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For more than a hundred years humans, dwarves, gnomes and elves lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over and now the races once again fight each other - and themselves: Dwarves are killing their kinsmen, and elves are murdering humans and elves, at least those elves who are friendly to humans... Into this tumultuous time is born aFor more than a hundred years humans, dwarves, gnomes and elves lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over and now the races once again fight each other - and themselves: Dwarves are killing their kinsmen, and elves are murdering humans and elves, at least those elves who are friendly to humans... Into this tumultuous time is born a child for whom the witchers of the world have been waiting.Ciri, the granddaughter of Queen Calanthe, the Lioness of Cintra, has strange powers and a stranger destiny, for prophecy names her the Flame, one with the power to change the world - for good, or for evil... Geralt, the witcher of Rivia, has taken Ciri to the relative safety of the Witchers' Settlement, but it soon becomes clear that Ciri isn't like the other witchers. As the political situation grows ever dimmer and the threat of war hangs almost palpably over the land, Geralt searches for someone to train Ciri's unique powers.But someone else has an eye on the young girl, someone who understand exactly what the prophecy means - and exactly what Ciri's power can do. This time Geralt may have met his match....

Title : Blood of Elves
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Blood of Elves Reviews

  • Evgeny
    2019-02-21 02:00

    This book signifies a sharp departure from the previous two. The first and second ones were collections of short stories mostly told from Geralt the Witcher POV. This time this is a full-length novel with multiple POVs. Actually we only see Geralt's POV in just one chapter - and a shortish one too. In my opinion the book still shows its origins in short story format as the transitions between the chapters are mostly not continuous. Instead they start with a jump in time to give a flashback to connect the events between the previous chapter and current time. As to the plot it is quite easy to outline. The last story of the second book left Geralt stuck with - supposedly - his destiny; namely a child (not his). The poor Witcher was doing all he could and even more to prove that destiny does not exists - at least in his case, only to fail spectacularly. Coming back to destiny's child:oops sorry, wrong picture. It turns out everybody and their brother want to find the poor kid. I mean it literally: it was easier to count the number of named characters of the novel who could not care less about Geralt's protégé than the searchers. I also need to mention some of them were so insistent they would not hesitate to leave a dead body (or ten) if somebody happened to be in their way. Now Geralt needs to provide the protection. He also wants to remain neutral in the intensifying political games and this task turns out to be practically impossible unlike disposing of hired thugs. I have some complaints about the book. Geralt is supposed to be a monster hunter first and foremost. Well he hunted exactly one monster in here; none others bothered even to show up. There is something to be said about the evil created by humans being the biggest monster of them all, but I seriously missed a tentacled multi-headed poison-tailed chitin-armored creature waiting for its butt to be kicked by a skilled professional. Now that I finished the book, I cast my mind back and realize that not much actually happened here: a lot of talks, a lot of politics, but by the end most of the characters remained right where they started. Things were brewing, but had not come to boiling point yet. For all the slowness the book has charm. I cannot quite put my finger on it, but somehow I was never bored reading and the read itself was quite fast. For this reason I give the higher rating than I usually do for such book: 4 stars.

  • Markus
    2019-03-15 01:40

    "The era of the sword and axe is nigh, the era of the wolf’s blizzard. The Time of the White Chill and the White Light is nigh, the Time of Madness and the Time of Contempt: Tedd Deireádh, the Time of End. The world will die amidst frost and be reborn with the new sun. It will be reborn of the Elder Blood, of Hen Ichaer, of the seed that has been sown. A seed which will not sprout but will burst into flame. Ess’tuath esse! Thus it shall be! Watch for the signs! What signs these shall be, I say unto you: first the earth will flow with the blood of Aen Seidhe, the Blood of Elves..."Cintra is burning.The legions of the Nilfgaardian Empire have crossed the Yaruga again, and the independent future of the Northern Kingdoms is in grave peril. It is against this backdrop that the story opens. The story of Cintra, the orphaned princess with a mysterious destiny. Of the great struggle between the free kingdoms of the north and their overwhelming imperial adversary. And of the lone witcher known as Gwynbleidd, the White Wolf.And so it begins.After introducing Geralt of Rivia, the White Wolf himself, in a set of stunning short stories, Sapkowski kicks the main story off with a bang as Blood of Elves introduces a somewhat different, yet astounding, fantasy epic.I first read Blood of Elves many years ago now, after having played the first game and read the absodamnlutely amazing short story collection The Last Wish. While I would seriously consider that book a masterpiece of the fantasy genre, this one is more of a traditional series novel. It focuses more on the actual storyline, which is quite fortunately intriguing enough to pull you in and never let go.The world of the Witcher, most recently broadcasted in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, undoubtedly one of the most immersive and beautiful video games ever presented to the public, is shown just as stunningly on the pages of the Witcher books, as they take the reader from the burning city of Cintra to the ancient Witcher fortress of Kaer Morhen and beyond.While it is relatively unknown by comparison to the giants of the genre (as a result of coming from a non-English-speaking country), I would not hesitate to call this one of the most impressive series in fantasy.Witcher reviews:#1 The Last Wish#2 Sword of Destiny#3 Blood of Elves

