Blood of Elves
by Andrzej Sapkowski
As war is coming between the races, and the prophesied child, Ciri is sought for her power, Geralt of Rivia must protect everyone.
I don’t usually review books I DNF, but let’s try it. We don’t have to love everything we read, and that shouldn’t stop us from having a civil discussion about it.
I read a little over halfway before I finally decided to put this one down for good.
“The first novel in the New York Times bestselling series that inspired the Witcher video games.” That’s the first sentence on the back cover of the copy I own. And that’s a bit misleading. Blood of Elves is the first novel in the series, but it’s not the first book. The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny come before it. And I think that was a big part of my problem.
This is a rich fantasy world, there is some cool magic, and scary monsters, and characters with history. Knowing that, this part of the Witcher’s story felt rather zoomed in. It focuses on a small piece of the huge events that appear to be occurring in the world and it was slower moving than I had expected. While there is some explanation as the story progresses, there wasn’t enough for me to feel invested in the plot, and, while I liked the relationship between Geralt and Ciri, I didn’t really connect with any of the character. Again, I skipped all the backstory, so that’s probably my bad.
The Witcher has been successful as a book series, a video game series, and a Netflix series.
I’ll play through the video games, but I doubt I’ll go back to the book series. It just wasn’t for me.