Of course, like most of the people not from Poland I’ve been introduced to this via the popular and (most importantly) well-reviewed Witcher video game. I’m taking the tack of my book-adapted movie watching habits – I will only play the game once I’ve read the book, so here I am.
It’s not a bad book at all. It’s cleverly written, with famous fairy tales redressed and reworked into a fantasy setting complete with all sorts of exotic monsters, with the interesting twist that the hero, Geralt, is himself considered a borderline monster himself, since he’s not quite human and imbued with supernatural abilities.
I’ve not read fantasy in a while, as I’m very leery of cookie-cutter fantasy, but thankfully this didn’t make me break out in hives.
I read this in my Kindle, and the format of the novel, which is essentially a series of inter-related short stories bookended by a couple of what is known as a framing story (starts off in the middle of something, then cuts to stories which fill in the back story for the characters, then ends with the continuation of the story that started at the beginning of the book). This format was a little disorienting, and I’d think that if someone picked up a physical book it would have been formatted with typeface and whatnot that wouldn’t have been so jarring a transition for the reader.
Not bad, and I’ll be looking forward to reading the next book in the Witcher series, something that’s been sitting on my shelf for a while, The Blood of Elves.