Immersed in Witcher fantasy: The Tower of Swallows

INTRODUCTION

Similar to my article of Baptism of Fire, The Tower of Swallows has fewer references than previous articles; however, the ones that are included are vital to understanding certain aspects of the game, especially anything involving Ciri. To be honest, this entire book really focuses on Ciri and gives readers a better understanding of her character.

Synopsis of The Tower of Swallows: The world is at war and Ciri, the child of prophecy, has vanished. Having taken the disguise of a bandit, Ciri believed herself to be free from her enemies and her destiny, but her freedom is short lived as friend and foe alike search for her. The witcher Geralt is scouring the land in search of the princess with help from a band of allies. Mercenaries have been hired from both sides of the war to find and capture her. There is only one place left for Ciri to run to: the tower of swallows.

As always, spoilers abound ahead, so stop reading now if you do not wish to continue. For those who do, you know the drill by now: feel free to read any section you want or the whole thing. I appreciate you taking any time to read any part of my article. Okay? Are those remaining still with me? Very good. So, without further ado, let us ferret on.

**SPOILER WARNING: I will give the constant reminder that spoilers will be present in all of these articles. I will also try to refer to spoilers and give warnings as they appear throughout my articles. If anyone has not read or played the games and does not wish for anything to be spoiled, please stop reading now.**

 

CIRI’S TATTOO

I would like to start off with this because it is one of the first things to happen within the book. There is only one cutscene that shows Ciri’s tattoo in Witcher III: Wild Hunt and it is seen during Ciri’s quest The Calm Before The Storm on the island of Hindarsfjall in Skellige. During the scene in the bathhouse, the older woman asks Ciri about a mark on her thigh. The players see a small rose tattooed on Ciri’s inner thigh and the player then gets to explain how she got it.

If a player wishes to choose the response that follows the book series, then choose the first option, “I got it for someone special who’s dead now.” When Ciri responds this way, she seems rather sad and for very good reason. Towards the end of The Time of Contempt, she was captured and taken to an inn where there was a young man who had also been captured. He belonged to a small gang of young bandits known as the Rats. He promised that if she helped to free him, than she could come along with him to his gang. When the other Rats arrive to help, all of them, including Ciri, escaped and they decided to initiate her as an official Rat herself.[i]

She spends all of Baptism of Fire traveling with them and she becomes very close to one of the girls named Mistle. Yes, Ciri and Mistle were lovers for a short while (and please do not be immature about this, my dear readers. No, I am not a lesbian, but I do wish to make this short announcement because I know some people can get a bit sensitive about this subject, even though many more people nowadays are more accepting of it. I am simply stating what Sapkowski wrote in his books and I am one of the believers in everyone being able to love who they should love, regardless of their gender).

Throughout Baptism of Fire, more so through Geralt’s dreams, readers see just how close Ciri becomes with the Rats. They become like her adoptive family. This leads into the beginning of The Tower of Swallows. Ciri and the Rats had stopped at a wagon where a tattoo artist was giving them free tattoos. Mistle had gotten a red rose on her inner thigh. Ciri was right after her and, when asked what she wanted, she told the artist she wanted the same one. This just showed how much she cared about Mistle and how close their relationship was.[ii]

Later on in the book, a bounty hunter named Leo Bonhart was hired to hunt down the Rats and kill them all, but to leave Falka (the name Ciri adapted while she was a Rat) alive and bring her to Vilgefortz. Leo Bonhart was notorious for his work and all of his missions ended in success, not one failure to date. He was a born tracker and terrifying to face. When the Rats discovered Bonhart was in a town not too far from them, they decided that they should try to hunt him down first. Ciri wanted to get far away from him and encouraged the others to do the same. They did not listen, traveled to Bonhart without Ciri, and all of them met their demise.

