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La espada del destino

(Saga o Wiedźminie #2)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  41,474 ratings  ·  1,797 reviews
La vida de un brujo cazador de monstruos no es fácil. Tan pronto puede uno tener que meterse hasta el cuello en un estercolero para eliminar a la bestia carroñera que amenaza la ciudad, intentado no atrapar una infección incurable, como se puede encontrar unido a la cacería de uno de los últimos dragones, en la que la cuestión no es si los cazadores conseguirán matar a la ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published 2010 by Alamut (first published 1993)
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James Lafayette  Tivendale
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Much like The Last Wish before, Sword of Destiny is a collection of short stories following a talented witcher called Geralt of Rivia. Although you can start the series with Blood of Elves which is where the full-length novels commence, I can't recommend enough that even though a handful of these short stories are hit-and-miss, that they will add considerable depth to the future narrative arcs.

The Last Wish featured mostly isolated stories with the Witcher tackling a certain monstrosity for a s
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Evgeny
Oct 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is a second collection of short stories featuring Geralt of Rivia. If I understand correctly it was written before The Last Wish, but chronologically comes after that one. The stories of this anthology are longer and less funny although one of them can be considered to be entirely humorous.

As most of the people already know Geralt is a witcher. This means he hunts monsters for living. He is also considered to be a mutant by many as his training included undergoing some chemical (herbs) and
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Uh-oh, I think my boyfriend Geralt is on strike. I mean, why else would the Most Deliciously Scrumptious Witcher Ever aka the Super Hot if Slightly Mutant Monster Slayer (MDSWEakatSHiSMMS™) butcher such a ridiculously low amount of supernatural beasts in this volume? Well, I guess it is also possible that his evil boring twin took over while I was, um, otherwise engaged with some of my other harem, um, boarders and stuff. Or maybe he was abducted by aliens, submitted to vigorous brain reprogramm ...more
Michelle
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: witcherverse
(Review of 2 books: “The Last Wish” and “The Sword of Destiny)

It’s been a while since I’ve indulged in some sword and sorcery, and I’m happy to have come upon a trailer of “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” on Youtube. It’s visually stunning and highly fascinating! I wanted to learn more about the game and, to cut this story short (I guess you know where this is going anyway), discovered Andrzej Sapkowski’s written wonders. I’m sure the games are awesome, but I’m quite glad that I can immerse myself in
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Em Lost In Books
Collection of stories. Some were good, others not so good.
Knjigoholičarka
Review iz 2014.: Jedne večeri se Džon Grin i Paolo Koeljo otkinuli od Rubinovog Vinjaka i odlučili da pišu fantastiku pošto tu sad leži lova. "Ti dnapišeš onaj 'lozofski deo one... one... 'nutrašnje mono-loooge... i spoljašnje...kaksezovu", zapetlja Grin jezikom, "a ja ćdnapišem ljubvne priče i dialogitakoto". "Ae", reče Koeljo, pre nego što je glavom opalio o već lepljivi sto i skotrljao se na pod bifea "Čep".

I tako je nastala ova knjiga.
Fredrik
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in swedish (called Ödets Svärd - Sword of Destiny) and let me just say;

WOW. Sapkowski, you f-ing rule.

It doesn't seem like the Swedish publishers will publish any more Sapkowskibooks, and all I can say is; Your Loss, man.

Luckily, the Witcher Saga is available in English!

Everything about this book is awesome, from the characters to the world, to the humor and the fighting scenes. Geralt is a true badass, although he tries not to act like one. And his, kind of tragic, love story w
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Markus
This second short story collection is unfortunately the weakest part of the Witcher universe that I have read. It is not on the level of The Last Wish, the stories feel mashed together without the same sense of purpose as in the other book, and they are less exciting, less symbolic and less epic.

However, I love experiencing the world of the Witcher and following Geralt of Rivia and Yennefer of Vengerberg on their adventures (even though Yennefer is dreadfully annoying in this book compared to ot
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.com/2015/12/17/a...

Sword of Destiny is a collection of short stories featuring Geralt of Rivia, and it is actually the second book in The Witcher sequence. But because the English editions of the series’ first three full-length novels were released before this one (not to mention I was also pretty adamant about waiting for the audiobook, which wasn’t released until December 2015), I had to read it out of order.

