Let’s continue our journey on the continent and see where the Witcher and Ciri will take us in Blood of Elves, shall we?
The Plot (according to Goodreads):
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.
After the first two Witcher-books (which were both essentially short story collections), I took a little break before reading this one.
As you might know from my previous review, there were some parts I quite enjoyed about the books but also many parts I wasn’t too smitten with. So let’s see whether this one got me back on the bandwagon.
I really tried to love this book, but again, I’m having some ambivalent feelings.
First of all, while Blood of Elves is closer to being a real novel, the chapters still weren’t as fluently connect as you might expect. The book kicks off, for example, with a chapter on Dandelion, then goes to Geralt and Ciri at Kaer Mohen. There’s usually a bit of a time gap between the chapters so it sometimes will take you a moment to situate yourself. The stories are, however, related and come together for a bigger picture.
Said bigger picture, still has to reveal itself, though. Honestly, this entire book was just setting the stage for what is to come, essentially serving as an overlong prologue. For the most part, I felt like you could cut it down substantially and just add it to the next book (although I haven’t read that one yet).
One of my main highlights in the previous books was that we get to see a rather funny and sarcastic side of Geralt. That’s something I missed in this one. So far, we only knew Ciri as a certified brat but she’s getting a bit better in this book. I still don’t love her, but I’m starting to warm towards her.
It is, however, pretty cool to get an insight into the Witcher training and fighting techniques.
We also get to see more of Triss Merigold in Blood of Elves and her character annoyed me tremendously. She basically spends all her time pining after Geralt and throwing herself at him – however, gentleman (or gentlewitcher?) that he is, he refuses her advances. *insert eye-rolling here*
I don’t mean to sound too negative here. Blood of Elves is a decent book but for me, it’s more of an average read. Or so it was for the most part. The final chapter features Ciri and Yennefer and that managed to get my interest. Those two are far more interesting than anything Geralt or Dandelion did in this book. So, I do have hope for the next installment in the series.
Well, I was not particularly impressed with Blood of Elves but with the final chapter, Sapkowski managed to intrigue me. I guess, there is no other choice but to read on, so stay tuned for the next review!
Did you read this book? Let me know in the comments what you think!