Hello there! Happy  Autumn! In this post, I shall review Time of Contempt, the second novel and the forth book in the Witcher saga, created by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. The first two books in the Witcher series being collections of short stories ( Last Wish and Sword of Destiny) , Time of Contempt is a direct sequel to Blood of Elves. Honestly, at first I hardly noticed the transition from one novel to another. The first part of Time of Contempt might as well be included in Blood of Elves as it almost feels like the same novel. In addition, I was able to read the novels one after the other so the transition was especially smooth. However, as Time of Contempt develops, some differences between the two novels can be spotted. I shall elaborate!

“You can’t afford the luxury of spurning contempt. A time of contempt is approaching, Witcher, my friend, a time of great and utter contempt. You have to adapt.”

Published in 1995, Time of Contempt takes off where Blood of Elves ended, but it feels more fast paced than its prequel. If you have read my review for Blood of Elves, you would have known that I found it slower paced than the Sword of Destiny but also very interesting in its own right, as it explains a great deal about the Witcher world. Blood of Elves is all about world-building, particularly in the sense of explaining the politics of this fantasy world. Time of Contempt adds more action and in that sense feels more true to the first two books in the series. 

As I said Time of Contempt continues where Blood of Elves left off. Therefore, spoilers in this review shall be hard to avoid. All of my Witcher saga reviews include spoilers, so if you want to avoid them, just scroll down to the conclusion and/ or read just the quotes. 

I honestly don't feel bad about including spoilers. This saga has been popular since the nineties and it's 2023 now. If you heard about the Witcher saga, you've heard at least some spoilers.  In fact, this fantasy saga has become a part of modern culture, inspiring movies, plays, songs, comic books, television series and video games. The Witcher saga is so popular that it has been translated into 37 languages, making Andrzej Sapkowski the second most translated Polish author after Stanislaw LemHaving read these books, I can certainly understand  the hype. It seems that Sapkowski has managed to create his own unique style of fantasy. The ironical and pessimistic view of politics and human nature, the apolitical  tendencies, the preoccupation with the nature and the appeal of the philosophy of neutrality are as present in  Time of Contempt as in his other Witcher books.

“Nature doesn’t know the concept of philosophy, Geralt of Rivia. The pathetic–ridiculous–attempts which people undertake to try to understand nature are typically termed philosophy. The results of such attempts are also considered philosophy. It’s as though a cabbage tried to investigate the causes and effects of its existence, called the result of these reflections “an eternal and mysterious conflict between head and root”, and considered rain an unfathomable causative power. We, sorcerers, don’t waste time puzzling out what nature is. We know what it is; for we are nature ourselves. Do you understand?’ 

‘I’m trying to, but please talk more slowly. Don’t forget you’re talking to a cabbage.’  

 Time of Contempt continues to focus on the Ciri. The small family that was developing in Blood of Elves continues to stick together. Ciri, Gerald, Yennefer and Dandelion are once again the main characters. Like in the previous novel, as readers we get to learn more about Yennefer, Gerlad and Dandelion. We witness their character development. However, the plot is all about Ciri.  As I mentioned in my last review, one might even argue that the novels are ultimately about Ciri and that she is their real protagonist. 

Geralt . . . Listen to me—’ ‘Listen to what?’ shouted the Witcher, before his voice suddenly faltered. ‘I can’t leave— I can’t just leave her to her fate. She’s completely alone . . . She cannot be left alone, Dandelion. You’ll never understand that. No one will ever understand that, but I know. If she remains alone, the same thing will happen to her as once happened to me . . . You’ll never understand that . .

Gerald was  undoubtedly the main protagonist in the short stories collections, but once Ciri steps to the scene, she seems to take over. Moreover, the ultimate plot of the novels  seems to be about Ciri. In Blood of Elves, we learned more about Ciri, this girl whose personality is a strange mix of cheerful and sad, happy and tragic. Now, as readers we shall witness Ciri growing up into a young woman. 

