Just finished reading the fantasy called The Last Wish by the Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski (in translation, suffice it to say). It’s about an itinerant “witcher” whose job it is to hunt down all manner of monsters, ghouls, fabulous beasts, and so forth.
It’s an enjoyable romp of a book, albeit that its main strength is the high tempo plot (with various mysteries along the way as we try to discover the origins of numerous curses and spells) rather than any sort of depth of characterisation. The first few pages of the book are a bit cliched and the language is chippy-choppy (no doubt cos of the translator), but once it gets into its stride, it’s very enjoyable. It’s an episodic book in the best tradition of expressionist fantasy (to borrow an academic term from theatre studies) i.e. each chapter is effectively a short story that contributes to a larger storyline.
Apparently, Sapkowski is Poland’s number 1 fantasy author at the mo. His work is a welcome addition to the genre, I reckon (though perhaps for a slightly younger audience). I’d definitely read another one by him. A strong 7/10. Maybe it should be 8/10.