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Introducing Geralt the Witcher - revered and hated - who holds the line against the monsters plaguing humanity in the best-selling series that inspired the Witcher video games and a major Netflix show.

After walking through the portal in the Tower of Swallows while narrowly escaping death, Ciri finds herself in a completely different world...an Elven world. She is trapped with no way out. Time does not seem to exist and there are no obvious borders or portals to cross back into her home world.

But this is Ciri, the child of prophecy, and she will not be defeated. She knows she must escape to finally rejoin the Witcher, Geralt and his companions - and also to try to conquer her worst nightmare. Leo Bonhart, the man who chased, wounded and tortured Ciri, is still on her trail. And the world is still at war.  

©1999 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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"The rock falls and everyone dies" said the DM

I will never allow a poor ending to ruin the rest of a series for me, neither in book or video game form, but it is obvious that anyone who picked up the Witcher saga after falling in love with the Witcher video games will have to eventually experience the same feeling as with Mass Effect. A long, wonderful journey with amazing characters, only to culminate in a seemingly rushed, lifeless ending.
I never fooled myself with thinking that the story will have a happy ending, but I was hoping for -some- sort of ending. Some sort of closure.
A personal project by the author that had gotten slightly out of hand in scope, lost its creative spark and thus needed to be quickly wrapped up in a more or less thorough way - that is how this felt like. But a fun journey nonetheless, despite the ending.

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Disappointing

Meandering to the point of not respecting the reader... filler after filler after filler.
the world and main characters are great in the series, yet the author spends most of this book on garbage page after page.
Better to finish this story in your own head and save yourself the time, money and disappointment.

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Loved it!

Just read the sires already! Do it do it now! Peter Kenny does it again!

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Too much casual sexual abuse...

It's a decent story. One thing really bothered me too much. The amount of times Siri is being sexually abused is astounding. This is not even given any weight in the story. It just seems like it's the main thing that moves the plot forward. Really sad. I would at least like to see some support and understanding from other characters and some recognition that this is really not normal for a teenage girl to be treated in this way.

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Dissapointment

Peter Kenny did a splendid job, as before. But I had a hard time finishing this installment. After thorougly enjoying the previous books I was looking forward to reading this, but it did not live up to my expectations.

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Still getting worse

Said it before, say it again, this series gets worse and worse.

The performance is on the top, but the writing is horrible by now (or it's the translation's fault).

This book is a long row of furture people looking back on the main characters' lifes. This technic has been used before in better effect. This time it feels clumpsy and sets up multiply endings.

Only buy this book if you really need it to complete a set.

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Disappointing end to a desalinating series.

The only saving grace is outstanding performance of Peter Kenny, but the book itself is just a pile of garbage

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dissapointed

what a let down this was as a finisher. all over the place and just a poor ending

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Great story

Im familiar with Sapkowski's Witcher since his first novels. I have read everything he wrote. I come form Poland where Witcher and Reynevan are well known. I wanted to listen the books in other language and I was surprised to find that there are English and German audiobooks.
overall score is 5, but the translation is not the best. on couple of occasions the translator failed to pick up the nuances in speech. however it had little or no consequence to the story.
classic fantasy, great read.

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The greatest

This book has it all; and it’s a fitting end for one of the most wonderful stories I’ve known. If you are already at this stage of the story, have no concerns, this ending will make you be glad to have come this far.

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  • Evan H
  • 12-29-18

Great performance, depressingly bad story.

[Review originally placed erroneously under Tower of the swallow.11/5/17 ]

It's a disappointing wet fart of a conclusion to a series I had a genuine love for. It's appallingly unfocused and jumps around worse than previous entries. Extended sections of the book are give over to subplots and tertiary characters which are utterly irrelevant to the main plot / characters. The allusions to Arthurian legend are frankly embarrassing. The sense of Sapkowski wanting to return to short story format is evident and his creative limitations are palpable.

I've listened to all the Witcher books available on audible and found Kenny's performance engaging and compelling. The passages of song are a little hard to listen to but it's evidently a constraint of the text / translation, not Kenny's fault.

I'd now much rather take the games' telling of the Witcher saga as definitive than this. Hopefully this is the conclusion to the series it proports to be and Sapkowski resists the urge to push out more manure to cash in on CDprojekt's success (edit: he didnt lol.). Really disappointed.

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  • Anna
  • 10-13-19

Mixed opinions

So I finally finished the very large last book of the series!

I had to take 2 days to process the ending before writing my review.

I enjoyed the storyline up to the final battle with vilgefortz. I even enjoyed reading the side stories (even though I don’t know if the word “enjoyed” is the right word to use for the side story that took place in the war hospital on the battlefield- but it really made you feel like you were there and made you understand the horrible realities of war) although sometimes they could go on for a little longer then they needed too.

