23 Aug 2019

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays: BLOOD OF ELVES by Andrzej Sapkowski

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Author: Andrzej Sapkowski
Series: Witcher #3
Source: Audible
Publisher: Hachette Book Group Orbit
Publication Date: May 1, 2009

The New York Times bestselling series that inspired the international hit video game: The Witcher.

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.

The Witcher returns in this sequel to The Last Wish, as the inhabitants of his world become embroiled in a state of total war.
Amazon | Chapters | TBD
With all the hype around the Netflix series, I decided to give the Witcher books a go. I read the short story "prequels" to this and really thought that they had a good sense of humour and fantasy, so I decided to read the main storyline. As an FYI, this is listed as book one, but it is really book three, and I would recommend the prequel short story collections because it introduces a lot of things that make it easier to make sense of this world.

I liked this one enough, but it didn't blow me away. I found the switching between perspectives to be too much, not extremely well done, and not super necessary. It was a little difficult to follow the story and the way that things were done. But I enjoyed Ciri and learning more about the magic system.

While this story is about the Witcher, it is mostly about everyone else around Geralt in this one. He is there on page, but we switch between perspectives, storylines, and characters so much it is as if he is a background character. I'm not really complaining because I thought some of the other storylines were more interesting (except the political part in the middle there - talk about boring). I just wish that this had a bit more clear transition between the storylines.

I am looking forward to seeing where this goes and how it translates to Netflix! I am sure that I will be continuing with the series during my trip to Algonquin Provincial Park next weekend, so stay tuned!

What are some of your favourite Adult SFF books?


  1. Don't think this is for me, but thanks for sharing! I think I know someone who might enjoy this, so I'll share with them.

  2. I haven't read this yet but I do own the prequel and this one. I played the games though and those are AMAZING. My favorite game is The Witcher Wild Hunt. Definitely recommend that if you like gaming at all :)


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