Ciri had ridden to the town to try and save them, but was too late. Mistle was the only one barely alive by the time she got there and Bonhart killed her right in front of Ciri. Full of rage, Ciri tried to fight Bonhart, but lost quickly, unable to handle his strength or speed even with her witcher training (also, keep in mind, she did not fully know how to use her powers of time and space yet). Bonhart tied her to a post in the middle of town, laid out the bodies of her friends in front of her, then cut off their heads one by one before her eyes.[iii]

This is a very brief retelling of what happened and we will get more into Bonhart later on in this article and in the next, but it is a sad story. Players get a taste of what Ciri has been through and what she is currently going through in Witcher III: Wild Hunt, but if you read the books, you truly get an understanding of all that this poor girl has had to endure and these events, in turn, explain her character and why she is the way she is. CD Projekt Red is to be commended on her character for they did an amazing job with Ciri, portraying her personality, her appearance, everything beautifully (like her scar, which will also be covered later on in this article because this is the book where she gets it).

 

SWALLOW AND KELPIE

Swallow and Kelpie… Two names that may not mean a whole lot to those who have only played the game, but will mean so much to those who have read the whole series. From what I can recall, there is one quest that briefly references both in Witcher III: Wild Hunt and they are references that should not be overlooked.

During the quest Wandering in the Dark, you go after the Wild Hunt with Keira Metz. Avallac’h leaves a few projections for Ciri to follow to find him in his hideout. The first time you come across his projection, Avallac’h tells Ciri to follow the sign on her sword: Zireal or Swallow. While this sword plays a large role in The Lady of the Lake, The Tower of Swallows is the book where Ciri first obtained it.

The sword was actually given to her by none other than the bounty hunter Bonhart shortly after he murdered the Rats. It is strange, for why would a hunter give his prey a weapon? And not just any weapon, Zireal was a very unique one-of-a-kind blade that was crafted by gnomes more than two centuries ago. Once Bonhart learned how Ciri could fight, he got the sword for her and brought her to a large arena that was not unlike the coliseum of ancient Rome where men killed men and beast alike for the entertainment of the rich. The hunter’s plan was to have Ciri kill many with this very blade for entertainment and, once all had had their fun with her, he would face off against her in the ring and that would be where he would kill her.

But Zireal was so much more than just being a weapon meant to kill that Bonhart intended and it is so much more than a Witcher blade that Witcher III: Wild Hunt intended. Ciri named her sword after her own name for the swallow is a symbol of hope and while blades are meant to hurt and to kill, they also serve the purpose to protect and defend. The swordsmith that gave her the blade explained the special symbol that was upon the blade itself.

“’The line delineated by destiny is winding, but leads to this tower. Towards annihilation, towards the destruction of established values, of the established order. But there, above the tower, do you see? A swallow. The symbol of hope. Take this sword. And may what is to come about, come about.’”[iv]

This sword saves her life more than she could possibly realize once she obtains it in The Tower of Swallows and continues to protect her throughout the remainder of the book series and into CD Projekt Red’s game. But let us not forget the other part of this section that also plays a vital role in saving Ciri alongside her blade: Kelpie.

Kelpies are Scottish water spirits that take on the appearance of a strong black horse. Shortly after receiving her tattoo, her and the Rats meet a young man on the road who rides a large powerful and, to Ciri, beautiful black horse. The man proves how special the horse is for it is tied to a magical bracelet: whoever wears the bracelet controls the horse. Due to unfortunate circumstances falling upon its original owner, Ciri acquires the horse and names it Kelpie due to its appearance, its power, and its magical connection to its owner.[v]

The horse is accurately named for Kelpie truly does save Ciri more times than she could imagine, just like her sword. Thanks to their magical connection, Kelpie is never far from Ciri and is always there when Ciri needs to make a quick escape. Kelpie is an amazing fast horse and is able to help her acquire a fair distance between her and Bonhart as he pursues her. Kelpie also plays a huge role in The Lady of the Lake, but, as mentioned with her sword, we are introducing her here first because this book is where Kelpie makes her first appearance.

