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Geralt of Rivia is on a mission to save his ward, Ciri, and with her the world, in this third novel in the best-selling Witcher series that inspired the Netflix show and video games.

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.

Translated by David French.

©1996 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group

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starts slow then picks up to the end

solid book definitely more of a Bridger than a full unique story. starts slow and picks up towards the end to tie into the next book

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Masterfully read

Peter Kenny does such a fantastic job of bringing The Witcher stories to life and he is As important to the character of Geralt as Henry Cavill is in the Netflix series.

Kenny's performance in the first Witcher audio book I heard is the reason I purchased the entire series in audiobook form. Bravo!

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Entertaining and a good listen

Narrator does a good job at bring the characters personality across though his voice and the story covers alot of my favourite people, can't wait to listen to the next one

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Keeps your interest

Started this series a couple of years ago, when it came out as a TV series. It fell by the way side when I was reading other genres. Came back to it a few months ago and wasn't disappointed. I'm not usually a great fan of "Sword and sorcery" and much prefer hard Sci Fi, but make an exception for this. Well written, great characters and a very wide story arc. Great stuff.

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The Witcher story continues in its awesome way!

The book should have, in some parts, made me feel like I was listening to a plain story about people just avoiding the real story but as always Sapkowski never fails to make it awesome.

The way the story is put together which depth, feeling and some funny comments make you feel like you are part of it. It is depth like this that makes it so great to read.

I cannot wait to start on the next one!

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Great book

Another great tale from the Witcher universe. These stories are action packed, fun, political and also funny.
Great characters with Regis and also Milva in this one.
The narrator does another fantastic job on this book.

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good read.

Bit confusing at times with 3 or 4 storylines but a cracking good read. Once you get into it, hard to put down.

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Geralt of Rivia

Babtised in fire, Geralt learns the meaning of friendship and gains more than just a story to his name. Introducing Zoltan and the return of Dandelion. Great book!

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Excellent with one exception!

Excellent except for the pronunciation of Dandelion's name, as it is said like the flower.

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Excellent book

The narration is exceptional. The story keeps your interest. Beware though, this book will make you laugh out loud in public......highly embarrassing.

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  • RomulusRom
  • 02-07-2018

Peter Kenny brings this world to life.

So far in the story I can not stress enough how much Peter Kenny's talent adds to these stories. Every character is immediately recognisable which makes the conversations between all the different characters so easy to follow and so much more immersive.

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  • Agnes Kuczewska
  • 11-04-2019

Fantastic!

WARNING! Amazing creation. One needs to be careful as when you enter it is hard to come back to real live. 😉 love it!

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  • David
  • 01-12-2020

Better than previous books, BUT....

It's better, as the headline suggest, better than the previous Witcher books. Better written/translates; Better story and the performance is top notch, BUT the sound engineering is still poor. Like the two previous books this book is also very quiet. And with alot of whispering in the book it's quite hard to hear. One might think it's my age or somerhing, but no, only these Witcher books has such low volume.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-2020

I love the series

I love the series, its great to see what happens along Gerald's journey and see him grow.

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  • Joachim
  • 13-02-2020

Audio too low

Amazing book, second time through, first as audiobook. Kenny does an excellent performance, but the audio file is insanely low. With volume at the max and headphones I can barely hear.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-2020

Fillers and loss of story, sometimes

This book was ok, it just felt dragged out sometimes, like the vampire part.

The performance of Peter Kenny is 5/5, the story made me give it only 3 stars.

