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Lady of the Lake

The Witcher, Book 5
Narrated by: Peter Kenny
Series: The Witcher Saga, Book 5
Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (996 ratings)

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Summary

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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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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Truely amazing fantasty novel

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

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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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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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Best book of the series

I am so greatly satisfied with the book. This book, in my humble opinion, is the best of the series. I felt like I lived through the moments with the characters, it captivated me to the very last moment. I am truly in love with the story. I do admit, however, that some of the stories felt unfinished and were not quite explained, but I think, it is meant to leave you wonder, and that is why it is so magical.

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Great ending to a great series of books

I loved the series and the ending was much fresher than I thought it would be. I was so nice to have the characters still grow and change over time.

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Good story and satisfying conclusion.

I like the narration and most male voices but sometimes I couldnt distinguish between the female voices and some of them didnt fit.

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A long slog but worth it.

Parts of this book are quite naff, and it can be a long, hard slog. but the ending is worth it. I look forward to seeing how Netflix interprets some of the stranger parts of this book. Peter Kenny is excellent as always.

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Loved this entire series.

I absolutely adored these books, from the first words of the first prequel to the last sentence of Lady of the Lake I was enthralled and couldn’t wait for the next instalment.
The narrator is particularly brilliant (despite an early faux pas of the mispronunciation of Dandelion’s name - which even though grating didn’t detract from the fantastic story and brilliant performance). He really gets into the feel of the story and doesn’t just do different accents for different people but instead breathes life into the characters, bringing them off the page and punching into your imagination.
The only down side to these is if you (like me) use audiobooks to help you drop off to sleep, you may be hearing a dawn chorus or two before you know it as it is that easy to get lost in this beautifully rich and multifaceted world.

I truly am sad to hear the end of the tale despite the ending being as satisfying as an end to an epic fantasy series can be, but as those like me who love their epic fantasy novels can attest, there is never enough to satisfy and we are always left wanting more. I do hope that the author decides to do another two, or three (or four, or five haha!) of the little short story anthology type books that made up the prequels to give us more adventures of the Witcher Geralt of Rivia and his friends.

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  • 12-05-19

Sad its over, but a fitting end to the series

Read all the book and some have been better than others, but this was a fitting end for the series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-17

Loved it!

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-07-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-07-19

the Witcher Story comes to an end

final chapter, great but was hoping for more context about the great frost and how Ciri is supposed to stop it.

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  • Augustas
  • 13-10-18

Stunning

Loved it, can't believe the saga ends here and thus, of all ways.

Or does it?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-18

The best series of books I ever enjoyed.

I never thought that theses books would touch me so deep. Everything made me wonder about the meaning of life, and how to live it in a better way.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-06-17

gritty fantasy

great performance of a gritty fantasy novel.
The conclusion to this series gets a bit Jean Gray >Phoenix

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  • Yehuda Gilead
  • 02-05-17

Fantasy at its best

An absolutely stunning piece of fiction.
Fantasy at its best. Peter Kenny performance is a work of art
Absolutely recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-04-17

Great Story

Excellent story by Andrzej Sapkowski pet usual and a great performance by Peter Kenny as expected.

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  • Lasse Jensen
  • 09-04-17

Most dissatisfying ending to a wonderful series

This book has the most dissatisfying ending I've ever come across in any work of fiction.

Seeing how exciting the series otherwise is, I'll even call it completely disappointing.

Also, an even larger part than of the previous books is spent on long, boring and hardly relevant​ flash-forwards.

All in all a great series, but this last book makes me doubt that I'll ever read it again (not counting the first two books of short stories)

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