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Крещение огнем (Saga o Wiedźminie #5)

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Крик и стон, звон оружия и перевернутое небо, боль и бьющуюся в висках кровь. Тьма для павших, скорбь для выживших. Мир в огне, человек не только эльфу волк, но и человеку, брат на брата с ножом идет. А велдьмак Геральт идет по выжженной земле в Нильфгаард. Ведьмак, которому роком назначено лишь по миру болтаться да вредящих людям монстров кончать... Ради Цири, Дитя-Надежд ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published 1997 by АСТ (first published 1996)
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Donald Hutchison at first i didn't like the introduction of the storyteller at the start of the last chapter, it suddenly felt lame to introduce the whole series as a…moreat first i didn't like the introduction of the storyteller at the start of the last chapter, it suddenly felt lame to introduce the whole series as a tale that's being told to children (and the events of the story being something thats already occured), but after thinking about it for a while it's totally the author talking about this exact thing - the abrupt ending of the book.

the kids (readers) complain that the story hasn't ended and they don't want to wait 6 months / a year for the storyteller to return to their village (wait for sapkowski to write a new book). so he's kind of playing with the audience and through the old storyteller is clearly pointing out that it's not an ending - just that if he tells the whole story now he's not going to sell any more books in the series and people will get bored by such a long book.

it's kind of cheeky of the author, but when you look at it that way it's quite fun and unusual(less)
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Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
In the previous book Geralt's POV ended with him getting beaten the crap out of, in a really bad way. In the beginning of this book he did not recovered, but he really had no time for full recovery as he needed to finish what he was trying to do before he was stopped. He left the sanctuary he was staying in and went straight toward the war front - all the nearby kingdoms were entertaining themselves in all-out war. Geralt still had an illusion that he would be able to stay neutral. To make a lon ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

Not only this is my favorite Witcher book, but this might just be my favorite fantasy book where hardly anything happens to further the plot.

Okay, I am not even sure that is a classifiable category, but I am going to roll with it.

[Mild spoilers ahead and major spoilers are made invisible by magic (view spoiler)]

A lion's share of this tale belongs to Witcher and his posse's journey to Nifflegard [Which they never reach] and the rest of the
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Over the last two months, I’ve been working my way through all the available Witcher Saga novels in audiobook format. The series is surprisingly addictive, so much so that it feels like I was just listening to the first book Blood of Elves yesterday. And now that I’ve come to the end of book three, I find myself a bit lost and drifting. After all, the print version of the next book (The Swallow’s Tower) hasn’t even been
Jo Woolfardis
This review can be found on Amaranthine Reads.

We come to book three of the Witcher series, or book five if you're counting the first two collections of short stories. Whichever way you want to look at it, Baptism of Fire is the same dull book as it would be in any order.

The series continues with Geralt the Witcher searching the land for the Child Surprise, Ciri. The war rages on around them and it seems every faction is on the look out for Ciri, too. But Geralt is injured and the sorcerers are i
Jennifer Melzer
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The symbolic Baptism of Fire is repeated throughout the story, as beliefs are challenged, paths reforged and it becomes certain that through the fire one must trek if he wishes to be born anew, like a phoenix rising from the ashes.

There were so many delightful parts of this story, clever and witty moments that made me laugh out loud, as well as emotionally gripping instances that touched my heart in ways that will surely linger long after the entire story is finished.

Now I move swiftly into Th
Marta Conejo
Terminar un libro de Geralt de Rivia para coger otro libro de Geralt de Rivia. Esa es mi actual vida.

Andamos con nuestro querido brujo y su querido juglar, con una Ciri cuya vida ha cambiado totalmente, con un consejo secreto de hechiceras... los caminos están llenos de cuerpos, sangre, guerra, cosas feas, y, si fuera George Martin, supongo que también dragones.

Pero es Andrzej Sapkowski.

Es verdad que esta saga se ha ido focalizando mucho más a la parte de la historia Ciri-Geralt, pero eso no
Netflix is making a TV series adaptation of these books and I am HYPED. I highly, highly recommend reading the series, starting with The Last Wish, which is a short story anthology introducing the world and characters. Two of the books in this series have been some of my most enjoyed reads, and have made it onto my rather sparsely populated favourites list. This review doesn't really contain spoilers, but you probably won't want to read it if you haven't read the books.

