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 a lot of free dialogue without any detail into what's happening. There is a lot of character interaction and the dialogue itself is perfectly fine, but when it comes to action, practically nothing happens to further the story. A little fight here, a little betrayal there, but it's fuzzy and you're left thinking you know what happened but you're not entirely sure.
There was one chapter, which seemed to be almost entirely pointless. There were no characters introduced that would reappear at any time, no actions or decisions that had later repercussions, and no lessons to be learned that were passed on to any plot further on in the story.
It seems like it could definitely be a prelude to something much more interesting, and Geralt, Yennefer, Triss, and Ciri were all incredibly interesting characters. Perhaps that pointless chapter will contain something that will be relevant in another book, but as it stands, it wasn't especially good on any level.
That being said, if you enjoyed the games, by all means give the book(s) a read and get a little more insight on the lives and relationships between the characters. I was happy to understand a bit more about the awkward relationship between Geralt, Yennefer, and Triss, myself.
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