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Blood of Elves (The Witcher #3)

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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 of Rivia, the cunning assassin known as
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Hachette Book Group Orbit (first published 1994)
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I remember being thrilled when I discovered that The Witcher saga by Andrzej Sapkowski was available in audio format. As a big fan of the video games which were adapted from this series, I was of course interested in reading the books, but as waiting for the English translation from its original Polish already required a bit of patience, I never really dared hope that the audiobooks would be coming too.

As of this writing t
I loved it like I knew I would. It was well worth the wait, and I can not wait until the next installment. For some reason, my wife and I were possessed by the title and now run around the house doing some ridiculous call and response thing-
Me(from downstairs, yelling black metal voice): "BLOOD OF ELVES"
Her (from upstairs, shrieking black metal voice): "BLLLLLLLLLLOOOOD OF EELLLVVVVEEES"

There are worse reactions a book can inspire.
I jumped right into this after reading "The Last Wish" expecting something similar in terms of pacing and structure. Instead this picked up a dangling thread from one of the short stories in the previous book and wove an epic fantasy.

I did feel that I needed a map to keep all of the little countries and their relations to each other, and maybe even a diagram with all the rulers and their relations to each other, but the important ones were easy enough to follow.

To me it felt like Ciri was real
Mike (the Paladin)
I "feel" (note the use of the word "feel" rather than "think") I should (have) like(ed) this book better. The plot sounds very interesting. The girl Ciri, child of promise and prophecy (yes a common motif in fantasy and folklore) who was promised to the Witcher before she was born. (Evil faeries and so on used to claim that promise). The story of her "education", training, change and all the people around who want to protect or use her.

But I just found the book a sort of yawner. It opens with a
Marta Conejo
La saga de Geralt comienza a ser una historia en lugar de pequeñas historias cortas. Esta novela te deja conocer más a los personajes. A Geralt, quién tiene que cambiar sus pensamientos sobre el destino; a Yennefer y a Ciri, dos personas que tienen más unión de la que parece... todo ello en un contexto bien labrado y con una historia que consigue engancharte y ver sus uniones con los personajes...

A por el siguiente!
❅ Eze ❅
Creo que la descripcion mas acertada y generalizada que puedo dar sobre este libro es que es una mezcla de Tolkien y Martin. No tiene las epicas batallas entre ejercitos, ni tantas conspiraciones politicas. Pero tiene una historia original que atrapa al lector, conversaciones memorables, personajes muy bien logrados, peleas excitantes, momentos emotivos; todo esto en el marco de la fantasia para un publico adulto.
Me gusta hablar sobre lo bueno y lo malo en mis reviews, pero lo unico que puede ll
Jul 17, 2010 Joy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy, magic, those who want something refreshing
Recommended to Joy by: Toshi-kun
This was a rather laid back novel full of trouble brewing, wars in the making, and the introduction of Ciri, the Child Surprise, Geralt's and the other witchers' destiny.

For those who haven't read the prequel:

In "The Last Wish", there's a story where Geralt was invitied to an event by Queen Calanthe, the Lioness of Cintra and he was asked to disguise himself. The cunning witcher knew at once there's something afoot until there's a commotion, a knight who refuses to reveal his face, (turns out it
Šta sve donosi epska fantastika? Vilenjake, patuljke, magiju, seksi čarobnice. Koje sve motive možete očekivati od epske fantastike? Pa, zasigurno neko Proročanstvo, pojavljivanje Odabranog, najmanje jednog super frajera mračne prošlosti i slomljenog srca, koji se pretvara da to je isto srce odavno skamenjeno.

I dete.

Slatko, pametno, šarmantno do bola dete, koje, samo kako to deca umeju i znaju, svojom prostodušnošću, brbljavošću, radoznalošću i hrabrošću, leči to srce pretvoreno u kamen.

Suma su
This book marks the first of the "Witcher series" whereas The Last Wish serves more as a series of short stories introducing various characters, situations, themes, etc. Chronologically it takes place after The Last Wish, however, so reading the books in that order is helpful for back story.

