This one's a lot more memorable than the last two. I seriously cannot figure out whether or not I want to give Baptism of Fire a 3 or 4 star. I'm rounding up, but it really should be 3.5 in my opinion. Yet again, I've read a book that makes me wish websites like these went with even a smidge more complex of a rating system.
Anyway, Instead of the large swaths of dragging politics and lack of action you get in the last couple novels, you get what I felt was much more enjoyable characters, dialogue, and intensity at points that kept me reading. I know it's not exactly something that should make a bad fantasy book, but where are all the creatures...? This is about a WITCHER, or so I thought. In this one you get some very very vaguely described arachnoid that appears for a few pages, and a vampire. Book after book of Sapkowski's main Witcher saga, and I'm repeatedly seeing a distinct lack of the flawless fantasy adventures he dished out in The Last Wish and The Sword of Destiny. Instead you get lots of walking and trivial conversation between admittedly likeable characters, lots of politics, and what feels like a very thin, vague plot centered around Ciri that's being stretched out way too far with nowhere near enough explanation.
I am still enjoying my time reading these adventures and trying to piece together the plot with the breadcrumbs Sapkowski offers, I just keep finding myself slightly dissatisfied after each book. However, this hasn't stopped me and I definitely plan on finishing. I just hope the last few books really pick up where Blood of Elves, Time of Contempt, and Baptism of Fire have frankly, drooped limply.