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La spada del destino (The Witcher #2)

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Non credevo che saresti rimasta con me, Yennefer. Sei una maga famosa e i tuoi incantesimi ti facevano guadagnare parecchio, in città. Eppure hai preferito metterti in viaggio assieme a me, Geralt di Rivia, un povero strigo che ogni giorno rischia la vita, combattendo contro ogni genere di mostro, per ottenere una manciata di monete con cui a malapena risesce a sorpravvivr ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published March 10th 2011 by Nord (first published 1992)
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☆ Ruth ☆ There is a kindle edition translation of Sword of Destiny that I know of as I have a copy. I haven't read it but it seems to be a collection of short…moreThere is a kindle edition translation of Sword of Destiny that I know of as I have a copy. I haven't read it but it seems to be a collection of short stories and not a 'Witcher' novel. As far as I can make out the series of novels goes: Blood of Elves; Time of Contempt; Baptism of Fire; The Tower of the Swallow; The Lady of the Lake and a book called 'Storm Season' which I don't think belongs to the series. To make it even more confusing the second book Time of Contempt is listed as number 4 in Goodreads. Hope this helps :)
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Fredrik
I read this book in swedish (called Ödets Svärd - Sword of Destiny) and let me just say;

WOW. Sapkowski, you f-ing rule.

It doesn't seem like the Swedish publishers will publish any more Sapkowskibooks, and all I can say is; Your Loss, man.

Luckily, the Witcher Saga is available in English!

Everything about this book is awesome, from the characters to the world, to the humor and the fighting scenes. Geralt is a true badass, although he tries not to act like one. And his, kind of tragic, love story w
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Dusty
What a pleasant surprise. I've heard good things about the Witcher books, of which the Witcher video games are based on, and I wasn't disappointed. This collection of short stories is not available in an official English translation so I had to read the fan translations. I didn't know what to expect in terms of the quality of the translation, but it was actually very well done. They were in Word doc format and I combined them and created a single Mobi file for the Kindle which turned out quite n ...more
Jennifer Melzer
I have become so emotionally attached to these characters over the last few years. By the time I got to the end of the last story in the Sword of Destiny I had a pile of tissues on the table beside me.

These stories were missing, little bits and pieces of the story in the fog, but wow... Just wow. Filling in those empty spaces was like coming home through memories you almost forgot were the greatest part of who you were, are and will one day be.
Knjigoholičarka
Jedne večeri se Džon Grin i Paolo Koeljo otkinuli od Rubinovog Vinjaka i odlučili da pišu fantastiku pošto tu sad leži lova. "Ti dnapišeš onaj 'lozofski deo one... one... 'nutrašnje mono-loooge... i spoljašnje...kaksezovu", zapetlja Grin jezikom, "a ja ćdnapišem ljubvne priče i dialogitakoto". "Ae", reče Koeljo, pre nego što je glavom opalio o već lepljivi sto i skotrljao se na pod bifea "Čep".

I tako je nastala ova knjiga.
Joseph
This is the second book in the Witcher series and, like the first book (The Last Wish, although I think Sword of Destiny might have been published first; this is all very complicated), it's a collection of mostly longish short stories about a day in the life of a Witcher, to wit Geralt of Rivia. Almost all of the stories involve a Witcher's normal day-to-day business -- find some monster that's eating the local peasants, kill the monster, get paid for it -- but several of them also introduce cha ...more
Mladen
Kao i prva knjiga - brzo, osvežavajuće, bez opterećujućeg razvlačenja, s malo više humora i mnogo bolje osmišljenim celinama/pričama.
Utkana poznata mitologija, to jest poznata bića ne ostavljaju utisak prežvakavanja već poznatog jer su preoblikovana u skladu s pričama - odlično utkana u piščev svet koji mi se, kako čitanje odmiče, sve više dopada.
Za razliku od nekih drugih serijala, koji su mi se smučili na drugoj knjizi jer vode u beskrajno prežvakavanje po svetovima koji sa svakim poglavljem
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Kelly
Not quite the epic journey of the first collection, but perhaps a little more heart.

