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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (6 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575090960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575090965
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.6 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As nations go to war around him, Geralt the Witcher is on a mission: to save his ward, Ciri, and with her the world . . .

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The Wizards Guild has been shattered by a coup and, in the uproar, Geralt was seriously injured. The Witcher is supposed to be a guardian of the innocent, a protector of those in need, a defender against powerful and dangerous monsters that prey on men in dark times.

But now that dark times have fallen upon the world, Geralt is helpless until he has recovered from his injuries.

While war rages across all of the lands, the future of magic is under threat and those sorcerers who survive are determined to protect it. It's an impossible situation in which to find one girl - Ciri, the heiress to the throne of Cintra, has vanished - until a rumour places her in the Niflgaard court, preparing to marry the Emperor.

Injured or not, Geralt has a rescue mission on his hands.

'Sapkowski revitalizes the genre with energetic and compelling writing. A breath of fresh air in a well-worn genre. Don't miss it!' Dreamwatch

'The character interplay is complex, unsentimental and anchored in brutal shared history. All bodes well for twisty plotting to come' SFX


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom Ritter on 8 Mar. 2014
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Baptism of Fire is the third full novel of the Witcher series, following on directly from Time Of Contempt and Blood Of Elves. For me it's highlight is the wonderful character interplay that Andrezj Sapkowski became renowned for when the novel was originally released in polish in the late 1990's. It is set in a world which is heating up with each novel over the series and in Baptism of Fire we really begin to see the saga of Geralt of Rivia unraveling. The translation is also good, if that can be believed. Be warned: minor spoilers below.

Continuing on Time Of Contempt, Geralt is severely wounded and with his eternal companion Dandelion in Brokilon forest. Ciri is somewhere in the Nilfgardian provinces, where Geralt is convinced she is in danger. Yennefer has gone missing, whilst the other sorceresses dabble in a secret political 'lodge' to forge the world in a way that they desire. Against all this the Empire of Nilfgaard has broken the truce made In 'Contempt and invaded the Northern Kingdoms again, this time in Brugge, south of Temeria. In short, there really is a lot to follow in the novel, and though the novel focuses primarily on Geralt and his desire to find Ciri the events of the world are in action, constantly driving on the plot, driving Sapkowski's complex characters further and further, towards Geralt;s literal 'baptism of fire' in the novels final pages.

Over the course of the novel, Geralt meets several entirely new characters, each as complex and wonderfully built as himself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vastad on 6 April 2014
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This is the best book in the series yet. Some new characters are introduced, one completely unexpected, all developed very well. We see more about the various sorceresses, who all fascinate me. Andrzej's writing seems to take wild detours. The writing style changes at least three times, each one for the full length of the chapter. It's a little bit jarring but doesn't detract from the excitement of the story. I regret reading it so fast because the next book, 'The Swallow's Tower' or 'The Tower of Swallows' (depending on translation) at the time of this review has not been officially translated yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg on 15 April 2014
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Second instalment of the best dark, gritty, fantasy series ever written. Every fan of magic, monsters, romance and blood should not hesitate to give them a read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gonzo on 26 May 2014
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This is a successful continuation. I like the conversations of the characters. Well done, the story might be quicker to tell but this is beautifully embellished
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By clebbyclaire on 28 Sept. 2014
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Truly an in depth story that pulls you into the world of the witcher. Can not wait for the rest of the books to be translated and published in English!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marty on 24 Sept. 2014
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Already cannot wait for the next one, I couldn't put it down andrzej knows what to do, the ending is one of a kind
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pluckjar on 23 July 2014
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same as the other books in.the series, loved it. can't wait for the next one, the witcher is awesome awesome!
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