The second book in The Witcher
series by Andrzej Sapkowski, originally in Polish. For whatever reason, the English translator decided to skip it and jump from the first book
straight to the third
(despite the small fact that it introduced Ciri
, around whom much of the saga revolves), so it isn't available in English yet. As such, the title of this article may change over time. For the record, the original Polish title was Miecz Przeznaczenia
Like the original book, Sword of Destiny
is a collection of six novellas (minus a Framing Device
) that continue the trend of merrily deconstructing your favorite fairy tales, though the motif of You Can't Fight Fate
comes across even stronger.
Tropes found in the book:
- Bus Crash: Essi Daven, Geralt's Temporary Love Interest in A Little Sacrifice, is bluntly mentioned to have died of small pox four years later in Wyzima.
- Dead Person Impersonation: Eternal Fire involves a doppelgänger assuming the identity of a dead inquisitor. Nobody catches on, despite a rather radical shift in personality (they assume the man has changed due to a near-death experience and old age in general).
- Don't Make Me Take My Belt Off: In Sword of Destiny, whenever Geralt gets fed up with Ciri's brattiness, he threatens her like this. Which shuts her up quick.
- While Geralt mostly just threatens to spank Ciri, her grandmother and primary caretaker, queen Callanthe, was mentioned to be a firm believer that sparing the rod means spoiling the child, which is why Ciri tends to take those threats seriously. And of course Geralt himself did it to a corrupt burgher in The Last Wish, albeit under Yennefer's influence.
- Fish People: in A Little Sacrifice, later to reappear in the games.
- Interspecies Romance: The mermaid and the prince from the A Little Sacrifice, which puts Geralt into the role of their translator. They are genuinely in love and each asks the other to magically transform into their species, which would solve problems with incompatibile biology. In the end the mermaid becomes a human, so they can be together.
- Lighter and Softer: Eternal Fire might be the most optimistic and violence-free story set in the Witcherverse. It's mostly focused on finding out who, how and why robbed a halfling trader instead of climatic confrontation with some creature and the "monster-of-the-week" is intelligent and compassionate, with no intention of hurting anyone. A Little Sacrifice really tries to sell itself as pesimistic and crap-sack, but in the end remains a light-hearted love story with Happily Ever After ending (which can't be said about "The Little Mermaid" it's deconstructing).
- Mr. Seahorse: Played for laughts in A Little Sacrifice, when the mermaid points out she can't mate with the prince, since he as human can't carry her roe in any other way than in a hat.
- Monster Is a Mommy: the green dragon in Limit of Possibility.
- The Wild Hunt: gets its first mention in Splinter of Ice. Its depiction there slightly differs from what we learn in the Saga, likely as being a personal opinion.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Limit of Possibility introduces a whole host, taking part in a dragon hunt - a knight who thinks he's in a chivalric tale, a peasant who thinks he's in a folk legend, a wizard who is out to protect endangered species (the dragon), and a sorceress who thinks dragons are a threat to society. This being Witcherworld, none is right.