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.
Geralt of Rivia, the cunning assassin known as The Witcher, has been waiting for the birth of a prophesied child. This child has the power to change the world - for good, or for evil.
As the threat of war hangs over the land and the child is hunted for her extraordinary powers, it will become Geralt's responsibility to protect them all - and the Witcher never accepts defeat.
Following The Last Wish, Blood of Elves is the new novel starring Geralt of Rivia, the inspiration for the critically acclaimed videogame The Witcher.
©2015 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2015 Hachette Audio
I am a lover of fantasy novels with exciting action, complex plots, and unforgettable characters.
Let me start by saying that Blood of Elves is technically not the start of the series. From what I have found out and read is that The Last Wish, wich is on Audible and Sword of Destiny, wich is not on Audible preceed this novel. Both are short story collections, neither directly impacts the story, but they provide background information on the characters in the series. They are not necessary to read in my opinion, but they do help a bit. Now to the novel, it is very well written with skillful prose and a decent plot. Because this is the first novel in the series, the plot is still being fleshed out so not that much significant happens, but that does not make the novel boring. The pace is steady and the characters are very well developed. The author does something rather unique wich I appreciated very much. Large sections of the novel are strictly dialogue between the characters with almost no description. Therefor, it is as if the reader is sitting in a different room from the speakers, and can here the conversation between them. I found it refreshing and enjoyable. Finally, the narrator does a fantastic job with both differentiation of characters and portraying their emotions correctly. Overall, I enjoyed this book very much and I look forward to the next one being put on Audible.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
ANYONE WHO DOESN'T KNOW ANOTHER LANGUAGE IS HANDICAPPED.
After a small scary intro, this has a real good scene involving a bard in a bar. There is a long conversation involving all the patrons. These are elves, dwarfs, humans, gnomes, knights, whores and others. It is written so well, that you feel you are in the room with all of them. We are than introduced to a pretty good bad guy. The book than quickly shifts to a little girl who wants to be a witch. She is a delightful character. The bard and the bad guy are gone, never to be heard from again. Unless they appear in the last three hours that I did not listen to.
DON'T CRY, I WON'T CRY, SHE EVEN STARTED CRYING.
I was surprised by the amount of talking in this book. These characters do a lot of debating. There is a lot of talk about emotions and crying. There is some action in the book, but it is few and far between. A lot of the talk is anti-war talk, kind of strange for a fantasy epic which depends upon killing to keep it's readers happy. Course as I mentioned there is more talking than doing. I was also confused by the transitions in people and settings. One minute I was listening to a couple of elves conversing and the next minute I am listening to some dwarfs talking somewhere else, with no acknowledgment that we changed people and scenery. Even when we keep the same people, one minute they are in a home, the next on the road. It made me wonder if I was listening to an abridged versions with parts taken out haphazardly.
Peter Kenny is a great narrator and he makes the listening better than the reading. I was amazed in all the voices he could do, plus he portrayed all the right emotions with his voice.
I love the video games and wanted to experience even more of the story. It didn't disappoint. Also the narrator is one of the best I've ever heard!
The worst part about the book is the lack of Geralt chopping people's heads off and killing monsters. It surprisingly lacks a lot of action because much of the plot focuses around Ciri and her development, and the political moves going on in the realms.
Still the narrator is excellent and reads in a way the captures the imagination and the story is exciting enough to maintain your interest.
It's not the best Witcher novel, but it introduces the world and those important within it admirably. If you've never read a Witcher story before, read "The Last Wish" first; it is, in my opinion, a more rewarding, shorter read that, if enjoyed, should wet your appetite for what "Blood of Elves" provides. Be warned, however, this is a much quieter read more concerned with world- and character-building than action and suspense, and the ending is not an ending at all but more of a lead into the next in the series, "A Time of Contempt." Patience required! Still, a wonderful read filled with memorable characters that left me wanting to see what will happen next. Highly recommended!
This book is written in what I find to be a rather unusual style which, although unsuccessful at engaging me, serves as an excellent example of how not to tell a story. It feels as though the author has attempted to adapted a script for the theater to novel form. It is somewhat amusing, as the reader, to be put into the roll of a spy, listening in via a hidden microphone to hours and hours of dialogue, virtually bereft of all sensory input, including non dialogue related sounds.
Seriously. Imagine, for example, the heroine inadvertently blowing a shack to smithereens no more than ten paces in front of her as she practices magic with her mistress, with nary so much as a description or significant consequence. Instead, out of desperation, you concoct the aforementioned image in your mind based upon nothing more than brief dialogue between teacher and student to the effect of, "Nice try at whipping the hat against the shack; I suppose we can use it for firewood."
If the author had written in an active voice, describing events in present tense instead of having his characters constantly converse, it would have been much more engaging. Not only does the writing leave a bit too much to the imagination, Andrzej has convinced me that couching endless narration in dialogue doesn't convert passive voice into active.
I admit that I found it difficult to get past the writing style to even follow the weak story line, so perhaps my perspective is colored. Although easy to understand, as there are a limited number of characters and it is written in a mostly sequential order, and although there are a handful of reasonable action sequences, the vast majority of this novel is quite simply dialogue. Some of the speech is eloquent, but much of it is verbose, bombastic, and tedious to the point of detracting from character development.
Quite simply this book is mostly talk and doesn't leave much room for a storyline.
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