 

TOUSSAINT AND AVALLAC’H

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I assume that anyone who has played Witcher III: Wild Hunt has also played both of the expansion packs that accompany it. For those who have not read the books, Blood and Wine introduces a very vital land that Geralt and his companions spend a great deal of time in: the Duchy of Toussaint.

While this fairy tale land plays a much larger role in The Lady of the Lake, it is first introduced in The Tower of Swallows. While searching for Ciri, Geralt and his companions (Dandelion, Milva, Regis, Cahir, and Angoulême, the newest addition to the party) were told by Regis[vi] to seek out the druids who resided in Caed Dhu for they would be able to aid in finding the missing princess.  However, thanks to the war and to Nilfgaard, the druids were forced to leave Caed Dhu and fled to the Slopes in the south.[vii] Upon first hearing this, this would not mean anything to readers and players alike, but a tip off as to its location can actually be found in the music score of the Blood and Wine expansion. There is a piece of music titled “The Slopes of the Blessure,” a very beautiful piece to match the equally beautiful land, that can only be the very Slopes aforementioned.

There are actually two more pieces of music that let readers know where the characters are headed and both are mentioned by Geralt. At one point, the group finds themselves in a situation where they have to split up. Geralt, who was to travel with Cahir and Angoulême, tells Dandelion, Milva, and Regis to make their way for Sansretour towards Toussaint’s borders and to not worry about getting lost for Mount Gorgon would lead the way.[viii] Two keywords pop out of Geralt’s statement: Sansretour and Mount Gorgon. While I am not sure where Sansretour is in the game’s version of Toussaint, “The Banks of the Sansretour” is perhaps my favorite score from the Blood and Wine expansion due to how beautiful is sounds. As for Mount Gorgon, players, remember that giant mountain that can be seen anywhere you travel in Toussaint? That is Mount Gorgon, or Devil Mountain.[ix] While I can’t recall if this mountain was ever mentioned in Blood and Wine (I believe it was at least once), “The Moon Over Mount Gorgon” is another beautiful piece to add to this score.

As a random side note, I HIGHLY recommend listening to the score of this game outside of playing it. Video game music scores can easily be overlooked for players become so entranced in the story and characters of the game, but the music is one of the main elements that truly brings the game to life. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt score is no different. I actually listened to the music score before I played the game… more so because I didn’t have a PlayStation 4 to play the game when I first bought it, but my game came with a copy of the music. I had just started reading the series over again and decided to listen to the score while I read and found the music to match the feel of the story beautifully. Now, I listen to the Witcher III: Wild Hunt score as well as both of its expansion packs at work, when I write, and am even listening to it right now (as I write this, I am listening to the score “When No Man Has Gone Before”). Each piece has beauty, mysticism, eeriness, action, power, peace, and so much more. The incredibly talented composers behind these pieces are to be commended for making this already amazing game even more amazing, so players and readers alike, please give praise to Marcin Przybylowicz, Mikolai Stroinski, Percival Schuttenbach, and Piotr Musial.

I’m sorry for another random tangent… I believe I did warn you all I would do this. Anyway, let us move on.

Now, I bet you all are wondering: this section also included Avallac’h in its title, so where does he fit into all of this? Our dear elf is an incredibly important character, regardless if you’ve just played the game or just read the books. He is a character readers and players alike know and, most likely (if you’re like me), are not fond of. I categorized him with Toussaint because this is where he is first introduced in The Tower of Swallows. Regis meets with the druids before Geralt arrives in Toussaint. Upon meeting with the druids, the flaminika, or the highest order of druidess, Regis discovers that if Geralt wishes to meet with the druidess, for she is not fond of witchers, he must first enter a cave full of monsters, unarmed, to demonstrate that he is capable of humility and sacrifice.[x] In this cave is where Geralt first meets the elven Sage.

