The Tower of Swallows by Andrzej Sapkowski

August 7th, 2020 Kimberly Review 14 Comments

7th Aug
The Tower of Swallows by Andrzej Sapkowski
The Tower of Swallows
by Andrzej Sapkowski
Series: The Witcher #4
Narrator: Peter Kenny
Length: 16 hours and 25 minutes
Genres: Fantasy
Source: Purchase
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The Witcher returns in this action-packed sequel to Baptism of Fire, in the New York Times bestselling series that inspired The Witcher video games.

The world has fallen into war. Ciri, the child of prophecy, has vanished. Hunted by friends and foes alike, she has taken on the guise of a petty bandit and lives free for the first time in her life.

But the net around her is closing. Geralt, the Witcher, has assembled a group of allies determined to rescue her. Both sides of the war have sent brutal mercenaries to hunt her down. Her crimes have made her famous.

There is only one place left to run. The tower of the swallow is waiting...

fantasy friends magical well written

The Tower of Swallows written by Andrzej Sapkowski and narrated by Peter Kenny is the fourth audio in the Witcher series. Gather round the fire for another addictive installment.

When our story opens a hermit called Vysogota finds a badly injured boy in the forest and takes him to his home… only the boy is Ciri. The hermits home is well-hidden and we discover he is both a scholar and medical practitioner.

Ciri awakens and wants to leave because Bonhart, a bounty hunter, is tracking her. Assured that she is safe, the two sit around the fire and chat and thus our story begins.

While we listen the story also takes us to other parts of this world. We drop in on Geralt and his motley crew of misfits. (the vampire, archer, poet and swordsman) They are looking for druids who may know where Ceri is. We also get perspectives with Jennifer. I will be interested to hear how your opinions of Geralt differ from the first book to this one. Ciri shows tremendous growth as this audio ends.

Politics and events occurring in the world are like pieces on a chessboard. While I loved the monster-slaying and destiny angles of this series, it is the dialogue between the characters and Sapkowski’s ability to weave a fascinating world that makes this series enjoyable for me. I loved the conversations between the characters. Dandelion and Geralt are among my favorites.

While I miss the action I’ve come to care for these characters, even if they sometimes whine and get frustrated. The depth brought to each and the growth and perspective make them feel real.

Peter Kenny’s narration is stellar. He pulls you in with his tone and gives each character’s their own voice. His voice is in a word; magical.

I am looking forward to the Lady of the Lake.

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About Andrzej Sapkowski

Andrzej Sapkowski

Andrzej Sapkowski, born June 21, 1948 in Łódź, is a Polish fantasy writer. Sapkowski studied economics, and before turning to writing, he had worked as a senior sales representative for a foreign trade company. His first short story, The Witcher (Wiedźmin), was published in Fantastyka, Poland’s leading fantasy literary magazine, in 1986 and was enormously successful both with readers and critics. Sapkowski has created a cycle of tales based on the world of The Witcher, comprising three collections of short stories and five novels. This cycle and his many other works have made him one of the best-known fantasy authors in Poland in the 1990s.

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14 Responses to “The Tower of Swallows by Andrzej Sapkowski”

  1. Lover of Romance

    I just love seeing that this book had unique depths and perspectives for you to enjoy! And seeing a political chess game in a plot is so fascinating, we as readers need to see more of that.

    Great review.

  2. Sophia Rose

    I’ve been enjoying your reviews of the series and hope to read it eventually. I like the sound of the good dialogue and world that captivates you.