Publishing Date: May 1992
Review: Like the first Witcher novel, this is an amalgam of short stories designed to introduce the characters and create a plausible backstory for the full length “storied” novels to come. Like the first novel, this follows Geralt as he moves through the world although with less monster killing and more meaningful interactions that start the formal story line procession. The Princess found in hostile forests is not a tangent in the story line but a twist that forms a substantive beginning.
Some reviewers stated, that at times, the story line hops around and gets a bit disorienting or just doesn’t make any sense. The reason, I think, is that there is something that is lost in translation. Ideas expressed in another language/culture sometimes have a difficult transition to English standard.
Either the writing has improved or the translator has improved their ability, as this installment was a bit better than the first. Just seemed to flow better. Stay tuned for the “Blood of Elves” review.