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For more than a hundred years humans, dwarves, gnomes and elves lived together in relative peace. But times have changes, and now the races once again fight each other - and themselves. In this tumultuous time a child is born - Ciri has strange powers and a stranger destiny, for a prophecy names her as one with the power to change the world, for good or for evil. The witcher Geralt has taken Ciri to the relative safety of the Witchers' Settlement, but it soon becomes clear that Ciri is not like the other witchers. As the threat of war hangs almost palpably over the land, Geralt and Ciri are pursued by someone who understands exactly what the prophecy means - and exactly what Ciri's power is capable of. This time Geralt may have met his match.
"If, like me, you’ve never heard of Andrzej Sapkowski before, it’s about time that was rectified. Combining traditional fantasy with Polish folklore, Sapkowski’s Witcher series has been translated into seven languages, made into a TV series and most recently converted into a computer game. This is clearly not to be taken lightly. Blood of Elves is only the second book by the author to hit British shelves (The Last Wish was published in 2007) – it’s a pity it didn’t arrive sooner."
Jara from UK
Amazing read! Read it several years ago so cannot reflect on story as much now but I remember that getting the last two books of the saga was a must! Very well writen with everything you want from a good fantasy book.
Shahaf Shaked from Israel
Sapkowski's works certainly don't lack intrigue, and suffuse the genre with a fresh breeze. I mean, a world of moral grey areas (unorthodox in Fantasy) based on Slavic mythology. The characters are well thought-of and the spry pace of the add to the reading experience. But that's about all the good things I can say about this title. My critique could be summed up rather simply: Literary-wise, it's simply not that well written. There is no shortage of instances where characters suddenly feel contrived - mainly the parts where a character rambles on in thought for a page, or when Sapkowski suddenly drops a long narrative about a past event relating to some character (sometimes in the form of a flashback). Another issue that keeps nagging at me whenever I pick up a Witcher book is that every few pages there suddenly pops a long train of thought or speech that feels utterly unnatural. Here's an example: 'I tried to guide the conversation to the Child Surprise several times to no avail.' That's is Triss Merrigold thinking to herself. Characters don't narrate to themselves - especially not recollections. It never sounds right because no real person does this. There are plenty of better ways to relay to the reader the information in that thought (even dull narrative would have sufficed.) Also, the pacing of the dialogue and narrative (not the story itself!) is simply atrocious. Very few sentences in this book feel 'just right' - that is, not redundantly long or too short, or balanced satisfyingly on both sides of the comma. I don't know . Maybe the book reads better in its native Polish than in the English translation, but that's something I'll never learn.
WE from Poland
My favourite book series. Witty humor, complex characters, convincing world... I just can hope that English transaltion is as good as the original.
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