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Season of Storms

(Saga o Wiedźminie 0)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  10,094 ratings  ·  612 reviews
The New York Times bestselling series that inspired the Witcher video games.

Geralt of Rivia. A witcher whose mission is to protect ordinary people from the monsters created with magic. A mutant who has the task of killing unnatural beings. He uses a magical sign, potions and the pride of every witcher -- two swords, steel and silver. But what would happen if Geralt lost hi
Paperback, 357 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Gollancz (first published November 6th 2013)
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T You can either read it after 'baptism of fire' or -preferably- after, 'Lady of the Lake' .
Hope you like it, in my opinion it was a pretty good…more
You can either read it after 'baptism of fire' or -preferably- after, 'Lady of the Lake' .
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May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
First a disclaimer: the book blurb has nothing in common with the content. They both talk about Geralt the Witcher, but this is where the similarities end.

What did Geralt do most of the time in the series? People familiar with him only through the games or not at all would foolishly say he hunted monsters. Wrong! He brooded non-stop from the middle of the second book all the way to the end.
I am happy(?) to say here he did exactly this for about third of the length. After which he was forced to
"They say that progress illuminates the darkness. But there will always be darkness. And in that darkness there will always be Evil, in that darkness there will always be fangs and claws, murder and blood. There will always be things that go bump in the night. And we, witchers, are the ones who bump back at them."
- Vesemir of Kaer Morhen

A difficult book to rate. I enjoyed reading it, of course, as it is a Witcher book. At the same time, it offered nothing new to the series, did not add anything
James Lafayette Tivendale
I received a review copy of Season of Storms in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Andrzej Sapkowski and Gollancz for the opportunity.

Season of Storms begins with the Witcher successfully completing a contract to eradicate the threat of a monster known as an Idr. Upon receiving payment Geralt opts to travel to Kerack where another mission may be waiting. Upon arrival at Kerack's Watchtower he is made to disarm and hand over his two legendary Witcher swords which he does begrudgingly. H
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I mean I love the freaking cover of the book! Guess I just need to get a print out!

But... the book fell flat for me! I don't know if it's because I have been reading some amazing books lately or what! Either way, I'm happy for the ones that love it!

Mel 🖤🐺🐾
ARC provided by Orbit in exchange for an honest review.

1.) The Last Wish ★★★★★

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Overdue review notes...

The first thing to know about it - it is a full-length novel. Not a collection of short stories like The Last Wish or Sword of Destiny. But despite that, this story is much closer in spirit to these prequel instalments as opposed to the main saga Blood of Elves and onward.

It is an easy and enjoyable read. But it would naturally appeal to those who already love the series. If you are new to Witcher - you can start here... but I am not sure I would recommend it. I would rath
Milda Page Runner
It was so wonderful to be back in Witcher's world - I feel nostalgic already. There is everything in this book one could hope for:

breathtaking close-up fights with horrible monsters,

light-hearted funny banter with Dandelion,

court intrigues and conspiracies,

mysterious beautiful women and hot nights,

power drunk insane wizards,

plenty oh humour sarcasm and irony,

haunting full of horrors events,

kind monsters and monstrous cruel people.

Highly recommended to all Witcher fans. I can only hope that this
Caro the Helmet Lady

It's really easy to bitch and pout about this book, as some did. And I could point at same things they pointed at too, I'm not blind. But I wasn't disappointed by it and forgive it all easily. I am really happy I could return to the world that became sort of my second home almost two decades ago. Sure thing, I can always do it with the help of old saga, or new games, but it's just not the same.

Because, simply as it is -


And I did get some more. And it was interesting, it was funny, it added som
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bałem się tej książki. Od kiedy usłyszałem że Sapkowski znów zabrał się za Wiedźmina byłem przekonany, że dostaniemy coś na poziomie Żmiji, jakieś popłuczyny po legendzie.
Początek książki potwierdził moje obawy. Wyglądało to jak niezbyt udane opowiadanie pisane przez fana. Słabe żarty oparte na na dupie i pierdzeniu, fabuła tocząca się liniowo - coś się stało, idziemy do kogoś kto może coś wiedzieć, on odsyła nas dalej itp. Miałem wrażenie że czytam scenariusz questa do gry komputerowej i to rac
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum:

There really is no such thing as a bad Witcher book, just some are better than others. Season of Storms is probably one that I would put on the lower end of the spectrum—meaning I enjoyed it, but compared to the rest of the books in the series, it simply didn’t stand out as much as I’d hoped. While this is the eighth one overall (when you include all the novels and collections), it is also something of a standalone preq
Patrick Zandl
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nevím už, kdy vyšel poslední Zaklínač, ani si nejsem jistý, kdy vyšel v češtině první. Ale jak začínal ten první, si pamatuju dodnes: "A potom se říkalo, že ten muž přišel od severu, Provaznickou branou. Šel pěšky, osedlaného koně vedl za uzdu." Byla to literární láska na první pohled, hluboce spirituální i materialistická, filosofická i násilná. Miloval jsem Sapkowskeho popisy bojů, ekonomiky i historie a samozřejmě všechny postavy, od těch nejsympatičtějších až po ty nejodpornější. Takový Sigi ...more
Sad Sunday (If I say it's bad, it's bad)
Read the fan translated version.

