Review: The Time of Contempt (The Witcher #4) by Andrzej Sapkowski



The New York Times bestselling series that inspired the international hit video game: The Witcher

Geralt is a witcher: guardian of the innocent; protector of those in need; a defender, in dark times, against some of the most frightening creatures of myth and legend. His task, now, is to protect Ciri. A child of prophecy, she will have the power to change the world for good or for ill — but only if she lives to use it.

A coup threatens the Wizard’s Guild.
War breaks out across the lands.
A serious injury leaves Geralt fighting for his life…
… and Ciri, in whose hands the world’s fate rests, has vanished…

The Witcher returns in this sequel to Blood of Elves.


Book 4 of the Witcher series: The Time of Contempt. I have to say, the author managed to once again elevate the characterizations of the main characters in this book. Yennefer continues to be my favourite and I think her personality shines in this book. In essence, the major event in this book that awed me is the coup amongst the sorcerors and enchantresses during the meeting of the Council and Chapter of Mages. My rating would gone up higher if the author described more on the battle between the Mages during the coup!

While I also appreciate the attack of the Nilfgaardian empire launched against the Northern counties and the politics amongst the Kings of the Northern countries, to be honest, I am at one point of time rather confused as the book does not provide us with a map outlining these countries! I tend to make references to maps of fantasy series especially when it involves battles and wars between countries as I wanted to have a feel of the battle strategies that the author highlighted in the book. This is just a slight problem for me.

Other than that, it is a decent continuation of the series and I’ll give it a solid 4/5 star rating

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