Now that I’ve completed the boo
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Mili
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-the-book
It started out way too boring, its not that the characters are not interesting but it lacked a plot. Im not a short story person perse. After the mermaid chapter it got more intense and interesting. Thats when it picked up my interest (Brokilon, cool amazonian chicks and Ciri ) and I went through it quickly. Really cool ending, got me a wee it emotional xD
Althea Ann
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bounds of Reason
Rumor has quickly spread of a dragon on the loose, and an assorted group of warriors, wizards and scoundrels have assembled. Many are clearly there to slay the dragon and gain reward and treasure - but Geralt the witcher is also there, and he says he doesn't kill dragons. As the story unfolds, we discovers that others' motivations are also more varied than we might've guessed.

A Shard of Ice
In a dingy midden heap of a town, Geralt must compete with a powerful wizard for the af
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Kayla Dawn
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ach, ich liebe diese Welt. Ich liebe Geralt. Ich liebe Rittersporn. Ich liebe alles. Bin so froh, dass ich noch eine ganze Reihe Bücher vor mir hab.
Mari
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, 2017
[March 18, 2017] Marking for reread and also *fanfare* upping my rating to a full 4 stars. Do I think it's a 4 star book? I don't know. I just know that this world and these characters keep growing on me more and more. I've read these stories before (obvs) but that doesn't make them a bit more interesting, entertaining or edge-of-your-seat worthy. Part of my grading comes from rereadability. I hold stories that you can visit again and again in high esteem, and this is certainly a collection that ...more
TS Chan
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
3.5/5 stars.

The compelling characterisation of Geralt and the imaginative world of Slavic lore and fairy-tale retellings continue in this second collection of short stories.


Sword of Destiny was published after the first three full-length novels of The Witcher. As a new reader to the series, however, I was able to read the books in chronological order which is quite essential as this instalment is the bridge between The Last Wish and Blood of Elves.

I find that The Last Wish is overall a better
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José
«La espada del destino tiene dos filos... y uno eres tú».

«La espada del destino» es el segundo libro de la saga de Geralt de Rivia, mejor conocido como el brujo o The Witcher.

Esta saga presenta un comienzo atípico en relación a otras obras de fantasía porque los dos primeros tomos son colecciones de historias cortas que ayudan a conocer a Geralt, el mundo en el cual transcurre la saga y los personajes que acompañarán al brujo a lo largo de su viaje; se puede decir que la saga comienza de verd
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Mark Halse
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The more stories I read about Geralt of Rivia the more I love him. The best thing about these stories is that the characters are so very real despite living in a fairy tale world.

I liked this set of short stories a little better. In THE LAST WISH the only thing holding the stories together was that they all starred Geralt. In this book the stories were connected by more and seemed to lead to something.

The thing I love most about Geralt is how honest he is as a character. Sometimes he's a selfis
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Aziz Varlık
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastik
Çok duygusaldı buluşmaları 😢
İlk kitaptan çok daha iyiydi.
Üçüncü cilt ne zaman gelir acaba 😫
Marianna Neal
Two books down, five more to go! OK, six, if you're counting Season of Storms, but I'll deal with that story collection last.

Either way, I'm really enjoying my re-read so far. Compared to The Last Wish, Sword of Destiny focuses much more on personal relationships and character development rather then the monster slaying. If you needed more reasons to love Geralt—you'll find them here. You will also get a lot more of the complicated Geralt/Yennefer dynamic, which is something I'm always down for.
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Dusty
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
What a pleasant surprise. I've heard good things about the Witcher books, of which the Witcher video games are based on, and I wasn't disappointed. This collection of short stories is not available in an official English translation so I had to read the fan translations. I didn't know what to expect in terms of the quality of the translation, but it was actually very well done. They were in Word doc format and I combined them and created a single Mobi file for the Kindle which turned out quite n ...more
daisy
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
y'all I actually wrote a review instead of sticking RTC in the little text box and then forgetting about it - it's a miracle!!

I'm gonna be completely honest - I didn't really love most of the stories in this one. Those featuring Ciri were by far my favourites, the last one in the little collection was my fave of the lot, but the rest were kind of just? okay? Which is a shame because I do quite like Geralt and find the magic and monsters and all of that jazz enjoyable + interesting.

Something tha
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Mangrii
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
4,25 / 5

En este segundo libro de La saga del brujo, a pesar de que en la edición original polaca algunas historias individuales fueron publicadas antes que El último deseo, termina de poner todas las cartas boca arriba de cara a la futura gran historia que Sapkowski quiere contar. En esta segunda entrega, mucho más centrada y complemento perfecto del primer volumen, el escritor polaco vuelca su interés en completar el perfil psicológico de sus personajes y presentar todo un mundo que debemos exp
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SMLauri
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Me ha faltado algo para darle 4 estrellas, pero tampoco son 3.

