Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski
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Geralt does not believe his life is led by fate. But despite his adamant denial, each short story in this collection shows how fate continues to intervene in his life. Whether he chooses to believe in it or not. In this collection of stories, Geralt will find out that his destiny is not as escapable as he wants it to be. Despite the choices he makes in life, there will always be a way that destiny weaves his path back to its original design. And when he forces destiny’s hand too many times, there will be dire consequences.
Sword of Destiny is the second set of short stories that takes place before Blood of Elves. The main set of secondary characters that accompany Geralt on and off throughout his journeys are given more depth in these stories. They also highlight key moments in Geralt’s life. Even though The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny were published after Blood of Elves, I highly suggest reading them before you start the core series. Sapkowski writes in a way that makes the reader put together the pieces of character relationships and history. Reading the two short story collections will provide new readers with a better foundation to carry on into the main series.
As I venture deeper into the world of The Witcher, I am becoming more and more entranced by the world and Geralt. He’s such a realistic character in how he behaves and questions himself. At one point he held an internal monologue about awkward feelings of attraction. I was amazed at the exposure to such raw emotions and it made him all the more endearing to me. And he can be such a stubborn character. Watching him fight against the inevitable provides a wealth of conflict and entertainment. Especially when Yennifer and Dandelion are thrown into the mix.
The Witcher series is filled with memorable characters and a fantasy world bursting with lore. There is so much still to discover with this series, and I can’t wait to dive into the next book! I took a side quest into the short stories, now it’s time to continue my main journey!
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