Krew elfów (Saga o Wiedźminie, #3)
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Krew elfów (Saga o Wiedźminie #3)

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Konstruując przewrotne i wzruszające opowieści, zebrane w dwóch tomach - "Ostatnie życzenie" i "Miecz przeznaczenia", Sapkowski gromadził plejadę niezwykłych bohaterów, rysował mapę zwaśnionych królestw, krzyżujących się namiętności i interesów. Prawdziwa walka o kształt i losy tego świata zaczyna się dopiero teraz - w pierwszym tomie sagi o wiedźminie.
Paperback, 295 pages
Published (first published 1994)
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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...more
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...more
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.
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...more
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...more
Jun 30, 2009 Aubrey marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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,...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...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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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.
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...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...more
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...more

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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
This is the second book by Sapkowski translated to English. The first, The Last Wish, is a book of short stories focusing on the character Geralt of Rivia, the infamous White Wolf, who kills all manner of evil beings and is paid well for it. Geralt is, after all,a Witcher; a bounty hunter who kills all things that go bump in the night.

Blood of Elves is the second book and first novel in the Witcher Saga. It centers around Geralt and a young princess of a fallen kingdom, Ciri. There's prophecy, s...more
There are blurbs and a synopsis of this and the author's other works available online and here, so I won't recreate them. I'd hit the Wikipedia entries for these, because the book blurbs on the jackets and on Amazon don't really give an accurate picture of the main character or the stories.

This is the first of the novels in the "Witcher Saga" and comes after two short story collections; "The Last Wish" and "Sword of Destiny" (which exists in English only as a fan-produced translation available v...more


A light and quick to read fantasy novel. Uneven in its writing, fun-factor and character development. Some parts are funny, adventurous and moving. Other parts are cliched and filled with dull characters and emo-moping about destiny and the end of times.
Still worth a read. I like this story best when it gets fun, anachronistic and careless. When it doesn't take itself too seriously. Will read the next part, the...more
Ah, cóżF za niesamowity wstęp do Sagi... mamy tu trening w Kaer Morhen, podstawy magii, Wielką Politykę, wielkie spiski, knowania czarodziejów, wojny na tle rasowym, Wielką Tajemnicę... aż dziwne, że Sapkowskiemu na niecałych 300 stronach udało się zmieścić więcej fabuły niż wielu współczesnym autorom fantasy nie udaje się w 3 tysiącstronnicowych tomiszczach... mimo że to kolejne moje czytanie Sagi czuję się równie radosny jak za pierwszym razem!
Diego Cobos
I wa thrilled by Sapkowski's "The Last Wish" (mostly because I ejoyed The Witcher videogame series) and chose to continue reading about Geralt's trials and adventures.

I fell in love with Geralt's world throught the games, but the last book really made me want to inmerse myselfe more in it. And so, I started "The Blood of Elves." It was not what I expected.
The story picks up from a short story found in the previous book. I will not go into much detail, but I will say it involvesw a promised child...more
Mateusz Żyła
Sapkowski jest mierny. Powieści napisane są najprostszym możliwym językiem, bez cienia fantazji i polotu; dialogi są tak nierówne, że na przestrzeni ośmiu pauz autor potrafi z zupełnie współczesnego języka przejść przez wszystkie sztucznie brzmiące archaizmy, by zakończyć wymianę zdań liturgicznym "zaprawdę". Światotwórczo jest chyba jeszcze gorzej: papierkowe królestwa, których nazwy od razu zdradzają czytelnikowi, że istnieją tylko na niby, pisane bez cienia dbałości o jakąkolwiek spójność ety...more
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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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