Chris R. Chapman

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Enjoyable start to a gritty, fantasy world!

4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-12-18

Full disclosure: I have played Witcher 3, so I was familiar with the main characters, events, and places, and went in expecting to learn more about character backstories and lore, which this book definitely provides. For the uninitiated, it is challenging with each chapter introducing you to a dizzying array of place and character names to keep track of, and I get why some could be dissuaded.

However, you are in effect a visitor to a whole new world, so it is unsurprising to feel lost at times. In fact, the experience is _very much_ like playing the game in this regard as you're traveling through unfamiliar places and trying to make sense of the relationships and politics of each, friends, foes, etc. As you progress and build your knowledge, and it gets deeper and more enjoyable. Don't give up after this volume - keep going!

A word on the narration: I find Kenny's interpretations and voices enhance the story and help to keep track of characters. For a bit of fun, and to approximate the video game, pull up The Witcher 3 soundtrack on Spotify and play at low volume in the background.

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