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Blood of Elves Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2009
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Here's the deal: the English publisher has skipped "The Sword Of Destiny" that chronologically follows "The Last Wish". The "Sword" introduces the new characters later seen in "The Blood Of Elves". I was deeply disappointed with such move. My wife has read the 1st book and loved it, but now she can't continue to "The Blood of Elves"!
I was not surprised to find out that the "TBoE" has received much lower rating than the "TLW" on Amazon. People are all confused, it ruins the story flow.
I have written to the Gollancz publishers an here's what they said:
"... You probably are not aware that short story collections do not sell very well, and so it is often difficult for a mainstream publisher to put that sort of book out. We were lucky with THE WITCHER, first, because we published it as a novel, and second, because we had the launch of the computer game to back it up.
We are currently in discussion with the author about what we do next, but please do urge your wife to read BLOOD OF ELVES..."
Somehow I believe that Mr Sapkowski was pushed to follow the order of publishing against his will. And the statement that "short stories don't sell" has already been disproved by the success of "The Last Wish". Gollancz has done the readers and the author a very poor favor by omitting the "Sword Of Destiny".
Recently I have found this petition [...] (if Amazon removes the link, just google "sword of destiny petition") that collects signatures to support the release of the "TSoD". I strongly recommend everyone to join in and add their name to it, the book really deserves to be read by the massive English-speaking audience.
This book explains (among other things) the beginnings of the Scoia'tael (Squirrel) movement, how the various races came to inhabit their corners of the world, more info on Triss Merigold, Shani, Dandelion, and a host of other interesting characters. Kingdom level politics are discussed, pursuits and narrow escapes ensue, and assassins, torturers and sorcerers abound.
Geralt is present all through the book, weaving into and out of other character's lives. He is not 'absent' from the book at all... it's just that each story isn't focused exclusively on him. The overall framework of Ciri's maturation as a enchantress is interesting and appropriate, not boring or drawn out, in my opinion.
Geralt is revealed through other characters eyes as a more interesting and conflicted warrior - perhaps moodier and more withdrawn than we might expect, but more complex. He's far less cocky in this book, which may put some people off if they were expecting the white-wolf swagger.
So... less "swords and babes" overall, more plot and story arc... I enjoyed it thoroughly, and read it in one sitting. Can't wait for the rest.
Side note: anyone who has played and enjoyed "The Witcher" PC game will see lots of it in this novel, and appreciate the book even more.
Although Witchers are scrupulously neutral in matters of politics, Geralt has broken the code by adopting an orphaned princess, Ciri. The heir to a conquered kingdom, Ciri is one of the most valuable people in the world. The forces of light and darkness are both competing to find her - and that's even before her potent magical powers begin to surface. Geralt and his network of friends (more acquaintances) are drawn reluctantly into the vortex of events surrounding Ciri and soon become irrevocably linked to the fate of the world.
Ciri, to give the author credit, is never just a passive object in her own destiny. In fact, she receives much more 'screen time' than anyone else in the book, including Geralt. Her education, training and rambunctious gallop towards maturity are the core of the book. Geralt, and the more conventional adventuring elements that surround him, only appears in alternate chapters - generally fighting off some sort of insidious plot that would otherwise threaten the young princess.
Geralt also takes a backseat to some of his companions - Yennefer and Triss, the witches, and Dandilion, the entertainer and spy. All are drawn to Ciri and the need to protect her - either from loyalty to Geralt or to the greater scheme of fate.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book for fans of the series, games, and newcomers alike!Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Got to know a little bit more of the characters from the games and the world. Reckon that is what I liked most of the bookPublished 6 days ago by Kindle Customer
I love these kinds of stories and had to get the rest in the series. I also play the video game that is what prompted me to buy the books.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Do you like the Witcher? If the answer is yes then you need this in your lifePublished 25 days ago by Chris Tripp
I think this book is very good. Mister Andrzej Sapkowski is an exceptional writer. To be honest - I cannot say much about this English translation because I do not speak English... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Josef
Had some good fights in it and cliffhanger itch g h h h h b. C job g John jbPublished 1 month ago by Albert L.
I didn't get far. I felt like this book was narrated by Mojo Jojo. The writing was just stupid.Published 1 month ago by Mark A. Uzelac