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Suddenly Sapkowski tries too hard with unfitting and unwarranted grandiose imagery and the fascinating style of connected short stories is abandoned.
The first in an exciting but ultimately bad story of the young Ciri suffering and suffering and suffering and vain attempts at depth by insisting on and repeating poor metaphors. And suffering. Torture and rape over and over has replaced the moral dilemmas that gave the short stories such depth.
If you enjoyed The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny, then I recommend you enjoy them again rather than start on these novels.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
I would probably sprinkle more action into it. And not just "Oh, whoops, we've gone a few thousand words without a fight scene, better send a couple of assassins after Geralt", but action which actually has bearing on the narrative and impacts the plot. I would also really cut down on all the pointless political talk, and I would downplay Ciri's training in favor of a main plot featuring Geralt, since he's the protagonist of the book and the person we want to follow. Well, in fairness, I guess the book would have to be rewritten entirely.
What was most disappointing about Andrzej Sapkowski’s story?
I think that this book has two major crimes (I'm not talking specifics - if I were, the crimes would be a lot more than two) - it's boring, and it's pointless. Nothing happens throughout the book. Nothing. The entire book is basically an extended explanation about Ciri's training as a Witcher and, later, as a sorceress. That's it. There's a subplot about a group of people trying to find her and kill her, but that's never resolved. Really, you could have compressed this entire book within a single sentence - "Ciri trained with the Witchers and gained many of their skills, and later with Yennefer and understood magic". That's all that really matters. You really don't need to waste 10+ hours of your life to a story that's riddled with political talk and prolonged conversations about awkward subjects.
Have you listened to any of Peter Kenny’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I listened to Peter Kenny's other Witcher adaptations, and as always he was lovely. But not even he can salvage the snooze-fest that was "Blood of Elves".
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Probably, but only because I really love "The Witcher". And because I'd be curious to see if a movie adaptation can fix the huge problems of the book.
Any additional comments?
Skip this one, folks. Save your money, you're really not missing anything.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
The blood of elves is the first book of the Witcher Saga by Andrzej Sapkowski, and if you give it a try you will realise it's very confusing at first. At least I found that. It all comes together however, so keep listening! It's worth reading the entire saga and the short stories. The world and the writing is outstanding and bound to draw you in, if you ever wanted a more realistic approach to a fantasy world (anti-fantasy), where politics of the realms have a larger impact on the world than a single character (at least throughout the entirety of the book).
The reading is fantastic. As a person who took this one up as one of my first audiobooks, I very quickly got accustomed to it and the range of voices for different characters is just astonishing. I found myself realising who was talking even without explanation.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed digging deeper into the lore of the Witcher.
The book itself is very good though I was not keen on some of the way the author choose to rely only on dialog to describe some scenes, it's odd and seems a little lazy. The book also ends very abruptly leading me to believe the author was pushed to publish a little early.
Regardless of my little issues with eh writing it is a book well worth reading especially if you are into the Witcher universe.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Nice introduction to the main characters. Focus seemed more on the wizardry in this one but looking forward to the next book. The narrator does a decent job... But the female voices could use some work. All in all, not the best book I've read... But it's up there with the best.
not strictly geralt focused. the story takes more time to develop ciri and her conflicts