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The Lady of the Lake de Andrzej Sapkowski
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The Lady of the Lake (1999 original; edició 2020)

de Andrzej Sapkowski (Autor)

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"The Witcher returns in this action-packed sequel to The Tower of Swallows, in the New York Times bestselling series that inspired The Witcher video games. 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"--… (més)
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Títol:The Lady of the Lake
Autors:Andrzej Sapkowski (Autor)
Informació:Gollancz (2020), Edition: 01, 544 pages
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Lady of the Lake de Andrzej Sapkowski (1999)

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I mostly enjoyed the story itself but throughout the series, I wasn’t particularly fond of the writing style. Despite there being a follow-on book, this seems to be the last book in the story about Ciri. It wraps up the major story arc. With the author having so much more experience, I had some hope that this story would be better put together than the previous books. That hope was misplaced.

I really, really don’t like the Inception model this guy adopted. A story about a girl by the lake telling a guy a story, and within that story are stories about stories about stories. The narrative constantly jumps around in time. Plus, this need to put the story inside another story leads to the author spending inordinate amounts of time creating and developing characters that mean f*** all and do nothing but drag down the plot.

I also felt that there was a lot of name dropping of places and myths that was done not for the sake of progressing the story in a meaningful way or even to do any meaningful world building, but just to titillate the reading audience.

I had a few problems with how the author handled the characters:

This ultimate ability that Ciri winds up with seems implausible because the way it’s set up, she would have used it more frequently on accident before being truly aware of it. Plus, if it can’t be bound, how was it bound when she was trapped (being vague here to not spoil the story)? And when she was no longer trapped, why did she not continue to use it?

I’m also really bothered by the way the author handled Ciri and Bonhart’s storyline. The conclusion doesn’t seem plausible.

If sorcerers/sorceresses are so powerful that they were crucial to winning battles against Nilfgaard, then why were they portrayed as being pathetically weak in the last scene in Rivia?

How does Ciri’s presence in the location of the closing scene jive with what she told the Lodge about Geralt and Yennefer?

At the beginning of the book, the author has one of his throwaway characters say that legends should have happy endings and not be gritty and real. And that’s what we wind up with, more or less. A deus ex machina. But even the need for the deus ex machina is bizarre, because it only happens when the author forces all of the characters to not use their abilities or to use them poorly for no reason other than to create the situation.

I have the next book. I guess I’m going to read it because I’ve come this far, but this book was really disappointing in a lot of ways. ( )
  SGTCat | Feb 25, 2021 |
2 stars because of the excellent battle. Otherwise a forgettable book.

I have become increasingly disenchanted with this series. The first two short story collections were excellent. They built up a rich and intriguing world while also bringing to the reader some very memorable characters. The writing was very well done.

All of that went away with the novels. It seems to me that the author has a problem with the format. he cannot handle pacing or endings. The first two books did not actually have any endings or climaxes. From the the third book onwards I got increasingly annoyed with character development.

Who is Ciri? A girl of destiny who spends the entire series getting traumatized, yet still in the final book remains naive. Her simple surrender at Castle Stygga to Vilgerforce was inexplicable.

Who is the Witcher? A very, very cool character in the short stories, he spends the novels getting caught up in events beyond his control, embarking on completely futile ill-informed quests, and somehow succeeds in the last book with a huge narrative jump that is never explained well.

Who is Yennefer? No clue really. After a rather interesting foster-mothership to Ciri to begin with she spends the entire series being imprisoned ot trying to escape from being imprisoned. That is literally all she does.

Also the author apparently learnt how to write female magic users from Robert Jordan. The continuous backbiting vindictiveness was exhausting.

The author tried a huge number of narrative strategies mostly consisting of flashbacks or historical narration, sometimes flashbacks within historical narration. What this did was introduce some completely inconsequential side-characters to the story.

Lastly, this series and this book has very little narrative momentum. This book is the series finale. Yet literally the first part of the book is mostly quite inconsequential stuff. The entire Jarre section could have been skipped. There is then a very good battle description, a very very forced climax, then an huge section of completely irrelevant politics which does not really draw interest. And then the rather bizarre ending. ( )
  Andorion | Feb 6, 2021 |
Utterly bonkers. What the heck?

The short story Witcher books are great. The five saga books get stranger and stranger, but you hang in there for the characters and to get some answers.

But this final book... you may as well pull it apart and stick the pages back together randomly. Not kidding.

I’m not even sure who survived and who died at the end. ( )
  Lorrrraine | Jan 16, 2021 |
Listened to audio narrated by well by Peter Kenny. Who does an admirable job with the plethora of characters in this book.

Cirilla 'Ciri' Fiona Elen Riannon was last seen entering the Tower of Swallows and finds herself in an Elven world, where she is once again snared by men who want to impregnant her for their own cause. Ciri's sole focus is to escape and save Yenefer.

The Witcher and his group are still trying to find Ciri. The Witcher struggles with his vocation and alternates from fulfilling his Witcher duties to swearing off on helping people and killing monsters. I wasn't a big fan of the waffling Witcher.

Like previous books Sapkowski jumps from multiple viewpoints, as well as time jumps making it a challenging to follow and often had me wondering why did we need this person's viewpoint and story. Sapkowski also seems to want to thread the actions and events in Ciri's life to real world fables and mythology.

This book is full of political shenanigan's, the ugliness of war and a decidedly male bent on sexually abusing and using of women.

With this book finishes Geralt and Ciri's story and given all Ciri's been through I really wanted to see more maturity and less stupidity. She's reactionary and knowing what she faces, she still runs into situations with no thought or plan, causing her to fall into even more danger.

There are some very good moments in this book but they are hidden and bogged down by the bloat of excessive viewpoints and seemingly unrelated story bits.

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  wyldheartreads | Dec 14, 2020 |
I’ve finally slogged to the end of the Witcher series. Thank god it’s over. This last entry exists to feed the gamer franchise. Hundreds of pages are devoted to extraneous characters and the main characters disappear in the chaos. When I say extraneous, I mean the life stories and perspectives of every soldier and officer on both sides of the conflict are provided in excruciating detail. The series and the movies, games, and other paraphernalia it has spun off has certainly been a cash cow for Sapkowski. Too bad the original vision went off the rails. ( )
  varielle | Nov 16, 2020 |
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"The Witcher returns in this action-packed sequel to The Tower of Swallows, in the New York Times bestselling series that inspired The Witcher video games. 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"--

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