The Sword Of Destiny is the second collection of stories by Andrzej Sapkowski following the adventures of the Witcher, Geralt of Rivia. The release of this volume has been highly anticipated, not just because there will never be enough stories about Geralt, but because this is the first time this particular collection has been translated into English. Now, English-speaking fans of the Witcher can celebrate the r
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サチコ
'Nella mia ballata la sirena si sacrifica per il principe, cambia la coda da pesce in due belle gambe ma a prezzo della perdita della voce. Il principe la tradisce, la abbandona e allora lei muore di dolore e si trasforma in spuma del mare mentre i primi raggi di sole...'
'Chi crederà mai a queste frottole?!'


'La spada del destino' di Andrzej Sapkowski è il primo libro della saga di 'The Witcher' che leggo, ma conosco le storie dello strigo Geralt di Riva perché sono una grande fan dei videogiochi
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Nailya
I couldn't find the first book here, so here is my short review of both.

I've read the first two volumes a while ago, so I don't reme them that well. What I do remember is just how amazing they are. The first two volumes consist of a series if short stories about the same character - the Witcher Geralt - a mutant who travels around a brutal fantasy world and kills monsters for money. The moment you think that it sounds like a novelisation of an average video-game would be your biggest fantasy-rel
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Unai
Hace algunos años leí la primera parte de las historias de Geralt de Rivia. No seguí con ello porque el formato de recopilaciones de historias no suele ser de mi agrado y esta saga empieza no con uno, sino con dos libros de historias cortas antes de entrar en harina. Pero todo tiene su momento y como no puedo con la vida esperando que salga el juego Witcher III, voy a ir calmando el hype leyendo la saga. Recientemente he jugado el Witcher II y es que sencillamente me interesa la historia, los pe ...more
 ミサキ
Ci sono alcune cose che non capisco ancora di questo libro.
Se la madre di Gerald era una maga/strega come ha fatto a rimanere incinta? Per tutto il libro ripete che strighi e maghe sono sterili e yennefer si dispera perché non potrà avere figli e poi puff! questa riesce ad averne senza nemmeno volerlo. Comunque, perché l'ha abbandonato? Aveva tutte le possibilità del mondo, poteva dargli una vita favolosa e lo vende agli strighi sapendo che 4 su 10 sopravvivono??
Quanto è insopportabile Occhietto
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Zaratoth
Awesome sequel to "The Last Wish". It doesn't have here a main story like "The Voice of Reason" which acts as a reason for different side stories. In this one there are stories in a chronological order covering a couple of years or so with the stories concerning mainly the weird romance between Yennefer and Geralt in the first half and the story of Geralt and Ciri in the second half. The book ends almost where the sequel "Blood of Elves" started.
This was an awesome book, continuing the style of
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Gerald
This is another excellent collection of Sapkowski's short stories and introduces characters seen in the later novels. It is a bit more psychological and character-heavy than the stories in "The Last Wish" and explores things like the relationship between Geralt and Yennefer. This is a free download from the Internet Archive and was translated by fans. There is no official English publication of this collection and it seems unlikely there will ever be one.

https://archive.org/details/TheSwordO...
Lys
La Spada del Destino ha due lame. Una sei tu, l'altra è la morte.

Se devo ancora trovare le parole per poter commentare Black Friars. L'Ordine della Chiave by Virginia De Winter (oltre che ribadire che a fine lettura si prova la stessa sensazione che rimirare Marat mezzo nudo), non è che per questa seconda raccolta di racconti vada molto meglio.
Al che il dubbio è lecito, magari il problema non è il libro ma sono io xD

Ma tagliamo corto il preambolo e veniamo al dunque: Sapkowski mi spiazza. In questo libro ancora più che nel precedente. Mi spiazza, e o
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Adam
I'll be damned if The Witcher isn't amazingly written. Short stories in a semi-order. Each one elucidates something that will make either a previous or new one hit harder. I hate Yen. I love Yen. I don't get how it's so perfect, but it is. And it ends with a laugh of joy.

But it's High Fantasy, it's not supposed to do that, right? I thought I was getting hack and slash, lies and trickery, that. Geralt makes me want to cry, and I can't choose happy, sad, or frustrated.
Keit Doesntcare
Ако не беше обсесивно-компулсивната нужда на писателя да описва всяка цица, на която се натъкнем, книгата щеше да е изключително интересно четиво.

