This was my first venture into the world of The Witcher, I haven't even seen the Netflix series yet. I had heard a lot about the games though and I liked beforehand that it was originally Polish, which I hoped would bring some nice refreshing elements to the story.
It felt a little bit weird for me to start with short stories since I still needed to be introduced to all the characters. However, I thought it was relatively easy to follow and I never had the feeling I was utterly lost. The stories were nice, but not much more than that. I thought the writing was a bit awkward at times (almost as if I was reading a transcription of a computer game, which I know was the other way around), which might also be due to the translation.
Either way, I will continue with the next book and give the series a try as well.