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The Time of Contempt The person everybody was searching for in the previous book was still at large with Geralt being one of the two people who could guess the whereabouts This means everybody was still conducting the search, but this time it became clear that the aim was to make sure the person in question is really dead just like the rumors started by Geralt stated As we all know sometimes little people can get in the way of movers and the shakers of the world and make them very much inconvenienced by just being alive and breathing This was exactly the case here A big political game went on with different parties hoping to outsmart and backstab everybody else In this climate nobody wanted any additional complications which Geralt and his prot g seems to bring despite the fact that he continued to do his damned to remain neutral Would it be a big spoiler to say he miserably failed at the end The first half of the book looked exactly like the previous one lots of talk and behind the scene machinations, but not much action Some secondary players that happened to be in the way of the mighty got removed, but nothing major happened The moment I hit 50% according to my ereader I was sure I would rate this one with 3 stars as I already saw practically the same happenings in book 3 In the second half it all began innocently enough Geralt woke up in the morning in a castle and decided to play a sophisticated person So instead of peeing in the first available quiet corner of the castle yes, this is what the nobility did in the Middle Ages he went looking for a real toilet The result made me gave one extra star to the rating the double crossings and back stabbings that followed would not put to shame even the true master of those in fantasy, Glen Cook read his Black Company if you do not believe me.My minor complaint would be that the most interesting characters do not get enough screen time, Geralt included It is not that the ones that do are boring, but in this case others are exciting Anyhow after all the excitement the fallout that followed is shown in a very unusual way The last part was a little too long in my opinion, but not long enough for me to lower the rating 4 stars I am very eager to start the next book of the series. I am odds with this series The Last Wish is a million miles away from what these have become, which is just generic fantasy that is badly written or translated In The Last Wish we have good battles with monsters, re tellings of our own fairytales and interesting characters In this series, which is made up of what are supposed to be full length books, we have absolutely none of that and it s very disappointing.The dialogue is the worst thing of all There is an abysmal attempt at humour, and an attempt to make the characters I suppose normal , or at least, not speaking in thees and thous However, it goes too far and all the characters speak the same, swear the same, call every woman a slut the same and are just dull and ridiculous both I don t know if it s the translation, the transcription or the original author, but a translator can only do so much with what they re given.Beyond the dialogue, everything is is pretty much just generic fantasy with battles, swords, magic and men calling all females sluts or bitches There is a small attempt to make interesting female characters, but just giving them magical powers doesn t do that All the female characters are at odds with each other, bitching about them behind their backs, wanting their men, talking about men, doing nothing but bitching or talking about men There is a wonderful opportunity here to make excellent female characters with power, working together, being helpful to each other, being friends, being wonderful But no They just bitch or get their tits out It s getting old.Of course, there is another female character who does none of these Ciri The most important character of all, view spoiler and yet because she wields a sword, doesn t wear make up and acts a little male, she s obviously a lesbian, because that s the only explanation hide spoiler I mistook stars reflected in a pond at night for those in the sky The narrative commences at what seems like a time of contempt indeed The Kings aren t conversing with the Mages as they have previously, the Nilfgaardian army is still planning for war, and the Scoia tael Squirrels are attacking humans in forests and villages Many parties are all still looking for the elusive Lion Cub, the child of Destiny, Cirilla After an interesting and quite tragic point of view chapter following a King s messenger called Aplegatt, where the worrying and uneasy times that the world is currently facing are expressed, we are introduced back to Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer Geralt is doing typical Witcher work and trying to find out about the mysterious magician Rience We are unfamiliar with the mage s motives or who his employer may be but it s clearly known he wants Ciri Yennefer and Ciri are travelling to Thanedd which is where a conclave of mages and enchantresses is set to take place shortly to discuss these times of contempt and how it affects the magic wielders of the world Whilst here, it transpires that Ciri may be left with the enchantresses to study at the female magic school of Aretuza This is a difficult book to review, not because it is bad but because the book seems to be split into two distinctive styles of telling the story One of these two styles generally features fan favourites such as Dandelion although not as much as I would have liked , Geralt, Ciri, Triss, and Yennefer and includes some of the finest and well crafted scenes that have been created in the series to date Two of my favourites include a spectacular dual with someone who I m sure is going to become a huge character in the saga, and also reading into the intrigue, politics, backstabbing, and agendas at the mages meet and greet buffet prior to the conclave A war is brewing and through unfamiliar point of view characters or slightly boring chapters where a member of the ensemble talks to another we are relaid complex political happenings that are occurring in all states across this world These often include many complex and unfamiliar names of people, places, alliances, etc It was difficult to keep track of who was supporting