The Last Wish - Andrzej Sapkowski

Lesser, greater, middling, it's all the same. Proportions are negotiated, boundaries blurred. I'm not a pious hermit, I haven't done only good in my life. But if I'm to choose between one evil and another, then I prefer not to choose at all.

The Last Wish is a fantasy novel by Andrzej Sapkowski first published in 1993. The novel is the first book of The Witcher series starring the infamous Geralt of Rivia. This book specifically contains several individual stories around the witcher's adventures. Chronologically, these stories precede all of the other books. So, this book is the perfect entry point for those who want to read this series. Also, even if you're not familiar with the games like me, you'll be fine.

This book contains the titles: The Voice of Reason, The Witcher, A Grain of Truth, The Lesser Evil, A Question of Price, The Edge of the World, and The Last Wish. I especially love the last one. It's really cool and also introduces another prominent character in the series, Yennefer of Vengerberg.

I immediately fell in love with this book. Its rich and masterfully-designed world captivated me right from the start. The writer brings familiar folk stories and legends and twists them in new and clever ways. It doesn't shy away from its genre and goes full throttle with its fantasy world, mechanics and creatures.

Although its basic premise is only about the main character slaying monsters for money, it's also more than that. It offers deep philosophical discussions about morality and humanity. This book questions the classic black-and-white morality in fantasy stories and tells us to look into its shades of grey instead.

The Last Wish
Andrzej Sapkowski
First Published