Tower of Swallows is another great instalment to the Witcher series. Though I love it and think it's a great book I have a few issues with this.
●I didn't like the way the story is told
●Geralt was barely in this, the part that he was in was almost inconsequential.
●The writing is below average, I think it has something to do with the translation.
Apart from the above I pretty much like everything about this book. Just how Baptism of Fire was Geralt's book this is Ciri's book. The plot follows Ciri's life after the Rats were killed.
It isn’t the evil and indecent who are flung down into the depths, no! Oh, no! The evil and decisive fling down those who are moral, honest and noble but maladroit, hesitant and full of scruples.
Ciri was baldly injured and was found by Vysogota an old hermit who treated her. While she was there healing she told him her story. We finally got to know how she got injured and how Bonhart captured her. Ciri is still smart but life has changed her, she is now somewhat bitter and very vengeful. Living with Vysogota for some months really helped her. I'm also glad she now knows that her love ones didn't abandon her.
Dandelion's narrative was a breathe of fresh air, I had fun reading that. Too bad it was short.
Swimming, to put it mildly, was–and is–not one of my strong points. Had Mother Nature wanted me to swim, in the act of creation and the process of evolution she would have equipped me with webbed fingers.
Geralt made some few discoveries about the prophesy about Ciri. He finally found the Druids he was looking for but he got distracted, I know that is the author's way of dragging the story, but by doing that he is ruining his character.
Yennefer is also here, her search for Ciri is even more effective than Geralt's half baked plan. I love her strength, loyalty and dedication. I never knew she cared this much for Ciri.
Cahir, Milva, Regis and the rest of the gang are still here, they even have a new addition, her name is Angoulême, she is from Cintra.
This ended in a cliffhanger, only Geralt was safe, Ciri and Yennefer are both in a peril.
This conversation really got me thinking, it's insulting but true.
‘Do you know, Witcher, what the greatest snag of longevity is?’
‘You heard right. Sex. After almost a hundred years it becomes boring. There’s nothing in it to fascinate or excite any longer, nothing that has the exciting appeal of novelty. It has all been done already… In this or that way, but it has happened. And then suddenly comes the Conjunction of the Spheres and you, people, appear here. Human survivors, come from another world, from your former world, which you managed utterly to destroy with your still-hirsute hands, barely five million years after evolving as a species. There’s only a handful of you, your life expectancy is ridiculously low, so your survival depends on the pace of reproduction. Thus unbridled lust never leaves you, sex totally governs you; it’s a drive more powerful even than the survival instinct. To die? Why not, if one can fuck around beforehand. That is your entire philosophy.’