This entry in The Witcher series ups the ante in every way. More action, more romance, more spectacle, more twists and turns. I loved it. Yen/Geralt/Ciri and their relationship remain my favorite aspect of the series.
This was an exciting one. There wasn‘t as much politics as in previous books in the series. There was a gathering of sorcerers and enchantresses, which was interesting, and we get to hear a lot more from Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri each. We also hear directly from the Nilfgaardian emperor. My complaint is that there were too many references to rape and derogatory terms to women. It‘s completely unnecessary and pulls me out of the story.