24 Jan 2020

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays: THE TIME OF CONTEMPT by Andrzej Sapkowski

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The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski cover
Author: Andrzej Sapkowski
Series: The Witcher #4
Source: Audible
Publisher: Orbit/Hachette Audio
Publication Date: August 27, 2013

The New York Times bestselling series that inspired the international hit video game: The Witcher

Geralt is a witcher: guardian of the innocent; protector of those in need; a defender, in dark times, against some of the most frightening creatures of myth and legend. His task, now, is to protect Ciri. A child of prophecy, she will have the power to change the world for good or for ill -- but only if she lives to use it.

A coup threatens the Wizard's Guild.
War breaks out across the lands.
A serious injury leaves Geralt fighting for his life...
... and Ciri, in whose hands the world's fate rests, has vanished...

The Witcher returns in this sequel to Blood of Elves.
Amazon | Chapters | TBD

Read my review of BLOOD OF ELVES!

I really enjoyed this one and thought it was a good continuation of the story. The dinner event and subsequent fight scene were written perfectly. There was enough detail to let us feel like we were there but not so much that it took away from the rest of the story. I highly enjoy and recommend this series!

I loved so much of this book, especially once Geralt and Yennifer reunite and attend the party together. I loved how politics intermingled with cattiness and general amazingness. The boyfriend and I like to say we are a healthier version of Geralt and Yennifer because we have the banter without the murders.

But Ciri is really coming into her own and I am so here for her learning how to be a person without centering her identity on Geralt or Yennifer. She is learning that she's a combination of both of them and that is so heartwarming to me because FOUND FAMILY and ADOPTED PARENTS is everything I could have wanted from this. Especially as we learn more about her grandmother and how she basically used Ciri to be a mini version of herself.

I also love that even though this series as a whole is about Geralt, the series is not about Geralt too. It is about everything else that pressures him to be who he is and how that affects the decisions he makes (even when he doesn't want them to). I just love seeing him as a main character, but also not. Because this isn't necessarily about him.

I can't wait to continue this series (and there are so many scenes from this book that I want to see in the Netflix show!!!) and see how this all plays out.

What are some of your favourite Adult SFF books?

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