Speculative fiction is a broad umbrella category of narrative fiction referring to any fiction story that includes elements, settings and characters whose features are created out of imagination and speculation rather than based on attested reality and everyday life. That encompasses the genres of science fiction, fantasy, science fantasy, horror, alternative history, and magic realism.
Geralt - the witcher - and his friends and enemies return in another installment of the best-selling series.
Geralt the Witcher has fought monsters and demons
across the land, but even he may not be prepared for what is happening
to his world. The kings and armies are maneuvering for position, each
fearing invasion from across the river, each fearing their neighbours
more. Intrigue, dissent and rebellion are on all sides.
The Elves and other non-humans are still suffering under decades of
repression, and growing numbers join the commando units hidden deep in
the forest, striking at will and then dissolving into the trees. The
Magicians are fighting amongst themselves, some in the pay of the kings,
some sympathetic to the elves.
And against this backdrop
of fear and contempt Geralt and his lover Yennefer must protect Ciri,
orphaned heir and sought by all sides. For the prophecy rests on her,
and whether she lives or dies she has the power to save the world - or
perhaps end it.
Andrzej Sapkowski was born in 1948 in Poland. He studied economy and business, but the success of his fantasy cycle about the sorcerer Geralt de Riv turned him into a bestselling writer. He became one of Poland's most famous and successful authors.