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 afte ...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 sty ...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 formal ...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.
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●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' ...more
I really like the wri ...more
As I always say in these Witcher reviews - these books are not going to be for everyone. There's a lot of, often dry, political and court talk. A lot of plot points and characters that disappear for whole books and don't turn up or come to fruition until 3 books down the line. You have to play the long game, but my God the character development and pay off is worth it.
This feels very much like Ciri's ...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 Swall ...more
But that's where the joy comes in. :) The pacing is fast and just when you think you've got a handle on certain things, there's always that little wrench in the works. :)
I admit I teared up during certain events. And it isn't entirely isolated with events featuring only Ciri. She ...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 th ...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 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 t ...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 trac ...more
The group of people that are forming around Geralt fascinate me. Each individual person has their own unique story and it is enough to make the reader want to pause the current story to delve into their backstories. I do applaud an author that takes the time to bring that extra to each character and doesn’t just insert them as a generic bit to carry the s ...more
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 because the ...more
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.
The time-line crossing and different point of view of the story culminating into one big surprise, definitely the best one among the series and deserves all of my five stars because of that plot line ;)
The first is that this whole book is told from the point of view of flashbacks nested within flashbacks. There are multiple flashbacks for various characters, nested within each other. And to make matters worse, you might finish a chapter, dedicated to a certain group of characters, and then move onto the next chapter, but find that it is about a different collection of neste ...more
I had hard time connecting with characters. Ciri seemed somehow brusque and annoying, Yennefer did hell know what (her charm and wit lost to the unknown), Geralt was lost to the plot and his own doubts, the amazing party traveling that was amazingly executed in #3 was scattered like exploded paint can. The dialogues are somehow stagnant and seem unrealistic, most of the book felt more like "talking", not actually getti ...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 schem ...more
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