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Geralt of Rivia is on a mission to save his ward, Ciri, and with her the world, in this third novel in the best-selling Witcher series that inspired the Netflix show and video games.

The Wizards Guild has been shattered by a coup and, in the uproar, Geralt was seriously injured. The Witcher is supposed to be a guardian of the innocent, a protector of those in need, a defender against powerful and dangerous monsters that prey on men in dark times.

But now that dark times have fallen upon the world, Geralt is helpless until he has recovered from his injuries.

While war rages across all of the lands, the future of magic is under threat and those sorcerers who survive are determined to protect it. It's an impossible situation in which to find one girl - Ciri, the heiress to the throne of Cintra, has vanished - until a rumour places her in the Niflgaard court, preparing to marry the Emperor. 

Injured or not, Geralt has a rescue mission on his hands.

Translated by David French.

©1996 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group

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I mistook the stars reflected in a pond at night..

My comments are going to be about the whole series rather than one book in particular. The reason is they are all pretty much the same anyway and no spoilers are involved.
I eventually got around to listening to this series. This is the first set of books I have listened to without having read the books. I had high hopes having heard so much about them, the games and I really enjoyed the tv series on Netflix. Boy, was I disappointed! To coin the phrase used so often, "I mistook the stars reflected in a pond at night for those in the sky".
Narrated by: Peter Kenny I can't fault him for his story telling. I just wish there was more of a story to tell. Quite how any of these books became popular, I'll never know. They are a waffley, boring meander that at time goes no where and have side characters that are inconsequential and often add nothing to the story. Too much dialogue, too many names to keep up with, not enough excitement. I want a story to draw me in and keep me interested, to keep me wanting to listen or turn the page. Unfortunately, those moments during this whole series seem to be fleeting. I really wanted to like them, but at times found my self shouting, "Get on with it!" It got so bad at times I probably missed better parts because I had switched off mentally and when I came to I didn't care enough to go back and listen again. At times it really didn't matter any way beacuse the story was concentrating so much on nonsensical dialogue that not much had actually happened and I hadn't missed anything of any consequence. I think the whole series could have been condensed into one or two very good books.

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Dandelion name is miss pronounced

Names r pronounsed in correct it's not hard to pronounce its insulting to the work

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Excellent narrator, the story not so much

The narrator is excellent and really helps you get invested in the story.
In my opinion however this isn’t the best book in the series.
Worth the listen if you’re a Witcher fan.

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Very enjoyable

Much better than the previous one (which I found both slow and hard to follow at times due to all the various sorcerers). This part of the Witcher’s tale is more fun, more interesting, more emotional and generally better. The performance is, as ever, first-rate.

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Listening to the following book straight away!

Peter Kenny is such an incredible story teller! Well read and engaging! I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to the series .

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A compelling and enthralling listen.

As a fan of the games I have been mesmerised by the unravelling lore and mystery of the books. You won't need to know anything of the games or the Netflix series to find yourself enchanted by the adventures of The Witcher.

The narrator's mastery of voices, songs and Elvan pronunciation make for a truly immersive experience. Mystery, adventure, twists and swashbuckling action will keep you engrossed and wanting more. My favourite part was when he intrepid band of misfits discover the dark nature of one of their own trusted companions.

If you like fantasy/adventure and all delivered by an as yet unrivalled performance then this is for you.

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Brilliant

loved it kept me gripped till the end and left me wanting to read the next one

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Solid, yet still underwhelming series

I must admit, this has proven to be a divisive series for me to read. On one hand, I absolutely love some of the characters and their interactions. Geraldt and Dandelion are fantastic characters and I love the back and forth that takes place between them. The comedy aspects are also really good and solid. I especially enjoyed the ending in this respect. Yet, at the same time, for all the reputation and fanfare for this series I cannot help but feel consistently overwhelmed. There's still a part of me that feels like I'm waiting for something big to go off, like in the vein of Sanderson. Yet, nothing like that ever seems to happen here. The story pacing sometimes just feels uncessarily dragged out and part of me now wonders if this will represent the same feeling I'll have by the end of it all. Peter Kenny is brilliant in every respect, but I think overall this series is overrated. Don't get me wrong, there are some fun and wonderful moments, but to judge this with what's out there in fantasy I don't think it's as good as so many seem to think. Still, I will finish the series. The characters make the journey worth it.

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Brilliant

love these book and the characters. Really looking forward to the next one book in the series.

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Peter Kenny brings the story to life

I am long time fan of Sapkowski’s writing having read the Witcher series and other stories in original Polish. I have purchased this audiable version to be able to refresh my memory ahead of watching Netflix tv series. The narration is impeccable, pronunciation of Polish/Slavic words is inoffensive and storytelling qualities are vary immersive - 5 stars

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  • RomulusRom
  • 02-07-18

Peter Kenny brings this world to life.

So far in the story I can not stress enough how much Peter Kenny's talent adds to these stories. Every character is immediately recognisable which makes the conversations between all the different characters so easy to follow and so much more immersive.

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  • Agnes Kuczewska
  • 11-04-19

Fantastic!

WARNING! Amazing creation. One needs to be careful as when you enter it is hard to come back to real live. 😉 love it!

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  • David
  • 01-12-20

Better than previous books, BUT....

It's better, as the headline suggest, better than the previous Witcher books. Better written/translates; Better story and the performance is top notch, BUT the sound engineering is still poor. Like the two previous books this book is also very quiet. And with alot of whispering in the book it's quite hard to hear. One might think it's my age or somerhing, but no, only these Witcher books has such low volume.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-20

I love the series

I love the series, its great to see what happens along Gerald's journey and see him grow.

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  • Joachim
  • 13-02-20

Audio too low

Amazing book, second time through, first as audiobook. Kenny does an excellent performance, but the audio file is insanely low. With volume at the max and headphones I can barely hear.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-20

Fillers and loss of story, sometimes

This book was ok, it just felt dragged out sometimes, like the vampire part.

The performance of Peter Kenny is 5/5, the story made me give it only 3 stars.

Plus "baptism of fire" mentioned a bit too many times, especially towards the end (made me think of CinemaCins and there was a "ding" sound for every time these words are spoken) was distracting. It makes you wonder what does Andrzej mean until the very end (before the uneeded book 4 preview). Was this it? No, how about this one? And so on...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-11-19

Great story

I just love these adventures of Geralt and with the narrator you just get sucked into the story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-11-19

The best of fiction

Excelent performance, as ussual. I will never be bored with this saga. I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-08-19

Allright first experience to audio books

Loved the book. The performance was a little bit weird for me at times, maybe i just didnt imagine some characters sounding like that. But ofc its hard to potray all the characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-12-18

My favourite witcher book so far

The characters are what really does it for me in the Witcher series, and Baptism of Fire introduces the arguably most colourful ones so far (besides the core cast). A fantastic listen