Publishing Date: 1997
**Possible Spoilers Ahead**
Review: Well Ciri has joined a band of ruffians whom rob from the rich in order to dress themselves in flamboyant fashions of the times. Ciri is now a 14 year old lesbian having sex with an older woman. Yay! She gets a rose tattoo on her crotch and enjoys killing a little too much. Besides scratching my head in befuddlement at Ciri’s sudden transformation, Geralt has become this boring malcontent with heaps of lassitude. The only interesting characterization are the traveling dwarfs, a vampire and Yen, yet these appearances are brief and wane in the spotlight.
The biggest plot fail in this installment is the sudden development of Ciri as lesbian pit fighter, where various armed bad assess are thrown at her either singly or in groups. The fuking idea that a VERY young girl not only possesses the skills of a master but can wield those skills in death matches against full grown battle hardened men, is ridiculous. Hey, but that’s showbiz. I forgot the number of times Ciri said “DON’T MAKE ME DO THIS!!!!” . Her personality skips around from well learned sorceress to petulant child and back to feared and battle scarred hot nymph. There is absolutely no consistency in her development, which becomes harder as the story line narrows. Who is she ultimately going to become? A head-shorn, sword wielding. lesbian pirate? A rumpled and demure princess with a penchant for siblicide? An all knowing mage that utilizes her power for uniting the Nordlings under one banner? Personally I think she will become part owner/operator of a tepid alehouse that serves goat meat stew and pickled anchovies.
The weirdly inserted story telling type narration is back again with POV shifts between Dandelion and the Third Person. The movement and world building are still very good and capture the imagination in a vibrant visual process.
At the end of the read, you will find that you still cheered for everyone to get out of the shjt and dole out that righteous retribution on those that have wronged.