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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

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Not nearly as good as the short stories

Suddenly Sapkowski tries too hard with unfitting and unwarranted grandiose imagery and the fascinating style of connected short stories is abandoned.

The first in an exciting but ultimately bad story of the young Ciri suffering and suffering and suffering and vain attempts at depth by insisting on and repeating poor metaphors. And suffering. Torture and rape over and over has replaced the moral dilemmas that gave the short stories such depth.

If you enjoyed The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny, then I recommend you enjoy them again rather than start on these novels.

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Worst Witcher Book So Far

Is there anything you would change about this book?

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.

What was most disappointing about Andrzej Sapkowski’s story?

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.

Have you listened to any of Peter Kenny’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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".

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

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.

Any additional comments?

Skip this one, folks. Save your money, you're really not missing anything.

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great book

As per usual great story by the author in this Witcher series. Peter Kenny has done another amazing job as a reader, and bringing the characters to life.

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i have always liked the witcher

i always liked the wotcher but this books maid me love the witcher all the more

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great book

is not as action packed as the other books, this one is more focused on the relationship of Ciri an the rest of the cast, is very entertaining and exciting on its own.

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Absolute perfection

Fantastic story and beautifully narrated, its simply a masterpiece. even more so if you have played the games!

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I did not even notice the time flying

The Witcher world is very detailed and the the writer usually gave the right ammount of description just about anything. Not too much, not too little.
The story was interesting, albeit it ended very abruptly.
The voice acting is great and different from character to character.

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Short and sweet

This first novel sets up the story perfectly, downloading next one right as I write this.

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Great story and epic performance

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

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Great story, brilliant performance

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.

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  • Filip
  • 10-09-16

Good, if you read them all.

The blood of elves is the first book of the Witcher Saga by Andrzej Sapkowski, and if you give it a try you will realise it's very confusing at first. At least I found that. It all comes together however, so keep listening! It's worth reading the entire saga and the short stories. The world and the writing is outstanding and bound to draw you in, if you ever wanted a more realistic approach to a fantasy world (anti-fantasy), where politics of the realms have a larger impact on the world than a single character (at least throughout the entirety of the book).

The reading is fantastic. As a person who took this one up as one of my first audiobooks, I very quickly got accustomed to it and the range of voices for different characters is just astonishing. I found myself realising who was talking even without explanation.
Highly recommend.

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  • A. Bentley
  • 04-26-16

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.

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  • Mark Strawbridge
  • 02-22-16

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jakob
  • 12-13-14

Fantastic fun to listen to

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, the dialogue is witty, the characters are believable and Peter Kenny is an amazing Narrator

What did you like best about this story?

The way Peter Kenny brought the characters to life

What does Peter Kenny bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Amazing pacing, fantastic voices

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Different than other fantasy as it is often just scenes with dialogues, but it is so well written you want to keep listening.

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  • Miss Dawn K Phillips
  • 03-18-16

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.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Samuel Wallace
  • 05-27-15

Fantastic!!

Builds upon the foundation laid by the short story collection, The Last Wish. Peter Kenny's narration is again superb.

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  • Mark
  • 06-02-16

Very good story

The narration was masterfully executed. I only wish Geralt played more of a part throughout.

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  • D. Deeks
  • 03-03-16

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.

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  • Oliver Gadsby
  • 11-25-15

Fantastically crafted, brilliantly narrated!

Peter Kenny really drew this brillant and engrossing story together, the clear and precise performance made it a joy to listen, I might even listen again before I move onto to the next in the series!

The magical world of The Witcher is a gloomy, rich and intriguing one! This doesn't come recommended enough.

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  • Hayley
  • 05-30-17

I am in love.

There is no better way to describe my feelings towards this series so far as the words in the title.

This being the first novel (the previous being a collection of shorts) I found myself completely lost again in the world of Geralt the Witcher.
Peter Kenny continues to fill me with wonder at his performance and execution of these books and Im so excited to keep going! (I finished this book this morning as I pulled into my works carpark, rolling into my space and then hearing the announcement of the end and immediately downloaded the next one to have waiting for me on the journey home).

Ciri is one of those characters that has intrigued me since the release of the third game (as mentioned in a previous review, I purchased the games some time ago, but didnt start playing until recently). I really enjoyed hearing her origins, and her early life and the same goes for hearing more about Yennefer and Triss.

Personally, I really enjoyed this, being able to connect dots and cross ts with some of the characters origins and back stories was a big up side for me. I love lore hunting and I felt spoilt with this one and I am intrigued as to whether this will continue or we will next be thrust into a completely different point in the world.

Honestly, I must agree with some of the reviews here regarding the ending, it did seem very abrupt, one minute I was submerged in Yen and Ciri's relationship and then all of a sudden the book finished and I was left a little stunned. However, as this isnt a standalone novel and there are more in the series, I felt that it wasnt a huge issue - maybe I will come back to you on that, but for now, I loved every second and I am looking forward to the next park!

Bring on my journey home!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-30-18

The narrator was a bit over the top

Story wasn’t bad and neither was the narrator but he was a little bit over the top. However seeing past that it was a pretty good listen

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  • Jonathan Dixon
  • 11-26-17

Witchy witcher

Nice introduction to the main characters. Focus seemed more on the wizardry in this one but looking forward to the next book. The narrator does a decent job... But the female voices could use some work. All in all, not the best book I've read... But it's up there with the best.

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  • Beau
  • 11-15-17

love the witcher

not strictly geralt focused. the story takes more time to develop ciri and her conflicts

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  • Robert W. White
  • 07-09-17

great

great establishing piece. i can tell this will be a good series. at times it was slow but i knew it was worth it to get through the slow parts.

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  • fei
  • 07-08-17

great story . love the voice performances.

the voice performances really compliment the book. if not the voice I may not be able to have the patience to finish it or may be I just not use to the style of writing. however, I willing to continue with the series because it felt like the story just begin.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-18-17

Nothing spectacular

I feel like most of this book is setting up the story for the following books. Does not feel like a lot is happening.

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  • karen wilbur
  • 01-29-17

great story and excellent narration.

powerful narration and sublime character differentiation. each character was believe able and individual. story fast paced and many leveled

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  • Manton
  • 12-03-16

beautufull story telling

best narrator best story kept me listening with such a smile on my face thankyou peter kenney

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  • Cassie
  • 09-20-16

Fab!

This book is a great continuation of Geralt's story!
There is some action but this is not a terribly fast moving tale, so if you bore easily best to stick to Sapkowski's short story collections.

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  • Anthony Pyle
  • 09-06-16

Diving into the lore

Having played the witcher video game I wanted to know more about the backstory and lore of geralt and ciri. This book was really wonderful at giving a snippet of their story and I'm super keen to start on the rest of them.

The narrator also had a powerful command of voices and was a pleasure to listen to.