  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    2019-03-17 21:58

    Geralt of The Last Wish, where art thou?!Do I need to call the puny human authorities and tell them to issue an AMBER alert? Have the obnoxious aliens abducted you again, as I suspect they did in book 2? Or is it that the Evil Russians™ are holding you hostage until I surrender my East Siberian Sea dominion? That very well could be. The Fluffy Siberian Bunnies (FSB™) can get bloody shrimping devious like that sometimes. Then again, I don't think that this is what happened here. You know what I think, my Little Barnacles? I think Geralt decided to bolt. Why, you ask? Seems pretty obvious to me: the previous instalment nearly did him in. First things first, the guy's Monster Slaying Quota (MSQ™) dropped dramatically. Second things second, he was viciously attacked by brutal waves of utter boredom and blah blah blah. And third things third, he had to endure some major Lovey Dovey Drama Crap (LDDC™). I'm telling you, my Lovely Arthropods I would have pulled the Now You See Me Now You Don't Stint (NYSMNYDS™) too, had I been in his place.Yes, that is indeed my little self very discretely pulling a NYSMNYDS™.Okay, I know what you Annoying Decapods are going to tell me: "but, gloriously nefarious Sarah we are in such awe of, Geralt hasn't gone anywhere! Geralt is right here! In this book!" Naïve, naïve, Little Barnacles. I'm afraid you've been had like a bunch of provincial krill. It's not Geralt we're dealing with in this instalment! It's gErAlT, his duplicitous, evilly evil twin! You have no idea how shrewd and calculating the guy is. And bloody shrimping presumptuous, too! He actually had the nerve to come up with his very own precepts for this book! Don't believe me? Check this out:The Outrageously Outrageous Witcher Commandments According to Garp gErAlT (OOWCAtGG™):☠ Violently butcher monsters you shall refrain from.Yes, this is kinda sorta awkward when supernatural beast slaying is kinda sorta your calling and day job. But what's a guy to do to get PETA off his back? See the tiny predicament here? The only solution is obviously for you to do the Pest Control Thing (PCT™) once in a while per book tops, so that your street cred doesn't get thoroughly ruined and stuff. Your life will no longer have a meaning, but that really is quite an insignificant price to pay in the grand scheme of things, is it not?See, the Libidinously Mustached Duo (LMD™) doesn't think it's a big deal, either.☠ Only a few pages told from your POV your slightly hysterical fans you shall provide with.Because you are of the erroneously wrong opinion that absence makes the black, withered heart grow fonder and stuff. Well, some People of the Forever Right Opinion (PofFRO™) happen to think absence makes the pincers get sharper. But hey, to each their own and all that fish.☠ Much needless blah blah blah crap let your fellow cast members gleefully indulge in you shall.In the meantime a well-deserved nap most joyfully you will enjoy (while thinking "muahahahaha and stuff" to your smug little self). Bored Slightly uninterested readers be damned and all that. If they can't appreciate coma-inducing goodness kindly brought to them by a bunch of queens/kings/rulers/whatever, it's their problem, not yours. Besides, if they think this book is the cure to insomnia, they should try and read The Lies of Locke Lamora. If they're lucky they'll only end up with an acute case of narcolepsy. So QED and stuff. It's time for a little Smug gErAlT Muahahahaha-ing (SGM™) again.☠ Deceitfully bring in a disgustingly kidnap-worthy little kid to sneakily soften the tougher shrimps out there you shall:Make her all sorts of revoltingly cute with huge ass-kicking potential and wondrous smartass abilities to weaken your intended victim's reinforced, titanium-coated exoskeleton. Cunningly hint at the possibility that said brat might one day be a greater character than your little self. This is far from the truth, of course. No one is, or ever will be, greater than your astonishingly fabulous (and yet so humble) little self. This is naught but a diabolically Machiavellian scheme to make sure some crustaceans will continue reading Ciri's your most fascinating adventures. Hook, line and sinker, the bloody shrimping shrimps are bloody shrimping done for. Mission accomplished and stuff.Told you gErAlT was nothing like Geralt. Ha.➽ And the moral of this What the Fishing Fish is Fishing Going On with this Series I Demand Both and Explanation and a Formal Apology Crappy Non Review (WtFFiFGOwtSIDBaEaaFACNR™) is: dear Mr Sapkowski, give Geralt back NOW. And I don't mean gErAlT, I mean bloody shrimping Geralt. As in my super hot sexey badass monster slaying boyfriend from The Last Wish. Puny humans might get hurt somewhat painfully (and also suffer a slightly excruciating fate, by the way) if you don't comply. But hey, no pressure and stuff.✎ Book 1: The Last Wish ★★★★★✎ Book 2: Sword of Destiny ★★★✎ Book 4: The Time of Contempt ★★[Pre-review nonsense]Geralt, Geralt, Geralt...What to do with you? I hope you do realize that I've only ever kicked one boyfriend out of my High Security Harem before. Surely you do not want to suffer the same fate? Especially since the boyfriend in question was Wimpish Happy Dresden (WHD™) *shudders* Pretty sure you'd hate to receive the same treatment as this substandard puny human, huh? Yep, that's what I thought. Well you know what? If you want to stay safely locked up in the Harem, you're going to have to work for it. I'm giving you one last bloody shrimping chance, so don't screw things up in The Time of Contempt, or else...➽ Full Not Even A Full Chapter Written From Geralt's POV This is Outrageous This is Unacceptable This Cannot Be This Will Not Do We are Not Amused Crustaceans at the Ready and Stuff Crappy Non Review (NEAFCWFGPOVTiOTiUTCBTWNDWaNACatRaSCNR™) to come. P.S. Geralt dear, butchering monsters is always a plus. Think about that for a minute or two, will you?

