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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

Featured Article: 30+ Iconic Quotes from The Witcher Saga


The Witcher Saga is a collection of fantasy novels and short stories by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski following a monster hunter and slayer named Geralt of Rivia. While numerous video game adaptations have helped the saga in its rise to fame, the eponymous Netflix series has catapulted The Witcher to a new level of popularity. The original books have remained sources of deep and entertaining quotes from Sapkowski’s irreverent characters.

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A great start to a Promising Series

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.

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Hopefully the weakest book in the series.

Ciri, triss, and Yennifer. The book jumps around quite a bit and can be a little difficult to follow with a multitude of obscure names and locations being thrown around. Additionally, very little takes place with regards to Geralt, but Ciri's story evolves quite a bit. Not as addictive as the first two, but obviously necessary to the series.

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Wonderful, enhanced my enjoyment of the game!

I actually played the first two games on the X-box before my boyfriend informed that the games were based on books. I was so excited! I was familiar with the characters which helped, but I recommend listening/reading to The Last Wish (also on Audible) and Sword of Destiny before this book. They are prequels of short stories that introduces the characters, and explains events that are just assumed you know about in the first novel. The first book just jumps right in and I spend the first 25% of the book a little confused before I knew about the prequels.

That being said, this book/series is excellent, well written with engaging and likable characters. It's hard to separate the first book from the series, since they all flow together and since I played all three games witch also has some spoilers. But I will say, that Mr. Sapkowski does high fantasy really well. While the "prophesied child" is par on course for high fantasy, Sapkowski gives it a few new twists. The child is female and is actually a supporting character, not the main one. This is just one example, the author takes old ideas and makes them seem fresh and exciting.

Peter Kenny is the perfect choice for narrator. This is the first book I heard him narrate but he has excellent voice control. I even enjoyed his female voices, which tends to be my biggest complaint with male narrators.

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meeeh

the content of the book is very slow, and the narrator couldn't determine what volume to speak throughout the book. at some points he would whisper, causing me to turn the volume up to hear what he was saying, only for the next line to be spoken at normal/high volume blowing my ear drums out all over my car.

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World immersion & character training

I'm writing this review having read this and the next two books in the series, currently reading the fourth.

If you haven't read the previous short story collection you'll be fine but be warned this is not a action pack, high stakes thriller. This is a very slow, character driven tale where the enjoyment is taken from world building escapism. The author spares no expense in his descriptions and details creating a vibrant world and characters, at the expense of pacing. I'm not saying it's boring but if you're use to modern western fantasy stories, you may not enjoy the slow pace.

The first book reads as a training montage. The witcher Geralt brings the orphaned princess Ciri to the witcher's and is trained in the art of combat. Many jokes prevail as a female sorceress arrives and has to explain to the group of male warriors the particulars of female 'issues'. Without giving much away the story advances to magical training.

There is no particular incident or scene that stands out, and there isn't a concluding ending. The story essentially stops expecting you to pick up the next one in the series.

I recommend reading the first two short story collection first to get a feel of the writing style and pacing. If you enjoy those, like character driven stories that have a slow pace, immersing you in the world then give it a try. Remember if you want a satisfying ending you'll have to commit to the next few books as well.

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Novels Take a Nosedive - Not Worth Investing Time

I absolutely loved the short story collections. But the novel's are not worth starting. The first 2 novels are pretty good but the series gets darker, uglier, and meanders... a lot. I don't mind it when authors jump between characters. But in the last few books of the series, the story is constantly jumping between random, inconsequential characters for, what, artistic affect? It's pretty bad. It's so bad in the last novel (Lady of the Lake) that theres hardly any time with the actual main characters at all. I could've skipped whole chapters at a time and not really lost anything. And to top it off, it's a bad ending. I hated the fate of Geralt's company, as well as the fate of Geralt and Yennifer. And the way the author starts writing Geralt, I start not liking him much either, which makes me sad because I loved him in the beginning. Theres a lot of evil acts described in the book as well that I think were unnecessary and distracted from the enjoyment of the series. I only finished because I wanted to know how it ended after I had invested so much time, but it was so hard to finish. I'm glad I'm done. Overall, I'd recommend the novel collections (The Last Wish & Sword of Destiny). But as tempting as it will be to start the novels, I do not recommend them at all.

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Full length novel of Geralt of Rivia

This is the first full novel in the Witcher series, the previous two contained short stories of the adventures of Geralt of Rivia & associated friends. I could tell that in "Sword of Destiny" it was building up into this current story line about Ciri & the prophesy surrounding her. Overall I enjoyed the book, but there were a few parts that I felt were a bit tedious to get thru. Am hoping that now the basic ground work is laid out that the story will pick up.

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Standard fantasy

The narration is perfect, but the plot is severely lacking in much of real content relevant to the overall plot.

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slow, boring compared to the first two books

The character development was good, but could have been done in a much more exciting manner. The discussion between the Kings was long, too political, and not that engaging. I expected more fighting and interesting scenarios after reading the first two books. I realize this is probably just more of a plot development book, but rating the book on its merits alone, I can't give it a very high rating.

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Great storytelling, voice acting, and adventure

Absolutely loved it. If you lie the Witcher video game series you will enjoy this book. The first 2 in the series are a bit more story driven but this book is much more action packed. Highly recommended. And the voice acting is phenomenal.

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