Blood Of Elves by Andrzej SapkowskiBlood Of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski

Blood Of Elves

byAndrzej Sapkowski

Mass Market Paperback | May 1, 2009

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TheNew York Timesbestselling series that inspired the international hit video game:The Witcher.
*Look out forSeason of Stormsin April 2018*
For over a century, humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves have lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over, and now the races are fighting once again. The only good elf, it seems, is a dead elf.

Geralt of Rivia, the cunning assassin known as The Witcher, has been waiting for the birth of a prophesied child. This child has the power to change the world - for good, or for evil.

As the threat of war hangs over the land and the child is hunted for her extraordinary powers, it will become Geralt's responsibility to protect them all - and the Witcher never accepts defeat.
Blood of Elvesis the first full-length Witcher novel, and the perfect follow up if you've readThe Last Wishcollection.

Witcher novelsBlood of Elves
The Time of Contempt
Baptism of Fire
The Tower of SwallowsLady of the Lake
Witcher collectionsThe Last WishSword of Destiny
The Malady and Other Stories: An Andrzej Sapkowski Sampler(e-only)

Translated from original Polish by Danusia Stok
Andrzej Sapkowski was born in 1948 in Poland. He studied economy and business, but the success of his fantasy cycle about the sorcerer Geralt of Rivia turned him into a bestselling writer. He is now one of Poland's most famous and successful authors.
Title:Blood Of ElvesFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7 × 4.25 × 1.25 inPublished:May 1, 2009Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031602919X

ISBN - 13:9780316029193

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great world building The writing style is a little dry - likely an artefact of the Polish it was originally written in (translating is hard!). But if you can get through that, the story is really good. I love getting to see Ciri as a child trying so hard to be a Witcher, and this group of men who just have no idea what to do with her. And I love the bonds she forms with all the adult characters around her. The fantasy setting isn't totally new, but the slavic flavour does make it different enough from the Tolkien-inspired norm that it's a refreshing read for long-time readers of the genre.
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable A good series even if you don't know the game. I can't say much in terms of the quality of translation, but am glad that it was translated as it means Iget to enjoy the story :)
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A fascinating world that isn't terribly well written. This will be a vague review of the entire Witcher series. The world of the Witcher is possibly my favourite fantasy setting due to it's mature setting and innumerable monsters. The idea of witchers themselves are also really interesting. The characters are very memorable and it's great to see the story progress with a international war happening while Geralt, Ciri and co. attempt to do their own missions. However, where this series is weak is the writing of themes of right and wrong. Sapkowski tries to create a world where the lines are blurred but to the extent that the books beat you over the head repeatedly with this quandary. It gets very tiresome reading what feels like the exact same conversation about morality many times over the course of the books. Overall, the books are enjoyable but don't live up to what they could be.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I am a big fan of the Witcher series. I really enjoyed the Last Wish and Sword of Destiny. This book wasn't as good as the first two but I still enjoyed the book.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written but... I love the world of the witcher and read the short stories. And as good as book 1 is, it does feel someone disjointed. Geralt, the witcher himself, is far removed from the action in the story, which feels like disjointed short stories collected into one arc.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good, but not the best As someone who played the games, I enjoyed seeing more of Geralt and Ciri's backstory. However, I didn't find that the book felt 'finished'. The antagonist barely existed in the story, and the main plot was resolved in a rather disappointing fashion.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Great read! Would recommend to anyone, regardless of whether they play the games or not.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read!! I love this series and this book is a great start for it. highly recommend.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliantly Paced Amazing series, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life consuming. The sequel to "The Last Wish", "Blood of Elves" is a stunning addition to the Geralt the Witcher tale. This novel is constructed more smoothly, as it is a full story, as opposed to the series of short stories that is "The Last Wish". I couldn't put this book down, & it ended with me thirsting for more. Will the story continue? If more of Andrzej Sapkowski's work was available in english, I would snatch it up. Brilliant mind.
Date published: 2012-04-19

Editorial Reviews

"The Lady of the Lake is, without any doubt, the best and most profound fantasy novel I have ever read. It is hard to put down, yet also a challenging and deeply rewarding book. And it is genuinely moving. I have never read a fantasy series like this, and suspect I never will again."-Nerds of a Feather on The Lady of the Lake