Plus "baptism of fire" mentioned a bit too many times, especially towards the end (made me think of CinemaCins and there was a "ding" sound for every time these words are spoken) was distracting. It makes you wonder what does Andrzej mean until the very end (before the uneeded book 4 preview). Was this it? No, how about this one? And so on...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-11-2019

Great story

I just love these adventures of Geralt and with the narrator you just get sucked into the story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-11-2019

The best of fiction

Excelent performance, as ussual. I will never be bored with this saga. I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-08-2019

Allright first experience to audio books

Loved the book. The performance was a little bit weird for me at times, maybe i just didnt imagine some characters sounding like that. But ofc its hard to potray all the characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-12-2018

My favourite witcher book so far

The characters are what really does it for me in the Witcher series, and Baptism of Fire introduces the arguably most colourful ones so far (besides the core cast). A fantastic listen

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  • Blackmixen
  • 20-05-2020

I mistook the stars reflected in a pond at night..

My comments are going to be about the whole series rather than one book in particular. The reason is they are all pretty much the same anyway and no spoilers are involved.
I eventually got around to listening to this series. This is the first set of books I have listened to without having read the books. I had high hopes having heard so much about them, the games and I really enjoyed the tv series on Netflix. Boy, was I disappointed! To coin the phrase used so often, "I mistook the stars reflected in a pond at night for those in the sky".
Narrated by: Peter Kenny I can't fault him for his story telling. I just wish there was more of a story to tell. Quite how any of these books became popular, I'll never know. They are a waffley, boring meander that at time goes no where and have side characters that are inconsequential and often add nothing to the story. Too much dialogue, too many names to keep up with, not enough excitement. I want a story to draw me in and keep me interested, to keep me wanting to listen or turn the page. Unfortunately, those moments during this whole series seem to be fleeting. I really wanted to like them, but at times found my self shouting, "Get on with it!" It got so bad at times I probably missed better parts because I had switched off mentally and when I came to I didn't care enough to go back and listen again. At times it really didn't matter any way beacuse the story was concentrating so much on nonsensical dialogue that not much had actually happened and I hadn't missed anything of any consequence. I think the whole series could have been condensed into one or two very good books.

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  • rachel oliver
  • 09-01-2020

Dandelion name is miss pronounced

Names r pronounsed in correct it's not hard to pronounce its insulting to the work

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  • Muhammad ali rana
  • 13-10-2020

Excellent narrator, the story not so much

The narrator is excellent and really helps you get invested in the story.
In my opinion however this isn’t the best book in the series.
Worth the listen if you’re a Witcher fan.

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  • The Bob
  • 20-09-2018

Very enjoyable

Much better than the previous one (which I found both slow and hard to follow at times due to all the various sorcerers). This part of the Witcher’s tale is more fun, more interesting, more emotional and generally better. The performance is, as ever, first-rate.

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  • Iain Leedham
  • 23-07-2021

Witcher

Great story excellent performance by the narrator, almost like listening to a full cast of actors

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  • Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia
  • 12-07-2021

Great story, great narrator

Another great novel by Sapkowski, seamlessly marrying dark fantasy with comedic relief; I found myself listening to the Dwarfs playing Barrel over and over.

An interesting ironic take on the classic fantasy tale of a group of bold adventures rallying together on a quest to save a fair maiden.

I’ve really grown on Peter Kenny as a narrator starting from the Last Wish to now in the third novel of the series. At this point I couldn’t imagine the series with a different narrator.

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  • Sarah lambourn
  • 23-06-2021

Brilliant

Loved the book, full off adventure and surprises. The narrator really brings the story alive

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  • David Lishman
  • 22-05-2021

Would recommend.

Love the story, the narration and voice acting are compelling and enticing, although mispronunciation of names and places were sometimes rather jarring.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-05-2021

The narrator deserves all the praise he gets

Peter Kenny is phenomenal but so is the story. A pleasure to listen to. Recommended.

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  • Mr Christopher McGill
  • 23-04-2021

Really enjoyed this total

It is ver gripping and exciting at times and I look forward to listening to the next part of the trilogy.
There was a section in this story to which it became like a blur for an hour, where there was a mixup of goings on too much to keep up with. Other than that small part, it’s a great book. Not as good as the previous books but it’s still a great book!

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