who It also wasn t really obvious that some of the point of views were from the Nilfgaardian perspective until I was halfway through that segment and had to reevaluate what I d just read These later sections take up about 25% of the book Honestly, I just forced myself through them knowing that I wouldn t follow every exact detail but it wasn t enough to truly affect my enjoyment when the scenes with less info dumping were reintroduced a few pages later There are also a lot of names of mages to remember when the magicians meeting arrives about forty percent through the story Of the scenes that aren t information dumps, I d estimated that seventy five percent follows the Witcher and Ciri although not necessarily following the same storyline, and the rest tracks the action of Yennefer, Dandelion, and others Geralt and Ciri are my favourite characters so this was fine for me Please be warned, that as well as typical fantasy violence presented in line with what has been presented previously, there is a potential implied rape scene towards the end of Time of Contempt Although it is not graphic it is not for everyone so I thought I d make you aware This happens around the ninety five percent mark and if you don t want to read that, it doesn t actually take that much away from the story to pass it by Ciri is still having her visions and nightmares, we meet the Wild Hunt for the first time, Geralt slays a few monsters, Yennefer is still beautiful, charming, powerful and manipulative, Dandelion is still a world renowned poet We are also introduced to some very interesting new characters including Vilgefortz and Nilfgaard s ruler This book feels like a progression than a full story in its self Unlike some fantasy, I ve found that these books don t really have gut wrenchingly tragic or oh my god I did not see that twist coming endings I believe that these should be read as one huge novel that same way that Stephen King thought of his The Dark Tower books That being said, the ending does set up things nicely for Baptism of Fire and it looks like it might introduce a new dynamic for one of the main players So far this isn t my favourite fantasy series of all time yet, something does seem to click with me I love the characters and the tales are utterly addictive Every single one of the four entries I have read so far has only taken me two days apiece to complete My original aim was to read this series before the Netflix show is released next year and I don t think I ll be the only person who has these thoughts If you weren t sure whether to dive into the Witcher s world then I would personally recommend you take the leap. If A Game of Thrones books were penned by Andrzej Sapkowski, he would ve written a whole installment on Red Wedding. This is my favorite book in the series so far Ciri and Geralt really go through some difficult changes which makes this novel all the interesting So whereas Blood of Elves sets up the idea of Ciri being at the center of courtly intrigue and politics, with Geralt and Yennefer trying to protect her Time of Contempt goes deep into that same intrigue and politics with an absolute cluster of a battle in the middle of the story Though the focus is split halfway between Ciri and Geralt, Ciri s tale is interesting this time around Her story manages to go through quite a lot of settings and conflicts over the course of the novel, which I really enjoyed For the first half of the book, things aren t happening as much as they are revealed Yet when things finally kicked off, the book was impossible to put down The reader gets to spend time in a relatively central position during the inciting incident, and most of the story after that up close and personal, instead of the typical description narrative afterwards.Andrzej Sapkowski s writing, as always, is impressive Whoever did this translation took painstaking care to make sure that the result is well written and beautiful Time of Contempt is many things It is a disturbing and deeply political novel about what life might really be like in a traditional fantasy world It is a deconstruction of traditional fantasy tropes and it is a devastating critique of the racism, sexism and nationalism that have done so much damage to our world, and which are casually reproduced in much traditional fantasy Yet though the book is gritty as hell, it s also funny, charming, and intimate It s playful with the source material, not dismissive of it This only makes its core pessimism all the arresting Like the last book, Time of Contempt feels like simply another episode in a much larger story, without any real closure But this time around, you get a better idea of what s going on Everything about this book is intriguing whether it be the intricate characters, the deceptively complex plot, or the well crafted world There are no absolute truths, and by the end of the book I can honestly say I am beautifully confused and excited for the next novel The ending is a bit strange and unexpected, but I need to read the next book to properly judge Nevertheless, an amazing read Ummmm These books are maybe not worth your time I m reading them to get ready for the show coming to Netflix It s giving me great insight into the character, but since I ve never played the game, I feel a piece is missing.This one was enjoyable than the first I wish they weren t so chopping and spaced out as I feel the first three should have been condensed into one long story I will keep chugging along but my DNF the next book. Geralt The Witcher Has Fought Monsters And Demons Across The Land, But Even He May Not Be Prepared For What Is Happening To His World The Kings And Armies Are Maneuvering For Position, Each Fearing Invasion From Across The River, Each Fearing Their Neighbours Intrigue, Dissent And Rebellion Are On All SidesThe Elves And Other Non Humans Are Still Suffering Under Decades Of Repression, And Growing Numbers Join The Commando Units Hidden Deep In The Forest, Striking At Will And Then Dissolving Into The Trees The Magicians Are Fighting Amongst Themselves, Some In The Pay Of The Kings, Some Sympathetic To The ElvesAnd Against This Backdrop Of Fear And Contempt Geralt And His Lover Yennefer Must Protect Ciri, Orphaned Heir And Sought By All Sides For The Prophecy Rests On Her, And Whether She Lives Or Dies She Has The Power To Save The World Or Perhaps End It 