CD Projekt Red definitely got Avallac’h’s character correct for he is a prick in both the books and the game. Honest… but still a prick. When the two first meet, Avallac’h actually introduces himself by his full name which can only be heard once in the game during the quest Through Time and Space: Crevan Espane aep Caomhan Macha. Avallac’h is actually an alias he uses for convenience.[xi] He speaks to Geralt about the time of the White Frost and the importance of Ciri’s blood or, more accurately, the Elder Blood, and its importance in stopping it. During this conversation, he also refers to the beginning of the Elder Blood line with Lara Dorren aep Shiadhal. In the same aforementioned quest, Ge’els mentions Lara Dorren to Avallac’h and says that he’s “touched a tender spot.” In The Tower of Swallows,” readers actually discover that Avallac’h and Lara Dorren were actually together at some point. And, due to Lara choosing to be with Cregennan, a human, Avallac’h harbors a grudge.

Was this grudge due to jealousy? Perhaps partially so, but the real reason for not only Avallac’h’s grudge, but the grudge of all elves is the fact that Lara was a special elf: she was planned. After careful pairing of elves, Lara was genetically different and was destined to give birth to a child even more special than her… until Cregennan came along and “tainted” the elven line with his human DNA. Now, generations later, the genetic material within Lara is even more powerful in Ciri than in any other carrier and here is where it is explained to Geralt why Vilgefortz wants Ciri so badly.[xii]

 

CRACH AN CRAITE/ THE LEGEND OF HEIMDALL

Now we travel to another familiar place that may not play as large of a part as it does in Witcher III: Wild Hunt, but a place nonetheless that both readers and players will recognize: the Skellige Isles. Of all of the books in the series, the Skellige Isles as well as Crach an Craite are referenced to the most in The Tower of Swallows.

The character of Jarl Crach an Craite in Kaer Trolde on Ard Skellig[xiii] only makes two major appearances within the book series: at Pavetta’s fifteenth birthday in The Last Wish and in The Tower of Swallows while helping Yennefer find a way to reach Ciri. He is another character CD Projekt Red brought justice to for he is the same Jarl in both the game and the books: strong and stubborn, yet willing to do everything in his power to help, especially when it involves Queen Calanthe’s granddaughter. Perhaps the only difference between the books and the game are Crach’s children. Players know him to have two children: Hjalmar and Cerys. However, readers know Crach to have, I believe, three sons, Hjalmar still being one of them.

Queen Calanthe spent a lot of time in Skellige for she married a Skelliger around the time her daughter, Pavetta, married Duny. This is mentioned towards the end of the story “A Question of Price” in The Last Wish. Whenever she would sail to the Isles during the summer and winter seasons, she would take Ciri with her.[xiv] Ciri pretty much grew up in Skellige and because of this, she actually got really close to Hjalmar as they were close in age and grew up together.

There is a reference to Ciri and Hjalmar growing up together Witcher III: Wild Hunt. When you talk to Hjalmar after completing the quest The Lord of Undvik, you can talk to him about how he grew up with Ciri. Hjalmar says that Ciri’s ice skating was amazing and there was a time he tried to outdo her and smashed his mouth on a rock. This was a memory found in The Tower of Swallows which Crach shared with Yennefer. In the book, the boys created a competition that whoever could jump the longest row of rocks on ice skates would win. Hjalmar was the reigning campion, jumping over stones no other boy would dare to. Then along comes Ciri who managed to overthrow Hjalmar. Hjalmar had to outdo her and while trying to jump a longer row of rocks ended up breaking his arm, his leg, four ribs, and smashed up his face.[xv]

Following this scene is a reference also mentioned when speaking with Hjalmar when Geralt says Hjalmar went to Crach and said he and Ciri were to be married. Ciri had gone to visit Hjalmar while he recovered from his fall, reading him stories and holding his hand. Hjalmar went to his father once he was better and declared that he and Ciri were betrothed. Crach did not like that and beat the idea out of him for he knew her grandmother Calanthe had plans for her marriage. They were both about fifteen years old when this happened.[xvi]