Baptism of Fire is the fif
Thomas Stacey
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True rating = 4.5 stars.

I had the hardest time deciding whether to give 4 or 5 stars - I settled on 4 because there wasn't nearly enough of Ciri.

This is still a great book: plenty of action and intrigue as war rages across the land, with Geralt and company heading straight into the heart of it in search of Ciri. This is a dark tale that pulls no punches when depicting the chaos of war.

Some compelling new characters are introduced, and a couple of minor players are given their time of day. Rare
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It is a sad experience when your favourite book lets you down. The Witcher, spawner of books and 3 hugely popular games fails to create the charm it held in the previous books of the series.

Plot The biggest let down of the book, the plot of Baptism of Fire is simply non existent. The story is about Geralt setting out to find Ciri but the story gets lost midway. In the whole book, nothing really happens. The witcher mopes, grunts and travels and yet reaches nowhere. There is no ending or a twist
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Ah, Geralt of Rivia. I can’t quite put my finger on why I enjoy this series, or rather the world they are set in so much. It is a very classic fantasy where the exploring of new places (read: questing) is a big part. But it is also a very modern fantasy with gritty undertones and imperfect protagonists. Or more accurately, the dry British humor in which the story is told - never making a joke of the world, but let the re
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, sagas, fantasía
¡Qué final! De lo mejor hasta ahora.

Todo lo relacionado con el vampiro me ha parecido muy interesante.
Me habría gustado que saliesen más Triss y Ciri, pero agradezco no haber tenido que aguantar a Yennefer.

"Geralt de Rivia". Me ha encantado.
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it is a good transition book and the new characters are interesting, the plots about the wizards' coup and the other political schemes are getting clearer as well, can't wait to see how the main characters' journey will turn out!
Kat  Hooper
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Will review soon at
Anthony K
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man, I am eating these things up like muthafuckin candy. I love all the characters... well except Yen lol... I am a long time witcher fan from the games, and Yen has always rubbed me the wrong way... although I guess she rubs Geralt the right way :P

Im already pretty deep into the next book, I just havent taken the time to get on GR the last week.

Highly recommend these.
Sep 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
Zazwyczaj środkowe tomy większości serii fantasy są ich najsłabszym ogniwem - oczywiście są niesamowite wyjątki, jednak - są to wyjątki. W środkowe tomy są zazwyczaj zapchajdziurami, rozwlekającymi niepotrzebne wątki (Koło Cczasu, ekhm) i eksploatującymi bohaterów do znienawidzenia ich przez czytelnika... u Sapkowskiego nic takiego nie ma. Książka jest świetnie skonstruowana pod względem stylistycznym i fabularnym. Mimo iż akcja skupia się w jakichś 80% na wiedźminie i jego drużynie (sic!) to co ...more
Fantasy Literature
Baptism of Fire is the fifth book in Andrzej Sapkowski’s WITCHER series. It starts up immediately after the events in The Time of Contempt, which you must read before picking up Baptism of Fire. This review will contain spoilers for previous books.

Previously, in The Time of Contempt, Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri got caught up in a coup on the island of Thanedd. The Chapter of Mages was destroyed as the sorcerers and sorceresses were either killed or otherwise dispersed. Geralt was defeated and ...
Kyle Muntz
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still the most interesting epic fantasy series I've seen in years, and probably the best. This one is the most focused so far, and also maybe the most organic. Plus David French's translation reads incredibly well. The only problem is I still haven't been able to find any plans for releasing the next book, and it would be terrible if Orbit were to leave the series hanging here. From what I've read, Sapkowski is the most important fantasy writer in Poland, but twenty years later we still have a l ...more
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bit of an odd duck, this one. On the one hand, I genuinely enjoyed reading it -- Geralt is an appealing character, and I like the world; it's suitably grubby and Eastern European in feel. On the other hand, this particular book really only works in context of the larger series -- it doesn't feel like a standalone; it feels like a couple hundred pages chopped from the middle of a larger work.

So: Read it if you're already following the series; if not, best go back and start at the beginning.
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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This was a slight improvement on the previous book, mostly because of Geralt's Hanza, that weird and hilarious bunch of travel companions our still-healing Witcher managed to gather as he went to the rescue of Ciri, and also because Ciri herself was . . . er, there was less Ciri and she was much better without the Rats. Oh, and the extremely ironic and laugh-out-loud ending also merited the half star I'm throwing in. Yes, I was feeling that generous after that good a belly laugh...

Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, videogames
That was... rather bad actually.

It was meandering and pointless, none of the characters really managed to do, well, anything. Geralt walked around a bit along the river but is still pretty damn far from getting where he wants to go. Ciri is still pretty much at the same place (both geographically and mentally) as she was last novel and the sorceress spent the whole novel building a misandrist cult that still hasn't really done anything.

Geralt was actually extremely obnoxious in this novel. He sp
Jordi Balcells
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vale, ahora sí que arranca la gran historia que nos quiere contar Sapkowski; ahora ya empezamos a vislumbrar por dónde van los tiros. Los primeros dos libros fueron un prólogo, los siguientes dos fueron la introducción y ahora ya estamos en el nudo de esta épica. Va, decidme que sí, que 3/4 partes de este libro han sido una peregrinación de la Comunidad del anillo y me he aburrido. Luego ya han echado mano de los árboles genealógicos y se ha animado el cotarro.

Los dos primeros libros eran sencil
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Increíble. Tras leer el segundo de la saga, pensaba que Sapkowski no podría sorprenderme otra vez, pero desde luego me equivoqué. Si en los dos libros anteriores veíamos como Geralt perdía protagonismo a favor de Ciri, este libro se centra casi exclusivamente en las andanzas de Geralt, Jaskier y unos cuantos nuevos personajes, siendo marginales las intervenciones de Yennefer y Ciri.

Lo que más me gustó de los dos primeros libros fue la presentación de los personajes por parte de Sapkowski. En esp
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritos
En este libro Andrzej Sapkowski debió darse cuenta de que esta saga se podía alargar y así continuar sacando beneficio y es lo que decidió hacer porque nos encontramos aquí con el típico "libro de en medio" donde pasar, lo que se dice pasar, no pasa nada, no se resuelve ningún asunto y se deja a los héroes en medio de un viaje hacia algo que quizás encuentren en la próxima entrega o en la siguiente.
No se puede decir sin embargo que el libro resulte aburrido. Es dinámico e incluye un buen número
Kells Next Read
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
Actual Ratings: 4.5
Stephen Richter
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Road trip!!! I love nothing better than a good old Quest Story. After making a short appearance in The Time of Contempt, the Witcher sets off to find Ciri who he lost in Blood of Elves, book one in the Ciri Saga. Along the way, the Witcher picks up some colorful characters. Super fun.
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional as a fantasy tale - but as a Witcher book I'm going to have to give it just 3 out of 5. Still loved it but I felt the story lacked any real structure or flow. It had me yearning more for the first two books which were short story anthologies because although they told shorter disjointed tales you somehow saw more of the world. I think the book would be better had it returned to this format or bulked the wordcount up enough to probably devote time to other characters as the story does ...more
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Baptism of Fire is the third novel (fifth book overall) in The Witcher series. It follows Geralt and Ciri as they travel across war-ridden lands in search of each other.

Geralt of Rivia, the witcher, is trying to recover from wounds of his last battle but he has no time for rest. Ciri, the Child of Destiny and heir to the throne of Cintra is still missing, and Geralt needs to find her. But there are others looking for her too, and the result could be catastrophic if she falls to the wrong hands.

More of the same. There's a lot of action happening, but I still get the feeling that the big story advances too slow. And characters are very inconsistent. Geralt the Witcher is sometimes a hardened veteran monster slayer, sometimes a passionate hero, sometimes he's like a moody teenager. He has no real personality. Sapkowski really isn't good at building characters. The less he tries to do it, the better the characters are. Anyway - elves, vampires, knights, magic, blood, yay!
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“- Kompania mi się trafiła - podjął Geralt, kręcąc głową. - Towarzysze broni! Drużyna bohaterów! Nic, tylko ręce załamać. Wierszokleta z lutnią. Dzikie i pyskate pół driady, pół baby. Wampir, któremu idzie na pięćdziesiąty krzyżyk. I cholerny Nilfgaardczyk, który upiera się, że nie jest Nilfgaardczykiem.
- A na czele drużyny wiedźmin, chory na wyrzuty sumienia, bezsiłę i niemożność podjęcia decyzji - dokończył spokojnie Regis. - Zaiste, proponuję podróżować incognito, by nie wzbudzać sensacji.
- I śmiechu - dodała Milva.”
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