Publishing Date: 1999
Review: In this installment, we continue to follow Ciri as she develops into her destiny. Most of the novel is spent on battle scene enactments while wading through the blood and muck. Initially there is scant attention paid to our heroes which is rather odd. The battles make no sense other than to leave the impression that the Nilfgardians are losing. The battle enactments should have been relegated to the sidelines and the ensuing vacuum filled with character development, via the quest.
This felt fairly rushed and not lent the patient consideration that it deserved. When all the characters that you have taken this long journey with are summarily dismissed (killed), there is certainly an emotional vacuum that ensues. I have always had a problem with authors who invest so much into a character, only to kill them off. This “striving for poignancy” is often used as a vehicle to lift the main characters and resolve the story line. Stepping on the backs of the supporting caste, in my opinion, is not the way to go about it. BTW, Dandelion should have been killed but now we have to suffer through his idiocy one more time.
We will see if the story line is corrected in “Season of Storms” but I doubt it as this is a stand alone novel. As it is, this “finale'” went off with a whimper.