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Ich war auf der Suche nach eine tollen, neuen Fantasy Buchreihe aber die Witcher Saga ist es dann irgendwie doch nicht geworden. Irgendwie hat mich die Erzählung und Schreibweise nicht in den Bann gezogen. Vielleicht liegt es an der Übersetzung.
The much awaited second collection of short stories set in the Witcher universe, Sword of Destiny, is a frustrating read. Unlike The Last Wish, the first collection of short stories set that introduced us to the intriguing world and character of Geralt of Rivia, the second collection is not as much focused on developing the world but rather on developing the character of Geralt. As such, the happenings of the world, the who-dun-its, the secondary characters -- all of it function as narrative devices to do the more important work -- which is, for Sapkowski's second outing, the development of Geralt.
The gambit, however, falls absolutely flat in the three of six stories, which read more like high school romance novels than the ground-breaking fantasy stories of the previous collection. It's not simply the strange translation choices, or the awkwardness of the dialogue -- the structures of the stories themselves change this dynamic character into a frozen, impotent character. Particular eye-rolling is the dialogue between Geralt and an important secondary character, which feels more like a poorly-written high-school romance than what we've come to expect from the Witcher collection. In fact, for the three out of the six stories, there's plenty of "oh, come on," moments, eye-rolling dialogue, and falling-flat of what is expected to be emotional moments.
All that being said, the rest of the book is redeemed by the other three stories, namely, "Eternal Flame," the titular "Sword of Destiny," and the narratively most complex, "Something More." "Eternal Flame" is a story that is more akin to the stories of The Last Wish than Sword of Destiny in that it is a classic who-dun-it that also simultaneously develops Geralt and the world, but "Sword of Destiny" and "Something More" are squarely within the ethos of Sword of Destiny. They are primarily related to Geralt's internal struggles, but, unlike the other three stories that preceded it, are not hampered by triteness, eye-rolling dialogue, and cringe-worthy adolescent emotionality.
All in all, the book is half intolerable, and half wonderful.
I really liked the "Last Wish" where Geralt was introduced and some of the main characters that I loved from the game that got me into reading the actual source material. I won't lie some of the short stories where really good although there where in some instances where if you have read previous reviews concerning the chapter of the mermaid where they focused too much on the sexual content to a degree where it became intolerable. Some of the stories I really liked although I was hoping for a more Lord of the Ringsesque of explanation of lore that I would gladly traded in for less of the sexual stuff. All things considered It was good but not great, will continue reading since Ciri will make an appearance and my favorite villain Eredin Breacc Glass!
I’ve been dying to get this book and ordered through Amazon because I was impatient. I received my book with another small order and the box was perfectly fine. The front cover and the first few pages were all messed up though. Really debating on returning the book and just picking up one from a local Barnes and noble but I don’t know if I want to waste the time and energy. Really bummed that it came damaged☹️