Може би тази част от поредицата беше прекалено романтична за саркастичната ми душа. Така и не разбрах каква е връзката между Йенефер и Гералт и какво толкова ги спира да са заедно. Да не говорим и за отвратителния характер на магьосницата, който явно действа като афродизиак на нашя белекос главен герой.

Имаше прекалено много възклицания от рода на "О
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Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
The second sequel was easy to get into after the first book. The style is slightly different. Rather than a series of short stories with present-day pieces in between, SoW is a more straightforward story--short stories that are in a way consequentially related to each other, so it feels like an ordinary novel.

Yennefer is once again an interesting presence. So large yet her parts so far are so small.

Little Eye was a surprise event.

The ending has me going 'omg' since I think it's an unusual turn
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Marta Conejo
Tengo que admitir que este libro me gustó más que su anterior por el hecho de que poco a poco se van construyendo los personajes. Los dos primeros libros de la saga son como historias cortas con los mismos personajes, pero lo que vemos en ello es que hay una trama secundaria muy bien hilada. Geralt, el brujo sin sentimientos, es lo más monoso del mundo... y no esa monosidad que leemos en muchos de los libros actuales. Jaskier, fiel acompañante y mejor juglar, que siempre te acompañará con enseña ...more
Uve
A través de seis relatos narrados en tercera persona, iremos conociendo más sobre el protagonista de la saga, Geralt de Rivia. Desaparece el recurso del anterior libro donde Sapkowski utilizaba uno de los cuentos ("La voz de la razón") para enlazar los demás. La mayor continuidad entre los relatos lo hace innecesario.

Reseña completa: http://miradasenlatadas.blogspot.com....


Nuno Almeida
A minha tentativa de ler todas os livros de Sapkowski quase dava uma aventura digna das suas histórias. Depois de ler em Português (O Último Desejo), Inglês (Blood of Elves), Inglês com uma nova edição e esquema de capa (Time of Contempt), tive que me virar para o Português do Brasil, começando a ler este no mesmo mês em que finalmente saiu no Reino Unido >.<

Mas falando do livro em si, A Espada Do Destino é a segunda antologia de contos e que cronologicamente se passa antes dos romances, p
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Martina Frammartino
Si mantiene su livelli straordinari Andrzej Sapkowski con la sua seconda racconta di avventure di uno strigo in cerca di lavoro. I mostri sono troppo pochi, e a volte, come nel racconto I limiti del possibile, è il proprio stesso codice a impedire un confronto con loro. Così Geralt non può affrontare un drago, anche se è proprio questo ciò che vuole fare Yennefer, la maga da lui amata. La storia inizia come una grande avventura, con personaggi disillusi, eroi improbabili o non poi così scintilla ...more
Alex Bergonzini
Este segundo libro me ha gustado más que el primero. Las historias continúan sueltas, coexisten y se mezclan los personajes, se establecen el pasado y el futuro. Los acontecimientos parecen no tener un fin, pero se estiran hasta encontrar un camino ya adecentado. Así pues, la historia es fluida y los personajes toman fuerza de una forma inusitada. Haciéndolos tuyos.

El contenido se vuelve más emocional, aclarando más pasiones y temas del corazón. Torsiones que maduran a los personajes y te hacen
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Veselin Nikolov
Малко по-романтична и драматична от прага ми на поносимост, с отделни твърде прозрачни моменти и изкуствени мрачни завършеци.

5-ца за сблъсъка на Гералт с глезената русалка, която се опитва да накара принца да й оплоди хайвера :-)

Като цяло - увлекателна и различна книга.
Daniorte
Sigue la tónica del libro anterior. Una sucesión de relatos en donde, creo que, comienza a sentar la principal base de lo que será la historia de los libros que le siguen. La novedad del primer libro se pierde pero no así lo entretenido de los relatos.

Para mi gusto se ve un brujo más emocional que en el anterior, supongo que se irá viendo la evolución del personaje según avance. Por otro lado, si en el anterior libro el personaje de Jaskier se me atravesó en este parece que le cojo más el gusti
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Adam
So even though the official English translation of Sword of Destiny just came out/will have come out soon, I ended up reading a fan translation to English of the official French translation from the original Polish. That inevitably affects how I perceived the book and it's hard to know what issues might have been improved in a better translation. But I read the book I read so that's what I'm gonna review.

