The Tower of the Swallow
The world has fallen into war. Ciri, the child of prophecy, has vanished. Hunted by friends and foes alike, she has taken on the guise of a petty bandit and lives free for the first time in her life.
But the net around her is closing. Geralt, the Witcher, has assembled a group of allies determined to rescue her. Both sides of the war have sent brutal mercenaries to hunt her
Sufficient to say, the book picks up right where the previous left which is logical considering that nothing whatsoever was resolved by the end of that one - actually I had a feeling it ended practically in mid-sentence. Let me just say that we will see the fate of all interesting major people from the previous installment. None of them ended up with happily ever ...more
The narrative begins with a hermit called Vysogota finding what he believes is an injured boy in a forest. It transpires that this young gentleman is actually the girl, Ciri and she is very close to death. The hermit takes her to his shack which is untraceable unless you know it's there and prays that he can aid her recovery. He was ...more
The Witcher series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski continues, with the Child Surprise Ciri travelling around with a bunch of thieves and bandits called the Rats, whilst Geralt, sorcerers and the Emperor send out people to find her.
This series has plummeted to the very depths of tedium. Every book has melded in to one and it's difficult for me to remember this particular one, though I do recall my consternation at the random change of narrative ...more
Of note, “The Tower of Swallows” isn't really about the eponymous witcher, Geralt of Rivia. Most real estate is devoted to Ciri telling the story of how she escaped ...more
I bow down before you in supreme awe.
Mild spoilers are the necessary evil, they are necessary.
----------------- Sreyas, ...more
I am so in love with these audiobooks. Peter Kenny is the incontrovertible voice of this series, making all my favorite characters come to life with his authentic reading style and superb acting. Fan translations of these books have been around for a while, but I don’t mind waiting longer if it means I can enjoy the audio editions; every time I jump into a new book, it’s like coming home to old friends.
The Tower of ...more
The previous book in The Witcher series was a little bit choppy, with each change in point of view requiring some adjustment. By comparison, The Tower of Swallows is like a river being fed by a bunch of little streams. All of the different characters' scenes flow easily together to tell the larger story, and as a reader it's so easy to be carried along the current while observing all of the terrible ...more
This is where you adore Yennefer.
This is where you have mixed feelings for Geralt.
This is where your fingers hurt from crossing them for Ciri.
This is where you start thinking of all possible sequels and prequels never written...
I have to admit Yennefer to me make me be bored. Hate reading from her point of view it takes away my excitement of the storyline even though her storyline fits in I just don't like her.
Hate there wasn't enough chapters with Geralt ugh. It's like just a chapter and two had him in it. Other important characters and Ciri and Yennefer had lots more chapters.
That ending though. Watch how Ciri growth has improved a lot.
Enjoyable but not the best in the series. ...more
I never know if the next book I open will be full of adventures and delightfully horrifying creatures that Geralt and Ciri beat against all odds OR if we're going to have a dry, pointless installment ...more
Even though the book starts well and one gets the false sense of hope that the book is finally getting somewhere after the disaster of the previous books. But one soon realises that despite turning page after page we get no where ...more
I will finish this series because I'm already six books deep, but I will do so begrudgingly. The Witcher stopped being fun about three books ago and instead became a massive (and tedious) fake history lesson.
I don't care about the politics anymore. It's not intriguing. It's not interesting. It's work; it's work remembering everyone's names, it's work keeping ...more
After being absent most of the last book, it's good to see Ciri take centre stage. She becomes a much darker character as the story progresses, thanks to the brutal mercenaries sent from different sides of the conflict to hunt her down. Definitely still my favourite character and I can't wait to learn her fate in the final book.
There's a lot more plot progression compared to Baptism of Fire which, while very well written and entertaining, seemed to suffer from ...more
Still, aside from my doubts and the lack of explanation, I still found myself enjoying this series. The characters are still going strong whilst the political ...more
Sometimes with a long series I can struggle as I am nearing the last few books.
Not this time however as this book really kept my interest and brought in some new plot points.
The world building too is just fantastic. It perfectly evokes the period of the time but does bounce back and forward in time a bit (as a book of the Witcher should). It's very vivid and really evokes a strong sense of what is happening with the plot. Also I haven't mentioned it before but the creature descriptions ...more
Personally, what I found most jarring was the late introduction of a certain revelation that came completely out of the blue, without the remotest of remote hints in any of the ...more
The Tower of the Swallow is a book that isn't particularly concerned in taking the reader forward. It's questionable whether it stands on its own or as part of the wider series*. Imagine a collection of slice of life stories if the proverbial loaf was shuffled, squashed, and thrown to the ducks for nibble. There's call backs, call forwards, irrelevant asides**, narrative dead ends, meanderings, and unrhythmic repetitions***. There's ...more
‘I have enormous eyes, all the better to see you with!’ shrieked the great, iron wolf. ‘I have enormous paws, all the better to seize and hug you with! Everything about me is enormous, everything, and soon you will discover it for yourself. Why are you looking at me so strangely, little girl? Why do you not answer?’
The witcher girl smiled. ‘I have a surprise for you.’
- Flourens Delannoy, The Surprise, from the book Fairy Tales and Stories
I finished this last night and then fiiiinally started the ...more
This is the darkest of the books in the series. Sapkowski adds a few new characters that you ...more
The series returns its focus to Ciri and her quest to find the Tower of the Swallow. She has adopted a new identity and settled into life ...more
Picking up some time after end of Baptism of Fire, The Tower of the Swallow follows Ciri's story much more than Geralt's and really brings her character development to a head.
At this stage it's imprudent to discuss any sort of plot summary but rest assured all of the plot threads that have been ...more
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