Blood Of Elves

Blood Of Elves

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The New York Times bestselling series that inspired the international hit video game: The Witcher.
*Look out for Season of Storms in May 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 Elves is the first full-length Witcher novel, and the perfect follow up if you've read The Last Wish collection .

Witcher novels Blood of Elves
The Time of Contempt
Baptism of Fire The Tower of Swallows Lady of the Lake
Witcher collections The Last Wish Sword of Destiny
The Malady and Other Stories: An Andrzej Sapkowski Sampler (e-only)

Translated from original Polish by Danusia Stok


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Andrew Kyle Bacon
Oct 03, 2017

"Blood of Elves" is by far one of the best fantasy books I've read in a long time. Fantasy is a tough genre for me to get into, by the way, and so I often begin fantasy books only to let them go very quickly and not finish them. My admiration from this book comes from the fact that it feels as though there were lore and history behind every single word, yet these peripheral details never feel overwhelming to the point of making the narrative incomprehensible.

The characters and their shared histories all feel well fleshed out, and the relationships and dynamics between the characters are quickly discernible, making the novel easy to read and get through. In fact, I found in general that the book is breezy reading even though it is a complicated work from a narrative standpoint. I finished the book in a little over a week, for instance, and found myself just devouring it and wanting more and more. This book is almost my definition of a page turner.

I'll say that I am almost entirely unfamiliar with the games based on these books (make no mistake, the books came first), having only seen some gameplay but never having actually played them. I've also not read the two collections of short stories which take place prior to this book. In other words, I went into this novel completely blind and found myself wonderfully surprised and engaged. I'm now ready to read the rest of the series and perhaps to play the games as well.

Sapkowski's world building is among the best I've ever read, and all of it is subtle (much of it probably unnoticed). "Blood of Elves" is a wonderful book, funny and engaging, tragic and beautiful. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys high fantasy. It has everything and it has everything contained within a very brisk and easy read.


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