The fifth book in The Witcher
series by Andrzej Sapkowski, originally in Polish (original title: Chrzest ognia
While Geralt recuperates from the injuries he sustained at Thanedd, the Nilfgaard Empire conquers half of the Northern lands and scares the rest into submission. As soon as he can, he goes out searching for the disappeared Ciri and is joined by a pregnant
Milva, Dandelion the Spoony Bard
, Cahir the Nilfgaardian knight who saved Ciri in Cintra, and a Vegetarian Vampire Regis
. Along the way, they are accompanied by dwarf Zoltan Chivay and his gang. Yennefer is nowhere to be seen; as such, she is presumed to be one of the ringleaders of the Thanedd coup. The truth, however, is more complicated, being related to the machinations of a freshly started sorcerous secret society. Meanwhile, stranded in unfamiliar land, Ciri unexpectedly finds love
within a gang of teenage highwaymen, Rats.
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