OK, I am quite speechless right now and it's very hard to put my thought to words, so I will cut the small talk and tell you everything that's on my heart.

Geralt (AKA The Witcher) is one of the best characters in the universe. Somehow I always refer to A.Sapkowski books as "true fantasy" ones since they are not only interesting, but have that specific feeling of reality, that makes you plunge into all adventures and experience them vividly.


This book had some fa
Aug 20, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Prilično sam razočaran ovom knjigom.

Očekivao sam neki početak sage no dobio sam nešto što samo radnjom prethodi prvoj knjizi ciklusa.
I to nešto što mi se uopće ne sviđa. Osnovni mi je utisak kako je Sapkowskom nestalo novaca pa je nabacao štošta u knjigu bez glave i repa pisano nekim čudnim, primitivnim, stilom.
Grimmove bajke mi izgledaju kao vrhunska literatura spram ove koja bi željela biti ozbiljna.
Sve mi je neuvjerljivo, bez glave i repa - te mu ukralo mačeve, te šeta neka lisica, te ga svi
This is the most recently translated book in The Witcher saga, the series which inspired the video games by the same name. I have heard rumours that another book is in the works, but as of now, this is the last one.

First I'd like to comment quickly on where this fits into the reading order. This is it without Season of Storms:

The Last Wish (short story collection)
The Sword of Destiny (short story collection)
The Blood of Elves (novel)
The Time of Contempt (novel)
Baptism of Fire (novel)
The Tower of
Špatný Zaklínač, ale více než obstojná jednohubková žánrovka. Špatný Zaklínač to je z důvodů, že ten byl vždy v protikladu generických fantasy braků a jejich klišé se kterými uvědoměle nakládal, byl rafinovaný, nejednorozměrný, reflektující společenská témata a navíc vycházel ze slovanské poetiky; ta je však nyní ty tam, o ničem to nevypovídá (a ani se to o to nesnaží) a s klišé to pracuje tak, že je to všechna otrocky využívá. Je to prostě typický zástupce všeho, čím původní zaklínačské povídk ...more
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Thanks to Arjen for introducing me to this series and for doing a buddyread with me. I have been playing The Witcher games, but I did not know that there were books about Geralt too. I was excited to immerse myself into his world, but I did not like it as much as I hoped and I'm not sure if I'll continue this series.

A longer review can be found at Bite Into Books

I do realize that this book is #0 in a series. It could definitely get better. I think this book should have just been written as a nov
Цветозар Бонев
"Историята продължават - помисли си тя. - Историята никога не свършва."

Отбелязана като предистория на поредицата, "Сезонът на бурите" е най-задоволяващият завършек на фентъзи поредица някога положена върху хартия. С тази (вероятно последна) история от света на Гералт от Ривия получаваме едно спиращо духа приключение изпълнено с хумор, екшън, магия, чудовища и латински фрази. Сапковски е феномен, Гералт от Ривия е феномен. Тази поредица не е за изпускане и (ако имаме късмет) скоро ще я видим комп
Rafal Jasinski
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Niepokoje, jakie żywiłem względem pojawienia się nowej książki z cyklu wiedźmińskiego, okazały się bezpodstawne. Nie jest to może powrót, który można nazwać "powrotem w wielkim stylu", ale powieść na tyle dobra, by uciąć wszystkie komentarze, utrzymane w tonie, że jest to NIC innego, jak tylko "skok na kasę".

Swoisty brak konkretnej osnowy fabularnej sprawia, że "Sezon burz" bliższy jest temu, co większość fanów "Wiedźmina" - w tym ja - uważa za najlepsze, czyli poprzedzającym sagę zbiorom opowia
Erik Fazekas
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, adult, fantasy, k, read-in-sk
Moje prvé stretnutie so Sapkom a dopadlo celkom dobre.
Nič som nečakal a bol som príjemne prekvapený. Páčilo sa mi až tak, že sa isto pozriem aj na ďalšie zaklínačove knihy :)

Aj keď... úvod bol taký trošku pomalší, a rozvláčny, ale potom to už nabralo spád a čítalo sa to jedna radosť. Na prdiace žoldnierky asi nadosmrti nezabudnem :D
A páčilo sa mi, že má taký trochu iný magický svet. A ešte k tomu aj slovník má dobrý.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable and well written standalone story that manages to give us insight into various holes in the Witcher lore whilst also telling a fascinating tale. This is a book for the fans, you could read and enjoy this without reading any of the other books but there are so many references and easter eggs it's plain to see that this was written for those intimately familiar with the Witcher series.
Kells Next Read
Actual Ratings: 4.25

Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En realidad son 3,5 estrellas si se pudiese ponerlas, pero como no se puede me decanto por 4 estrellas porque es el brujo Geralt y porque es como ponerle el punto final a la saga.