This story is the setup for what will clearly be a bloody war ahead. Geralt of Rivia - supernaturally gifted monster killer who is known for his ability to stay neutral - is about to get pushed off the fence
Vladimir Vázquez
Oct 10, 2011 Vladimir Vázquez rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vladimir by: Guillermo Moreno
La sangre de los elfos de Andrzej Sapkowski nos muestra un estilo muy distinto al que nos tenía acostumbrados en los libros anteriores, si bien los capítulos continúan siendo un tanto episódicos, la verdad es que la prosa de Sapkowski ha cambiado totalmente en este libro, saltos en el tiempo, diferentes grupos de personaje en un solo capítulo, historias pequeñas que se enhebran en historias mayores, etc.

Curiosamente me da la impresión que en este libro es donde Geralt de Rivia "El Brujo" apare
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Jun 30, 2009 Aubrey marked it as to-read
From "The Guardian":

Gemmell prize for fantasy goes to Polish novel, Blood of Elves

The David Gemmell Legend prize, established in honour of the later author to lend dignity to the fantasy genre, is awarded to Andrzej Sapkowski's bestselling tale of dwarves, elves, gnomes and humans

A book prize that is intended to restore fantasy to its proper place in the literary pantheon has been won by a bestselling Polish author who is little-known in the UK.

Andrzej Sapkowski outsells Stephen King in Poland,
I didn't like this book by Sapkowski as much as the previous one, but that was a collection of short stories rather than a proper novel like this one. I guess I was in the mood to read stories about Geralt (the witcher)'s encounters with strange and dangerous mythical beings, but instead I ended up reading a serious novel about politics and war, intrigue and destiny. Didn't help that it had an open ending (apparently it's part of a series), and that I continuously had the distinct feeling there ...more

After the dark Yellow Eyes, I needed a lighter book and Blood of Elves is just the one; it took me a while and some fast browsing to get into it since Mr. Sapkowski' style (or the translation) is quirky, but then i started fully enjoying it and went back from the beggining as well as starting again Last Wish which thoroughly underwhelmed me on publication last year, probably;y because I did not have patience to get accustomed to it.

The series should be a great one, gotta dust my rusty Spanish s
Alexander Páez
El ritmo es más pausado que en los dos anteriores tomos y se toma con más calma la presentación del argumento y su desarrollo.
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I really liked the book that introduced the witcher and liking it, thought I'd buy the second (and two consecutive volumes) as well. I hope I did not make a bad choice like the Maze Runner series, which started out good, but ended horribly.

Be that as it may, this installment is, contrary to the first one, a novel that follows a clear line and a clear story, rather than the different short stories the first book featured. However, the tone is very similar and I felt like the pace too, was somewh
Being a big fan of the game, it was a pleasure reading the book which inspired it. I had immensely enjoyed The Last Wish by Andrzej so reading this series was inevitable.

The Witcher Saga based on the exploits of Geralt the Witcher is a fascinating world filled in monsters, magic, kings, knights and of course, the Witchers. Based on Slavic mythology the book is very refreshing in terms of plot, despite using common features such as elves, dwarves and magic. What makes it so is the good world bui
Scott Callaway
Upon reading the prequel to this book, The Last Wish, I was extremely excited and looked forward to reading Blood of Elves. Although I enjoyed it, ultimately I was disappointed. I knew these books were part of a series but didn't think that it would have been an unfinished story. Perhaps that's my mistake for not looking into it more but the book ends... with nothing. There isn't really an ending. The book ends with a chapter break and feels like it should keep going on the next page, which I im ...more
Lia Berg
This story has racism, political problems, adventure, magic, and more! I really enjoyed how Ciri progressed through this story. Geralt wasn't really the main character of this story, but Ciri was. That didn't bother me at all since Ciri is a complete bad-ass!I really enjoyed this huge adventure and enjoyed reading every second of it. But I did have trouble with all the lands and locations, it would of helped if they added a map to the book, but I guess I could've just looked it up! ^^; Well that ...more
-Ya no más relatos unidos sino una novela.-

Género. Narrativa Fantástica.