  • Joey Woolfardis
    2019-02-21 05:37

    This review can be found on Amaranthine Reads.Considering how well-written and quick-paced the short story prequel collection The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski was, this was ridiculously disappointing and underwhelming. We have the same characters as was to be found in The Last Wish, and we had their personalities expanded and explored further, but we had none of the excitement or fantasy that was found there.Blood of Elves is very slow and very closed-off. We spend far too much time in one place alone, and we follow conversations at a snail's pace to the point where what they're saying is no longer important but pointless chit-chat. It takes over half the book for us to leave Geralt and Ciri, who have taken up most of the book doing pretty much nothing in one place. The narrator is supposed to be omniscient, but it feels more like first-person narrative with just one or two dips elsewhere to move the rather vague plot along.It's such a huge disappointment because the inclusion of our own folklore and fairytales in The Last Wish was a very good idea and following Geralt as he went about the countryside tackling monsters and demons (which is the job of the Witcher) was exciting, refreshing and kept the stories moving along. In Blood of Elves we meet one monster and little else.It is mostly full of political intrigue, none of which is that interesting, nor does it deviate from the generic fantasy trope of races warring with races, crossing borders and sacking cities. But even then, with the generic fantasy tropes, we barely even get in to them because the characters are too busy having inane conversations whilst, presumably, just standing about being targets.There was, however, a better set of female characters in this, though it was a bit too James Bond-esque how they all seemingly dropped their knickers are the mere sight of Geralt of Rivia. If one can get past this obvious High Fantasy trope and author-projection, we see some female characters that are developed beyond their breasts, but only just.It's a relatively fun fantasy day-out. A quick read, won't challenge you much and will give you a good dose of non-YA fantasy goodness if that's what you're looking for (it's why I gravitated toward it) but it is by no means anything brilliant or ground-breaking. I will, however, finish the series, maybe pick up the other short story collection I haven't gotten around to and possibly play the game that was inspired by it.(It's worth pointing out that this book is the first of a series, despite GoodReads naming it the third. This book is the first full-length novel and makes up the series of full length books, with two anthologies of short stories taking up 1st and 2nd in the series.)Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Shop | Etsy

  • Celise
    2019-03-14 02:01

    For anyone who's played The Witcher games, or anyone who has not but is interested in dark fantasy, I encourage you to consider reading The Last Wish, which is the first of The Witcher books, an anthology of short stories. Read it before this, and Sword of Destiny too. They're good, and you'll thank yourself for it later when you're not trying to decipher the backstory behind this one. The Blood of Elves is the first full-length novel in the series, and I was not disappointed. It's even made it onto my "favourites" shelf.The general concept is that Geralt, a Witcher created through elixirs and brutal mutilation as a child, hunts and kills monsters for pay. This volume is about the child Ciri, who we meet in the short stories of The Last Wish and The Sword of Destiny, and her training in both magic and witching (I don't know if that's what the Witcher craft is called but hey I used it). The other part of this is the brewing war between the Nilfgaardians and the countries on the other side of the river.Character relationships are complex and full of history. They're so tied together by destiny, yet so emotionally stunted towards each other that at some point it's just sad. Poetic and lovely, and not pathetic enough to become angsty and melodramatic. Ciri is kind of the light in the dark, probably to her detriment. She's the one to which Triss's longing for Geralt, and Yennefer's pain over him, is actually put into words. This is the first book in which Triss appears and while I was geared up to immediately feel bitterness towards her, none of Sapkowski's characters end up deserving that. All that said, this isn't a sappy romance love-fest, and is very much story-oriented.Sapkowski's sense of humour is exactly within my tastes too: cynical and quippy, as well as a little mean. Yennefer and Triss both have that sharp tongue that made me laugh out loud a few times, and Ciri is just comical by nature.And here's a less reviewy part and more of a collection of my thoughts. At this point, I'm not sure if Ciri being "destined" for Geralt means she's meant to eventually be his partner, or more of a daughter, and I have not played the games to know. Also no spoilers, please. Yennefer's initial resentment towards Ciri would be justified either way, either as a woman with a past with Geralt, or as a woman unable to bear her own children. In this volume at least, Ciri is his ward, and he trains her in Kaer Morhen to be a witcher. Her early training in magic (and how to survive puberty, let's be honest) is carried out by Triss Merigold, whom I adored for being one of the only characters who just said what they were feeling, and later by Yennefer. Yennefer's interactions with Ciri were my favourite part of the book, ultimately. In my opinion, Sapkowski writes the relationships between a young girl and her older female mentors with sincerity and impressive believability.I usually struggle with fantasy not making me truly feel things, but there's plenty of heart torture for me in these!

  • Logan
    2019-02-24 00:49

    I loved it like I knew I would. It was well worth the wait, and I can not wait until the next installment. For some reason, my wife and I were possessed by the title and now run around the house doing some ridiculous call and response thing-Me(from downstairs, yelling black metal voice): "BLOOD OF ELVES"Her (from upstairs, shrieking black metal voice): "BLLLLLLLLLLOOOOD OF EELLLVVVVEEES"There are worse reactions a book can inspire.

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2019-03-01 00:39

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum remember being thrilled when I discovered that The Witcher saga by Andrzej Sapkowski was available in audio format. As a big fan of the video games which were adapted from this series, I was of course interested in reading the books, but as waiting for the English translation from its original Polish already required a bit of patience, I never really dared hope that the audiobooks would be coming too.As of this writing though, English versions of The Last Wish, Blood of Elves are available in audio with The Time of Contempt coming soon. In time it would be amazing to see the entire saga get the same treatment, and not least because I think the books stand up quite well in this format. They’ve chosen a very good narrator in Peter Kenny, whose voice lends itself perfectly to telling this type of story. His performance style can be described as almost “bard-like”, which really highlights the book’s opening scene in which the charming minstrel Dandelion holds a crowd rapt by reciting the heroic exploits of the legendary Witcher, Geralt of Rivia.As a Witcher, Geralt is part of a society of enhanced fighters and monster-slayers. Taken as children, they are subjected to intensive training and a ruthless regimen of alchemical and mutagenic compounds intended to alter their physiology and prepare them to hunt their prey. Although Witchers are meant to remain neutral in matters of politics, Geralt has taken an orphan princess named Ciri into his protection, hiding her from spies and assassins sent to find her. He believes that she is the prophesied child meant to bring great change to the world, not only because of her royal heritage but also because of the magic that flows in her veins – the blood of elves.The narrative follows Geralt and Ciri on various adventures. The young princess, taught sword fighting and other martial arts by Geralt and other Witchers, learns about supernatural monsters and how to kill them. She also begins training in magic with the sorceress Triss Merigold. But on the way to a school were Ciri will receive a more normal education, the party encounters all kinds of obstacles, including illness, encounters with monsters, Scoia’tael ambushes, and attacks from Nilfgaardian agents. As Ciri’s magical potential becomes more powerful, Geralt realizes he will need the aid of some friends and unexpected allies in order to continue protecting and training her.It’s important to note that while Blood of Elves is advertised as the first of the series, it is technically preceded by two short story collections in terms of chronology: The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny. It’s not really necessary to read either before tackling Blood of Elves, though it would probably help fill in a lot of the background information. The book is very heavy on world-building elements, and while Geralt is arguably the star of the series, he doesn’t appear as much as you would expect. His character is often seen through the eyes of others, or is talked about in others’ perspectives. On top of this, the switching points-of-view and various flashbacks may make this story feel confusing and disjointed. Having read The Last Wish as well as played The Witcher video games might have familiarized me with a lot of the characters and the setting because I managed to follow without getting too lost, but it might pose a challenge for readers going in blind. It’s probably worth considering The Last Wish as a starting point instead.In spite of this, the plot was wildly entertaining. One can never be sure how much is lost in translation, but there is some humor that managed to come through. Also, the author sometimes employs an interesting storytelling style where entire scenes are almost completely made up of dialogue, and it often amazed me how much of the atmosphere and plot came through via conversation alone. Again, this is where Peter Kenny’s narration shines, because someone less skilled with differentiating voices would probably have a lot of trouble pulling off these scenes.Sapkowski definitely has a flare for writing adventure and action, even experienced through the lens of translation. The pacing is strong, despite various breaks in the plot to focus on character development or to explain the political situation. The highlights were of course the scenes of Geralt fighting off enemies and monsters. The book does leave us hanging a bit, but this is after all the first full-length novel in the series and does spend a lot time establishing the premise and setting things up nicely for the next one, The Time of Contempt. I’ll have to seek that out very soon.If you’re a fan of the games and can’t get enough of Geralt of Rivia, I highly recommend these books. They could also be good for fantasy readers looking for a somewhat different kind of sword and sorcery. The translation is decent, but what I was really impressed with was the way the narrator read for this audiobook. Can’t wait to experience the rest of the series.

