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The cons first: Like most Witcher lit’ritcher, it’s occasionally terrifying, often violent, and there are several characters who curse fluently or others who don’t wear adequate clothes, etc. So minus points for that. Definitely not kid friendly, sometimes not anyone-friendly. It’s a comic, so even if it’s on-brand for the world, from my perspective there’s no need for nudity of any kind, even if it’s not explicit.
The pros: Geralt is a wonderful character. He is world weary, thinks he’s just being pragmatic and mercenary, but inside he’s really an idealist who sticks to his moral code even in the face of ridicule and near certain death. He fights racism and monsters, and he isn’t an invincible superhero— he is far better than your average human at swordfighting and he has magic sigils, but his true superpower is his common sense and experience. He can’t see through the illusions, he loses his swords and sometimes gets tricked or outmatched, but he’s still confident and grimly persevering.
I liked the compliment the Vulpess gives Geralt when she says “Although you stood against me, you stood against the stupidity and brutality of men, you thought and felt instead of fearing and hating…” etc. I think that idea of choosing to think and to feel is a powerful one. So even though I wouldn’t recommend the actual plot, I liked the ending dialogue enough to bump it up to three stars. Some important messages in there.
Geralt learns a mighty lesson that many need to learn. I find these to be relaxing after hours spent in reviewing other books. While the other books may be larger and harder to read I think these may have the bigger lesson if you just think about it. Besides they're fun!
Loved the ending and it makes me think about the good people in the world. Sometimes it's easy to get lost in the illusions the manmade world has created. Geralt is a complicated person but has a heart at the end of the day.