The Witcher: The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski
Trade Paperback – Orbit – Jun 2023 – 358 pages
Geralt the Witcher has fought monsters and demons across the land, but even he might not be prepared for what is to come.
The kings and their armies are maneuvering for position, each fearing invasion from across the river, each fearing their neighbors more. And after decades of oppression, the elves and other races are fighting back and fighting one another. With growing numbers preparing for battle, the threat of a devastating war looms ever greater. Intrigue, dissent, and rebellion fester on all sides.
Against this backdrop of fear, Geralt must protect his ward, Ciri, the orphaned heir who is sought by all. A child of prophecy, she will have the power to change the world—but only if she lives to use it.
For her safety, Geralt sends her to train with the sorceress Yennefer. But all is not well within the Council of Wizards.