“To say I knew her would be an exaggeration. I think that, apart from the Witcher and the enchantress, no one really knew her. When I saw her for the first time she did not make a great impression on me at all, even in spite of the quite extraordinary accompanying circumstances. I have known people who said that, right away, from the very first encounter, they sensed the foretaste of death striding behind the girl. To me she seemed utterly ordinary, though I knew that ordinary she was not; for which reason I tried to discern, discover–sense–the singularity in her. But I noticed nothing and sensed nothing. Nothing that could have been a signal, a presentiment or a harbinger of those subsequent, tragic events. Events caused by her very existence. And those she caused by her actions. Dandelion, Half a Century of Poetry”

I'll tell you all about it in my review, so scroll down. 



As it was already stressed, this novel is very much a direct sequel. The alliance of the Northern kingdoms is still on. However, as the northern kings plot against the emperor of Nilgaard, the emperor seems to always be one step ahead of them. The cruelty of Nilfgaard Empire and its ruler is elaborated on in the books, making its emperor seem like the key villain on the first glance. However, is it really so? The claim that he is the main villain can be disputed. There is a constant implication that everyone playing the game of thrones is rotten to the core, hence Gerald's insistence on neutrality

 The kings of Northern Kingdoms are perhaps not any better than the emperor of Nilfgaard. Blood of Elves informed us of the racism and the pogrom that elves, dwarves and other intelligent human species endure in the northern kingdoms. The rulers of northern kingdoms go so far as making the elves and the dwarves pay taxes for not being people but members of elder races. Historically, humans didn't treat elder races justly and so naturally there is much resentfulness and bitterness. I liked how Sapkowski created a world that isn't white or black, but where every race has its own challenges and disagreements. At times, this saga does seem pessimistic  but if you like your fantasy to be realistic and naturalistic, its pessimism will probably appeal to you. 

Geralt seems to understand there are two sides to every story. The more the reader finds out about the politics of the Witcher world, the more he understands the Geralt's neutrality. Geralt refuses to serve any ruler, because to him they are all the same. In the context of the present situation and the danger Ciri is in, Geralt has even more reasons to hate all the rulers, as they are all after Ciri. 

“Geralt had discovered, many times, that all mechanisms are unreliable. They only worked when they ought not to work, and vice versa.”

He may not have all the details at that point, but Geralt understand politics well enough to know that Ciri's royal blood makes her a potential pawn for those in power and one very desired. In that sense, this emperor of Nilfgaard is no different than others in power, only more capable than most. The monarchs of the Northern Kingdoms all agreed to kill Ciri for political reasons. So, the reader doesn't exactly know whom to cheer for as they are about to start a war with Nilfgaard. 

“It may turn out,’ said the white-haired man a moment later, ‘that their comrades or cronies may ask what befell these evil men. Tell them the Wolf bit them. The White Wolf. And add that they should keep glancing over their shoulders. One day they’ll look back and see the Wolf.’ 


 In the meantime, Geralt does all he can. He doesn't have all the information, but he has good instincts. One of themes of this fantasy series is  the dark in all of us. It is often implied that the real monsters are not the ones that Gerald hunts but rather those in human form. As a witcher, Geralt  lives by a moral code. Moreover, he has the wisdom of a person that has lived a long and eventful life. He is really quite a moral man once you get over his cold interior, his cynicism and his dark sense of humor. He even feels sorry for the monsters he kills.

“Fifty for a werewolf. That was plenty, for the work had been easy. The werewolf hadn’t even fought back. Driven into a cave from which there was no escape, it had knelt down and waited for the sword to fall. The Witcher had felt sorry for it. But he needed the money.”Andrzej Sapkowski

Anyhow, Gerald travels to an urban settlement (i.e. a small town Dorian) to meet with  a Machiavellian character i.e. the lawyer Codhringer. As I already mentioned in my last review, different parts of the Witcher world are at different stages of development. Some places are distinctly medieval, while other places (especially urban settlements) feel more like late medieval or even early Renaissance.

Anyhow, Geralt meets with the notorious Codringer to task him with finding mag Rience identity. The notorious lawyer slash detective was already informed of the mag's existence by Dandelion, who only escaped the mag with Yennefer's help.  

