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Blood of Elves

(Saga o Wiedźminie #3)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  48,655 ratings  ·  2,093 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 398 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Hachette Book Group Orbit (first published 1994)
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Joey Woolfardis
This review can be found on Amaranthine Reads.

Considering how well-written and quick-paced the short story prequel collection The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski was, this was ridiculously disappointing and underwhelming. We have the same characters as was to be found in The Last Wish, and we had their personalities expanded and explored further, but we had none of the excitement or fantasy that was found there.

Blood of Elves is very slow and very closed-off. We spend far too much time in one pla
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book signifies a sharp departure from the previous two. The first and second ones were collections of short stories mostly told from Geralt the Witcher POV. This time this is a full-length novel with multiple POVs. Actually we only see Geralt's POV in just one chapter - and a shortish one too. In my opinion the book still shows its origins in short story format as the transitions between the chapters are mostly not continuous. Instead they start with a jump in time to give a flashback to co ...more
James Tivendale
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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. For the novels, you can start here but I wouldn't recommend it. I found that I completely loved the groundwork I'd put in with the previous narratives and then hearing about the past stories mentioned of which I'd already ...more
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Geralt of The Last Wish, where art thou?!

Do I need to call the puny human authorities and tell them to issue an AMBER alert? Have the obnoxious aliens abducted you again, as I suspect they did in book 2? Or is it that the Evil Russians™ are holding you hostage until I surrender my East Siberian Sea dominion? That very well could be. The Fluffy Siberian Bunnies (FSB™) can get bloody shrimping devious like that sometimes. Then again, I don't think that this is what happened here. You know what I t
"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 Deireádh, the Time of End. The world will die amidst 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’tuath esse! Thus it shall be! Watch for the signs! What signs these shall be, I say ...more
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: witcherverse
“Blood of Elves”, the third book in “The Witcher” series, is the first full length novel. I recommend reading the two short story collections first (“The Last Wish” and “The Sword of Destiny”) as they are linked together to form the background for this book. It will also give you a feel of the writing style and pacing of the whole series. This is not an action pack, high stakes thriller. This is a very slow, character driven tale where the enjoyment is taken from world-building escapism. I'm not ...more
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For anyone who's played The Witcher games, or anyone who has not but is interested in dark fantasy, I encourage you to consider reading The Last Wish, which is the first of The Witcher books, an anthology of short stories. Read it before this, and Sword of Destiny too. They're good, and you'll thank yourself for it later when you're not trying to decipher the backstory behind this one. The Blood of Elves is the first full-length novel in the series, and I was not disappointed. It's even made it ...more
Feb 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable read. Nothing huuuge happens in the book, its mostly focussd on Ciri and her training. But still the world and the characters are epic so its just good to be reading about them. Relaxing even haha. Anyway a war is coming up and a bit of training is deff necessary. I mean I do want if Ciri becomes this crazy ass whipping chick to be believable. And this book is just the beginning and a small part of a bigger journey.
C.T. Phipps
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, grimdark, witcher
Blood of Elves is the first full-length novel of the Witcher franchise. Strangely, it was translated into English as the second novel despite the second anthology, Sword of Destiny, having a huge role in setting up this novel's events. How huge? Well, about sixty-percent of the story deals with the aftermath of the Nilfgaard invasion of the North. The Nilfgaard invasion of the North happens in Sword of Destiny. The rest of the novel deals with Geralt's adoption of Ciri, which is kind of importa ...more
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Martyn Stanley
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, that's the second 'Witcher' book read! I really enjoyed it and whizzed through in a few days. However, it wasn't the perfect book. I wouldn't feel right giving it 5 stars. Before the review, the obligatory quick plug. Yes, I read fantasy. I also write it. If you like fantasy, please check out my books. Most people who read them seem to really enjoy them.
Lady Death (Deathsworn Arc Book 0) by Martyn Stanley The Last Dragon Slayer (Deathsworn Arc, #1) by Martyn Stanley The Verkreath Horror (Deathsworn Arc, #2) by Martyn Stanley The Blood Queen (Deathsworn Arc, #3) by Martyn Stanley Rise of the Archmage (Deathsworn Arc, #4) by Martyn Stanley The Temple of the Mad God (Deathsworn Arc, #5) by Martyn Stanley

Right! On to the review. How was 'Blood of Elves'? Well, writing-wise, it was great. It reads kind of odd after having read A C
Kat  Hooper
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've seen a critique of my good friend Jorge Sáez, and it has stung me the itch to envy. So, while testing, and I think how to write criticism criticism of "Apocalypse: the day of the Lord", which at the moment is the best book of this year with the permission of the writings by Manuel Alfonseca, Rodney Stark, and Giovanni Papini, who have written what you liked most in e January l, and that I have read a lot.
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Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**** 4/5 ****

Oddly enough, I really enjoyed the politics in this book. It was more slow paced, and heavy in strategic talk. I think I will go back to the short stories before delving into the rest of the series.
James Schmidt
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Today I will be reviewing Blood of Elves (The Witcher) by Andrzej Sapkowski

I want to start off by saying I am NOT a gamer and know nothing of the video games. So if you want to talk to me about the games, sorry! Nothing against gamers, its just not my thing. I know the games were based on these books, and are very popular, but that is as far as my knowledge goes.