Now we focus on a side reference found in the game on the island of Faroe. An exclamation point can be found at one of the shrines where a man is having trouble with some bandits. If you chose to help him, he will tell you the legend of Hemdall and Ragh nor Roog. This refers to when Crach told Yennefer about the legend in The Tower of Swallows. Here is how the legend went:

“’Hemdall is our mythical hero. Legend has it that with the coming of Tedd Dereadh, the Time of the End, the Time of White Frost and the Wolfish Blizzard, Hemdall will face the evil powers from the land of Morhögg: the phantoms, demons and spectres of Chaos. He will stand on the Rainbow Brdige and blow his horn to signal that it is time to take up arms and fall in to battle array. For Ragh nor Roog, the Last Battle, which will decide if night is to fall, or dawn to break’”[xvii]

Shortly after Crach told this legend, the Great Mother Freyja is first referred to.[xviii] Players will recognize her name as it is mentioned multiple times once Geralt lands on the Skellige Isles in Witcher III: Wild Hunt, namely during some of the first quests such as Missing Persons, Nameless, and In Wolf’s Clothing. Anyone familiar with Norse mythology will also see many similarities referred to in both the books as well as the game.

 

VILGEFORTZ

While I did introduce Vilgefortz and talked a bit about his back story in my article of The Time of Contempt, The Tower of Swallows actually introduces him more as a villain and begins to explain more as to why he wants Ciri so badly.

Let us begin with a series of events that happen throughout the book. Djikstra had been ordered to track down Vilgefortz after he escaped from the Isle of Thanedd in The Time of Contempt. As he followed the sorcerer’s trail in Baptism of Fire,[xix] Djikstra came across some pretty gruesome sights: young girls roughly about Ciri’s age who are murdered in incredibly grotesque ways and all missing their wombs. Vilgefortz may remind readers of Jack the Ripper as how he mutilated his victims is described, but even though Vilgefortz is killing all of these young women, he is really looking for Ciri. He wants Ciri for her womb and nothing more.[xx] It does not go into as much detail beyond that in this book, but is most certainly expanded upon in The Lady of the Lake, but this fact alone gives readers a horrifying image as to what Vilgefortz plans to do with Ciri’s womb once he has it.

The Tower of Swallows is also the book where readers finally get a visual as to what Vilgefortz looks like after losing his eye on Thanedd, first being seen towards the end of the book. To get to this point in the story, let me give you just a brief retelling as to what happened beforehand.

In Baptism of Fire, Yennefer was recruited to join the Lodge when it was formed.[xxi] Not wanting anything to do with what her sisters had planned and only wanting to find Ciri, she escapes to the Skellige Isles and seeks the help of Crach. In Skellige, there is a part of the ocean known as the Sedna Abyss. This Abyss is important because this is the very place where Ciri’s parents both drowned when she was little. Yennefer knew something wasn’t right about it and asked Crach for two longboats to sail out to it.[xxii] To make a long story short, the Abyss was a trap set up by Vilgefortz.

When Yennefer comes to after getting sucked into a portal, she wakes up to the “lovely” face of Vilgefortz.

“’That’s the work of your Ciri,’ he said, indicating his once classically beautiful, now hideously mutilated face, criss-crossed with golden clasps and fastenings secrugina  multifaceted crystal in his left eye socket.[xxiii]

Due to the explosion of the portal, Vilgefortz actually lost not only his eye, but also his left cheek and a lot of skin from his face, neck, and chest. This is most certainly a blow to the sorcerer’s ego for in The Time of Contempt, he was always said to be a very handsome and very attractive young man.

Vilgefortz knew someone would go to the Abyss to search for Ciri and it would be someone very close to her. Lucky for him, Yennefer was the one who fell into his trap and he planned to use her as bait to lure Ciri to him.[xxiv] With him wanting her womb, her escaping him the first time, AND taking his eye to boot, finding her had become a personal vendetta.