  • Mili
    2019-03-08 23:46

    Very enjoyable read. Nothing huuuge happens in the book, its mostly focussd on Ciri and her training. But still the world and the characters are epic so its just good to be reading about them. Relaxing even haha. Anyway a war is coming up and a bit of training is deff necessary. I mean I do want if Ciri becomes this crazy ass whipping chick to be believable. And this book is just the beginning and a small part of a bigger journey.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-03-02 04:58

    I "feel" (note the use of the word "feel" rather than "think") I should (have) like(ed) this book better. The plot sounds very interesting. The girl Ciri, child of promise and prophecy (yes a common motif in fantasy and folklore) who was promised to the Witcher before she was born. (Evil faeries and so on used to claim that promise). The story of her "education", training, change and all the people around who want to protect or use her. But I just found the book a sort of yawner. It opens with a really "grab ya" scene of an attack on a city that turns out to be a partial and suppressed memory of Cir coming out in a dream... and jumps to a bard singing about "someone" or "some people" that all the listeners "just know" are Ciri, Geralt etc. But it rolls on so slowly.The races here a a little different than we find elsewhere but not greatly. The magic folk, druids, priests who populate the book never grab me and I just couldn't get into the story. I found myself skimming the book going from Triss' memories to Ciri's training, from events to visions and all along I was just losing interest.Maybe it's me and my own taste. I see a lot of people like this book and I'm certainly glad you found a volume you like. I liked the first book or prequel to this one (The Last Wish) pretty well, but this one just never drew me in. I really don't care for it all that much.I do apologize to you who like this book greatly, as I've noted many times it's simple a matter of taste.

  • Abigail
    2019-03-06 02:53

    I jumped right into this after reading "The Last Wish" expecting something similar in terms of pacing and structure. Instead this picked up a dangling thread from one of the short stories in the previous book and wove an epic fantasy. I did feel that I needed a map to keep all of the little countries and their relations to each other, and maybe even a diagram with all the rulers and their relations to each other, but the important ones were easy enough to follow. To me it felt like Ciri was really the main character of this book, rather than Geralt though he certainly had a major part to play, which was actually just fine because Ciri is awesome. Though I guess she kind of became Alvin in the game, who was less awesome.So there I am, enjoying my book, realizing I'm reaching the end and wondering how the author is going to wrap up ALL of this set up in the next, oh, quarter-inch of pages I'm holding but remaining optimistic because hey, Patrick O'Brian can have an entire sea battle and wrap it up with a satisfying conclusion in less than five pages maybe Sapkowski can do something similar. And then I reach the end which is obviously not The End but a set-up for The Next Book, which was first published in 1995. In Polish.The English edition isn't due until next year, and that's only book 2 of what looks like a 5 book series (not counting the short story editions, such as "The Last Wish".)fffffffffff.

  • Gorgona Grim
    2019-03-18 22:06

    Forma koja opisuje sagu se još jednom promenila, te sada pratimo nastavak priče kao roman. Iako mi je do sada najbolje legla forma kratkih priča, moram da priznam da je podjednako zanimljivo čitati nastavak u klasičnom maniru. Pribojavala sam se da će tempo pripovedanja opasti i da će se saga, poput nekih drugih priča iz žanra epske fantastike, razvuči u moru nepotrebnih opisa. Međutim, Sapkovski nastavlja u identičnom ritmu i piše odličan nastavak sage.Geralt, veštac iz Rivije, odvodi Ciri, Čedo nenadanosti i Drevnu krv, na mesto koje predstavlja središte obuke budućih veštaca i vešterica. Međutim, dve stvari se pokazuju kao problematične: prva je ta da se Ciri oporavlja od trauma rata (view spoiler)[(ako se prisetimo poslednje priče u drugoj knjizi, Ciri je uz pomoć neznanog Nilfgardijskog konjanika jedva pobegla iz Cintre, ali jedina sećanja na taj događaj predstavljaju snovi koji je progone) (hide spoiler)], a drugi je taj da vešci, uz pomoć čarobnice Tris Merigold, shvataju da je Cirina sudbina daleko veća i značajnija od toga da postane vešterica. Tris takođe otkriva Cirine proročke sposobnosti, pribojavajući se da su one daleko jače od onoga što su do sada videli. Vešci i čarobnica odlučuju da je nabolje da Ciri privremeno boravi kod Neneke, zajedno sa drugim devojčicama dok ne dođe trenutak da se Ciri dalje obučava.Drugi paralelni tok predstavlja rat koji besni, a koji predstavlja pravu poslasticu svim ljubiteljima viteških okršaja, planiranja strategija i odvijanja zakulisnih radnji. Rase protiv rasa, kraljevstva protiv kraljevstva, testovi prijateljstva i lojalnosti, sitni i krupni prevrati, sve je podjednako zastupljeno. Pored Geralta, koji je svakako glavni protagonista, mlada Ciri dobija sve više i više na značaju i biće veoma uzbudljivo otkriti kakvu sudbinu joj je Sapkovski namenio.

