Blood of Elves

Blood of Elves

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: London, Gollancz,, 2012.
Copyright Date: copyright2008
ISBN: 9780575084841
0575084847
Characteristics: 315 pages ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Stok, Danusia - Translator

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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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