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Blood of Elves (Saga o Wiedźminie #3)

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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.

Paperback, 398 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Hachette Book Group Orbit (first published 1993)
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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
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.
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
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
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
Vladimir Vasquez
Oct 10, 2011 Vladimir Vasquez 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" aparec
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,

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
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
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
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
-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
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 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
Couldn't finish this ... got about half way through before i couldn't bring myself to pick it up again.

Reads like one of the 90's TSR D&D novels - generic setting, races and sterotypes directly out of the "Players Handbook".

The kind of book that puts me off fantasy.
Best fantasy I have EVER read.(all witcher books)
Not easy to read, but you will find there action, humor, psychology and lot more.
If you like historical-fantasy GO FOR IT !!
(btw. It is not for small kids)
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
Ihsan Duzgun
Geralt, the title character, is a 'Witcher' - one of a semi-secret society of monster-killing specialists. Already born as mutants (a word bandied around anachronistically throughout the book), Witchers are then trained and chemically altered to become killing machines. All hopped-up on primitive combat drugs and armed with meteoric swords, Witchers travel the world killing nasty beasties. Preferably for money.

Although Witchers are scrupulously neutral in matters of politics, Geralt has broken t
-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
Lana Axe
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 wit ...more
First volume of Witchman saga. Witchmen are members of secret society and earn their living by killing monsters. Candidates for witchmen are trained in martial arts and their bodies are changed deeply by magical liquids to prepare them to fight with monsters. Many candidates die during it - if the candidate survives, he becomes infertile, sometimes an albino and often his face is deformed.

Geralt of Rivia takes care of Ciri, the Litlle Lion of Cintra. He discovers that she is the Source - the pe
2.5 had elements I thought were really interesting, but something felt a bit off...I think I could just tell it was a translation? Not to diss the translator, because the language was on point - but I suspect that, for my reading, that's what interfered with the rhythm of the book.

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
Matej Svec
One of the best fantasy books I've read in my life for couple of reasons:
A/ it has darn good characters which are not just unique (no fantasy cliches), but believable, adult and rich in inner life.
B/ the story is complicated, very well constructed and most importantly the narratory and drama is just breath taking
C/ the world in which it is situated is a nasty middle age place, no place for Eragon pussies, darn harsh nasty place, where strong devour the weak, not for typical cliche reasons of go
Данило Судин
Перечитав. Книжка хороша! Попри те, що читав її 10 років тому, а тепер перечитав
Jim Mcclanahan
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Szymon Szweda
Cóż można powiedzieć? Było mi wiadome z poprzednich czytań, że Sapek jest raczej mistrzem krótkich form i troszkę się to potwierdza. Od razu trzeba napomknąć, że mam słabą pamięć i choć sagę czytałem jak wychodziło to pamiętam tylko strzępki wydarzeń, więc traktuje to jak pierwsze czytanie.

Jak na razie akcja dopiero sie zawiązuje, pionki rozstawiają się na szachownicy, ale widać, że wszystko do czegoś zmierza, autor ma jakiś plan i wydaje się, że wie jak wprowadzić go w życie. Cóż począć - lecim
Kia B.

Geralt of Rivia, is entrusted to protect Ciri,a young girl whose extraordinary powers could alter the fate of their world.


Chapter Structure
The entire book consists of seven chapters, but each is roughly 40 pages. Sapkowski’s format is consistent, chapters are not based on one character’s POV, but multiple characters. Chapters individually focus on certain events and only characters who are related to these occurrences appear in the chapter.

The story itself is simplistic, but dynamic. Th
Carlos Emilio
Blood of elves has been the last book that I can say I actually enjoyed and not devoured.
I gotta start by saying this book is not about the action or the deep enthralled mystery. This books is the great start and setting for a good history that is based in a little more than just one character; now don't get me wrong this book is about the world around the witcher ( When I say this I mean the witcher and characters he knows and the events in their lifes that mix with him) but it is very easy to
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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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