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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tube station missed x12
Got so into this one and went past my stop many times. Bless the tube for running every 3-5 minutes. Good read ! *****
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3.0 out of 5 stars A new, interesting take on a fantasy world
I started reading these books after getting the computer game "Witcher 2, Assassins of Kings". The books are quite interesting, though make sure you read them in the correct order. I do find a few quibbles with the language at times (English, translated from Polish), I feel that the word flow sometimes sound stilted, though I suspect this might be a result of the...
Published on 19 July 2012 by Even Gillebo


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5.0 out of 5 stars tube station missed x12, 24 Nov 2013
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Ms. P. Katus (London, Uk) - See all my reviews
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Got so into this one and went past my stop many times. Bless the tube for running every 3-5 minutes. Good read ! *****
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3.0 out of 5 stars A new, interesting take on a fantasy world, 19 July 2012
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I started reading these books after getting the computer game "Witcher 2, Assassins of Kings". The books are quite interesting, though make sure you read them in the correct order. I do find a few quibbles with the language at times (English, translated from Polish), I feel that the word flow sometimes sound stilted, though I suspect this might be a result of the translation. All in all a page turner, though a bit anachronistic at times and with a (not unusual) opaque magic system. That being said, I find this book (and indeed, the series) quite readable.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great start to a promising new ( in english) fantasy series, 14 May 2009
I loved his previous novel, the Last Wish, and i loved this book almost as much. Sapkowski writes like a wizard, even if the text occasionally suffers from some minor translation errors, the result of the deft description, sharp pacing and hilarious dialogue still left me amazed.

But the best thing of it all is that even though it is set in a pretty traditional fantasy world and spiced with a generous helping of humour Sapkowski never allows the story to become a caricature. You get the feeling that these are real people living in a screwed up world trying to live their lives. Its also wonderful to see some intelligent world building and war-making; though i have always been willing to suspend my disbelief about it, Sapkowski skilfully answers why a mutant super-warrior that runs around the world killing dangerous creatures isn't actually destroying the ecosystem and why the economy is just as important a factor in winning wars as the number of people you have willing to chop each other into little bits.

My only criticism however was that the ending felt too abrupt, you definitely got the feeling that this was the first part in a much larger story.

Still though, a great read.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too sure.., 9 Dec 2008
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In comparison to "The Last Wish" compilation this seem's to be a bit more of a mixed bag, which is odd given that it's a novel. That's not to say that it's a bad read. It's well worth a look, all the elements that made "The Last Wish" such a good read are still to be found in places, but after the high expectations that "The Last Wish" set it's a bit of a let down.

The narrative is disjointed with characters and sub-plots jumping in and out of the mix at will. More interestingly Geralt is absent for extended periods, which is not necessarily a bad thing but many of the characters that replace him (while still far better than the average fantasy template) don't stir much empathy. As I found myself reaching the last chapter I had to wonder "Is that it?"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginnig..., 21 Jan 2014
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I read all of the books in native Polish and I have to say that it's just a beginning of a great ride (imho). The story is linked to previous books -unfortunately Sword of Destiny is not yet translated into English.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars continued on from the first...bring on the next installment !, 30 Jan 2009
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M. Halai (UK) - See all my reviews
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The first book was a slightly different view of the usual fantasy stereotypes with a few original pieces and made for a riveting read.
Was pleasantly surprised that the author has continued the cracking pace and scene setting that marked the first book. Big holes all over the place in the plot and the characters but they got me thinking ( and trying to fill them in in my head...) and hoping that they're worked on in the next book(s)
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A poorly-planned disappointment in the wake of the glorious 'The Last Wish', 28 Feb 2010
This review is from: Blood of Elves (Paperback)
Gollancz are not generally known for their marketing booboos, but in the case of 'Blood of Elves' it would appear that a potentially hugely successful fantasy franchise has been shot squarely in the foot. The decision to skip an English translation of Sapkowski's second collection of Geralt short stories doesn't just confound from a business perspective. It also serves to confuse reader expectations. 'Blood of Elves' is the first in a FIVE book series that assumes familiarity with both short story collections. This is indicated nowhere on the cover, and nowhere within its pages. The book ends abruptly seeming to have achieved only the merest of starts - surely leaving readers unfamiliar with Sapkowski's publishing history in his native Poland bewildered and disappointed.

'The Last Wish' was a breath of fresh air in Fantasy fiction, without resorting to trickery or weirdism. 'Blood of Elves' is - out of context - rambling, oddly paced, and never gets anywhere. As part of the Geralt 'continuum', it might have contributed to a growing sense of doom in the Witcher's world. As a standalone novel, it can only disappoint.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fantasy book.Masterpiece., 1 Dec 2010
This review is from: Blood of Elves (Paperback)
Awesome book from Sapkowski!It is a continuation of the story presented in The Last Wish.Unlike all other fantasy books one has ever read, this one successfully blends medieval age,fantasy and adult themes.It is a very sober story,very different from the usual save the princess.Magic,sword-fighting,humour,love and monsters all in one piece!Great great great!Worth.Every.Penny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Is there a book missing?, 2 Mar 2010
This review is from: Blood of Elves (Paperback)
I enjoyed the first book, The Last Wish, and its interesting take on old fairy and folk tales and I enjoyed this second one even more as I felt the writing style was more mature (the first book degenerated into silliness on occasion). I just have one problem. To me there appears to be a book missing, there seem to be many events referred to, particularly about Ciri, in passing as if they had appeared in an earlier novel. