Blood of Elves

Blood of Elves

Book - 2017
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"Into a tumultuous time is born a child for whom the witches of the world have been waiting. Ciri, the granddaughter of Queen Calanthe, the Lioness of Cintra, has strange powers and a strange destiny, for prophecy names her the Flame, one with the power to change the world: for good, or for evil."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Orbit, c2017.
Edition: 1st trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780316438988
0316438987
Characteristics: 420 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Stok, Danusia - Translator

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TheReader_2
Mar 01, 2020

The first chapter irritated me in the beginning. Mostly because it was just a bunch of unrelatable characters arguing about the past. But once it got into the lore and magic of story, more interesting characters emerged and that first chapter seemed more like "Last time on The Witcher" sort of recap that a TV show would do. So far so good, the story is keeping reality away and making the mundane day to day a bit less boring. Now I'm gonna have to play the video game too.

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CourtneyEHK
Feb 16, 2020

The story has a lot of dialogue that at times can be a bit dull which is why I only gave this book a 4/5. Other than that though, it was quite entertaining. Less monsters being killed in this story than the previous short story's but I found this book had a lot more substance in it than the short story's provided.

I found Ciri to be a bit annoying at times but that is because she is a curious young girl who wants to learn more about the world. She just doesn't seem to understand when to give it a rest. In the story some of the adults would get annoyed with her and I found myself agreeing with them! But dont let that deter you from reading this book. It was still a good first book to a series and I look forward to reading the next one.

I listened to the audiobook with Peter Kenny who is the voice actor. He is absolutely amazing and I plan on listening to the remaining books because he is the voice actor for them as well.

ArapahoeTiegan Dec 02, 2019

Such an abrupt ending! But I'm hooked enough by the world and the characters that I want to continue the series!

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ReadRyan
Sep 07, 2019

Read 3rd

ReadingAdviser_leni Jun 21, 2019

Very clearly the beginning of a series as there is a lot of set-up, character development, history and planning in this. Loved the action sequences, and I’m looking forward to more. I originally picked this up as I really enjoy the “Witcher 3” video game and I wanted to know more about the characters and where the story came from.

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NicholasVize
Jun 19, 2019

I definetly liked this book just like I did "The Last Wish" and "The Sword of Destiny" but this book is a little bit different than Sapkowski's previous books. Likewise, this is the first book that has one story throughout the whole book rather than various shorter stories about Geralt. Another difference about this book compared to the other two before is that rather than the story being told trhough Geralt's perspective, we begin to see chapters seen through other people's perspectives, like Ciri and Triss to name a few.

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StarLord21
Mar 08, 2016

I did enjoy this book. Although unlike his short stories this book starts a series. It takes the perspective of Geralt, Dandelion, Ciri and Triss Merigold. Maybe that's why it doesn't get great reviews as the short stories. Because it isn't solely about Geralt. But that is why I like it. Anyway I thought it was good.

erummel93 Sep 20, 2015

Good for the elaborate world Sapkowski creates. Not so good for the marginally interesting political intrigue plots and some characters being as thin as gruel. Geralt, the anti-hero protagonist, is utterly devoid of a personality in this title. All we know of him is his devotion to Ciri, his mystical ability to have sex with every women he meets for no reason, and his sarcastic quips between periods of long silence and sparse words in all of his conversations. He's a boring character, but also a badass. Just give him a sword and read about him killing people and one-upping his more bookish comrades. Don't think about it too hard beyond that.

This book is rather uneventful for what is meant to be an introduction to the series. However, the last chapter is an absolute masterpiece, in my opinion, and made me beg for more from Sapkowski. He knows how to tell a story when he wants to.

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mexicanadiense
Jun 11, 2014

Mixed feelings about this title. Some of the chapters were as gripping and iconoclastic as the most excellent stories in The Last Wish, but it nearly lost me when it got bogged down in the internal and external politics of imaginary kingdoms/wizards guilds, etc. Sapkowski is definitely at his best during the clever dialogue-only bits, or when sending up the foibles and vanities of authority figures. I will definitely carry on to read The Time of Contempt.

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