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Andrzej Sapkowski – Sword of Destiny | Review

Title: Sword of Destiny

Author: Andrzej Sapkowski

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 394

Rating: 4/5

It’s been six months or so now since I read the first Witcher book, and while I did enjoy it, there was also something about it that kind of held me back from fully committing. But it was one of those books that really stuck with me, and I couldn’t stop myself from thinking about it. By the time that the Netflix adaptation came out, I’d realised that I wanted to carry on with the series. Then I got an Amazon voucher for Christmas, and the rest is history.

This second book is also a collection of short stories, and indeed the first novel is the next one, book three in the series. I’m not sure how I’ll feel about that, and I guess I’ll see when I get there. I’ve read enough short stories now that I just sort of associate them with Sapkowski, and so it might be weird to go from short stories to a full-length novel. I guess we’ll see.

But the short stories are a great little introduction to the world of the witcher, not least because they tend to be set in different locations and with different creatures, so we can get more of a sense of a full world being built. We get to learn more about the Witcher, too. Better still, it’s never explicitly spelled out for us and we don’t have to suffer through extended flashbacks and other overused literary devices. We get to know the Witcher through the things he says and the actions he takes.

That combines with the fact that he’s a pretty unique sort of anti-hero, a flawed but fully three-dimensional character who it’s a pleasure to read about, even though he himself isn’t always the most pleasant of people. But what do you expect? He’s a witcher.

Overall then, I preferred this book to the first one even though I suspect that the two of them are pretty equal when it comes to quality. It’s just that I was in a much better place for this one. I was looking forward to it and then when I finally picked it up, I didn’t feel disappointed. Now I’m looking forward to getting to the next one. I’d definitely recommend the series.

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Eva Eglaia-Kristsone and Becca Parkinson – The Book of Riga | Review

Title: The Book of Riga

Author: Eva Eglaia-Kristsone and Becca Parkinson

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 128

Rating: 4*/5


Eva Eglaia-Kristsone and Becca Parkinson - The Book of Riga

Eva Eglaia-Kristsone and Becca Parkinson – The Book of Riga


It’s always difficult to rate short story collections because by their very nature, there are some stories that you like and some that you don’t. What I did like, though, is how each of these stories is very much a product of the city, and so it was cool because I could read about locations that I’ve visited.

The selection here is also pretty diverse and so we get a nice range of different styles. This is my fourth or fifth Latvian book by now, and I think it’s the best for getting just a good cross-section of what’s going on. Enjoy!


Riga Old Town

Riga Old Town


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