The Witcher Novels 2 – The Time of Contempt

 Geralt is a witcher: guardian of the innocent; protector of those in need; a guardian, against a few of the most terrifying creatures of legend and myth, in shadowy times. His job, now, is to protect Ciri. A child of prophecy, she is going to have the capability to change the world for good or for ill — but only if she lives to use it.

And Ciri, in my own hands the world’s fate rests, has disappeared.


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 Time Of Contempt Summary

The story in Time of Contempt starts where the previous book left off. The Northern Kingdoms are secretly preparing a provocation that would give them a pretext for war using Nilfgaard. What the kings do not know is the fact that the Emperor is aware of their plans and is preparing his cousins.

The reader captures up with Ciri and Yennefer, who’ve abandoned the Temple at Ellander, and are on their way to Gors Velen, and finally Thanedd Island. It’s the intention that she continue her schooling and that Ciri be enrolled at the Aretuza faculty of magical of Yennefer.

Once they arrive in Gors Velen, Yennefer goes to see her friend a dwarven banker, Giancardi Molnar. He advises the sorceress that her movements are being monitored, something Yennefer suspected. Molnar, who has an old duty to Yennefer, makes several transfers to pay expenses for the schooling of Ciri and arranges an line of credit.

He and Yennefer additionally agree to allow that the town’s shores to be seen by Ciri, escorted by one of Molnar’s faithful employees, Fabio Sachs reviewed, her peer reviewed.

While on their excursion, things quickly get out of control, not the least. In the following commotion, Ciri is mistaken for one of roughly a dozen students who have lately “escaped” from Aretuza from the kerfuffle leading up to the mages’ conference being held there.

She’s apprehended by no less than the prior and present headmistresses of the academy, Tissaia de Vries and Margarita (Rita) Laux-Antille after she uses a magic amulet given to her by Yennefer in case of emergency.

At first, Ciri’s story is not believed by the sorceresses, but Fabio and the girl manage to convince the headmistresses to have a look at their story and Yennefer and Giancardi immediately confirms things.

The three sorceresses then decide to go over over events in the Silver Heron inn, leaving poor Fabio to deal with his employer and taking Ciri with them.

At the inn, Tissaia and Rita have leased the whole basement that’s in fact a bath house and the four “ladies” retire there to unwind and chat. It appears that Rita and Tissaia, but Rita, have every intention of getting nice and drunk and Ciri is discharged to refill their carafe of wine.

While obtaining the refreshments, Ciri finds a mercenary (Rayla) who orders the innkeeper to open a back door for her — a door which leads right to the outer walls of this city, bypassing the usual gates and guards.

On her second trip Ciri uses her new found knowledge and runs out to see Geralt whom she’s been advised is at Hirundum, not much from Gors Velen.

The Wild Hunt who request her to join approachs Ciri, while on the run, but she fails. Yennefer, luckily, isn’t far behind to ward off it. Ciri’s airport does, nevertheless, prior to the three set off to Thanedd Island together provide an chance to patch things up in their relationship and to meet up again to Yennefer and Geralt.

On the island, things are in a tizzy. The women have been temporarily moved from their usual accommodation within Aretuza the degree of the complicated since the school, to Loxia.

Yennefer takes Geralt as her date to the reception, leaving Ciri within her area and ensuring that there is not any flight with magic that evening.

In particular he matches Vilgefortz the mage for the first time, although at the reception, Geralt meets quite a few interesting individuals. The mage is considered very young (that of course is anything less than 100 years into mages, but he appears more like 35), he is also thought of as particularly talented, but as Geralt finds out from him, his road to becoming a mage was not exactly the usual route.

The wizard was abandoned as a baby and taken in and raised from druids. It was just that he turned into a mage, which he underlines with some emphasis.

He even goes so far as to attempt to promote Geralt to become a mage himself, but the witcher refuses. Vilgefortz also signals that a power struggle is impending and that Geralt must choose sides. Geralt refuses, stressing his neutrality, although Vilgefortz wants Geralt to make a pact with him.

Dijkstra, head spy of Wyzimir, the King of Redania, additionally attempts to recruit the witcher. Geralt won’t give advice to him.

Following the reception, both Geralt and Yennefer retire to their room and. After a reunion and a bit of sleep, the witcher is awakened by an impulse to urinate, but in deference to his hosts, then decides against relieving himself and decides to obtain the courtyard. When he stumbles upon the coup occurring that can be.

Philippa Eilhart, a sorceress employed for Redania’s King, also Dijkstra arrange the coup and plan to show the traitorous mages working for Emperor Emhyr of all Nilfgaard.

From the ensuing confusion we find out that Yennefer had brought Ciri before the Chapter on the request of Tissaia and the woman started to prophesy.

Ciri disclosed the assassination of Redania’s King the evening before; and king of Aedirn, Demavend, had started an assault on Nilfgaard. She deactivates the barrier of casting spells in the school and sides leading to a deadly conflict among mages.

Afterwards leaving him hurt and angry meanwhile, Geralt escapes from Dijkstra. Geralt rushes in to rescue Yennefer and Ciri in the school.

The Dark Rider plaguing Ciri’s fantasies turns out to be Cahir, a soldier, who tried to escort Ciri out of the Cintra to safety. Geralt faces Vilgefortz, who asks Geralt to combine his side under Emperor Emhyr as overlord.

Geralt refuses and a struggle ensues where Geralt is soundly defeated and injured. Tissaia finally realizes her error and, along with the aid of Triss Merigold, takes Geralt to security.

Emperor Emhyr wanted the Chapter of Mages to be broken because mages and the sorcerers were the reason behind his loss at Sodden Hill’s battle.

The breaking of this Chapter and the warfare overwhelms Tissaia and she commits suicide. Shortly after the events in Thanedd Island, a full blown war erupts with Nilfgaard progressing into the north. While Aedirn, Rivia, and Lyria fall to Emhyr’s grasps King Demavend escapes to Redania. King Foltest of Temeria creates a bargain and avoids war on Temeria at the moment.

In the meantime there is a bogus Ciri introduced to Nilfgaardian Emperor and he announces his plans with the aim to look as the rightful heir and king to Cintra. Following the presentation, the Emperor requests special and his secret forces to locate the actual Ciri.

Ciri flows through an portal hidden within the Gull’s Tower, during Geralt’s fight with Vilgefortz. She awakes from the Korath desert known to many as the ‘frying pan’ and barely manages to remain alive.

She depends involving flame, which caused hallucinations and nightmares that entices her to take revenge which renders her scarred and promising herself to prevent fire as a source of power when pushed for survival.

After escaping the desert, she is captured by bounty hunters (the damaged portal threw out her in one of the countries conquered by Nilfgaard, south of Cintra) also manages to escape them with the assistance of bandits called the Rats.

She feels safe and gains a sense of belonging among the group as the members faced a unpleasant reality of being abandoned during the times of contempt.

Throughout her skills she learned in Kaer Morhen she moans the group, which request her to decide on a name for her. She responds choosing the name of Falka.

The book expands on the prophecy of Ciri as the bearer of Elder Blood, in which it is revealed that she retains her son and power will herald the new age, followed by the destruction of the old.

In the end the reader finds out, that Niflgaardian coroner, Stefan Skellen, delivered to locate Ciri and deliver her into the Emperor, convinced that it is her, who combined the Cabinets, hires Bonhart, a famous bounty hunter, to kill the whole group-including Ciri.