  • KatHooper
    2019-03-11 22:01

    Will review at

  • Thomas
    2019-03-06 03:45

    Βαθμολογία: ★★★★Τα πράγματα σοβαρεύουν στον κόσμο του Witcher. Στο τρίτο βιβλίο (αλλά πρώτο μυθιστόρημα) της σειράς ξεκινά επίσημα η saga της Ciri που μας συστήθηκε στην τελευταία ιστορία του προηγούμενου βιβλίου. Βλέπουμε επιτέλους κι άλλους αγαπημένους χαρακτήρες από τα βιντεοπαιχνίδια να κάνουν την εμφάνισή τους, γνωρίζουμε καλύτερα τον κόσμο από πολιτική και γεωγραφική άποψη και γενικά ετοιμάζεται να γίνει χαμός. Τέσσερα αστέρια μόνο για την έλλειψη ιδιαίτερης δράσης.

  • James Schmidt
    2019-03-20 05:50

    Today I will be reviewing Blood of Elves (The Witcher) by Andrzej SapkowskiI want to start off by saying I am NOT a gamer and know nothing of the video games. So if you want to talk to me about the games, sorry! Nothing against gamers, its just not my thing. I know the games were based on these books, and are very popular, but that is as far as my knowledge goes.I have seen many people say how great these books are, and that they are very Sword and Sorcery, Conan Esq pulpy fantasy, which is totally me! So yes I had to check them out!The first book (The Last Wish) I read was fantastic, but I was a little disappointed in the second book (Sword of Destiny). Those were both collections of short stories about the adventures of Geralt of Rivia. They captured the Sword and Sorcery, Conan pulpy feel I love so much, some great modern S&S. I was hoping this first novel would again deliver like the first book. Unfortunately it did not. Still a very good book and I recommend it to other readers, but it was missing something. I can’t place what was missing, but it just felt different. Maybe this character lends himself better to short story format. I plan on continuing this series as I do enjoy it. I hope the next book can recapture that certain something that had me loving The Last Wish collection.As you know if you have read my reviews before I am not about long reviews with synopsis and spoilers. I just give my opinion on my experience with this book and you can take it from there. Now on to the next book.4/5 STARS - Mighty Thor JRSAll of my reviews can be seen here:

  • José
    2019-03-10 21:41

    Mucho mejor que los dos anteriores. La historia es narrada desde diferentes puntos de vista, con capítulos que siguen a Jaskier, Yennefer, Geralt y Ciri; también comienza a quedar más claro cómo funciona la magia y otros aspectos relacionados con los brujos. A pesar de que está muy bueno, se lee rápido y no le falta momentos cargados de acción y humor, considero que este libro sirve de "puente" entre los relatos de los primeros libros y el resto de la saga. La estoy pasando bárbaro con esta saga, el mes que viene leeré el cuarto libro. (Reseña pendiente).