Se lee muy bien y es bastante entretenido, pero no aporta nada. Me ha recordado a los relatos del primer volumen de la saga “el último deseo” ya que es como una historia del brujo pero más larga. El primer volumen era introductorio al mundo de Geralt, relatos que te ponían en situación y te preparaban para la historia e
♠ Eze ♠
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"—Cuando no es una tormenta, es un chaparrón.

—Sencillamente, es la estación en la que estamos. La estación de las tormentas."

Aunque este libro esta ubicado, cronologicamente hablando, como el 0,5 de la saga. No recomiendo iniciar por este, sino hacerlo con El Ultimo Deseo.
Dejen este para mas adelante, cuando ya terminada la historia, quieran por curiosidad o por nostalgia, volver al mundo de Geralt de Rivia, de "The Witcher". Este maravilloso mundo que nos llega de la mano de Andrzej Sapkowski.
Публикуквано в списание Shadowdance

Интересно е дали Анджей Сапковски някога изобщо си е представял попкултурния феномен, в който ще се превърне изтребителят на чудовища Гералт от Ривия, а още по-интересно е дали дори в паралелни вселени си е представял, че това би се дължало на бестселъров гейм франчайз. Отговорът на второто най-вероятно е не, съдейки по отказа му да получава процент от печалбите от едноименните игри; но е факт, че белокосият вещер е много по-популярен, отколкото щеше да бъде ед
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Questo libro sembra un addio da parte dell'autore al personaggio di Geralt di Rivia
O "Sezonie burz" krążą w sieci skrajne opinie. Postanowiłam przekonać się sama, czy książka warta jest zakupu. I nie, nie stanie obok całej serii przygód wiedźmina Geralda z Rivii.

Postać Wiedźmina została ostatnio rozpopularyzowana przez grę komputerową, czytałam też o planach nakręcenia serialu. Postaciami z gry komputerowej zostały nawet przyozdobione okładki jednego z ostatnich wydań Sagi. Pamiętam, że na spotkaniu autorskich, w którym uczestniczyłam, pan Sapkowski nie wyglądał na zbyt zadow
Długo nie wiedziałam ile gwiazdek dać tej książce i ostatecznie te trzy są chyba trochę na wyrost.
Mam wrażenie, że Sapkowski wyciagnął z szuflady coś, czego nie pozwolono mu wydać jeszcze przed Sagą, trochę dopisał, trochę poprawił i rzucił nam ochłapy. Continuity, tak ważne u Sapkowskiego, zaginęło gdzieś w akcji. Pojawiają się nagle państweka, o których słowem nie wspomniano w tych wszystkich tomach mówiących o wojnie i pozbawione znaczenia postacie, które wpadają na kilka stron po to, by już
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Siempre un placer volver a leer de Geralt de Rivia, uno de mis personajes favoritos de literatura fantástica.

La historia, sin ser espectacular, se deja leer.

¿Hacía falta esta novela? Yo creo que no. Cualquiera de las 7 novelas de la saga regular es más entretenida que esta pero pese a ello me ha gustado volver a leer sobre Geralt. La sensación es que visto el éxito que ha tenido la saga de videojuegos (los cuales salieron después de finalizar la saga) han querido sacarle un poco más de jugo a l
Čitanje Sapkovskog je kao kad dobijete čokoladu od trista grama pa je posmucate za dan i posle se malo kajete što je niste još razvlačili. Idealno za lakše zimske bolesti koje se provode u krevetu uz čaj i keks.
Ova konkretna knjiga nije ništa posebno, pogotovu nikom ne bih preporučila da počinje čitanje Sapkovskog od nje, ali je lepršava i zabavna i zapravo pametnija nego što se čini. Pomalo autor zalazi u "pišem sam svoj fanfiction" teritoriju, ali za utvrđene ljubitelje Geralta i dalje gušt.
Metodi Markov
Прилични истории споени в една обща, според мен специално написани за феновете на Вещера, които се надяваха 13 години да излезе нещо ново.

По-ниската ми оценка е заради високите ми очаквания, докато в книгата няма почти нищо оригинално.

Трансформацията на Гералт в плейбой също не ми допадна и мисля, че не заслужава такова тривиално развитие на образа си.

Връх на книгата - ръкопашната схватка на Гералт с шест преяли с боб мадами-стражи!!! :)


"Testis unis, testis nullis!" :)
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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

Other books in the series

Saga o Wiedźminie (8 books)
  • The Last Wish (The Witcher, #1)
  • Miecz przeznaczenia (Saga o Wiedźminie, #2)
  • Blood of Elves (The Witcher, #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)
  • Untitled
“Geralt uniósł kufel. Znał się z wieloma krasnoludami, wiedział, jak się przepija i jak wznosi toasty.
- Za pomyślność sprawy słusznej!
- A na pohybel skurwysynom! - dopowiedział krasnolud, stukając kuflem o jego kufel.”
“Říká se, že pokrok zahání temnotu. Ale vždycky budou stíny. A vždycky se bude ve stínech skrývat zlo, vždycky v nich budou zuby a drápy, vražda a krev. Vždycky budou tvorové tlukoucí po nocích. A my zaklínači jsme tady proto, abychom je ztloukli.” 3 likes
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