Blood of Elves : The Witcher Saga

  • by Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Narrated by Peter Kenny
  • Series: The Witcher Saga
  • 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Watch for the signs! What signs these shall be, I say unto you: first the earth will flow with the blood of Aen Seidhe, the Blood of Elves....
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.
Following The Last Wish, Blood of Elves is the new novel starring Geralt of Rivia, the inspiration for the critically acclaimed videogame The Witcher.


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A great start to a Promising Series

Let me start by saying that Blood of Elves is technically not the start of the series. From what I have found out and read is that The Last Wish, wich is on Audible and Sword of Destiny, wich is not on Audible preceed this novel. Both are short story collections, neither directly impacts the story, but they provide background information on the characters in the series. They are not necessary to read in my opinion, but they do help a bit. Now to the novel, it is very well written with skillful prose and a decent plot. Because this is the first novel in the series, the plot is still being fleshed out so not that much significant happens, but that does not make the novel boring. The pace is steady and the characters are very well developed. The author does something rather unique wich I appreciated very much. Large sections of the novel are strictly dialogue between the characters with almost no description. Therefor, it is as if the reader is sitting in a different room from the speakers, and can here the conversation between them. I found it refreshing and enjoyable. Finally, the narrator does a fantastic job with both differentiation of characters and portraying their emotions correctly. Overall, I enjoyed this book very much and I look forward to the next one being put on Audible.
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- Joe Chad "I am a lover of fantasy novels with exciting action, complex plots, and unforgettable characters."

Really not very good

I got this book due to the generally high ratings and paradise for the Witcher series. I also wanted to get some back story before playing the video game. Now having listen to it, I'm quiit baffled by the high ratings There is very little story here. Almost nothing happens over the course of this entire book. There are a ton of characters, some of which only appear for a few pages never to be heard from again, and all of the characters have near zero development. Most of the book consists of dull conversations between characters discussing various points of philosophy. There is very little action either of the fighting kind or the plot development kind. Also, the titular Witcher himself plays a fairly small role. At the end of this book there is no resolution or culmination of any kind, as if this is just the first few pages of a longer tome. However, after listening to this book I have no interest in the rest of the series and my interest in playing the video game is diminished (although I may still try it out).
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- Mike Daneman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-02-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio