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. Read by Peter Kenny.
©1994 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group
I would probably sprinkle more action into it. And not just "Oh, whoops, we've gone a few thousand words without a fight scene, better send a couple of assassins after Geralt", but action which actually has bearing on the narrative and impacts the plot. I would also really cut down on all the pointless political talk, and I would downplay Ciri's training in favor of a main plot featuring Geralt, since he's the protagonist of the book and the person we want to follow. Well, in fairness, I guess the book would have to be rewritten entirely.
I think that this book has two major crimes (I'm not talking specifics - if I were, the crimes would be a lot more than two) - it's boring, and it's pointless. Nothing happens throughout the book. Nothing. The entire book is basically an extended explanation about Ciri's training as a Witcher and, later, as a sorceress. That's it. There's a subplot about a group of people trying to find her and kill her, but that's never resolved. Really, you could have compressed this entire book within a single sentence - "Ciri trained with the Witchers and gained many of their skills, and later with Yennefer and understood magic". That's all that really matters. You really don't need to waste 10+ hours of your life to a story that's riddled with political talk and prolonged conversations about awkward subjects.
I listened to Peter Kenny's other Witcher adaptations, and as always he was lovely. But not even he can salvage the snooze-fest that was "Blood of Elves".
Probably, but only because I really love "The Witcher". And because I'd be curious to see if a movie adaptation can fix the huge problems of the book.
Skip this one, folks. Save your money, you're really not missing anything.
If you love fantasy like Lord of the Rings or Song of Fire and Ice you're gonna enjoy the Witcher Saga. I really enjoyed the part one Blood of Elves
The narrator is great. He has a great range of different voices and dialects, and makes every character sound distinctly different. It's a shame that the story doesn't really have much going on.
This book spends a lot of time setting up the world and the different characters, but does not really do much with them. If you, like me, are a fan of The Witcher videogames, this book will provide you with more background information about the characters, but not much of anything else, besides a few very awkward discussions about the birds and the bees.
Recommended for fans.
Entertaining backstory to the game I love so much. Great performance. I 'recognised' all characters by their voices even though it was a single narrator.
I can't put it simpler than this. The voice of Peter Kenny is so good and the world of the Witcher is only beat by Middle Earth. This is like and on-par with A song of Ice and Fire.
"Very good story"
The narration was masterfully executed. I only wish Geralt played more of a part throughout.
"Lore lovers need apply"
I really enjoyed digging deeper into the lore of the Witcher.
The book itself is very good though I was not keen on some of the way the author choose to rely only on dialog to describe some scenes, it's odd and seems a little lazy. The book also ends very abruptly leading me to believe the author was pushed to publish a little early.
Regardless of my little issues with eh writing it is a book well worth reading especially if you are into the Witcher universe.
"pretty good start,"
hopefully more and better to come. fan of the witcher from the games and even though the book is notibly different I'm still finding entertaining.
"A Modern fairytale!"
From the wonderful short stories featuring Geralt the "witcher" begins this epic, set in a believable world full of spy's, witches and kings, heroes, villains and those in between. A unique take on traditional folk story's and fantasy epics, it deals with racism and the reality of war! Fantastic.
"Fantastic fun to listen to"
Yes, the dialogue is witty, the characters are believable and Peter Kenny is an amazing Narrator
The way Peter Kenny brought the characters to life
Amazing pacing, fantastic voices
Different than other fantasy as it is often just scenes with dialogues, but it is so well written you want to keep listening.
Builds upon the foundation laid by the short story collection, The Last Wish. Peter Kenny's narration is again superb.
"very enjoyable I didn't want it to end"
wonderful book I usually listen to these while I fall alseep bit this one kept me awake, very funny at points and kept you involved. the voice acting was very good too, peter Kenny breathed life into the characters. I really need to hear the rest now, I love the video games and now I love the books.
"Wow I was not expecting this book to be so boring."
Someone who likes listening to the council of Elrond... for a whole book.
Less pointless jumping around in time - and have an interesting ending at least. I appreciate it's part of a series, but nothing interesting happened, even at the end.
Was solid and good, enjoyed the accents.
Some characters have potential
Unless you want to buy all the books don't bother - personally I'm going to cut my losses.
The world that the story is set in.
The story is great when taken as a part of the overall series by Sapkowski, but falls a little flat on it's own.
The only real negative for me was Peter Kenny's pronunciation of certain names and places such as Dandelion the bard, dan dell ee on, Nope, sorry, WRONG, even the author says it's pronounced dandy lion, like the plant. This infuriated me on so many levels I couldn't finish it. Currently looking around for a better Narrator, one who knows the source material.
As a big fan of the videogames of The Witcher I had high hopes but while the narration was great the story was, unfortunately, extremely dull and boring.
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