“Don’t mock me, Witcher. The matter is becoming serious. It’s becoming ever less clear what this is all about, and when no one knows what something’s about it’s sure to be all about money.”

Why is the lawyer so notorious?  Well, his firm is. Codringher and Fenn was quite a notorious law firm and detective agency founded by two men. Many falsely assumed there is only one but there are actually two, although one of them is rarely seen. Moreover, their legal assistance was described to be somewhat dubious i.e, murderous. In other words, they seem willing to do anything and kill anyone to get the job done. Well, perhaps not everyone. 

Codringer seems to honestly like Geralt and sides with him by hiding information about Ciri even before Geralt tasks him with that job. Maybe he has other less noble motives? You'll find out if and when you read the book. What I can say is that I quote liked this episode. Geralt and Codringher meeting was impressive, as it not only presented a credible Machiavellian character but showed a more intelligent side of Geralt. The White Wolf is more that a fighting man. Geralt is more than capable of conducting his own investigations in a complex and dangerous world. I also like the dark humor in this episode: 

"A famous pair of lawyers who ran a firm in Dorian until both partners died tragically under mysterious circumstances. At its height, the firm was retained by people from all over Temeria. If someone had difficulties, troubles, problems - they went to Codringher and Fenn. So the firm's clients quickly received proof of dishonesty and malpractice by their business partner. They could count on receiving credit from a bank without insurance or security. As one of a long list of creditors, they would be the only one to exact what was due from the company declaring bankruptcy. Their son would be released from the dungeon and cleared of all charges based either on irrefutable evidence or a lack thereof, because if evidence existed it disappeared mysteriously while witnesses retracted any earlier testimony. The wife's lover or the daughter's suitor would suffer complicated fractures in three limbs, including at least one upper one - all as a result of an unfortunate accident. And an enemy with a grudge or some other troublesome individual would soon stop being a nuisance, often vanishing into thin air. That's how Codringher and Fenn worked."


“Then the prophetess said to the witcher: "I shall give you this advice: wear boots made of iron, take
in hand a staff of steel. Then walk until the end of the world. Help yourself with your staff to break the land before you and wet it with your tears. Go through fire and water, do not stop along the way,
do not look behind you. And when the boots are worn, when your staff is blunt, once the wind and the heat has dried your eyes so that your tears no longer flow, then at the end of the world you may
find what you are looking for and what you love... The witcher went through fire and water, he did not look back. He did not take iron boots or a staff of steel. He took only his sword. He did not listen to the words of prophets. And he did well because she was a bad prophet.”


Anyhow, while Geralt employs Codhringer in efforts to discover the identity of mage that is looking for Ciri, Yennefer is right by her side.  Their mother daughter kind of bond seems only to deepen with time. In this novel we get to see a softer side to Yennefer, but she remains the ambitious and proud woman we know. Yennefer receives news of the impending conflict with Nilfgaard and decides Ciri needs to continue to study magic safely. The sorceress leaves Temple in Ellander with Ciri by her side. Her plans? Yennefer plans to take Ciri to Gors Velen and enroll her at the Aretuza school of magic on Thanedd Island. The always busy and proactive Yennefer also plans to  attend a conference of mages there. The mages meet to discuss the current matters, such as the impending conflict. 


Yenner and Ciri make a stop in a city where Yennefer visits a bank and  meets up with her banker, the owner of Giancardi bank, who informs her of attempts to access her bank account in Novigrad. While they discuss the economic situation, it is again implied that the northern kings are preparing for war. I quite liked this detail.  By including discussions about the finance world, Sapkowski made his fantasy world politics seem more credible and tangible. Molnar Gincardi, the dwarven banker was an interesting character as well, even if we don't learn that much about him. As the owner of the bank, he is in the know. Yennefer helped to save Molnar's live during the pogroms against non-humans, so he seems eager to return the favour. Molnar therefore informs Yennefer about the preparations for the war. Yennefer is already aware of this, but surely appreciates the additional information. Yennefer then proceeds to send money to the Temples to pay for Ciri's future studies. I quite enjoyed this episode, especially the part where Ciri gets to wonder the town.


