Baptism of Fire

Baptism of Fire

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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 rumor places her in the Niflgaard court, preparing to marry the Emperor. Injured or not, Geralt has a rescue mission on his hands.
Publisher: New York, NY : Orbit, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780316219181
0316219185
Branch Call Number: FICTION SAPKOWSKI 2014
Characteristics: 389 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: French, David - Translator

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StarLord21
Dec 03, 2016

A fun read! As a fan that started from the video game series. I was really looking forward to the introduction of Zoltan Chivay and Emil Regis. I cared more about Geralt and company's story than Yennefer, Ciri or the Nilfgaardian/mage council storylines. I was bothered with the ending of Milva's story.

erummel93 Sep 20, 2015

A low in the series, in my opinion. The first 2 books had moments of absolute genius on the part of the storyteller, interspersed with boring plotlines, esoteric references, and bone-thin development for some major characters. This book, the third, however, has ditched the what makes Sapkowski shine and focuses solely on annoying the reader.

More vain, chauvinistic sorceresses who act like beauty pageant contestants instead of political advisors and warriors. More references to kingdoms and geographic regions ad infinitum without any sort of map provided. And, of course, the ever-multi-dimensional protagonist Geralt flaunting those sarcastic quips and strategic angst that can only make us ask, "Why the hell is this guy the protagonist?" His honorable tendencies and his ability to actually kill people are his only redeeming qualities.

Also, nothing important happens for the majority of this book. I'm almost finished with it and I dare say it's almost completely irrelevant. You could probably skip this book, move on to the next, and not have missed much about the series.

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mexicanadiense
Jan 27, 2015

Another strong outing from Sapkowski, though it really bogs down at times with excessive politicking and a ponderous cast of sorcerers, spies, kings, generals, and rogues. The book is at its best when it's back to basics, just the Witcher doing his acerbic thing with Dandelion and companions in tow.
One major flaw for me, as a veteran reader of the fantasy genre from Tolkien onward, is the absence of a map, which I think would really help the reader relate the various factions, countries, cities, rivers and woods that are continually being referenced.

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