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum the first time ever, the English translations of the novels in Andrzej Sapkowski s The Witcher Saga series are being made into audiobooks, and I have been enjoying them immensely Thus far, four Witcher books have been published in this format, including the short story collection The Last Wish Today I ll be reviewing The Time of Contempt, the second full length novel in the sequence.The story beings where Blood of Elves left off, following Yennefer and Ciri s journey to Gors Velen where the sorceress hopes to continue her young apprentice s education by enrolling her into a school for magic Unhappy with these plans, Ciri devises a plan to escape and seek out Geralt, whom she has been told is not far from the city However, on the way she is intercepted by the Wild Hunt and given an unexpected choice.Meanwhile, political intrigue and back alley negotiations are happening in the shadows A power struggle is developing, and the players must choose sides How is a Witcher, sworn to neutrality, supposed to deal with this Especially if that Witcher, a staunch and principled man, stumbles upon a coup that could lead to a bloody war that would tear apart the land Gerald faces one of his hardest challenges yet in this novel, putting all his wits and fighting skills to the test.If you re even mildly interested in The Witcher video games, I would highly recommend picking up this series Even if you re not, you can still enjoy these novels for the excellent sword and sorcery fantasy books they are Bottom line these books are great, featuring plenty of spectacular action scenes along with magic and sword wielding heroes you really can t ask for than that Geralt the Witcher is in especially rare form in this one, our favorite white haired fiend demonstrating just how good he is at what he does killing lots and lots of bad guys and monsters.But of course, these books aren t just about Geralt, even though he is often used as the face for The Witcher franchise It s easy to forget sometimes that the other characters are just as involved as he is, and once in a while, as in the case of this novel, they can even play a bigger role In my eyes, The Time of Contempt is where Ciri truly gets her chance to shine She may be destined for great and terrible things, but readers are reminded that despite all the grand prophecies about her, little Ciri is still a child While still struggling to control the magic in her blood, she learns there is even to her potential It s a lot to place on the shoulders of a young girl, not to mention all the people who want to kill her or use her in their political machinations The development of her character in this novel shows that she is a strong willed and spirited youth despite being burdened with a world full of troubles, and that in the face of danger she can still show plenty of good humor For that reason, she was my favorite character in this book.Also noteworthy is how much the story has matured over the course of this novel, raising the stakes in this world of shifting alliances and backroom deals The plot comes alive, becoming twisty and complex as the result of the lofty ambitions and power hungry maneuverings of mages, rebels and kings This book also sees a greater role for the Scoia tael, the group of guerilla fighters mostly made up of elves, dwarves and other non humans Portending a time of war and misfortune, the spectral riders of The Wild Hunt also make their appearance in the sky, a promise that everything we see here is merely the beginning.Narrator Peter Kenny continues to deliver a superb performance for this series, making the experience of listening to the audiobook memorable He has a great voice for expressive storytelling, and is especially adept at doing accents and voices without drawing excessive attention As a fan of the games, I had initial concerns that I would have trouble reconciling myself to anyone other than actor Doug Cockle as the voice of Geralt, but Kenny quickly dispelled them He truly is a talented voice artist.In sum, The Witcher series and its characters are a one of a kind creation, and The Time of Contempt is another excellent novel in the sequence, not to mention a great experience in audio format I m enjoying them a lot, as you can probably guess otherwise, I wouldn t keep listening Obviously this is a series I want to keep reading, and I m already excited for the next one. Cuando se compara Gerarlt con Canci n de Hielo y Fuego hay una conversaci n del libro que ejemplifica muy bien la diferencia En el escudo, un pez de plata y corona alternado sobre campo cuarteado de azul y gules Que le den a la her ldica, Fenn El rey Qui n es el rey all As es, mientras G.R.R Martin dedica p ginas y p ginas a her ldicas y casas reales, en la saga del brujo van al grano, se dejan de pajas y lo hace r pido Si se huele guerra no hay que esperar 500 p ginas, la batalla sucede en el siguiente cap tulo A mi me encanta, se hace una gozada leerlo Al no profundizar en reyes y casas, lo malo es que uno puede perderse entre nombres, a n as no deja de ser secundario y no hace que se pierda el hilo de la historiaDe momento es el que m s me ha gustado de la saga La saga es de Geralt de Rivia pero la protagonista, tanto de este como del 3 , es indiscutiblemente Ciri La escena del cruce de la Sart n es lo mejor hasta ahora y aun abusando de elementos de fantas a no se queda infantil o simpl n.Una saga de diez. Finally, sorry but this was nottttttttt my type of plot I meanCiri her storyline is great but the rest and it was mostly the rest was so boring Soooo political, too many names and I just dont know who is screwing who So sadly I got detached from the plot.Putting this series on a break till I get back from vacation I still feel a connection with the main plot, I looove the witcher concept and all the wizards But I need less politics


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About the Author: Andrzej Sapkowski

Andrzej Sapkowski, born June 21, 1948 in d , is a Polish fantasy writer Sapkowski studied economics, and before turning to writing, he had worked as a senior sales representative for a foreign trade company His first short story, The Witcher Wied min , was published in Fantastyka, Poland s leading fantasy literary magazine, in 1986 and was enormously successful both with readers and critics.