I have seen many people say how great these books are, and that they are very Sword and Sorcery, Conan Esq pulpy fantasy, which is tota
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-books
This is the Witcher book I had been hoping to read. The first two books in the series, while generally good and informative, were only short stories that ultimately felt quite disconnected. Blood of Elves quickly fixes that, and traditionally feels like the epic stories from the video game series. Sapkowski's novel centers on Ciri, the royal granddaughter to the fallen kingdom of Cintra, and her mentorship under Geralt of Rivia and the other Witchers at their base of Kaer Morhen, alongside Triss ...more
Aly Locatelli
3.5 stars

I absolutely adored (of course I did, it's the Witcher, damnit) Blood of Elves and the only reason I'm giving it 3.5 stars and not 4 is because of the huge chunk of story that is pretty much just kings and queens sitting around, contemplating the end of the world as they know it as they drink and warm themselves by the fire. That bit bored me to tears and I skimmed mercilessly, knowing I'd probably find out a better, more easily readable version at some point later on in the story.

May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I bought Blood of Elves from a used bookstore because the television show airing later this year. On the spine of the paperback, it indicates that Blood of Elves is the first in the series. So, I started reading it immediately. Unfortunately, it’s not the first novel. A quick search on Goodreads says that it’s the third installment in the series. So, I trudged through the novel confused for most of the time but enjoying the characters nonetheless.

The reason I rated the novel three stars instead
I could have played a drinking game based on how many times the phrase "blood of elves" came up in the first chapter of the book. Not that I'm complaining. In fact, a good few drinks would have added to the fun I had listening to this audiobook.

This is listed as the third book in the Witcher series, with two short story collections coming before it, The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny. It's not necessary to read either of these to appreciate Blood of Elves, but it's definitely to your advantage.
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
"And the girl?" Yarpen indicated Ciri with his head as she wriggled under the sheepskin. "Yours?"

"Mine," he replied without thinking. "Mine, Zigrin."

Auuughh, my feelings!!

I'll say it again, though: you should definitely start this series with The Last Wish, because the short stories do a much better job of worldbuilding and getting you interested in this universe; plus, characterwise, you'll care so much more about Geralt, Yennefer, Ciri, and even background characters like Yarpen, Dandelion, an
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty chill book. It wasn't at all what I expected for a Witcher sequel. When I look back at the plot of the story, there wasn't much that happens in the entire book. There were a few important plot points, but the rest was a lot of kings talking politics and Yennefer teaching Ciri about magic. And there was almost no Geralt in here. The book mainly focused on Ciri. There were a couple scenes where Geralt was the main pov but that was it. Geralt was moved to being more a support char ...more
John McDermott
3.5 stars.
I greatly enjoyed Blood of Elves .There wasn't as much action as in The Last Wish ; many scenes within the novel were dialogue heavy,not unlike an Elmore Leonard novel. I quite liked that though ; it gave the book a very different feel from the standard Fantasy books I read.
The action when it does take place is violent and thrilling.
The great strength of the book, and the series so far, are the characters,likeable or otherwise. For me, all of them are excellent and I'm very much look
C Joy
Jul 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy, magic, those who want something refreshing
Recommended to C 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
Michelle Morrell
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: x-read-2017, i-own
It's official, my emergency back-up book on my phone is a Sapkowski book. This makes the third in the series (after The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny). We see more of the maturation of Ciri and how she bonded with Yennifer, and get some of Yen's view of Geralt.

It's not high fiction, but I do love Geralt so. And everything I'm reading is only making my sporatic Witcher 3 playthrough deeper and more poignant.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

It is still an enjoyable series though this installment felt to me as some kind of a middle syndromed book in its way to what I hope it will be a greater final chapter.

Intrigues with magicians and kings, past and incoming wars and elves' rebellions take part more than ever of the main plot and unfortunately I am one of those readers that value more characters than dark plots.

In the latter department, I like Ciri but she is sometimes so whiny I want her to mature a bit more.

Secundaries like Jask
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
A bit of an odd duck, this one -- definitely the middle part of something, so I really, really hope they translate & publish additional volumes in the series. Geralt (the Witcher proper) also has much less of a role in it than one might otherwise expect. Having said that, as with the previous book, I enjoyed the Eastern European feel and the sometimes grim tone enough to overlook the structural flaws. (And I think I might cut translated books more slack because I assume the problem is with t ...more
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A transition book, but a good build up and overall idea of what's to come.
And I think I love Ciri.

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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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