Blood of Elves (The Witcher, #3)
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Blood of Elves

by Andrzej Sapkowski
Release date: October 15, 2008
Original title: Krew elfów
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasyhigh fantasy
Tags: david gemmell award, translation, video game

Winner of the David Gemmell Legend Award for Fantasy (2008).

Geralt, the witcher of Riva, is back – and this time he holds the fate of the whole land in his hands...

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.

(updated 2017-01-17)

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While I've never played The Witcher video game series, I have watched bits and pieces of it from time to time, and since I liked the world and characters, I thought it could be interesting to read Blood of Elves. Overall, I found this translation to be mediocre. I couldn't say, of course, anything about the original, but the story in itself wasn't particularly enthralling. Nothing actually really happens except a couple people change locations. There is very little description at all, and ... (more)
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