Lo que nos cuenta. Ciri, al cuidado de Geralt de Rivia, todavía tiene pesadillas sobre el asedio de Cintra que, además de la destrucción de su monarquía a manos de los nilfgaardianos, ha dejado en el alma profundas cicatrices cuya profundidad tal vez sea todavía mayor de lo que parece. El bardo Jaskier es uno de los que cantan historias sobre Geralt y sus aventuras, siendo testigo de que hay cierta inquietud política entre
Sapkowski nie zawodzi. Po przeczytaniu dwóch tomów jednego dnia mogę to z ręką na sercu powiedzieć. Nie ma co, poprzedni tom był bardziej emocjonujący, ale Krew Elfów tylko minimalnie strąca wysoko ustawioną poprzeczkę.
Czytałam wszystkie tomy przygód Geralta dziesięć lat temu i dziś pochłaniają mnie takim samym ogniem. Przyznam, że były fragmenty, które odznaczały się brakiem wartkiej akcji, ale cieszę się, że takie przerwy w książce istnieją - dzięki nim czytanie nie jest tak emocjonalnie obci

I wanted sooooo much to give this book a 5 star review. I love the characters and I love the world, but I kept asking myself, "When are they going to stop setting everything up and jump into the story?" Then, after all the characters had been introduced and the plot was ready to take off... the book ended. Seriously, the whole thing felt like a novel-length prologue. I will definitely read the other ones when they are translated, but I honestly wish I had waited until then to read this one
Peccato per la (non) fine, perché il libro fin lì meriterebbe molto più.
Mi piace come scrive Sapkowski, mi piace il taglio a metà strada tra l'ironico e il serio e le considerazione profonde venate di ironia. Mi piace Geralt, Ciri e la loro relazione con Yennefer (e Triss, e tutti gli altri).
Ma "Il sangue degli elfi" non è un libro, è il primo capitolo di un libro.
Premesse, sviluppo e apoteosi, conclusione. Di norma sono questi i passi di un romanzo. "Il sangue degli elfi" arriva forse a metà
I definitely reading The Last Wish as opposed to listening to it. Peter Kenny is easily one of the most versatile and talented narrators there is. Blood of Elves was a bit slow and was definitely Ciri's book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it despite being somewhat disappointed in the lack of action. When there *was* action it was fantastic, but it being a Witcher novel I expected more.

All the characters I love in the games: Yenn, Ciri, Geralt, Yarpen, and the rest. A really good read for fantasy fans
“If you thirst for Justice, hire a Witcher”
”You've mistaken the stars reflected on the surface of the lake at night for the heavens.”

I guess it would be boring to repeat myself once again about how awesome The Witcher series is. I will just try to say a thing or two about the Blood Of Elves itself.

Well... It was very interesting to watch Ciri growing, training as a witcher and as a sorceress later. The trainings in Kaer Morhen took my breath away more than once. Never have been a fan of long an
Caroline Eising
I was so looking forward to reading this book that I allowed it to jump the queue (and I'm normally a stickler for reading - and finishing - one book at a time). I'm glad to say this book delivers more of the same as 'The Last Wish'. The previous book was enjoyable on it's own, but also provided an excellent background for this novel, introducing aspects of the characters and world that added to the story. If you are looking for a place to start, 'The Last Wish' definitely seems to be the best p ...more
Barbara Nalewko
It is amazing especially a Polish audiobook !!! Can't wait to listen to the next saga.
My familiarity with the series mostly comes from having played the third game in the series. So for me it was great to get more backstory on the characters and see how Ciri grew up and was trained to use her power.

Indeed Ciri is the main focus of this book. Whether she is actually in the current scene or not most of what happens revolves around her, around what she can do, or how she could be used politically to someone else's advantage. Some want Ciri to be able to take care of herself. Others
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 sogn
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Andrzej Sapkowski, born June 21, 1948 in Łódź, is a Polish fantasy writer. Sapkowski studied economics, and before turning to writing, he had worked as a senior sales representative for a foreign trade company. His first short story, The Witcher (Wiedźmin), was published in Fantastyka, Poland's leading fantasy literary magazine, in 1986 and was enormously successful both with readers and critics. ...more
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The Witcher (7 books)
  • The Last Wish (The Witcher, #1)
  • Miecz przeznaczenia (Saga o Wiedźminie, #2)
  • Czas pogardy (Saga o Wiedźminie, #4)
  • Chrzest ognia (Saga o Wiedźminie, #5)
  • Wieża Jaskółki (Saga o Wiedźminie, #6)
  • Pani Jeziora (Saga o Wiedźminie, #7)

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