Time of Contempt is the second novel in The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski.
Yennefer and Ciri are on their way to a school where Ciri can study in relative peace, but their trip quickly derails into something else entirely. The Wild Hunt is after Ciri, Geralt is looking for Yennefer and Ciri, and there’s a convention for sorcerers and sorceresses that is taking place. Alliances are made, people are betrayed, and those after Ciri draw closer and closer.
A lot of things happened in this book. A lot of unexpected things. One thing’s for sure: when sorcerers and sorceresses meet in great numbers, expect mayhem. It was a lot of fun though, to see Geralt navigate through the social setting of a convention, on the arm of Yennefer. I especially loved how he grumbled there was no real food at the banquet. I’d be angry too.
And poor Ciri. This kid just doesn’t get a break. Hunted from the moment Cintra was burned down, she’s never stayed in one place for very long. She couldn’t stay with the witchers for too long, I think she spent only a few months at the Temple, then she was off to this school she didn’t even want to go to, and she didn’t even get the chance to attend! The things she is forced to go through, the things she’s forced to do and the nightmares that plague her every night….it’s too much for a little girl. And the fact that she weathers all that, makes me love her even more.