  • C.T. Phipps
    2019-02-28 03:52

    Blood of Elves is the first full-length novel of the Witcher franchise. Strangely, it was translated into English as the second novel despite the second anthology, Sword of Destiny, having a huge role in setting up this novel's events. How huge? Well, about sixty-percent of the story deals with the aftermath of the Nilfgaard invasion of the North. The Nilfgaard invasion of the North happens in Sword of Destiny. The rest of the novel deals with Geralt's adoption of Ciri, which is kind of important since she gets adopted in the Sword of Destiny too. Yikes. Seriously, I pity the fool who attempted to read this novel after The Last Wish, since it must have been nonsensical. Anyway, Sword of Destiny is now available in English and there's nothing preventing readers from reading the book in its proper order. Blood of Elves follows the events of Sword of Destiny by recapping the previous book's events as a story told by Dandelion. We, immediately, get a sense that this is going to be a different kind of tale than the short-stories. Much focus is given on the politics, interrelationships, history, and culture of the North over the short stories being about Geralt's comedic monster-slaying. Nilfgaard invaded the country of Cintra, destroyed its capital city, and was promptly driven back due to the outrage from the North. Nilfgaard has switched tactics, however, and now are undermining the North by covertly funding an elven terrorist group called the Scoia'tael. The Scoia'tael has popular support from nonhumans but is too few in number to do anything but cause civil war and economic collapse. Which Nilfgaard is counting on. The Southern Empire is also using a combination of religious prophecy and economic warfare to divide the North. As a result, the monarchs are debating whether a first strike against Nilfgaard may be their only chance to avoid defeat by their foes without a war. Meanwhile, Geralt of Rivia has taken the sole surviving member of the Cintran Royal Family, Ciri, under his wing. Training her as a witcher despite the fact it was never meant for unmutated girls, let alone princesses, they discover Ciri has immense potential as a Sorceress and invite Geralt's old flame Triss Merrigold to join them. Events conspire to set them on the road, though, as both Nilfgaard and the Northern monarch's plans do not tolerate a loose end as big as Ciri. Blood of Elves isn't a typical fantasy novel as very little of it is about actual events but, more, exploring the aftermath of a war. If I were to liken it to another series, I'd say it's similar to the scenes where Arya and the Hound explore the Riverlands in the aftermath of the War of Kings. It's more a mood piece than anything else. The characterization is particularly strong with Geralt, Ciri, Yennefer, and Dandelion all having very strong scenes. I'm also impressed with new characters Triss Merrigold and Yarpen, who have smaller but still essential roles. Ciri, in particular, is an impressive bit of characterization because she's one of the very few children in fiction I don't find annoying.I like the depiction of Nilfgaard inside the book as they back away from the Nazi-analogues from the previous novel. Instead, Nilfgaard is a ruthless and aggressive dictatorship which has many horrific qualities--but the North isn't much better. More than anything, the Nilfgaard is extremely good at conquering and if they can't get you through one method, they'll try another more subtle one. We also get an introduction to Emperor Emhyr, the secret mastermind behind the invasion, and he is an effective character defined entirely by other's interactions with him. Not since Sauron or the Galactic Empire have I gotten such a strong character feel from someone off-camera. The Scoia'tael and their role in the book is also well-handled. Sapkowski created a group which has all the hallmarks of a plucky resistance against a racist set of governments but the truth is more complex. They're killing large numbers of innocent people for dubious gains. In the North, peaceful cooperation between the races is a pearl without price and the conflict between them only creates more bodies which does no one any good. Still, you understand where they're coming from and why they believe what they do. Yarpen's scene where he explains his motivations, also, is a real gut-punch for how some people are sacrificing everything in the name of peace (and won't be appreciated for it). I've mentioned before I'm not a huge fan of the Yennefer and Geralt romance. I think Sapkowski means for them to be a flawed but noble couple but, honestly, I just think they're toxic for one another and would be happier with other people. I, pretty much, prefer ever single other romance for Geralt to her (especially Triss). Despite this, I love Yennefer as a character and enjoyed her scenes with Ciri a great deal. Yennefer is a terrible mother-figure, mostly because she didn't go into it intending to be one at all, but her gradual warming to Ciri reminded me of Angelina Jolie's performance in Maleficent. Who, honestly, wouldn't be a bad pick for playing Yennefer in the imaginary super-big-budget adaptation of the series. Yennefer is a fun, engaging, and witty character I would love to see in future works with or without Geralt. But I could be talking about this stuff all day. It's a deep-deep book. In conclusion, Blood of Elves is a great novel. I very much enjoyed it and recommend it to everyone who is a fan of the Witcher series plus fantasy in general. It's not something you'll be able to read, however, without having read the previous two volumes. Likewise, it's a very slow and characterization-driven piece versus event-driven.10/10

  • Marta Conejo
    2019-02-24 03:57

    La saga de Geralt comienza a ser una historia en lugar de pequeñas historias cortas. Esta novela te deja conocer más a los personajes. A Geralt, quién tiene que cambiar sus pensamientos sobre el destino; a Yennefer y a Ciri, dos personas que tienen más unión de la que parece... todo ello en un contexto bien labrado y con una historia que consigue engancharte y ver sus uniones con los personajes... A por el siguiente!

  • Cody
    2019-03-05 00:03

    This is the Witcher book I had been hoping to read. The first two books in the series, while generally good and informative, were only short stories that ultimately felt quite disconnected. Blood of Elves quickly fixes that, and traditionally feels like the epic stories from the video game series. Sapkowski's novel centers on Ciri, the royal granddaughter to the fallen kingdom of Cintra, and her mentorship under Geralt of Rivia and the other Witchers at their base of Kaer Morhen, alongside Triss Merigold and Yennifer of Vengerberg. I was glad to see the addition of other characters I've come to know in the games, like medical student Shani and spymaster Dijkstra. An interesting side theme to Blood of Elves is racism, and more specifically, the racism that comes from imperialism. The continent where the series takes place once was inhabited by elves and dwarves until human-kind came and established their own order, building over Elfish cities and reducing any non-humans to second-class citizens. Parallels could be made to the European conquest of the New World, such as Christopher Columbus's voyage or the Native American skirmishes that encompassed most of the 16th through 19th centuries. One of the dwarves featured in the novel, Yarpen Zigrin, is conflicted by his position working for the human entities that hold power while fighting against Elvish/dwarven freedom fighters that wish to disrupt their hold on the land.Blood of Elves is a fantastic addition to the lore and world Sapkowski has created and hopefully the continuation of the series is as grand as this novel.

  • Aly's Bookish Wonderland
    2019-02-23 03:56

    3.5 starsI absolutely adored (of course I did, it's the Witcher, damnit) Blood of Elves and the only reason I'm giving it 3.5 stars and not 4 is because of the huge chunk of story that is pretty much just kings and queens sitting around, contemplating the end of the world as they know it as they drink and warm themselves by the fire. That bit bored me to tears and I skimmed mercilessly, knowing I'd probably find out a better, more easily readable version at some point later on in the story.Blood of Elves is where the story of Ciri, Geralt and, ultimately, the Wild Hunt begins. After taking her to Kaer Morhen, Ciri trains with the witchers and whilst Geralt learns more about her abilities as the Child Surprise.I'm not going to write a proper review just yet, mostly because I've spent the past two days reading almost without a break and my eyes are ready to fall out of my head, but know this: If you haven't read this series, but you love fantasy, then it needs to be at the top of your TBR. Now.Farewell friends, I shall return with a better review at some point in the near future.

  • Zayne
    2019-03-09 22:40

    This was a pretty chill book. It wasn't at all what I expected for a Witcher sequel. When I look back at the plot of the story, there wasn't much that happens in the entire book. There were a few important plot points, but the rest was a lot of kings talking politics and Yennefer teaching Ciri about magic. And there was almost no Geralt in here. The book mainly focused on Ciri. There were a couple scenes where Geralt was the main pov but that was it. Geralt was moved to being more a support character. I still enjoyed it though. It was a fun, light adventure, and a quick read. And after reading a lot of long, heavy books (like Wheel of Time), a quick like this is like a breeze of cool air on a hot summer day. Also, since I've been playing Witcher 3 without playing any other Witcher games prior to this, it's good to get a better feel of the world and some of the characters. That was actually the biggest reason I started reading these books. Now, I read because it's a fun adventure. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book, but I think I'll read Sword of Destiny since technically I was supposed to read it before this one (oops).

