#95 The Witcher Saga

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My love for fantasy has exposed me to elves, hobbits, dwarves, wizards and sorcerers, enchantresses, trolls, fairies, nymphs, vampires, griffins, gods, ghosts—and the list goes on—but not witchers. When I read on the news that Netflix has this series called The Witcher, I was intrigued. Very, very intrigued.

I searched for the trailer, watched it, and there's no turning back. I need to know more about this witcher whose name is Geralt of Rivia (also known as White Wolf), why he is protecting a girl named Ciri, and everything in between. This will also be the first time I'm reading a Polish fantasy author, Andrzej Sapkowski.

What is a witcher? A witcher (Polish: wiedźmin) is "someone who has undergone extensive training, ruthless mental and physical conditioning, and mysterious rituals (which take place at "witcher schools" such as Kaer Morhen) in preparation for becoming an itinerant monsterslayer for hire." (Read more here.)

So, who is Geralt of Rivia? I have to find out, and for a few weeks my request for the books in The Witcher series were on hold by the National Library, Singapore, until they're finally available a few days ago. I started with Blood of Elves and am now at Chapter Five (or 50% of the e-book). Loving. It. I'm also listening to the soundtrack on Spotify. Beautiful.


Indeed, there is nothing more repulsive than these monsters that defy nature and are known by the name of witcher, as they are the offspring of foul sorcery and witchcraft. They are unscrupulous scoundrels without conscience and virtue, veritable creatures from hell capable only of taking lives... 
- Monstrum, or a Portrayal of Witchers, Anonymous 

Comments

Marg said…
We watched The Witcher and enjoyed it, but I haven't gone to look for the books yet.
Alice said…
Hi Marg! It's the other way round for me... I'm reading the book but haven't gone to watching the series yet, but I have a feeling I would start very soon. :)