Season of Storms Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Before he was the guardian of Ciri, the child of destiny, Geralt of Rivia was a legendary swordsman. Join the Witcher as he undertakes a deadly mission in this standalone adventure set in the world that inspired the Netflix show and the hit video games.
Geralt of Rivia is a Witcher, one of the few capable of hunting the monsters that prey on humanity. A mutant who is tasked with killing unnatural beings. He uses magical signs, potions, and the pride of every Witcher - two swords, steel and silver.
But a contract has gone wrong, and Geralt finds himself without his signature weapons. Now he needs them back, because sorcerers are scheming, and across the world clouds are gathering.
The season of storms is coming....
Andrzej Sapkowski, winner of the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement award, started an international phenomenon with his Witcher series.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 45 minutes|
|Author||Andrzej Sapkowski, David French - translator|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 22, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,483 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2021
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It occurs time-wise after the Witcher meets Yennefer, but before the events in the Circi stories.
Without giving too much way (spoilers below), this book feels closer to the original Polish versions of the stories than previous English versions. The stories have an "adult" feel to them and are less "politically correct." The characters and their stories feel more natural and less focused and filtered through a current political filter.
In the first town that Gerault comes to, he almost passes out in room inhabited by extreme farting, loud mouthed women guards. Some bathroom humor ensues, and eventually there is a scuffle with the amazons.
There are at least two love interests in the book (not including remembrances of Yennefer).
We get to explore a bit more of the world, which is fun, and the Witcher and his dwarven companion give us a bit more philosophy in a good natured, enjoyable way.
We also find out a good bit about the mages and where some of the terrors in the countryside *actually* come from.
All in all, a good book for a mature reader.
** Spoilers Follow **
The Witcher has his swords stolen, and then he is framed by the mages and physically exploited by a female mage (he doesn't seem to mind much).
Dandelion actually has a pivotal role in this book and saves Gerault's bacon on several occasions.
The story takes us from some simple monster hunting to the Witcher's framing to some shady criminals to some even shadier mages who need the Witcher to "eliminate" one of their own gone rogue.
The Witcher barely escapes with his life after learning that *gasp* most of the creatures that he has been fighting over the years were actually *created* by the mages guild. (Actually that *was* a shocker for this reader.)
After a couple of additional complications, including the introduction of a fox-woman, child stealing, shapeshifter, Gerault is reunited with his swords.
It is a fun romp, and I enjoyed the snarky banter and anti-hero aspects of the Witcher even more in this book than previous ones.
My take is that this collection is closer to the mother tongue than the previous versions and thus has a better, more natural flow to it. I've mentioned it a couple of times because it becomes obvious as you read the stories.
**PC warning** One caveat, if you are easily offended, or you have very specific views about who is *allowed* to be portrayed as a villain then you might not like this book. **PC warning off**
It is, however, incredibly entertaining, exactly because it's so outrageous. It has some truly funny moments, a lot of "are you kidding me??" moments, one really beautiful story which has been adapted into one of the Witcher comics, and the ending wraps it up nicely with the saga after all.
If you're a fan of this universe, you definitely shouldn't miss this one, if you want to have a good laugh or shake your head. There are even a few cute moments in there. It's... definitely not boring.
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Lessons to learn here is....
1. This book ties into the short stories within the first two books and therefor has no connection to the main witcher saga, only in elements concerning few characters and underlying plots.
2. DONT read this book before the others, read it after or youre not going to understand what the hell is going on, this is obvious
3. Lesson number 2 is so important i felt it necessary to repeat it. Read the other books first. This is a standalone story which has underlying themes and links to Geralts destiny. You will not understand the end of this book if you havent read the other works.
All in all a very good read from one of my favourite authors. In my mind certainly up there with Tolkien and people like R R Martin.
The story is a standalone and is set before the main saga of Ciri and the Blood Of Elves, and has the Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, having his swords stolen and imprisoned on a trumped up charge. Once released, Geralt tries to track down his swords and the culprit who stole them. Along the way, the usual Witcher hijinks ensue; seducing beautiful sorceresses, slaying monsters, dealing with mad wizards and of course, saving his friend Dandelion at least once. Add in some of the intrigues of the court of the King, and some supernatural goings on, and it's good return of 'The Witcher'.
As always the world building in the medieval setting is very much in depth and always a joy to read, as is the writing, which is full of the humour, sarcasm and horror that I know and love from from the rest of the series.
It's a great and enjoyable read and a good addition if you're a fan of the series. But if you've not read any of the books yet, I'd recommend starting with the short story books first; 'The Last Wish' (my favourite of the series) and 'Sword of Destiny' as an introduction to the series, before diving into the rest of the books.
If you go for the audiobook option, it's once again read by the awesome Peter Kenny. His narration adds a whole lot more and really brings the story to life, and is absolutely recommended!
As the main story of The Witcher, Geralt of Rivia finished with the book 'Lady Of The Lake', as author Sapkowski has said (although the videogame 'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt' is set after the books), I hope it's not the end of stories featuring Geralt, Dandelion, Yennefer, Triss Merigold and more, and we get to revisit more of their adventures in the future.
He now loves to read and realises that it isn't as hard as school used to make it :)