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The Malady and Other Stories: An Andrzej Sapkowski Sampler (e-only) Translated from original Polish by Danusia Stok
In search of monsters
The Last Wish is the basis of thevideogame "The Witcher" and the first of Andrzej Sapkowski's hugely popular novels to be translated into English (by Danusia Stok) from Polish. Geralt de Rivia is a witcher, trained from birth to hunt down evil beasts and spirits. But The Last Wish is more than just a record of hunts and kills. Despite being removed from his family as a child, Geralt is a smart and empathic hunter who modifies his code of duty to suit the occasion. When he comes across a man who has fallen in love with a monster, for example, killing the monster is not necessarily his first act. The Last Wish is constructed as series of short stories that together make an old-fashioned and very enjoyable novel. The first episode is one of the best. Geralt is asked to kill a murderous striga, a monster so ugly one of the midwives "jumped from the tower window to her death" rather than face it. The striga is the daughter of the local king who has offered money (and, it's rumored, his daughter's hand) to whoever returns her to human form. Setting the tone for the rest of the book, Geralt carefully makes his way through this nest of difficulties without stepping on too many toes. The central European landscapes and politics will be happy hunting grounds to fans of Steven Erickson's Mazalan series and the novel openly and happily owes much to Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser sword and sorcery stories.