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Blood of Elves (Witcher Series #1)

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by Andrzej Sapkowski
 

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The New York Times bestselling series that inspired the international hit video game: The Witcher.

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

Overview

The New York Times bestselling series that inspired the international hit video game: The Witcher.

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

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The universe of Sapkowski's The Witcher is one of the most detailed and best-explored in modern fantasy, offering endless opportunities for fresh ideas ... Complex character relationships enrich this already complex world; this is the sort of series fantasy fans will cherish."—B&N "

One of the best and most interesting fantasy series I've ever read. Though it functions well as adventure fiction, it has added depth and value as satire and commentary on fantasy literature ... Sapkowski is a genuine stylist."—Nerds of a Feather"

Like a complicated magic spell, a Sapkowski novel is a hodgepodge of fantasy, intellectual discourse, and dry humor. Recommended."—Time"

Like Mieville and Gaiman, [Sapkowski] takes the old and makes it new ... fresh take on genre fantasy."—Foundation on The Last Wish

"A breath of fresh air in a well-worn genre. Don't miss it!"—Dreamwatch"

Sapkowski has a phenomenal gift for narrative, inventing sensational events, creating a suggestive mood, and building up the suspense along with a dazzling, slightly cynical sense of humor."—Jacek Sieradzki, Polityka on The Last Wish"

Sapkowski's The Last Wish is a great collection of short stories centered around a witcher, Geralt - a rare sorcerous breed who hunts down the monstrous but is feared by the innocent. With a wondrous mix of Eastern European folklore and myth, beautiful princesses, mischievous demons and where all is not as it seems, The Last Wish is a great read - perfect for dipping into or just reading cover to cover, as I did."—Waterstones"

It is [his] world-weariness combined with his battle-honed powers that make Geralt such an interesting character. Here's hoping The Last Wish is merely the opening chapter in his English language adventures."—Edge"

I really, really enjoyed this book ... None of the characters in Sapkowski's world are black or white; they are all shades of grey, including Geralt and the monsters."—The Deckled Edge"

Sapkowski is very good at creating interesting, imaginative characters with unusual levels of depth to them ... The Last Wish is an enjoyable book full of stories both melancholy and comic."—The Wertzone"

This beautifully written character-based story from Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski ... a refreshing champion."—The Specusphere"

New battle mechanics, a fantastic storyline, and a gritty setting make The Witcher one of the most engrossing, mature RPGs to arrive on the PC in years."—Gamespot.com on The Witcher video game"

The Witcher delivers one of the most intense and rewarding role-playing experiences this year."—GT Reviews on The Witcher video game

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316029193
Publisher:
Orbit
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Series:
Witcher Series , #1
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
8,146
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.90(d)

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Meet the Author

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.

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The Blood of Elves 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Jaskier More than 1 year ago
I remember 1-st publication of Witcher in Poland,I was only 18.I've spend almost 20 years in U.S.and Witcher saga was my best friend;when I miss my Homeland.Total escape from troubled reality of emigrant life.I told my new American friends about this books,and now they can enjoy them... I just hope translation gonna be able to bring the wonders of slavic mitology and language to english reader. Geralt rulles!
Jimbo2e371 More than 1 year ago
I've read both The Witcher and The Blood of Elves. I really want to like them. The mythology is interesting, the plot lines quite good. I believe that they suffer from poor translation. The characters, other than Geralt, are not terribly well defined. I've read other translated series (the Day Watch / Night Watch books by Sergei Lukyanenko)and have seen how the translations improve, as does the publicity. After reading The Blood of Elves, I'm not sure if there are any more books to come (even though these were originally published some time ago). The book is great as a start to a series of books, but in the book jacket or notes, there is no mention of further adventures to come. The book is currently sitting on my bookshelf, but I'm not sure that I'm personally invested enough to continue the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Somewhat disappointed with 2nd book involving geralt the witcher. The book definetly sets the stage for the continuation of the story. However, after a decent start, it slows down and tries to build up the next story. I enjoyed the short stories and adventures in the1st book, so I missed that element here.
Jsh_the_Bard More than 1 year ago
After reading the collection of short stories written by the same author, I picked up this book to continue in that world. It feels like there should be more to the story and as a novel, I would have expected a little more character depth on characters other than Geralt. Perhaps it is a translation issue as has been stated in other reviews. I found it still to be a fun and interesting read; especially as it gives a nice break from American fantasy. I am not sure if there are more in this series, but if there are, it would be great to see them translated.
Purple_Violin More than 1 year ago
I've just finished re-reading this book, and I still enjoy it very much. It focuses less on Geralt than "The Last Wish", and is written in an entirely different way. This is not a short story collection. It is a single novel that focuses on a young girl named Ciri who is a ward to the witcher Geralt. She is a fascinating character, and I look forward to reading more about her in future novels. In this story, we are presented with more of Geralt's history, including his love/hate relationship with a sorceress named Yennefer. Yennefer eventually becomes a mentor for Ciri, and assists her in honing her magical talents. There are some spots of this novel where I think the translation has caused some awkwardness. It is easily overlooked, however, and the enjoyment of the story is not inhibited. I highly recommend this story to those who enjoy magic and adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blood of Elves is very good in terms of creating a living world. This is done in terms of establishing characters and cultures (and relationships between them). The primary story line for a series is setup, but not necessarily taken that far. The world itself seems to be informed by the having a Polish writer, who draws on different traditions than the average fantasy author. That said, momentum was un-even at some points over the course of the book. Not necessarily the largest issue in the world, but something to keep in mind of pacing is the utmost consideration. The ending occurs as the story line hits a crescendo, which makes it a bit of a cliff hanger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply a must read for any dark fantsy reader.
VampireRanger More than 1 year ago
Every bit as good as the first. There is a 6 year gap in the story line, I hope the next book doesn't have that. I have alot of questions about what happened between the two books.
Ariam 7 months ago
Blood of Elves, unlike the first novel The Last Witcher, is written quite differently. Rather than having each chapter be a short, action-filled story like the previous novel, Blood of Elves is written in more of a 'traditional' style which may not appeal to those fans of how action-packed the first one was. Personally, I found this novel very engaging and entertaining. From enticing magics, monsters - new and old, political maneuvering, murder, mayhem, wars, and more this novel set up eager anticipation for the next! I couldn't put it down!
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Previous books were more interesting than this one. Feels more like an introduction. Pretty much no action but explanation and introduction for the next book.
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Really like this series. Want more focus on Geralt
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Not nearly as good as the first book.
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Tall, muscular, agile, and somewhat handsome. He will always be seen wearing gloves. The gloves have claws that can dig into rock or dig into his opponent. Easy to approach, but not easy to keep a conversation going on with him for longer than two minutes. Only speaks when needed, and often resorts to hiding in the canopy of the thick forest trees that surrond the camp. He looks either way when up there, towards the camp, or lookibg out at the world. Has a long straight scar going down his left cheek that is very faint. He is extremely good with the bow and arrow. Pretty good with sword.
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