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Blood of Elves (1993)

by Andrzej Sapkowski

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Series: The Witcher (3)

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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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Best fantasy ever. It's worth reading the prequels as it will give you better context. ( )
  SergioRuiz | Apr 30, 2024 |
So richtig begeistert hat mich der erste Teil nicht, manche Passagen haben sich doch sehr gezogen. Das letzte Kapitel macht allerdings wieder Lust auf mehr, ich werde die Serie also noch weiterlesen! ( )
  Katzenkindliest | Apr 23, 2024 |
Kaas on hoopis selline:
Ja välja antud 1012, aga seda GoodReads muuta ei lase. ( )
  sashery | Jan 29, 2024 |
This book was character development and world building. Not as interesting. Does it build on this and get better? ( )
  wvlibrarydude | Jan 14, 2024 |
Blood of Elves is chronologically the 3rd entry within The Witcher saga. Whereas previously all the short stories followed Geralt of Rivia working on certain monster assassination assignments, within Blood of Elves he is one of 3 or 4 main characters that we share the minds of. So Don't come to Blood of Elves expecting it to be the Geralt show. It's not.

Really Blood of Elves focuses on Ciri, the child of Destiny. Ciri is essentially the main character with Geralt being more of a shadowy father figure who aids her development as an upcoming Witcher although she also has magical capabilities she does not understand. He is the infamous Witcher, Yennefer is an enchantress and there is the "will they-won't they" love interest, and although she's not the biological child of the aforementioned she arguably seems like a perfect mix of the other two main characters. Blood of Elves basically tells the tale of Ciri's early training under a group of Witchers, learning the Witcher way, and then upon discovering her natural talent for magic she is sent to be trained by Yennefer. Yennefer becoming Ciri's mentor & teacher is perhaps my favorite part of the book. I really enjoy the magic training trope in fantasy.

As the first of a five-book series, Blood of Elves would benefit from a map and character index as Sapkowski’s sudden (and often fleeting) reference to various countries, territories and characters can become confusing at times. The plot also takes an unexpected leap forward in time around the halfway point and it could be bothersome for some readers. It's an easy read but it isn't heavy on action. There is much dialogue (some of it disjointed) and the chapters are really long. At the same time, Sapkowski's writing is just so easy to appreciate. There is something to be said for a simple & direct writing style like his. ( )
  ryantlaferney87 | Dec 8, 2023 |
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A breath of fresh air in a well-worn genre. Don’t miss it!

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Andrzej Sapkowskiprimary authorall editionscalculated
Barcinski, TomaszTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Błaszczak, MarcinCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Belletti, RaffaellaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chomiak, MarianCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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The town was in flames.
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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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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