Like the first Witcher book, Sword of Destiny is a series of short stories about Geralt kill
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Ra Ragnar
Algab justkui hoopis teist masti tükk kui Viimane soov, aga ühel hetkel taipasin, et esimese raamatuna peabki teistsugune olema. Kohe kui ettemääratus teemana rohkem sisse trügis, tundsin ära nii vana hea Nõiduri kui ka Sapkowski.

Esimesel võimalusel loen edasi Nõiduri saaga edasisi lugusid ettemääratuse lapsega. Autoril on omapärane oskus dekonstrueerida tuntud muinasjutte fantaasiamaailma olustikus ning suruda need karmi ja vägagi reaalsesse tumedavõitu fantaasiasse.

Tekkis taas huvi videomängu
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Betelgeuse
Jul 29, 2015 Betelgeuse rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: chi vuole scoprire un lato nascosto del protagonista.
Recensione pubblicata su Cronache di Betelgeuse

Eccoci di nuovo a seguire le avventure di Geralt, alla scoperta di piccoli dettagli che mostrano i lati più nascosti del suo carattere. Questo insieme di racconti mostra come il protagonista segua un codice morale nella sua caccia ai mostri, nonostante ai più possa apparire come un semplice mercenario pronto a uccidere per denaro. Geralt riesce ad affascinare chi lo circonda, anche senza volerlo. Non è solo il suo aspetto fisico, così diverso dagli
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Roseb612
Dec 31, 2014 Roseb612 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Roseb612 by: David_dd
Druhá povídková kniha o Zaklínači - na rozdíl od té první Poslední přání již nemá rámcovou konstrukci, ale je to pouze spojení sedmi povídek, víceméně chronologicky řazených. Jelikož entreé hlavních postav jsme si už odbyli v prvním svazku a tady je to spíše již více o přemýšlení, promýšlení vlastního osudu, vyrovnávání se se životem (Hranice možností, Trochu se obětovat, Něco více). Do děje se vrací Ciri (či se poprvé objevuje - jak se to vezme), seznamuje se s Geraltem, opakovaně se potkávají. ...more
Carlos
Segunda parte de la saga del brujo Geralt de Rivia; aparentemente comienza con el mismo formato del primer libro, es decir, una serie de historias de aventuras del brujo. Pero dista mucho del primero. Se ve mucho más homogéneo, y las historias empiezan a enlazar personajes. Me han gustado prácticamente las 6 historias, el autor se vuelve más filosófico y dramático, sin dejar de engancharte, y sorprendiéndote con cada final de historia.
Lo más positivo del libro son las dos últimas historias, que
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jluukvg
I liked most of the stories presented in this book. But I specially enjoyed the last two, one of which is precisely titled "The Sword of Destiny" (as the name of this book), the other being "Something more". Those were my favorites because they are closely related to the events that will occur in the rest of the Witcher saga.

I definitely encourage anyone planning to read the whole saga to first read "The last Wish" (first book of short stories) and at least these last two stories that I mention
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Andrzej Sapkowski, born June 21, 1948 in Łódź, 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 (Wiedźmin), was published in Fantastyka, Poland's leading fantasy literary magazine, in 1986 and was enormously successful both with readers and critics. ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Witcher (7 books)
  • The Last Wish (The Witcher, #1)
  • Krew elfów (Saga o Wiedźminie, #3)
  • Czas pogardy (Saga o Wiedźminie, #4)
  • Chrzest ognia (Saga o Wiedźminie, #5)
  • Wieża Jaskółki (Saga o Wiedźminie, #6)
  • Pani Jeziora (Saga o Wiedźminie, #7)
The Last Wish (The Witcher, #1) Krew elfów (Saga o Wiedźminie, #3) Czas pogardy (Saga o Wiedźminie, #4) Chrzest ognia (Saga o Wiedźminie, #5) Wieża Jaskółki (Saga o Wiedźminie, #6)

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“-Hej! - ryczał Yarpen Zigrin siedzący na koźle, wskazując na Yennefer. - Coś się tam czerni na szlaku! Ciekawe, co to? Wygląda jak kobyła!
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