  • Wendy
    2019-03-15 01:47

    I could have played a drinking game based on how many times the phrase "blood of elves" came up in the first chapter of the book. Not that I'm complaining. In fact, a good few drinks would have added to the fun I had listening to this audiobook. This is listed as the third book in the Witcher series, with two short story collections coming before it, The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny. It's not necessary to read either of these to appreciate Blood of Elves, but it's definitely to your advantage. I've read only the Last Wish, so I'm aware of many of the players and the politics involved, though I am missing some of the backstory on Ciri, the princess promised to Geralt who escaped harrowing events at Cintra, and Yennefer, the sort of love of Geralt's life. I've also played some of The Witcher games which definitely isn't necessary to enjoy the stories, but for me, it made for an intriguing character and medium transfer study. Sapkowski himself has distanced himself from the games, stating that they are dissimilar in many ways--which is true. But part of my enjoyment of the books has come from seeing where the game story writers have cherry picked scenes and characters and political machinations to create their own version of the stories. Most of the characters and their personalities and motivations are in tact, even if they serve different purposes in their original form. It makes me want to see how this story translates in The Hexer movie that was released in Poland in 2001 and it makes me very eager for the 2017 movie to come, especially if I could have Mads Mikkelsen as Geralt.Blood of Elves introduces us to a world on the brink of war between the various races. Tensions between humans and non humans runs high, and that doesn't bode well for Geralt and his witcher companions. The witchers' are monster hunters. They have no interest in the politics and Geralt intends to stay neutral (an element of the books that factors in greatly with the games). "I'm a witcher. An artificially created mutant. I kill monsters for money. I defend children when their parents pay me to."That's all well and good, Geralt, until you make a royal couple swear an oath promising you their first born child. This is Ciri, the Princess of Cintra, who is now in the care of the witchers at their home of Kaer Morhen. Only, there's more to Ciri than the witchers can handle, which is why they request the aid of the enchantress, Triss Merigold, who also points out that the witchers are all big stupid men who don't know how to treat a 12-year-old girl, much less a princess. Here's where I praise Sapkowski for not only writing about menstruation as if it's a normal part of life that happens to women all the time, but also for making Triss' interactions with the witchers--even the sexist jerks--so hilarious. In fact, the whole book is quite funny. Sapkowski's tongue is often firmly in cheek, but he also writes very dark and very emotional scenes--all of this together creates some very endearing characters.This is a slow burn in terms of the greater political plot. There are monsters fought--both human and supernatural--but the story does not end with any kind of climactic wrap up or cliffhanger confrontation. Instead, it works to solidify Ciri's role and her relationships. Geralt is the main character in this story, but so too is this princess who carries the blood of elves within veins and exhibits magic in very unusual and prophetic ways.I still have to get around to playing the third Witcher game. While I know that it diverges greatly from this book, reading the books makes me want to spend as much time with the characters as I can, in whatever form they come

  • Julie
    2019-03-17 04:53

    "And the girl?" Yarpen indicated Ciri with his head as she wriggled under the sheepskin. "Yours?""Mine," he replied without thinking. "Mine, Zigrin."Auuughh, my feelings!!I'll say it again, though: you should definitely start this series with The Last Wish, because the short stories do a much better job of worldbuilding and getting you interested in this universe; plus, characterwise, you'll care so much more about Geralt, Yennefer, Ciri, and even background characters like Yarpen, Dandelion, and Calanthe.Like I mentioned in status updates, this world dovetails nicely with Dragon Age's, in which elves are an oppressed minority (alongside halflings and dwarves). Blood of Elves consciously echoes pogroms and internment camps when it discusses how humans rail against The Other (despite, as characters have pointed out, that elves have been mingling with humans for ages and a lot of people have some elven ancestry). It's a dark world on the brink of civil and international war, and there are shades of Game of Thrones when you see royals politicking and scheming and struggling to come up with the best solution for their kingdoms, and how they rationalise themselves into doing something awful -- for reasons of state.It is a bit of a readjustment going from the fast, punchy short story collections to this book: it's more slow-paced and there's less of a sense of climax. So, one star mainly docked because it really does feel like lead-up/build-up to the next book rather than a story in its own right with a beginning, middle, and end; it also slows down a bit after leaving Kaer Morhen (but then picked up for me when it got back into Ciri's training).Which, speaking of: I LOVE HER TRAINING. Sapkowski communicated so much with so little, these sparse dialogue-only sections, which are funny and fun and a little silly. Plus I cracked up at the beginning, when you realise that the badass witchers are actually a bunch of clueless men who are completely baffled by female puberty. (It's a great example of the author's tongue-in-cheek approach to high fantasy, and I just love that the misery & cramps are talked about and dealt with! Because otherwise, in most fiction, you'd think that periods never exist.) Ciri is a ray of light, just brightening up the others around her; her effect on the witchers and Yennefer is just. A sight to behold. (Did I get a tear in my eye when (view spoiler)[Yennefer called her daughter (hide spoiler)]? Yes; yes, I did.)Geralt and Dandelion and Yennefer are held at a far more distant remove compared to the previous books, though, in favour of Ciri and her development. So Sapkowski's subversive fairytales are swapped out for a Chosen One trope instead -- which, I'm not super enamoured with that aspect of the arc because it's one of those well-trodden storylines that gets on my nerves, but in this case I don't mind because I just have so many feelings about these characters, found family, and two frigid people learning how to parent an orphan.[Credit & credit.]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • C Joy
    2019-02-22 22:06

