Continuing with the Witcher Series, we will be talking about Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski today. It is .75 and the second installation following The Last Wish. Yes, the orders of these books are confusing but this one is full of short stories so it wasn’t as confusing as it sounds.
The short stories start off with Geralt of Rivia being dragged into hunting a dragon even though it is against the Witcher’s code. What follows is a story about love and heartbreak. This is the most vulnerable you see the Witcher. He has been told he is incapable of emotions and he knows that but yet he still tries.
We also see Yennefer struggle coming to terms with her love life. She is stuck between Geralt and sacrificing what she holds most dear. There may be a lot of fighting but this book is about the heart and a romance novel in disguise. Sapkowski also throws in a lot of our favorite characters and keeps everyone satisfied.
I enjoyed reading Sword of Destiny. There were a bunch of stories that made it to the first season on Netflix and it was entertaining to see the differences. Sapkowski’s world building is unmatched and it falls in the realm of The Lord of the Rings with it’s complexity.
If you only want to read the Witcher series, then you can skip this. However, you will miss a bunch of great short stories and characters that won’t make an appearance again. I would have preferred reading it before the actual series but it still was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy and has started the series but skipped the prequels.