SJay's Reviews: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
I don't know if you've heard of The Witcher before - maybe you're a fan of the game. I'm a huge fan of the book series. In fact, it's my favorite series ever! Also, not so surprisingly the books are quite different from the game. Let me just say...
Geralt is perfection, and Andrzej has got me hooked on his amazing world. 5 stars.
I'm reading the translated books - of course - yet I really don't feel like there was anything lost in translation. In fact, I kept admiring how amazing Andrzej's style in writing was, so I'd say the translator did a kickass good job. a Witcher is a "mutant", twisted and turned by years of conditioning and torturing and being experimented on with potions and poisons. A Witcher can control his pupils, his heart beat, his every single nerve (almost) all in the purpose of destroying monsters... for money, that is. I love that Geralt, our witcher, has his very own code of conduct, though. I mean, he falls on the "this hero is not like every other person, he is special" category that I'm getting sick off in cheesy YA, but Sapkowski has it all right. Geralt doesn't kill a monster is he can reverse his spell, he doesn't kill a monster if he thought that monster wasn't hurting anyone, and he's not supposed to "feel emotions"... but somehow, he does.
The universe Sapkowski built is perfect, I kind'a kept on remember J. R. R. Tolkien. Sapkowski is highly descriptive, everything it related in details and yet at not point was I bored of his writing. I fell in love with how he twisted everyone's favorite fairytales and I loved how they just shock us, yet completely make sense in their own way.
Now back to the hero, Geralt is a perfectly written, well rounded character. I mean, had I not been head over heels in love with my own "Geralt" I'd have been smitten from the start - like seriously, my bf is too similar in attitude to Geralt, it's creepy. I love his appearance, it's very "shocking", I love that he is very sarcastic and very quiet, and of course, despite him being legendarily known as the most powerful witcher "The White Wolf", he still gets his ass kicked often... because even the best can get his ass kicked sometimes!
Final words, pick this book up. It's amazing. 5 stars are too little, I think. Now, I'm reading the Sword of Destiny - also translated - which seems just as promising!