Paperback Perils: The Lady of the Lake

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Title: The Lady of the Lake
Author: Andrzej Sapkowski, David French (Translator)
Publication Date: 1999, 2017
Publishing House: Orbit

The Lady of the Lake is the final book in The Witcher Saga. I listen to this book as an audiobook from my local library.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

This series is all kinds of weird. I’m glad I finished reading it but I’m not satisfied with the ending. I feel like it just kind of ends. I can appreciate the author pulling in other myths but I feel that the source material is overly used, not referenced so mush as snagged directly from texts. The framing of this book is odd. Most of the book is understood to be told by historians later in the world of Geralt and Ciri who want to find out the truth of the story of the Witcher and the Witcher Girl. SPOILER WARNING, the reader does not get the satisfaction of knowing if the historians questions are answered.

Some thing that I do appreciate is that this world is realistic in the terms of spies and how peace treaties work. The politics are real even if the world is not. This is a morally gray world and it makes for an interesting story, if not always a pleasant one. I suggest this book to fans of The Witcher show and fans of the video game. If you do want to start this series, start with The Last Wish.

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