Paperback Perils: The Time of Contempt

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Title: The Time of Contempt
Author: Andrzej Sapkowski, David French (Translator)
Publication Date: 1995, 2013
Publishing House: Orbit

I listened to this book as an audiobook through the the library. If you can, support your local library. The Time of Contempt is the second book in The Witcher series after Blood of Elves.

From Goodreads:

Geralt is a witcher: guardian of the innocent; protector of those in need; a defender, in dark times, against some of the most frightening creatures of myth and legend. His task, now, is to protect Ciri. A child of prophecy, she will have the power to change the world for good or for ill — but only if she lives to use it.

A coup threatens the Wizard’s Guild.
War breaks out across the lands.
A serious injury leaves Geralt fighting for his life…
… and Ciri, in whose hands the world’s fate rests, has vanished…

This book, where to start. I wanted more monsters but I’m not sure they aren’t there but they look like humans. This series is different though. Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer along with a possible couple others are the protagonists and Emhyr var Emreis is the antagonist but even their choices aren’t black and white.

This series and this book in particular, so far, is a world of grays. In most fantasy worlds the elves are always the good guys unless they are intentionally ‘dark elves.’ In the world of the Witcher the elves align with some humans to fight other but the cost is almost not worth the alliance. This world of grays makes it difficult to root for almost anyone unless it is a character versus nature situation. This bad guys on both sides makes the reader uncomfortable but despite the fantasy setting the story is better for it. The story seems more real, more true.

I suggest this book for fans of fantasy, for fans of The Witcher, and for fans of books that want to make them look at things differently. Happy reading.

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