I just felt the ending was a little weak. Some things were just not wrapped up in a satisfactory way, perhaps because the world that the author created was too complicated and with too many characters and side plots to be wound up in a satisfactory way.

I have found myself comparing the way game of thrones tv season finished to the way this final book ended. In both cases we were not satisfied with the ending, however I don’t think anyone could suggest alternative because the world is too complicated.

Still definitely worth reading. Quite a challenge at times because of the book’s length but overall I did love the series overall. I’m glad I read them.

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  • Adam Beard
  • 05-31-18

It didn't need to be quite as long.

I really enjoyed the latter sections but the start was a long and mostly unnecessary slog.

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  • A
  • 12-11-20

Drawn out

Confusing because it kept jumping backwards and forwards in time. The story dragged. Too much going on with other characters.

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  • Lee W.
  • 11-03-20

Disjointed

I feel like the quality of these books is getting worse. However, as I’m am working through them in chronological order who knows. Aside from being a generally boring book, the scatterbrain writing is what really annoyed me. It really was a case of ‘I’ve started, so I’ll finish.’

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  • Solaire
  • 10-06-20

Hard work and a disapppointing end to the series

The first two Witcher books (Last Wish and Sword of Destiny) were good fun, Gerald on his adventures with the minstrel occasionally in tow. I enjoyed the first couple of books in the main saga too but book 4 and now this have been a real disappointment. By the end I'd stopped following what was happening. Too many characters, too much Ciri, too much expositional dialogue, too much padding, not enough Witcher action.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-21-20

Im not sure he knew how he wanted it to end

I think there are a few two many ideas in this book and none of them really seem to close. but good to finish the series

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  • Arron
  • 11-08-19

Truely amazing fantasty novel

Engrossingly epic fantasy novel. Very much wanted to have more of Geralt, Ciri and the work.

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  • Mark Godwin
  • 04-16-19

Amazing story beautifully narrated

This is a fitting ending to a fantastic saga! I was so pleased with the outcome of everybody’s individual story. The narration by Peter Kenny is quite possibly one of the best performances in any audio book I’ve ever listened too. Amazing!

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  • A J Stevens
  • 12-12-18

An outstandingly read, terrible book.

I have read all of the other books concerning Geralt and really enjoyed them. I always found them to be well thought out and compelling to read. This one however reads like the author couldn't be arsed to write it so took a number of short parts that didn't make it into the other books and stuck it together with the few bits which are actually about Geralt and Ciri. The other stuff barely added context or even to the mood of the story. The story is taken to its illogical conclusion, so there is closure, but even that felt like the author was in a hurry to get down the pub or something. I kind of wish I had never bothered. Peter Kenny is wonderful as always though!!

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  • Ross Greenberg
  • 01-05-22

the soul of the story has been lost

I prefer the Netflix tale to the books. The writer looses the plot all the time to the greed of money for more books and thier sales. I hung in to the waffling to get to the author's ending which is aimed at more Bok sales, very disappointed.

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  • Ethan
  • 02-09-19

WTF happened here

ok were do i start, well the whole book jumps like a ferret on acid and keeps swaping to different characters telling the story but u dont know "when" its gonna happen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-27-18

Two thumbs up

An excellent book. Dandelion's final scene in Toussaint is an extremely funny scene in narration.

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  • Sarah
  • 05-20-17

Magnificent

I'm so glad that the Witcher books have been turned into audiobooks and shared on audible! Peter Kenny and his hundreds of distinct voices delivers a stellar performance. Incredible writing and storytelling. A superb end to the series.

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  • Nathaniel
  • 04-03-17

Tantalising end to an amazing saga

This book was beautifully read and is able to transport you to another world.

There are only some slightly confusing segue moments. But easy to follow if you have listen to previous the Witcher books.

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  • Cameron Graf
  • 05-19-22

Poor end to a great series

The ending seemed rush, contrived and ill-conceived, almost as if it was written without regard to the previous books. Very unsatisfying, and unusual given the consistency of writing up until this point.

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  • Tom Warner
  • 04-15-22

Bitter Sweet

A bitter sweet way to finish the book series. But a great way to set up the video games.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-20-22

Too much clutter

I really loved The Witcher series but this one was SO boring. Only about 10% of the story was devoted to the main characters. The rest was padded out and sometimes confusing. If it wasn't the last book of the series I'd suggest to skip it entirely.

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  • Travis Vandermeer
  • 10-31-21

Great Performance

Fantastic story read by Peter Kenny. As usual Peter brings the characters to life. He builds tension during key moments such as the battle at Vilgeforts' castle and the mob riot in Rivia while delivering some more emotional moments with sincerity. There were moments in the story where I teared up while listening. No spoilers. Listen for yourself

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-28-21

Definitely a great story not at all what I hoped.

The characters and voices in the book are excellent. An ending to the story, while different to many other books I feed, that is perfect.