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Czas pogardy Krieg kündigt sich an Ein Konvent der Zauberer soll klären wie sie sich in dem bevorstehenden Konflikt verhalten werden Am Vorabend der Besprechungen sieht sich Geralt einem Dickicht undurchsichtiger Intrigen und Bündnisse gegenüber Der geheimnisvolle Rience sein alter Gegenspieler verfolgt Ciri die Prinzessin von Cintra die unter Geralts Schutz steht Es kommt zu einer blutigen Konfrontation Ciri gelingt es zu fliehen doch dann findet sie sich in einer entsetzlichen Wüste wieder Ein verirrtes Einhorn ist ihr einziger Gefährte Der zweite große Roman aus Andrzej Sapkowskis siebenbändiger Geralt Saga After reading Blood of Elves I was hooked I could not wait to get my hands on The Time of Contempt Let me tell you it did not disappoint The action is non stop A war which was on the horizon in the first book is now in full force  And those that are trying to capture Ciri are getting closer every day In book two we get a glimpse into why she is being hunted Geralt The Witcher is still trying to protect her from falling into the hands of those who want to use her powers for evil   If you’re interested in the Witcher story in general or just dark fantasy give it a readThe Time of Contempt is an excellent continuation of the Witcher and a stronger book than book one Actual rating 15 stars I may or may not be a teensy little bit pissed off right now Perhaps① The ranting is strong in this one Consider your little selves warned② Yes I know I read this book wrong③ You're welcomeI wasn't going to write this review today but there's a slight chance my exoskeleton is going to implode if I don't get this out of my system now so here goesThis series started out with one of my mostest favoritest awesomest amazingest Fantasy book ever aka The Last Wish But it all went desperately downhill from there 1 My boyfriend Geralt stopped slaughtering monsters and being generally delicious2 The series was suddenly plagued by an onslaught of Murderously Superfluous Blah Blah Blah ing MSBBB™ so ferocious I momentarily thought I'd been reincarnated as a sleeping pill 3 There were repeated and vicious and deadly relationship drama attacks4 My boyfriend Geralt who is kinda sorta supposed to be the MC for this series well that's what I thought but I'm naught but a clueless shrimp so what do I know? ended up having less page time than a born again barnacle in a historical romance book My thoughts exactly That my dear Gertrude is called a complete and total rip off I thought that this instalment was actually much better than the previous two at first No monster slaying because that's obviously too corny and outdated and passé and obsolete and stuff but lots Geralt to be had which is always you know good and stuff There were ample amounts of MSBBB™ which means I got to practice my Superhuman Skimming Skills SSS™ which was you know not so good and stuff The plotline was all over the place and the structure of the book a total mess which was you know not entirely satisfactory and stuff Also this has to be one of the worst translations in the history of worst translations I'm assuming the book isn't as badly written in the original Polish as it is in English but I recently assumed I was going to enjoy reading The Fifth Season so I guess I can't really be trusted as far as um you know assuming stuff is concerned which is you know not that wonderful and stuff So as you can clearly see it wasn't that bad at first I mean while reading the first 20% of the book I was virtually nearly not uite but almost practically considering rating it 3758641 and a half stars the yummilicious backstabbing helped I admit Then feminism started committing suicide over and over againThe way women are portrayed in this book is simply delightful Thank you so much Mr Sapkowski for offering us such a sharp acute splendid expert flawless depiction of the gentler sex I wonder why it is that this magnificent opus hasn't yet become the official feminist bible I mean all you need to know about women is beautifully summed up here they are either evil sluts or treacherous bitches Or evil bitchy sluts Or treacherous slutty bitches They are also uite remarkably frivolous And one dimensional And superficial This is all so extraordinarily accurate and so fabulously point on I might faint any second now I mean we all know that all women care about is bitching about each other And bitching about men And discussing men And fighting over men And shamelessly trying to seduce men while wearing barely there virtually nonexistent see through clothes And hooking up with men And bitching about other women who spend their time either discussing men or fighting about them or trying to seduce them while wearing barely there virtually nonexistent see through clothes either before or after hooking up with them Ha Something just occurred to me