Geralt’s stories start in the books. There are several tales and novels that chronicle the wizard’s journey facing various enemies in a hostile world for humans, wars against Elves, and much prejudice against witches.
This universe created by Andrzej Sapkowski is so rich – and I dare say even more than Tolkien’s – that several characters that appear during Geralt’s journey have a history beyond the hero’s adventure.
They are not just in a story with a beginning, middle and end, where it is justified only by Geralt’s appearance. These minor characters already have a plot with a past, personality and a story of their own. Often upon finishing one of the tales of this first volume, we find that a certain magician, warrior, witch, whatever, will end his course there. But it is the opposite. It will still appear in some future tale or we will learn of some adventure you went through in one of the kingdoms.
The Last Wish is a storybook that shows Geralt’s past as he recovers from his wounds and the loss of his memories. It’s an interesting way the author has found to introduce us to the entire universe without having to write long introductory pages or separate books to explain to us the realm where the wizard finds himself. And especially not having to make a chapter or book to introduce us to Geralt’s origin.
Being a book of short stories, it is still easy to understand every kind of being that exists in the cities where Geralt passes, and learn much more about the Polish mythology that Andrzej Sapkowski presents us.
There are still other books that can be read out of sequence, but this is undoubtedly the best introduction to getting to know a little more about the entire The Witcher universe. Remembering that Andrzej Sapkowski is a fan of Tolkien and the books have won an adaptation that will be released in 2019 by Netflix.