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Blood of Elves (The Witcher (1)) (original 1994; edition 2018)

by Andrzej Sapkowski (Author)

Series: The Witcher (4)

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For more than a hundred years humans, dwarves, gnomes and elves lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over and now the races once again fight each other - and themselves: dwarves are killing their kinsmen, and elves are murdering humans and elves, at least those elves who are friendly to humans . . . Into this tumultuous time is born a child for whom the witchers of the world have been waiting. Ciri, the granddaughter of Queen Calanthe, the Lioness of Cintra, has strange powers and a stranger destiny, for prophecy names her the Flame, one with the power to change the world - for good, or for evil . . . Geralt, the witcher of Rivia, has taken Ciri to the relative safety of the Witchers' Settlement, but it soon becomes clear that Ciri isn't like the other witchers. As the political situation grows ever dimmer and the threat of war hangs almost palpably over the land, Geralt searches for someone to train Ciri's unique powers. But someone else has an eye on the young girl, someone who understand exactly what the prophecy means - and exactly what Ciri's power can do. This time Geralt may have met his match.… (more)
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Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski (1994)

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4.5 stelle.

"La magia ti tende la mano, Ciri. A te, strana bambina, Sorpresa, Figlia del sangue Antico, il Sangue degli elfi. Strana bambina intessuta di Movimento e Cambiamento, Distruzione e Rinascita. Destinata e tu stessa destino. La magia ti tende la mano da dietro la porta chiusa. A te, granellino di sabbia begli ingranaggi dell'orologio della Sorte. Tende le sue grinfie verso di te il Caos, che non sa ancora se diventerai uno strumento o un ostacolo ai suoi piani. Ciò che ti mostra in sogno è appunto questa incertezza. Il Caos ha paura di te, Bambina Sorpresa. E vuole fa sì che sia tu ad averne."

Dopo il precedente volume che non era altro che la seconda raccolta di racconti e che non mi aveva convinto molto, non sapevo cosa aspettarmi da questo primo romanzo.
Partendo dal presupposto che questo libro non ha una fine, come ha scritto Lys nella sua recensione, e gli eventi vengono messi in pausa, un po' come nei libri di ASOIAF di Martin, il Sangue degli Elfi è riuscito comunque a conquistarmi.
In questo primo romanzo vengono poste le basi per una buona trama, dei personaggi ben caratterrizzati e un worldbuilding che, seppur sia pennellato a tratti e risulta di tanto in tanto vago, trovo sia originale ed efficace.

Cerco di esaminare ogni punto un po' più approfonditamente.
Personaggi: più che Geralt, che abbiamo conosciuto tramite dei flash nelle raccolte di racconti, qui la protagonista è Ciri che sta iniziando il suo addestramento come stringa/maga.
Solitamente sui personaggi femminili ho sempre delle riserve, non riesco ad entrare in empatia..questa volta invece ho amato questo personaggio dall'inizio alla fine.
Tenera e tenace, trasparente e curiosa, Ciri ha un rapporto speciale con lo strigo e profondo con la maga Yennefer.
Come personaggi secondari ritroviamo di nuovo il nostro Ranuncolo (Dandelion, in inglese) e la maga Triss.
Per quanto riguarda i cattivi, mi riesce difficile tirare una riga di confine, perché ognuno fa i suoi interessi e tira acqua al proprio mulino per ottenere sempre più potere. Dovrei leggere i seguiti per capire se ci sono particolari evoluzioni.

Trama:
Sullo sfondo dell'addestramento di Ciri ci sono intrighi, spie, una imminente guerra e gente che la vuole morta o addirittura vuole vedere morti tutti. Risultato: forse lo vedremo nel seguito. Per ora ci sono le premesse.

Worldbuilding:
Gli strighi, o meglio i Witchers, sono unici, non sono propriamente stregoni, né maghi, né guerrieri, ma sono mutanti che hanno in sé più caratteristiche.
L'ambientazione è un po' vaga. Non c'è una mappa per ora, ma vengono nominate città, un Nord e un Sud, secondo me quel che basta ai fini della narrazione. Siamo in un mondo medievaleggiante, ma non rientra nei canoni della nostra storia e vi sono svariate razze, alcune conosciute, come umani, nani ed elfi ed altre inventate oppure risalenti al folklore slavo (non ne ho idea) come le driadi e svariati "bestie/animali" umanoidi o meno.