yes it hurt Very badly Sapkowski doesn't devote half the uarter of the third of the time he spends detailing sluts and bitches' women's lack of clothing he does describing what men wear Strange isn't? He probably forgot about it Yeah he must have Besides the men in his story have better much important things to do than worry about silly clothes I mean they are MEN for fish's sake They do great serious manly things and stuff They have no time to waste on foolish frivolities Obviously Ha Something just occurred to me again if I keep this up I might end up in the ER There is one woman in this book who doesn't bear the Worthless Sapkowski Female Seal of uality WSFSo™ Her name is Ciri Sapkowski wanted to make her a badass So he gave her a sword And masculinized the fish out of her And cherry on the cake shrimp on the paella made her bisexualgay Because a woman can't be badass and beactlook feminine And because all bisexualgay women actarelook masculine And now we come to the part of the book I loved most I'm telling you my Little Barnacles Sapkowski gives the expression saving the best for last a whole new dimension Because this crap here? It's Premium Super High uality Suicide Inducing Stuff PSHSIS™ And Sapkowski saved it for the very last pages of his charming tale How sweetly kindhearted of him And now I am going to spoil the fish out of this book so beware view spoilerSo To summarize Ciri is about to get raped by Kayleigh Luckily enough Mistle comes to the rescue and chases the loathsome creep off And what does Mistle do next? She proceeds to rape Ciri of course because that's what girls who have also been sexually abused in the past do to scared lonely teenagers Ciri feels the grip of fear and disgust but submits and later falls asleep in Mistle's sweet embrace She wakes up in the morning and all is fine and dandy because she is no longer alone and everything is wonderful and the birds are singing and the sky is blue but weirdly enough she kinda sorta feels filthy and tainted I wonder why so she goes down to the river and washes herself with sharp movements of her hands trying to remove what could not be removed and cries but hey no biggie because at least she's no longer alone and stuff so of course she's going to stay with Mistle because you know Mistle saved her from Kayleigh and stuff and really who the bloody stinking fish cares if Mistle ever so slightly raped her? And now excuse me while I shoot my little self in the head once hide spoiler I mistook stars reflected in a pond at night for those in the sky The narrative commences at what seems like a time of contempt indeed The Kings aren't conversing with the Mages as they have previously the Nilfgaardian army is still planning for war and the Scoia'tael Suirrels are attacking humans in forests and villages Many parties are all still looking for the elusive Lion Cub the child of Destiny Cirilla After an interesting and uite tragic point of view chapter following a King's messenger called Aplegatt where the worrying and uneasy times that the world is currently facing are expressed we are introduced back to Geralt Ciri and Yennefer Geralt is doing typical Witcher work and trying to find out about the mysterious magician Rience We are unfamiliar with the mage's motives or who his employer may be but it's clearly known he wants Ciri Yennefer and Ciri are travelling to Thanedd which is where a conclave of mages and enchantresses is set to take place shortly to discuss these times of contempt and how it affects the magic wielders of the world Whilst here it transpires that Ciri may be left with the enchantresses to study at the female magic school of Aretuza This is a difficult book to review not because it is bad but because the book seems to be split into two distinctive styles of telling the story One of these two styles generally features fan favourites such as Dandelion although not as much as I would have liked Geralt Ciri Triss and Yennefer and includes some of the finest and well crafted scenes that have been created in the series to date Two of my favourites include a spectacular dual with someone who I'm sure is going to become a huge character in the saga and also reading into the intrigue politics backstabbing and agendas at the mages 'meet and greet' buffet prior to the conclave A war is brewing and through unfamiliar point of view characters or slightly boring chapters where a member of the ensemble talks to another we are relaid complex political happenings that are occurring in all states across this world These often include many complex and unfamiliar names of people places alliances etc It was difficult to keep track of who was supporting who It also wasn't really obvious that some of the point of views were from the Nilfgaardian perspective until I was halfway through that segment and had to reevaluate what I'd just read These later sections take