    This was a rather laid back novel full of trouble brewing, wars in the making, and the introduction of Ciri, the Child Surprise, Geralt's and the other witchers' destiny.For those who haven't read the prequel:In "The Last Wish", there's a story where Geralt was invitied to an event by Queen Calanthe, the Lioness of Cintra and he was asked to disguise himself. The cunning witcher knew at once there's something afoot until there's a commotion, a knight who refuses to reveal his face, (turns out it was hideous because of a curse) claims the hand of Pavetta, the princess. The Law of Surprise was explained: Calanthe's husband was saved by this knight, and he demanded something the king has at home, but wasn't aware of, to which the king blindly agreed to out of gratitude. The king wasn't aware Calanthe was already expecting therefore, it was the child the knight claimed, and he was very strategic about it.The same law applied to Geralt when the knight asked him his price. He also asked for the same - that after six years, he would come back and claim that which the knight has but doesn't know yet. The story in "The Last Wish" ended with the Princess Pavetta blushing, because she's already with child. That child is Ciri, and Geralt found her alive after the fall of Cintra, took her the Wtichers' keep and trained her to be one of them. Now those are the parts I liked best - Ciri's training. It's really interesting how she honed her skills and amusing when Triss Merigold stepped in.I don't know how many lovers Geralt had, but I know with the author's hints, that he and Yennefer belong together. I can't help it I'm female. No matter how much bloodshed, war, and fights there are, I'm glad there's still some hint of complicated love between them, but they never meet in this book.I hated the part where Geralt screwed Shani, the med student, men would always be men I guess, and he just needs a distraction. I'm obviously pro-Yennefer, I liked her from the start, and I liked her even more when she trained Ciri.It's amazing how the humor is still there whenever Dandilion is around, there's more to him than the lecherous bard, he's a really good friend to Geralt, and I was touched when Yennefer thanked him for keeping Geralt company. I hope I could get my hands on the next books because this first book just leaves everything hanging for me, and I think that's how the author meant it.I have to admit I didn't give this 5 stars because I was bored with the long talks of the kings and wizards from the Chapter. I hope to see more action next time.

  • Michelle Morrell
    2019-03-01 00:05

    It's official, my emergency back-up book on my phone is a Sapkowski book. This makes the third in the series (after The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny). We see more of the maturation of Ciri and how she bonded with Yennifer, and get some of Yen's view of Geralt. It's not high fiction, but I do love Geralt so. And everything I'm reading is only making my sporatic Witcher 3 playthrough deeper and more poignant.

  • Joseph
    2019-03-18 00:03

    A bit of an odd duck, this one -- definitely the middle part of something, so I really, really hope they translate & publish additional volumes in the series. Geralt (the Witcher proper) also has much less of a role in it than one might otherwise expect. Having said that, as with the previous book, I enjoyed the Eastern European feel and the sometimes grim tone enough to overlook the structural flaws. (And I think I might cut translated books more slack because I assume the problem is with the translation rather than with the original. Which, of course, may or may not be true.)

  • Kenchiin
    2019-03-14 02:07

    A transition book, but a good build up and overall idea of what's to come.And I think I love Ciri.Edit 1And YenneferEdit 2And Geralt

  • Gaston
    2019-02-21 21:53

    Mejoro enormemente los libros anteriores, empieza una historia en sí, una historia que sigue capitulo a capitulo y no pequeñas historias chiquitas. No me quejo de lo anterior, hoy hacen que uno conozca y se encariñe con los los personajes que antes con poquitas cosas fue conociendo. En este libro Geralt aparece menos que antes, los demás protagonistas toman mucha fuerza, aparecen los villanos, los reyes, las guerras venideras. Me gusto mucho, y me interesa pensar que libro a libro va a empezar a mover esa rueda que tienen las fantasías épicas.

  • Jeraviz
    2019-03-08 00:01

    A pesar de ser la primera novela de la saga, después de los dos primeros libros de relatos, la estructura sigue siendo muy parecida. Pocos capítulos y largos, con un hilo conductor, pero que cuentan una historia o momento en particular cada uno y con cambios muy bruscos entre uno y otro. A veces pueden pasar incluso meses o años entre capítulos.He echado en falta más momentos de Geralt, apenas sale en dos o tres capítulos. Y a Ciri, que me atrapó desde la primera vez que leí sobre ella, que también sale en unos pocos capítulos más.Sapkowski se toma su tiempo para mostrarnos más el mundo: los tejemanejes de la política, algún que otro monstruo (sólo uno ahora que lo pienso), y los problemas típicos de Jaskier, un personaje que me aburre bastante.Pero aún así, la forma de escribir del autor, cómo explora los sentimientos de los personajes y construye diálogos tan reales, junto con la magnífica traducción, hace que sea de la mejor fantasía que haya leído.

  • Knjigoholičarka
    2019-03-22 05:57

    Šta sve donosi epska fantastika? Vilenjake, patuljke, magiju, seksi čarobnice. Koje sve motive možete očekivati od epske fantastike? Pa, zasigurno neko Proročanstvo, pojavljivanje Odabranog, najmanje jednog super frajera mračne prošlosti i slomljenog srca, koji se pretvara da to je isto srce odavno skamenjeno.I dete.Slatko, pametno, šarmantno do bola dete, koje, samo kako to deca umeju i znaju, svojom prostodušnošću, brbljavošću, radoznalošću i hrabrošću, leči to srce pretvoreno u kamen. Suma sumarum: sve ono što od epske fantastike već očekujete i znate da ćete dobiti, ali bez suvišnog davljenja (da, Džordane, ni mrtvog neću prestati da te prozivam!).

  • Sandra
    2019-03-04 04:48

    It is still an enjoyable series though this installment felt to me as some kind of a middle syndromed book in its way to what I hope it will be a greater final chapter.Intrigues with magicians and kings, past and incoming wars and elves' rebellions take part more than ever of the main plot and unfortunately I am one of those readers that value more characters than dark plots. In the latter department, I like Ciri but she is sometimes so whiny I want her to mature a bit more.Secundaries like Jaskier (does Geralt's Sancho Panza have a double agenda?), Jennefer or Triss (I love them but there are so many things I feel I still don't know about them) are good but overall I just felt that I didn't get enough Geralt in this book so I really hope that changes in the next one.