Blood of Elves

Blood of Elves

Book - 2009
Average Rating:
Rate this:
The Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, becomes the guardian of Ciri, surviving heiress of a bloody revolution and prophesied savior of the world, in the first novel of the New York Times bestselling series that inspired the Netflix show and the hit video games.

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.

Andrzej Sapkowski, winner of the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement award, started an international phenomenon with his Witcher series.

Now, look out for The Tower of Fools , book one of Andrzej Sapkowski's Hussite Trilogy, coming in October 2020!
Publisher: London : Gollancz, 2009.
ISBN: 9780316438988
Characteristics: 315 p. ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Stok, Danusia


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Mar 01, 2020

The first chapter irritated me in the beginning. Mostly because it was just a bunch of unrelatable characters arguing about the past. But once it got into the lore and magic of story, more interesting characters emerged and that first chapter seemed more like "Last time on The Witcher" sort of recap that a TV show would do. So far so good, the story is keeping reality away and making the mundane day to day a bit less boring. Now I'm gonna have to play the video game too.

Feb 16, 2020

The story has a lot of dialogue that at times can be a bit dull which is why I only gave this book a 4/5. Other than that though, it was quite entertaining. Less monsters being killed in this story than the previous short story's but I found this book had a lot more substance in it than the short story's provided.

I found Ciri to be a bit annoying at times but that is because she is a curious young girl who wants to learn more about the world. She just doesn't seem to understand when to give it a rest. In the story some of the adults would get annoyed with her and I found myself agreeing with them! But dont let that deter you from reading this book. It was still a good first book to a series and I look forward to reading the next one.

I listened to the audiobook with Peter Kenny who is the voice actor. He is absolutely amazing and I plan on listening to the remaining books because he is the voice actor for them as well.

ArapahoeTiegan Dec 02, 2019

Such an abrupt ending! But I'm hooked enough by the world and the characters that I want to continue the series!

Sep 07, 2019

Read 3rd

ReadingAdviser_leni Jun 21, 2019

Very clearly the beginning of a series as there is a lot of set-up, character development, history and planning in this. Loved the action sequences, and I’m looking forward to more. I originally picked this up as I really enjoy the “Witcher 3” video game and I wanted to know more about the characters and where the story came from.

Jun 19, 2019

I definetly liked this book just like I did "The Last Wish" and "The Sword of Destiny" but this book is a little bit different than Sapkowski's previous books. Likewise, this is the first book that has one story throughout the whole book rather than various shorter stories about Geralt. Another difference about this book compared to the other two before is that rather than the story being told trhough Geralt's perspective, we begin to see chapters seen through other people's perspectives, like Ciri and Triss to name a few.

Mar 08, 2016

I did enjoy this book. Although unlike his short stories this book starts a series. It takes the perspective of Geralt, Dandelion, Ciri and Triss Merigold. Maybe that's why it doesn't get great reviews as the short stories. Because it isn't solely about Geralt. But that is why I like it. Anyway I thought it was good.

erummel93 Sep 20, 2015

Good for the elaborate world Sapkowski creates. Not so good for the marginally interesting political intrigue plots and some characters being as thin as gruel. Geralt, the anti-hero protagonist, is utterly devoid of a personality in this title. All we know of him is his devotion to Ciri, his mystical ability to have sex with every women he meets for no reason, and his sarcastic quips between periods of long silence and sparse words in all of his conversations. He's a boring character, but also a badass. Just give him a sword and read about him killing people and one-upping his more bookish comrades. Don't think about it too hard beyond that.

This book is rather uneventful for what is meant to be an introduction to the series. However, the last chapter is an absolute masterpiece, in my opinion, and made me beg for more from Sapkowski. He knows how to tell a story when he wants to.

Jun 11, 2014

Mixed feelings about this title. Some of the chapters were as gripping and iconoclastic as the most excellent stories in The Last Wish, but it nearly lost me when it got bogged down in the internal and external politics of imaginary kingdoms/wizards guilds, etc. Sapkowski is definitely at his best during the clever dialogue-only bits, or when sending up the foibles and vanities of authority figures. I will definitely carry on to read The Time of Contempt.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings

Library owns a similar edition of this title.

View originally-listed edition

Report edition-matching error

To Top