 

STEPHAN SKELLEN HIRES LEO BONHART

We return now to the aforementioned bounty hunter Leo Bonhart as well as the one who hired him to go after Ciri . While I cannot recall Bonhart’s name ever being mentioned in Witcher III: Wild Hunt, this beast of a man plays a huge role in the last two books of Sapkowski’s series. Bonhart is actually first referenced to in Baptism of Fire, but it is such a short section that, upon first reading the book, can be easily overlooked. Baptism of Fire is where he is first commissioned to kill the Rats and bring back their heads, but it is the man who hired him that is actually referenced to once within the game: Stephan Skellen.[xxv]

Also known as Tawny Owl, Stephan Skellen, “the Coroner of Imperator Emhyr var Emreis,”[xxvi] plays a rather large role alongside Bonhart in pursuing Ciri. Unlike Bonhart, Stephan Skellen is mentioned in Witcher III: Wild Hunt during the quest A Dangerous Game. While looking through Caesar’s cabinet, there is a rope that Stefan Skellen was hanged with when he was tried for working with Vilgefortz and Bonhart and sentenced to death. While his death did not happen until The Lady of the Lake, this is a reference only those who have read the book series would catch.

There is one more reference in the game regarding Skellen and it is one that, once again, only readers would catch. During the quest The Isle of Mist after Ciri wakes up and speaks with Geralt, he mentions her scar has healed beautifully. Players who have not read the series may wonder how she received the scar. Was it from a monster attack? From her witcher training? From an unfortunate accident? The Tower of Swallows is the book where she received her scar from a certain person. Surprisingly enough, she did not receive it from Bonhart, but rather from Stephan Skellen.

Bonhart had delivered Ciri to Skellen as he was hired to do, but Vilgefortz interfered and wished to trade with Bonhart for the girl. As Bonhart and Skellen bartered with the sorcerer, Ciri found a way to escape her captors: Kelpie. While she was riding to freedom, her captors went after her and Skellen was the one to get the lucky shot in. He did not knock her off of Kelpie nor was he able to recapture her, but he did leave her the scar players now know her to have.[xxvii] It was a wound that, due to its severity, nearly cost her her life and developed into a scar that was described as incredibly ugly and grotesque and one that was supposed to disfigure her face. CD Projekt Red made a slight change to this within the same aforementioned quest, having Ciri tell Geralt that Avallac’h prepared some special ointments to help in her healing.

Her nearly fatal interaction with Stephan Skellen leads into the final section of this article and yet another almost fatal interaction she has, but this time, with Bonhart. Yet Ciri, as readers and players know, is a young woman who will not go down without a fight. Readers get to witness her become this powerhouse women upon reading the book series and, upon her final battle with her pursuers in The Tower of Swallows, she knows she must fight or flee and she fights in the best way she knows how.

 

ICE SKATING

Now, I know what you’re thinking with this category: ice skating? What does this have anything to do with the Witcher books or game and why does it have its own category? And how would one fight by ice skating?

Believe it or not, there are a couple references found in Witcher III: Wild Hunt that refer to Ciri’s ice skating skills. The first is found in the aforementioned discussion with Hjalmar after the quest The Lord of Undvik. When he talks about growing up with Ciri, he says that her ice skating skills were amazing. Another reference to her skating, while it is not mentioned in the books, is actually a rather sweet story. During the quest Va Fail, Elaine as Yennefer is trying to keep Uma alive while the decoctions from the Trial of the Grasses are coursing through him, she asks Geralt to tell her a story to keep her awake. One of the options is to tell Yennefer about the time he and Ciri went ice skating. While Geralt was always telling her to watch her footwork while training her, it was now Ciri’s turn to tell Geralt that he was skating wrong and that he needed to work on his footwork. A rather sweet side story, but actually a subtle nod to an incredibly important battle Ciri faces at the end of The Tower of Swallows.

 

Ciri had reached the land known as Hundred Lakes in Metinna. It was mid-November and the lakes were already frozen over due to an unexpected winter storm.[xxviii] She had been pursued by Bonhart, Skellen, and the rest of their men for three weeks[xxix] and she had finally hit the end of the road: the lake where the Tower of Swallows was rumored to be. If the tower really was there, she would be able to use its portal to escape her pursuers to flee to the land of the elves.

