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Blood of Elves (The Witcher) (original 1994; edition 2018)

by Andrzej Sapkowski (Author)

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Title:Blood of Elves (The Witcher)
Authors:Andrzej Sapkowski (Author)
Info:Orbit (2018), 432 pages
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Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski (1994)

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  Fiddleback_ | Dec 17, 2018 |
So good. Fantastic, expressive writing, great characters, and complex, adult relationships. Finally a fantasy series for mature, thinking people. Introspection alternates with action. There are some wonderful passages about the nature of magic, war being neutral, and observations on how racism and fear can be exploited for power gain. Plus how to handle a dangerously gifted spunky thirteen year old girl whom the entire world chases. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
So... much... conversation. There are pages of this book that are 100% conversation, which would be all right if the conversation was actually useful, descriptive or productive, but many times it is just people talking. Not nearly enough description of people, places, history, events, setting, anything. There's also a lot of missed history, as I did not read the first book and it tells in this one. ( )
  Karlstar | Feb 27, 2018 |
Sapkowski's style takes time to develop characters, potentially at the expense of thrills and tension within the story. Blood of Elves is not a single volume either, finishing midpoint of a story which could span many volumes to come. The world is well described and the attention to detail is expertly narrated, never distracting from the story. Unfortunately Geralt does not hold centre stage and the story follows a handful of characters as the plot unwinds; a shame since his character has so much to offer. Although it has a strong gamer following, Sapkowski's work is almost bland compared to some of the giants in the genre. It's a solid read, there are far better options out there. ( )
1 vote Jawin | Dec 29, 2017 |
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A breath of fresh air in a well-worn genre. Don’t miss it!
 

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Verily I say unto you, the era of the sword and axe is nigh, the era of the wolf's blizzard. The Time of the White Chill and the White Light is nigh, the Time of Madness and the Time of Contempt: Tedd Deireadh, the Time of End. The world will die admist frost and be reborn with the new sun. It will be reborn of the Elder blood, of Hen Ichaer, of the seed that has been sown. A seed which will not sprout but will burst into flame.
Ess'tuatha esse! Thus it shall be! Watch for the signs! What signs these shall be, I say unto you: first the earth will flow with the blood of Aen Seidhe, the Blood of Elves...
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Ithlinne Aegli eap Aevenien's prophecy
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The town was in flames.
Die Stadt brannte.
Die engen Straßen, die zum Graben führten, zur ersten Terrasse, verströmten Rauch und Hitze, die Flammen verzehrten die dicht gedrängten Strohdächer, leckten an den Mauern des Schlosses. Von Westen her, vom Hafentor, drang Geschrei heran, der Lärm eines erbitterten Kampfes, die dumpfen Stöße des Rammbocks, unter denen die Mauern erbebten.
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There's no such thing as a fair fight. You have to make use of every advantage and every opportunity that you get.
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The Witcher series of books was published in English in a different order to its original Polish publication. In internal chronology, it consists of two books of short stories (published in Poland in inverse chronological order), followed by 5 novels following a linked arc. The final book written then takes place during the time of the first short story collection.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 031602919X, Mass Market Paperback)

Watch for the signs! What signs these shall be, I say unto you: first the earth will flow with the blood of Aen Seidhe, the Blood of Elves...

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.

Following The Last Wish, BLOOD OF ELVES is the new novel starring Geralt of Rivia, the inspiration for the critically-acclaimed videogame The Witcher.

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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.

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