Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski and translated by David Frenchis the third novel in The Witcher series. Once again, the novel blew me away with its amazing battle scenes and dialogue.
Ciri is much more prominent in this book. She’s aged and has fallen in with a bad crowd. Geralt is still desparately searching for Ciri but along the way he collects a motley crew that tags along. Dandelion is much more prevelent in this book, his charming and bumbling are endearing.
As usual, there is no happy ending to the story. It is as dark and filled with intrigue as the proceeding two books. There are the usual poltical plots and schemes, magic is viewed with even greater skepticism than before, and the elves are, well being elves.
There are many memorable characters in this book and you will do yourself a great disservice if you do not read the entire series. The Slavic version of a fairytale is much darker and much more dangerous than the Western European fairytale.
Five stars out of five stars for a brilliant and masterful story. If you read only one fatady series in the next year, make it The Witcher series.