Es entretenido porque hay muchas historias y no te da tiempo a aburrirte, pero yo ya quería una trama más continua.
La historia que más me ha gustado ha sido la del dragón, porque los dragones son mi debilidad.
La de las dríadas del bosque espero que la vuelvan a tocar más tarde en alguno de los libros porque tengo mucha curiosidad.

Y ahora voy a hablar un poco (muy poco) de los personajes. Jaskier me hace mucha gracia y siempre estoy d
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Hossein
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تا قبل ازدو داستان آخر این کتاب یه ستاره بود. دو تا داستان آخر 5 ستاره بود. ناگهان وارد دنیای اصلی ویچر شدیم و به نوعی پیش زمینه ای بود برای داستان اصلی.
ترجمه در مجموع خوب بود و روان . فقط دو تا نکته:
اول اینکه نمیدونم چرا مترجم اسم شاعر که در تمام نسخه ها به وضوح "دندلایون" هست رو "جسکیر" ترجمه کرده.
دوم اینکه در آخر داستان یک جایی سرخود توشته یک سال قبل و کلا روند داستان رو پیچیده کرده بود.
غیر از این دو مورد ایراد دیگه ای نداشت.
سرنوشت یک شمشیر دو لبه است که یک لبه اش تویی و لبه دیگه اش مرگه. هر
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Patremagne
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, favorites
"It's like they said! Geralt! it's like they said! Am I your destiny? Say it! Am I your destiny?"

"You're much more than that, Ciri. Much more."

Fuck. Too many feels in these past two audiobooks.
Gorgona Grim
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
Za razliku od prve knjige koja je koncipirana kao niz kratkih pričica, iako se donekle ponavlja forma, priče se "ukrupnjavaju" i nema toliko brzine i skokova. Međutim, ovo blago smirivanje tempa pripovedanja uopšte ne šteti, naprotiv, predstavlja odličan prelaz ka narednim nastavcima sage.

Kroz šest priča pratimo Geralta i njegove avanture. Priče su ovaj put međusobno čvršće povezane i referišu se na pojedine likove i događaje iz prve knjige. "Granica mogućnosti" je priča o mitskom zlatnom zmaju
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Trevor
Another great collection of Geralt's adventures!

There was more emotional depth than in the first set of stories, especially in A Little Sacrifice and Something More. The very last page of A Little Sacrifice wrecked my world for a few minutes. The feels man, the feels.

The only story I didn't care for much was Eternal Flame. The pacing was horrible and the twist was foreshadowed so heavily that I already knew what to expect, therefore ruining any satisfaction at the end.

Reasons to give this a rea
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Jeraviz
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
Sapkowski entra en mi top de mejores escritores. Alucino con la cantidad de registros que tiene en los diálogos, haciendo que cada personaje tenga voz propia. Las escenas de acción las narra milimétricamente y cuando se tiene que poner épico, se pone como el que más. Grandísimo trabajo también el del traductor.
En este segundo tomo sigue con el formato de relatos, para profundizar en la historia de los personajes pero sin un hilo conductor como sucedía en el primer libro. Esto ha hecho que estuvi
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Mladen
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kao i prva knjiga - brzo, osvežavajuće, bez opterećujućeg razvlačenja, s malo više humora i mnogo bolje osmišljenim celinama/pričama.
Utkana poznata mitologija, to jest poznata bića ne ostavljaju utisak prežvakavanja već poznatog jer su preoblikovana u skladu s pričama - odlično utkana u piščev svet koji mi se, kako čitanje odmiče, sve više dopada.
Za razliku od nekih drugih serijala, koji su mi se smučili na drugoj knjizi jer vode u beskrajno prežvakavanje po svetovima koji sa svakim poglavljem
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Michelle Morrell
Oh Geralt, how do I love you? Enough to sneak chapters on my phone whenever I can.

So yeah yeah, I came to the books through the Witcher 3 game. A quick trip through the wiki helped a little, but there's nothing like source material. All this backstory is finally filling the massive holes in my knowledge (and finally introducing me to the people behind the Gwent cards).

More Geralt side quests, all wrapped around more of the story of young child Ciri and their shared destiny, with some Yennifer o
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Jennifer Melzer
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have become so emotionally attached to these characters over the last few years. By the time I got to the end of the last story in the Sword of Destiny I had a pile of tissues on the table beside me.

These stories were missing, little bits and pieces of the story in the fog, but wow... Just wow. Filling in those empty spaces was like coming home through memories you almost forgot were the greatest part of who you were, are and will one day be.
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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)
  • 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)
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