The Sword of Destiny see Geralt the Witcher battles monsters, demons and prejudices, while trying to come to terms with his destiny and mutations.
Rating of each short story:
The Bounds of Reason 3.5/5⭐
A solid addition to The Witcher universe, but missing the "wow factor" of other stories. The twist was very obvious.
A Shard of Ice 2.5/5⭐
The whole story seemed petty and inconsequential; Geralt felt out of character--acting like a stupid, love-sick puppy.
Eternal Flame 2/5⭐
Interesting world-building, but it also felt petty and inconsequential for Geralt's journey.
A Little Sacrifice 2.5/5⭐
A retelling of the Little Mermaid. Both romances (the Duke/Mermaid, Geralt/Essi) seemed forced. Battling the underwater creatures distracted from the main point/characters of the tale and came off as an unexplained phenomenon.
The Sword of Destiny 5/5⭐
Everything which is good about The Witcher: destiny, magic, great characters, hints of untold backstory, exciting creatures, all tying into larger world politics Geralt is thrust into.
Something More 5/5⭐
A great final story which has the reader begging to know what happens next.
What I liked
✅ Some of the short stories were amazing and when it is good, it is GOOD
✅ Great character-building of familiar faces, such as Yennefer
What I didn't like ✖ Some short stories were just wasted potential; while these stories provided interesting character moments, no larger-world events were developing in the background ✖ The short stories seemed cobbled together, disjointed, without a common purpose or theme
✖ Really needed a"frame story" as there was in the first short story collection Rating 2.5/5⭐ Genre: Fantasy Verdict: Wasted potential