Yennefer needs to talk more business with the banker in private, so she asks for  one of the banker's young employees to show Ciri the town. Ciri is quite happy to take her on her offer and wonder the town of  Gors Velen. Ciri and the boy happen upon a monster, a caged monster that is being shown as in a zoo or menagerie. The monster manages to break free and this is where Ciri has the opportunity to put her witcher training to the test.  She manages not only to fight the monster, but to make it look like someone else did it. A young man who faints gets to be the hero of the day and Ciri assures him that he indeed fought the monster even if he doesn't remember it. Since everybody fled as soon as the monster appeared, Ciri is the only witness of her own courage. Even though it was Ciri who unintentionally provoked a disturbance, we see she acted correctly. 

Ciri seems to be both brave, intelligent and resourceful young girl. Her cheerful nature is often contrasted with her tragic past, revealing a sense of sadness about the girl. This episode, as generally light as it is,  also foreshadows future fighting and suffering in the novel.  Ciri does kill the monster, so here is foreshadowing of death. When Ciri escapes using a magic amulet Yennefer instructed Ciri to use if needed, mages Tissaia de Vries and Margarita Laux-Antille take notice.  The former and current headmistresses of Aretuza, assume that Ciri must be one of their magic students ditching classes so they capture her and put her under the spell. Unbeknownst to them, Ciri is about to become  a student of theirs.  So, the two women really found what they were looking for: a student of magic. This little fun action episode not only ends well, but introduces new characters in the novel. It's also consistent with the character of Ciri, who seems to be talented in making a dramatic entrance, even when she doesn't mean to. Ciri is the child of surprise after all, appearing in unexpected ways. 


After reuniting with her friends and introducing Ciri to them, Yennefer discusses Ciri's fuure education. Tissaia and Margarita make a lot of jokes while with Yennefer, but when it comes to discussing Ciri's education at Aretuza, they are serious. Yennefer seems to be at ease with her two friends and it's interesting to follow their dialogues and learn more about the dynamics of mag friendships. Like witchers, mags are somewhat feared by the general population, so they probably feel isolated among regular people. In addition, sorceresses live long lives and this possibly makes them feel closer to their own kind. Birds of feather flock together and all that. Ciri, however, might feel left out.  Ciri might feel that Yennefer treats her like a child, deciding everything for her. When Ciri hears that Gerald is around, she feels even more imprisoned. Knowing that once she is really under supervision at school, she won't be able to leave without permission, Ciri takes to action. 

“But you should act, be brave, seize life by the scruff of the neck. Believe me, little one, you should only regret inactivity, indecisiveness, hesitation. You shouldn’t regret actions or decisions, even if they occasionally end in sadness and regret.” 


Madam Yennefer, Forgive me. I'm riding to Hirundum because I want to see Geralt. I want to see him before I start school. Forgive my disobedience, but I must. I know you'll punish me, but I don't want to regret my indecision and hesitation. If I'm to have regrets, let them be for deeds and actions. I'm an enchantress. I seize life by the scruff of the neck. I'll return when I can. - Ciri”

In accordance with her spontaneous character, Ciri decides to sneak off to see Geralt. She steals a horse and rides in search of Geralt. Yennefer is after her and manages to catch up with her. Ciri's escape proves lucky for her, as it means not only seeing Geralt, but seeing and understanding Geralt and Yennefer relationship. Moreover, Yennefer cannot be too angry at Ciri's escape, as it leads  to her reunion and reconciliation with Geralt.

 Dandelion is there as well, to put Geralt's and Yennefer feelings to words. As the poet observes what is basically Yennefer and Gerald's getting back together, he explains their relationship to Ciri in a honest but touching way. Indeed, Dandelion deserves to be considered a troubadour and a poet. Ciri perhaps doesn't understand it at the moment, but he is teaching her an important lesson about poetry. 

 “Hmm…’ Ciri bit her lower lip, then leaned over and put her eye closer to the hole.

‘Madam Yennefer is standing by a willow… She’s plucking leaves and playing with her star. She isn’t saying anything and isn’t even looking at Geralt… And Geralt’s standing beside her. He’s looking down and he’s saying something. No, he isn’t. Oh, he’s pulling a face… What a strange expression…’

 ‘Childishly simple,’ said Dandelion, finding an apple in the grass, wiping it on his trousers and examining it critically. 

‘He’s asking her to forgive him for his various foolish words and deeds. He’s apologizing to her for his impatience, for his lack of faith and hope, for his obstinacy, doggedness. For his sulking and posing; which are unworthy of a man. He’s apologizing to her for things he didn’t understand and for things he hadn’t wanted to understand—’ 

‘That’s the falsest lie!’ said Ciri, straightening up and tossing the fringe away from her forehead with a sudden movement. ‘You’re making it all up!’ 

‘He’s apologizing for things he’s only now understood,’ said Dandelion, staring at the sky, and he began to speak with the rhythm of a balladeer. ‘For what he’d like to understand, but is afraid he won’t have time for… And for what he will never understand. He’s apologizing and asking for forgiveness…Hmm, hmm… Meaning, conscience, destiny? Everything’s so bloody banal…’ 

‘That’s not true!’ Ciri stamped. 

‘Geralt isn’t saying anything like that! He’s not even speaking. I saw for myself. He’s standing with her and saying nothing…’ 

‘That’s the role of poetry, Ciri. To say what others cannot utter.’ 

‘It’s a stupid role. And you’re making everything up!’ 

‘That is also the role of poetry. Hey, I hear some raised voices coming from the pond. Have a quick look, and see what’s happening there.’ 

‘Geralt,’ said Ciri, putting her eye once more to the hole in the wall, ‘is standing with his head bowed. And Yennefer’s yelling at him. She’s screaming and waving her arms. Oh dear… What can it mean?’

 ‘It’s childishly simple.’ Dandelion stared at the clouds scudding across the sky. ‘Now she’s saying sorry to him.”


The on and off thing seems to draw to a halt, as Geralt and Yennefer reconcile. What a reconciliation it is! I think it will make even the most demanding of readers satisfied. It's a tender, candid and loving reconciliation between two proud and at times quite difficult characters.

“He embraced her. And touched her. And found her. Yennefer, in some astonishing way hard and soft at the same time, sighed loudly. The words they had uttered broke off, perished among the sighs and quickened breaths, ceased to have any meaning and were dissipated. So they remained silent, and focused on the search for one another, on the search for the truth. They searched for a long time, lovingly and very thoroughly, fearful of needless haste, recklessness and nonchalance. They searched vigorously, intensively and passionately, fearful of needless self-doubt and indecision. They searched cautiously, fearful of needless tactlessness.”

The time doesn't stop for anyone, so the three return to Thanedd Island together. There is a feeling of peace, though. Ciri is a little confused perhaps but possibly quite satisfied. Her adopted father and mother have got together again and that must be a good thing. This chapter really makes the trio seem like a family. In addition, it seemed like a conclusion of some sort, especially as the following charters introduce new characters and subplots. From this point, the novel moves more quickly and sometimes feels like  a NEW book altogether. 


Yennefer wants to take Geralt as her date to the mage meeting she came to attend. We are informed that in the past, Geralt has always refused such invitations from Yennefer. Now, Geralt agrees to join her and surely they make a striking couple at an evening reception.  Geralt is a bit uncomfortable there, as mage receptions are quite odd in some ways. However, Geralt is also happy to be Yennefer's date, because it makes them official. That's the impression I got anyway. The writer is  perhaps implying they are for real now. Geralt is telling everyone to choke on their envy- at least in his thoughts. 

“Yes, he answered in his thoughts, you’re not mistaken. There is only she, Yennefer, at my side, here and now, and only she matters. Here and now. And what she was long ago, where she was long ago and who she was with long ago doesn’t have any, doesn’t have the slightest, importance. Now she’s with me, here, among you all. With me, with no one else. That’s what I’m thinking right now, thinking only about her, thinking endlessly about her, smelling the scent of her perfume and the warmth of her body. And you can all choke on your envy.”

 This is also a nice opportunity for the writer to introduce new characters and makes us see them through both Geralt's and Yennefer perspective. Geralt talks with and meets  quite a few  new mages. The sorceress seem to all flirt with Geralt for some reason. They are all quite glamorous and attractive, but Geralt still have eyes only for Yennefer. He does talk notice of the legendary beauty of some, for example the elven queen Francesca, said to be the most beautiful woman in the world. 

 Geralt also talks with the mage Vilgefortz. The two discuss neutrality, one of the key topics in Blood of Elves. The mage states Geralt won't be able to remain neutral, i.e., he will have to choose sides.

“Why didn't you become a sorcerer, Geralt? Weren't you ever attracted by the Art? Be honest.'
'I will. I was.'
'Why, then, didn't you follow the voice of that attraction?'
'I decided it would be wiser to follow the voice of good sense.'

'Years of practice in the witcher's trade have taught me not to bite off more than I can chew. Do you know, Vilgefortz, I once knew a dwarf, who, as a child, dreamed of being an elf. What do you think; would he have become one had he followed the voice of attraction?”


“And so,' smiled the Witcher, 'I have no choice? I have to enter into a pact with you, a pact which should someday become the subject of a painting, and become a sorcerer? Give me a break. I know a little about the theory of heredity. My father, as I discovered with no little difficulty, was a wanderer, a churl, a troublemaker and a swashbuckler. My genes on the spear side may be dominant over the genes on the distaff side. The fact that I can swash a buckler pretty well seems to confirm that.”

 Vilgefortz tries to convenience Geralt to join his side, but Geralt  refuses as he prefers neutrality. There are others who try to do the same. For example, Dijkstra,  a master spy also tries to recruit Geralt, but is refused. 

“It’s incredible,’ the Witcher smiled hideously, ‘how much my neutrality outrages everybody. How it makes me subject to offers of pacts and agreements, offers of collaboration, lectures about the necessity to make choices and join the right side.”

This Machiavellian reception was well written and entertaining, I enjoyed it a lot. The way Geralt and Yennefer seem to stick together and have each other back was really sweet.


Everything seems to be going well, almost too well for the witcher universe. However, if the books have taught us anything, it's that Geralt just cannot catch a break. Soon after Geralt wakes up, he stumbles on a bloody coup. Dijkstra and Philippa Eilhart are behind it. Philippa believes that some mages are traitors aided by Nalfgaard emperor. They have proof that mage Vilgefortz is one of the traitors working for Nalfgaard. Naturally, Emperor Emhyr wants to destroy the Chapter of Mages. He didn't forget that he lost the war primary because of the mages' aid. The Battle of  Sodden hill where Yennefer and Triss fought so bravely, is what pretty much stopped Emhyr invasion. Philippa is a sorceress in Redania's court and has her ambitions, but her motivation here is to root out traitors. Like everyone, she believes her actions are justified. Philippa and the master spy have organized the coup, but who else in on it? Who are the traitors? 

They are found and rounded up. Geralt was magically blinded Geralt during the coup so he wouldn't interfere. Philippa gave him his eyesight back but the troubles are far from over. Phillipa presents Dijkstra with a list of traitors and they intend to take the captured mages to trial. 

Meanwhile, Tissaia is not impressed, rather she is extremely angry because of the coup and the mages turning one on another.  In order to give Vilgefortz and the other captured mages a chance to defend themselves, Tissaia releases them. Her reasoning is that mages shouldn't get so involved in politics as to be divided and fight one another. Tissaia also possibly believes the captured mages might be innocent. Soon a bloody fight starts out between both sides. 

 Yennefer and Ciri are there too. Ciri falls into trance and informs them of the start of the war, the assassination of  the King of Redania and an attack on Nilfgaard. Soon all hell breaks loose. Now, everyone's lives are in danger.

Tissaia's decision to free Vilgefortz and others proves even more dangerous. What is even worse, as she freed them, Tissaia deactivated the field inhibiting the use of magic. The captured traitors attack Phillipa and the other Northern mages.  Do you remember Scoia'teal? Also known as Squirrels, they were composed mostly of elves, but other non humans joined them. They are aided (or better to say used) by Nilfgaard emperor to fight humans. The Nilfgaard emperor takes advantage of eleven painful history with the northern kingdoms. The Squirrels return to the scene. There is another attack as Scoia'tael working with Nilfgaard invade the place. At this point, everyone is fighting for their life. 

“The fair-haired maid of Cintra, who for some unknown reason had not killed him, seemed insane. The white-haired fiend was not insane. He was calm and cold. And killed calmly and coldly.”

Do you remember when I said that Time of Contempt is quite eventful?  Well, it certainly is. What follows is a battle with many causalities but for once I shall refrain from revealing spoilers. Let's keep something a secret, at least when it comes to the ending of the novel.

“Give me my sword, Geralt.’ He looked at her. Ciri stepped back involuntarily. She had never seen him with an expression like that before. ‘If you had a sword, you might have to kill with it. Can you do it?’ ‘I don’t know. Give me my sword.’ ‘Run. And don’t look back.’


This is where the novel turns so dark and graphic, it almost feels like an other book. I don't think it's a spoiler to say that Ciri survives as she is the heroine of the saga. However, she undergoes some seriously traumatizing experiences. Her coming of age story suddenly demands her to be extremely strong. 

“They were outcasts. They were a strange, mixed bag created by war, misfortune and contempt. War, misfortune and contempt had brought them together and thrown them onto the bank, the way a river in flood throws and deposits drifting, black pieces of wood smoothed by stones onto its banks.”

“Everywhere you are a stranger.’ Finished Iskra with seeming carelessness, and quickly and unceremoniously placed a beret with turkey feathers on her head. ‘An Outsider everywhere and always different. How shall we call you, little hawk?’ 
Ciri looked into her eyes. ‘Gvalch’ca.’ The elf laughed. 
‘Once you start to speak, you speak in multiple languages, little hawk! Very good. You will carry the name from the Elder People, a name that you yourself have chosen. You will be called Falka.”


Time of Contempt was a very satisfying read in more ways than one. It was more action packed than the first novel in the series and it had less pacing problems. However, this novel was more violent and graphic than he previous one speciously toward he end. The plot was well written and so were the subplots. The main characters character development was fanatic. All in all, highly recommended!

“But do you know when stories stop being stories? The moment someone begins to believe in them.”

Thank you for reading! Have a lovely day.


  1. You look fantastic. I love the Blazer with the Hearts. Have a great Start in the new Week Ivana

  2. You look great, thanks for your sharing...

  3. Your pictures are amazing! Thanx

  4. Oh, you do know how to sale this series! Thanks for the novel of a review here. You do know how to point out the importance of so many things in this novel. Great about the pacing of the novel too. Such a cool blazer! Did you customize it? Great to see your article. Wishing you a great Fall wherever you may go. Thanks for being here.

  5. So great to see your review. This is definitely a series that does draw you in with its characters and a world that has a lot of battles. Thanks for your indepth look!🍂🍂🍂🍂🍂🍵🍵🍵🍵🍵🍁🍁🍁🍁 Also such impressive photos! Happy autumn!

  6. What an amazing review Ivana!
    As for your outfit photos, I couldn't take my eyes off your first outfit nor the spectacular location!
    Happy Autumn! xxx

  7. Happy Autumn to you! I've only seen the series and it definitely sounds like the books have way more character development which makes sense because they're books. Your artfully decorated blazer is so cute btw!

  8. Ivana you look so pretty. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement on my recent posts. I appreciate it.

  9. Ciao bellissima, sempre interessanti le tue proposte di lettura!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  10. Wow, this is such a detailed review. You obviously feel very passionate about this series. It seems really epic! I'm not sure if this series is quite for me but you do sell it very well!
    By the way, I love the way you drew hearts on your pink blazer!

    1. Thank you Kezzie.
      I enjoyed the DIY project with the hearts!

  11. Just wanted to wish you a beautiful and blessed day. Regine


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All your comments mean a lot to me, even the criticism. Naravno da mi puno znači što ste uzeli vrijeme da nešto napišete, pa makar to bila i kritika. Per me le vostre parole sono sempre preziose anche quando si tratta di critiche.

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