Consigliato a tutti. Dovete conoscere Sapkowski, o meglio quel figo di Geralt, l'adorabile Cori, quello strampalato di Ranuncolo e la potente maga Yennefer.
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  Sara_Lucario | Oct 19, 2021 |
I have given up on series for much less than the issues found here.

Misogyny is kind of a staple of so much the fantasy genre that I am used to trying to give the author the benefit of the doubt - "he's a very old world white male from post war Poland, how progressive can he be?" - but the writing is so egregiously bad in this regard.... yuck. Others have reviewed this aspect much more articulately than I have here but Ciri, Triss, and Yenefer get treated to so much of the male gaze and so little character development.

Oh by the way, these three get the majority of the character development that does occur in this book(keep reading it's not as contradictory as it sounds). Any other character seems to have been sourced directly from central casting's 80's S&S department... including the main character who comes here as a cardboard cutout of a Conan/Krull/Beastmaster pastiche. The author ordered a BBEG directly from an 80's Sears Roebuck Catalog castle Greyskull. Need a bungling bad-guy foil to move the plot forward (at a glacial pace)? Order up sir! Did you want him with the Snidely Whiplash(TM) moustache or the facial scar? Both?! You scamp sir, coming right up. How about a gray-beard mentor/management figure that can demonstrate to us us how edgy our main character 'good-guy-but-bad-boy' really is... ugh.

The worldbuilding is only interesting in that it is done exclusively through massive info-dumps of dialogue. Who talks in paragraphs of information like that? Maybe you have that one friend who speaks in blocks of text but there is a reason you haven't invited them over for coffee in while- think about it. Elves, dwarves, gnomes are the indigenous 'savages' -really? How incredibly post-colonial of you sir.

Also, I m pretty sure Paul Krugman would have few bones to pick with you over your slipshod economics - which I understand you have a degree in? Please give us one good reason why the Nilfgarrdians have manufacturing/mass production and powerful magic? Presumably if you have one you don't really need the other. Further, if they a kicking everyone else's asses economically... What the actual EFF are they doing doing wasting time/energy/resources on war with people who are about to become client-states to an empire? JC on a roller-skate, for a series that prides itself on politics is this dumb!

I mean... other than that I thought it was OK. ( )
  paulgtr234 | Oct 7, 2021 |
Did not do my research in reading the two prequels, which are the basis for the TV series now showing on Netflix. Anyway, after a short interlude with the bard Dandelion singing the praises of the legendary Witcher, Geralt of Rivia and a mysterious sorcerer trying to torture some truths from him, we meet Ciri, the child of Destiny. Geralt, takes her under wing, bringing her to develop as the first female Witcher. He and his fellow Witchers are ignorant of many things affecting Ciri, especially her magical capabilities, which she herself does not understand. So they recruit Triss Merigold to help, but soon discovers a more powerful force is needed, encouraging them to find Yennefer, an enchantress, to help Ciri at boarding school. Slow at times, I liked Ciri's unassuming personality, despite her trauma, and to a lesser extent, her many protectors. I will now go back and read the prequels before continuing on the second book. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Is the third book of the Witcher saga a good book? You bet it is! Is it a renewal of the genre as some say? No, I don`t think so. But the first novel of the Witcher saga is a very well written, entertaining political fantasy mainly building the foundations of the following volumes. ( )
  TheCrow2 | May 5, 2021 |
The book is mostly dialogue. It's as if the author forgot that he has to put effort into setting the scene. The last 15 pages or so read like a rough draft. If I hadn't seen the show, I probably wouldn't read the next book. ( )
  SGTCat | Feb 25, 2021 |
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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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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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For more than a hundred years humans, dwarves, gnomes and elves lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over and now the races once again fight each other - and themselves: dwarves are killing their kinsmen, and elves are murdering humans and elves, at least those elves who are friendly to humans . . . Into this tumultuous time is born a child for whom the witchers of the world have been waiting. Ciri, the granddaughter of Queen Calanthe, the Lioness of Cintra, has strange powers and a stranger destiny, for prophecy names her the Flame, one with the power to change the world - for good, or for evil . . . Geralt, the witcher of Rivia, has taken Ciri to the relative safety of the Witchers' Settlement, but it soon becomes clear that Ciri isn't like the other witchers. As the political situation grows ever dimmer and the threat of war hangs almost palpably over the land, Geralt searches for someone to train Ciri's unique powers. But someone else has an eye on the young girl, someone who understand exactly what the prophecy means - and exactly what Ciri's power can do. This time Geralt may have met his match.

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