My boyfriend recommended The Witcher series to me because he plays the game. It seemed like just the kind of fantasy series I love and when the chance to request Lady of the Lake came up on Netgalley I bought the rest of the series and read them all in a week.
As a quick summary of the others; The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny are collections of short stories and form the first two books in the series. Blood of Elves, The Time of Contempt, Baptism of Fire, The Tower of the Swallow and The Lady of the Lake make up the ‘saga’.
I’ll warn you initially that It would be impossible for me to completely avoid spoilers with it being the 7th book in a series so if you haven’t read them don’t read on!
The first few books focus on Geralt the witcher. A ‘mutant’ version of a human who earns money by killing a variety of monsters who live in the world. He has a friend called Dandelion, a poet or troubadour, an on/off girlfriend Yennefer who is a powerful sorceress. Then Cirilla the ‘lion cub’ of Cintra is thrown into the mix, linked to Geralt by destiny. Ciri is a link to the much coveted ‘elder blood’ and everyone wants to get their hands on her. Everyone, especially Ciri is at risk as Geralt and Yennefer and all Geralt’s friends try to help her.
Lady of the Lake picks up where The Tower of the Swallow left off. Running away from her pursuers, Ciri has travelled to the world of the elder people through The Tower of the Swallow but they’re not what they seem, they have their own motivations and intentions and Ciri has to try and make a desperate escape with the help of an old friend.
Meanwhile Geralt and Yennefer unsure of each other’s intentions or even if they’re each still alive are desperately trying to find her.
Firstly I found that this was the book I liked least out of the whole series. Where the other 6 show a lot about Geralt and the world the characters live in, this one is mainly about Ciri.
Ciri’s time/place jumping felt very annoying and cliche. In the first few books Sapkowski uses well known fairy tale and twists them into his own style making them fresh and interesting.
Not only that but the jumping between time and place in the story also became confusing. Paragraph by paragraph it jumped from one place and person to another making me lose the plot completely sometimes!
There were some shocks and surprises and definitely some good bits! It’s been a great series all in all, in fact better than great it’s been amazing and I’m sad that it’s ended. I found the ending very confusing and I’m still not entirely sure what happened. However, despite being disappointed with the last book and ending I’d still definitely recommend this series to anyone who loves fantasy particularly fans of Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings.