THE LADY OF THE LAKE, A NOVEL BY A. SAPKOWSKI, WITCHER BOOK #7 (REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATION)
Hello dear readers and fellow bloggers! In this post, I shall review The Lady of the Lake, the eight book and the fifth novel in the Witcher series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. Published in 1999, The Lady of the Lake is a direct sequel to The Tower of Swallow. Chronologically, The Lady of the Lake is the last novel in the Witcher series. However, there's another Witcher book, Season of Storms, that follows it. Season of Storms is a prequel of sorts, basically a novel chronically placed between the first two Witcher books. Published in 2013, Season of Storms is the actual last published Witcher book. Nevertheless, it is not wrong to regard The Lady of the Lake as the final book of the Witcher saga.
In fact, The Lady of the Lake is basically the final book of the Witcher series. After all, this novel is the one that really wraps up the saga and ends the story. Having read this fifth novel, I do have a sense of closure. I might even wait a bit, you know, before I read and review Season of Storms. I have had such a lovely time reading and reviewing the Witcher saga. I started back in Summer and I managed to complete it before the end of Autumn. Immersing myself into the Witcher saga, meant less published posts, because these reviews take forever to write, but that's alright. I'm a fast reader, but book reviews take time!
I'm happy to have finally stolen some time to type this review. I got up at 6am on a Saturday morning to get a head start. That's some reviewing dedication. This novel actually surprised me in a number of ways. I will have to be careful about how I word my review, because I want to avoid major spoilers. My initial reviews weren't spoiler free, because I figured a lot of people are familiar with the basics of the Witcher saga, due to the increasing popularity of the series and all that. Once something goes Netflix, everyone seems to know about it. I don't do Netflix but I've seen enough of ads for this series to confirm there are indeed differences between the books and the most recent adaptation. All the same, I don't want to spoil someone's enjoyment by revealing too much. As the adaptation is still catching up with the books, the ending of the saga isn't widely known. I'll do my best to keep this review spoiler free. What I can say for certain is that The Lady of the Lake was an extremely satisfying read.
“Love mocks good sense. That's its charm and beauty.”
THE LADY OF THE LAKE,
A NOVEL BY ANDRZEJ SAPKOWSKI 5/5
"Yes. I must ride to my mamma. My mamma is waiting for me.”
"Better than you think, Miss Vigo.” The vampire turned the sausage link in his fingers. "However, you must excuse me, I do not accept that predestination is in some book, written by the hand of a great Demiurge, or the will of heaven, or the unalterable judgment of any providence. Rather, it is the result of many seemingly unconnected facts, events, and actions. I tend to agree with you that the predestination overtakes humans...and not only humans. However, I accept much less the view that it could not also be reversed. Because this view is a convenient fatalism. It is a paean to apathy and baseness on a feather bed and the charming warmth of a woman’s womb. In short, to live in a dream. Life, Miss Vigo may be a dream, may end in a dream ... But it's a dream that you must actively dream. Therefore, Miss Vigo, the road awaits us."
"You are absolutely right, Owl," said the syllable stretcher. "Now I know why you shout so loudly for democracy.”
Now it was Dennis Cranmer’s turn to burst out laughing. Yarpen Zigrin retained his seriousness. He studied the young man attentively and seemed concerned.
‘Son,’ he said very seriously. ‘Look. There, sitting at the counter is Evangelina Parr. She is admittedly, substantial. Indeed, even great. But despite her actions, not one whore can put an end to all whores.”
And then the story was over and a lengthy silence fell.
OTHER BOOKS IN THE WITCHER SERIES I HAD REVIEWED
Once I started reading Blood of Elves, I immediately felt drawn into the story. The novel is well plotted and well paced. It's rather conversation heavy so that slows down the pacing but it helps us to get to know the characters better. Moreover, I really enjoyed the dialogues. I enjoyed learning more about this fantasy world, so I'm not complaining.
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