up about 25% of the book Honestly I just forced myself through them knowing that I wouldn't follow every exact detail but it wasn't enough to truly affect my enjoyment when the scenes with less info dumping were reintroduced a few pages later There are also a lot of names of mages to remember when the magicians' meeting arrives about forty percent through the story Of the scenes that aren't information dumps I'd estimated that seventy five percent follows the Witcher and Ciri although not necessarily following the same storyline and the rest tracks the action of Yennefer Dandelion and others Geralt and Ciri are my favourite characters so this was fine for me Please be warned that as well as typical fantasy violence presented in line with what has been presented previously there is a potential implied rape scene towards the end of Time of Contempt Although it is not graphic it is not for everyone so I thought I'd make you aware This happens around the ninety five percent mark and if you don't want to read that it doesn't actually take that much away from the story to pass it by Ciri is still having her visions and nightmares we meet the Wild Hunt for the first time Geralt slays a few monsters Yennefer is still beautiful charming powerful and manipulative Dandelion is still a world renowned poet We are also introduced to some very interesting new characters including Vilgefortz and Nilfgaard's ruler This book feels like a progression than a full story in its self Unlike some fantasy I've found that these books don't really have gut wrenchingly tragic or 'oh my god I did not see that twist coming' endings I believe that these should be read as one huge novel that same way that Stephen King thought of his The Dark Tower books That being said the ending does set up things nicely for Baptism of Fire and it looks like it might introduce a new dynamic for one of the main players So far this isn't my favourite fantasy series of all time yet something does seem to click with me I love the characters and the tales are utterly addictive Every single one of the four entries I have read so far has only taken me two days apiece to complete My original aim was to read this series before the Netflix show is released next year and I don't think I'll be the only person who has these thoughts If you weren't sure whether to dive into the Witcher's world then I would personally recommend you take the leap The person everybody was searching for in the previous book was still at large with Geralt being one of the two people who could guess the whereabouts This means everybody was still conducting the search but this time it became clear that the aim was to make sure the person in uestion is really dead just like the rumors started by Geralt stated As we all know sometimes little people can get in the way of movers and the shakers of the world and make them very much inconvenienced by just being alive and breathing This was exactly the case here A big political game went on with different parties hoping to outsmart and backstab everybody else In this climate nobody wanted any additional complications which Geralt and his protégé seems to bring despite the fact that he continued to do his damned to remain neutral Would it be a big spoiler to say he miserably failed at the end?The first half of the book looked exactly like the previous one lots of talk and behind the scene machinations but not much action Some secondary players that happened to be in the way of the mighty got removed but nothing major happened The moment I hit 50% according to my ereader I was sure I would rate this one with 3 stars as I already saw practically the same happenings in book 3 In the second half it all began innocently enough Geralt woke up in the morning in a castle and decided to play a sophisticated person So instead of peeing in the first available uiet corner of the castle yes this is what the nobility did in the Middle Ages he went looking for a real toilet The result made me gave one extra star to the rating the double crossings and back stabbings that followed would not put to shame even the true master of those in fantasy Glen Cook – read his Black Company if you do not believe meMy minor complaint would be that the most interesting characters do not get enough screen time Geralt included It is not that the ones that do are boring but in this case others are exciting Anyhow after all the excitement the fallout that followed is shown in a very unusual way The last part was a little too long in my opinion but not long enough for me to lower the rating 4 stars I am very eager to start the next book of the series

  • Paperback
  • 397 pages
  • Czas pogardy
  • Andrzej Sapkowski
  • German
  • 15 January 2016
  • 9783423247269

About the Author: 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


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