let's just say, you know the ending, but you're left to wonder what actually happened!

Sapkowski's writing style - though I read the translation in English - is amazing. He hooks you in, he makes you laugh out loud, he also makes you want to pound your head with confusion. I mean, I still can't decide if I even like Yennefer, let alone if I think Geralt's love is a reality. I also found myself reading and rereading places, just to be able to make out what is written between the lines.

Geralt is no normal Witcher, that much is clear until now. But Sapkowski never reveals much, and whatever he does reveal is never what it really is. So, really, I might be interpreting things the way I want them to be. Geralt and Little Eye, for instance. And is there even a love spell? God...

Just leave me alone, please. I'm emotionally drained. Let me eat through book 3... because I need to resolve all these feelings I have.

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