As she travels towards where the tower is rumored to be, she decided to also take on her pursuers to see if she could eliminate them on her terms. She lures them out onto the ice of one of the lakes where a fog had settled over its surface, making it difficult to see very far in front of someone. Using the fog and ice to her advantage, Ciri uses her skating technique to both scare and take out her pursuers one by one, moving too quickly for any of the men to see her. She is unable to take out all of the men and is unable to defeat Bonhart or Skellen, but this is a battle that develops her character beautifully. Rather than running away, she took a stand to save her life.[xxx] It is definitely one of Sapkowski’s best written battles in his series and makes for an excellent ending to the fourth book in the series.

 

CONCLUSION

Once again, I have surprised myself with the amount of references found in this book when I think there aren’t that many. The further along I get in this writing this series, the more immersed I find myself becoming in this fantasy world. I can’t believe I have almost reached the end. I honestly can’t tell you the accomplishment this means to me in completing this series and I can’t thank you all enough for taking the time to read my work. If you have read all of my articles from start to finish or even just read the first paragraph of my first article, thank you, thank you, thank you!

All right, we are nearing the end and the next article about The Lady of the Lake is going to be a good one! I have referred to this story multiple times already throughout my past articles and now I finally get to talk about it! Brace yourselves, dear readers, it is going to be probably the longest article yet for there are a plethora of references from this book found within Witcher III: Wild Hunt, but it is going to be good!

 

*Disclaimer: Everything Witcher related belongs to the amazingly talented Andrzej Sapkowski who created this equally amazing fantasy world. Credit goes to CD Projekt Red for bringing Sapkowski’s world to playable life in Witcher III: Wild Hunt. I take no credit for anything involving the world of the Witcher – I am only entitled to my own opinions.*

 

*Writer’s Note: While I take great pride in reading and learning about every aspect I can about The Witcher Series, if any reader finds any inconsistencies, any fact that is false, or any facts that are missing in my articles, please let me know either through a comment on the article or through my social media and I will gladly make any necessary changes to make them accurate and truthful. Thank you all so much for your help and support!*

 

*Book Review: You can find my book review of The Tower of Swallows here – originally published on Roll Out Reviews on October 5, 2016*

 

 

BOOK CITATIONS

Sapkowski, A. (2013) The Time of Contempt. New York, NY: Orbit Books.

Sapkowski, A. (2014) Baptism of Fire. New York, NY: Orbit Books.

Sapkowski, A. (2016) The Tower of Swallows. New York, NY: Orbit Books.

 

 

[i] Contempt Sapkowski 308-331

[ii] Tower Sapkowski 37-38

[iii] Tower Sapkowski 62-71

[iv] Tower Sapkowski 138

[v] Tower Sapkowski 60-61

[vi] Baptism Sapkowski 233

[vii] Tower Sapkowski 104

[viii] Tower Sapkowski 191

[ix] Tower Sapkowski 162

[x] Tower Sapkowski 231

[xi] Tower Sapkowski 238

[xii] Tower Sapkowski 244-245

[xiii] Tower Sapkowski 85

[xiv] Tower Sapkowski 309

[xv] Tower Sapkowski 338-339

[xvi] Tower Sapkowski 339

[xvii] Tower Sapkowski 312

[xviii] Tower Sapkowski 313

[xix] Baptism Sapkowski 274-277

[xx] Tower Sapkowski 374

[xxi] Baptism Sapkowski 279-282

[xxii] Tower Sapkowski 346-347

[xxiii] Tower Sapkowski 411

[xxiv] Tower Sapkowski 409-414

[xxv] Baptism Sapkowski 277-278

[xxvi] Tower Sapkowski 277-279

[xxvii] Tower Sapkowski 381

[xxviii] Tower Sapkowski 402-403

[xxix] Tower Sapkowski 407

[xxx] Tower Sapkowski 422-431

 

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