The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski, Narrated by Peter Kenney. (Amazon, Goodreads, Audible)
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Published: May 5th 2015 by Hachette Audio (first published January 1st 1992)
Geralt of Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin.
And a cold-blooded killer.
His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world.
But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good. . . and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.
The international hit that inspired the video game: The Witcher
I love Geralt. I want to be a Witcher when I grow up. How much better can life get? Having magic super-powers, hunting down monsters for money, traveling the world on horseback…
And yet Geralt gets so much stink for what he does. C’mon, he’s taking care of the monsters for you, and you’re going to call him names and ask him to leave town and despise him just on principle? Really, you guys.
The magical land where this Witcher lives and hunts is full of monsters of all sorts—more than you can imagine. The world is changing and it’s becoming harder for him to live and find work. Geralt travels with his horse through cursed forests and strange towns, unraveling one mystery at a time, and learning more about himself with every step.
The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was because it ended a bit abruptly, like it was the end of a chapter, not the end of the book. The chapters were a bit odd too, and at first I thought maybe I missed a track here or there. Since it was based off a video game, it was a bunch of smaller adventures. I would have liked to see the different stories tied together a little more clearly.
Narrator Peter Kenney did a great job, as always (He also narrated Touch by Claire North). I loved his voice for Gerald and for his goofy friend, for the funny towns people he meets on the road, for the monsters. A good narrator isn’t afraid to throw you into the story and use their voice to get you there.I
All in all, loved The Last Wish and I’m super excited about the rest of this series!