Paperback Perils: Blood of Elves

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Title: Blood of Elves
Author: Andrzej Sapkowski, Danusia Stok (Translator)
Publication Date: 1994
Publishing House: Hachette Book Group

Yes, I am reading this series because I enjoyed the show. However, before the show came out I did not know about the books; I had only ever heard of the video games. This book I borrowed from the library as a digital audiobook. It is always good to support the local library and it is better on your wallet.

From Goodreads

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.

There is a short story collection before this novel that introduces Geralt but I decided to start with book one in the series and it is odd. The book begins like an epic poem in medias res, in the middle. War has come,and people, Queens and sorcerers even, have lost their lives in defense of the land and the people.

The Witchers, Geralt in particular, try to remain neutral in the fights brewing between the different races. High ideals have a hard time standing up to reality when the fight comes unbidden to the white-haired Witcher and he is forced in a moment to make a choice.

This book has a wide variety of characters: Witchers, sorceresses, and bard. None are perfect, they all have vices and faults but they are intriguing and their actions show them to be something more, something greater than most people in their world find them to be.

I recommend this book to fans of fantasy, fans of magic and destiny, and fans of the show. The book is bloody though and that is not the only thing not suitable for children.

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