Lady of the Lake
After walking through a portal in the Tower of the Swallow, thus narrowly escaping death, the Witcher girl, Ciri, finds herself in a completely different world... a world of the Elves. She is trapped with no way out. Time does not seem to exist and there are no obvious borders or portals to cross back into her home world.
But this is Ciri, the child of prophecy, and she wi...more
I believe that she went there in order to save Yennefer, which I think is bel…moreThat's a great question - one that I also pose in my review.
I believe that she went there in order to save Yennefer, which I think is believable. I do believe that Ciri would be willing to sacrifice herself to save her 'mother.' That said, I also think it is very 'out of character' of her to simply surrender herself to Vilgefortz - with no plan - thinking that he would then just let Yennefer go. First, she's dealt with him before so she knows that he's not an altruistic guy. Secondly, I just don't think - at this point in the saga - that she is that naïve and trusting. So, like I said, it seems out of character for her to just surrender herself. It would make more sense if she had at least, first, tried to use her powers to save Yennefer or tried to sneak in under the cover of darkness. So, I agree, it's confusing.(less)
We come to the end of the Witcher series, and I say thank Belzebub for that. It is difficult to say why I kept reading to the very (very) bitter end, since the series was getting increasingly worse by every page. I suppose the time I had invested and a small spark of hope that the end may have been worth it all...
The Lady of the Lake is the final book and it brings the whole saga to an end, with Ciri finding herself in another world having gone throu ...more
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I am so disappointed and angry with how Sapkowski concluded the saga. Throughout the whole series, I’ve grown so attached to so many characters and I hate to see them stranded away because they couldn’t fit the author’s weak excuse for a plot. What I hate the most is what happened to Ciri in the end. It’s like a slap in the face.
This is the final book in the saga and it deals with Ciri finding herself in another dimension, trying to get back to where she belongs. Her focus is to find ...more
I've stayed with this saga for many years now, and it remains one of my favourites. Especially the knowledge that the game series takes the franchise to perfection, is a ...more
The fantasy elements in here are pred ...more
Eh. No. It was very strong. Strong enough to keep my attention fully rapt from start to finish.
I mean, who DOESN'T like Ciri as a badass? She sure went through a ton of changes and misfortunes. All that extremely well done prophesy bui ...more
Verily do I tell you that whoever believes in dreams is as one trying to catch the wind or seize a shadow. ...more
A shame that I couldn't get through the final book in the series but the majority of this book was a chore to read. Too much time hopping, world swapping, new and boring characters and not enough time spent with the people I actually cared about. I'm sure I'll come back to this sometime when I have more patience and time but it just wasn't for me at the moment. I just wasn't excited about what I was reading. ...more
I don't think that introducing a bunch of pointless and boring characters in the last book of the series just for the sake of world-building is the way to go. And the ending was really bland.
I give myself five stars for resisting the urge to DNF this a couple of times and for not dying of boredom.
The book gets 1.5 stars, barely. ...more
Eighteen years after its original publication in Polish, this concluding volume of The Witcher series finally has its official English translation. While fan translations have been around for quite a while now, honestly I thought it was well worth the wait, if nothing else because I got to enjoy the excellent audiobook edition. I started off by reading the books, but then on a whim decided to switch formats once I got to ...more
While I understand some critics I can't do nothing el ...more
There’s nothing left to say, nothing that hasn’t been resolved or left me wondering, nothing that I can really put my finger on as being amiss. However, I feel like some untapped potential died with the end of this series, and I’ll carry that disappointment with me for a while.
There were so many new threads explored in the final novel of The Witcher saga that I wish had been left out in favour of more time spent with our favourite characters. I think that is mostly what feels unju ...more
“But every dream, if dreamed too long, turns into a nightmare. And we awake from such dreams screaming.”
The Last Wish ★★★★
Sword of Destiny ★★★★
Blood of Elves ★★★ 1/2
The Time of Contempt ★★★ 1/2
Baptism of Fire ★★★ 3/4
The Tower of Swallows ★★
The Lady of the Lake ★★
As you can see the Witcher series did not meet my expectations and it ended up with 2 stars which is a bummer! I would have DNFed this book if it wasn’t the finale but I ...more
The whole book felt rushed, as if desperately trying to close all the plot lines. The result is some loose ends, some deus ex machinas (one particularly horrible - look below) and some plot lines that started with a bang and ended with a feeble voice.
Sapkowski is extremely talented at quickly introducing new chara ...more
Unfortunately not as great of an ending as I was hoping for. I'm not completely disappointed but there was something missing to make me really like this. The beginning was kind of slow with too much world and time hopping for my taste. But the middle part was great! The ending though... There's nothing that hasn't been resolved but still I feel like there was something missing. I still like the ending itself but the book as a whole was underwhelming. ...more
There were far too many time jumps, and jumps between worlds, too many new minor characters, too exhausting to keep track of and not clear enough, creating a choppy disjointed narrative.
Like mixing in Arthurian legend - why now? It doesn’t fit with the rest of the series, and wasn't developed enough to really add anything other than breaking up the narrative. ...more
Ciri is stuck in another world, one filled with Elves who hate humans yet still want to impregnate Ciri and keep her child because of a prophecy that her offspring will be the saviour of worlds. The one who will stop the white frost. In all honestly, it gets a bit weird and creep ...more
Well that was surprising and here I was thinking this would hold no surprises for me.
The world building was brilliant and while a feature of this series this took it to the next level. It was vivid and really brought you into the world as a whole. Toussaint in particular was exceptional as were some other places especially those frequented by Ciri. Just outstanding.
The characters were brilliant especially Ciri. This really was mostly about her which was great. She is by far the most inter ...more
I dislike how the author decided to kill off some of the characters, i dont mind them dying , but you cant just kill one of the main characters who has been in at least 3 books , in 2 sentences. You have to have at least some buildup to it.
The deaths of Geralts litlle band of followers were so sudden and some just outright idiotic , that i was sure yenfer or ciri would revive them or that ciri would travel several hours in to the past and do it over again, ...more
I feel that I'm going to reread the series later in the year because these books fall into my top five fantasy series and I need to give reviews that do them justice.
All I'm going to say is that I really look down at A Song of Ice and Fire after this. Sapkowski knows how to balance politics, character interactions and development, tragedy and joy all in one messily wrapped gift.
A beauti ...more
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