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The Sword of Destiny

June 9, 2015 - 1:08 pm No Comments

TITLE: THE SWORD OF DESTINY.
AUTHOR: ANDREZEJ SAPKOWSKI
PUBLISHER: GOLLANCZ
RELEASE DATE: 21ST MAY 2015
PAGE COUNT: 374
REVIEWER: S.G. MULHOLLAND

The Sword of Destiny, unbeknownst, to most UK fans of the books/games is in actual fact the first to be written by author Anderzej Sapkowski and introduces some of the series’ most beloved characters. Unlike The Last Wish (published here in 2007), The Sword of Destiny possesses no frame story but in fact operates much as a single volume of selected stories written by Sapkowski. None of them interlink but all have bearing on the future saga’s tale and serve as more of an introduction to the cast. Familiar faces such as Dandelion, Yennefer and Ciri all make appearances while a few, previously unknown, characters make their debut to a fresh new audience waiting to embrace it.

As usual, Sapkowski attacks old world mythology with his own style and flair. Known mythological sites such as Atlantis are given a fresh overhaul to match the authors own take on such revered tales. Even Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Little Mermaid” gets twisted and distorted with comedic and imaginative effect, to fit Sapkowski’s own unique vision of what can only be described as practical fairy telling.

All in all, The Sword of Destiny is a true delight and serves as a great introduction to new readers and to flesh out an already well rounded story to current fans of the series.