This has to be one of the strangest laid-out books I’ve ever read.
Maybe it’s because the writer is Polish, or because it’s old, or just because, but this epic fantasy novel is not just one story about a guy who kills monsters. No, it’s more of a quest log, where you read the objective and follow Gerald, the Witcher, to its completion, over and over again.
No wonder they made a video game series after it.
This book is not your typical trope-filled fantasy. The Witcher kills monsters for money, but only if he deems them monsters. The entire idea of a monster is very subjective in the book, and I loved how moral dilemmas as put into play. There were times I didn’t know what I would have done, and yet the Witcher stood by his convictions even when it didn’t seem like either option was good.
And you know the best part? It’s actually part fairy-tale retelling. I know right? Doesn’t quite give off the vibe, does it? But it is! Most of his quests are, in some way, based off fairy tales and folklore. There’s Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and so many more scattered about and mentioned in passing. I loved it so much I can’t even.
So if you’re looking for a collection of epic stories and like dark twisted fairy tale retellings, you will love this book. It’s no novel with a sweeping story arc, but it’s definitely awesome and deserves a spot on the shelf.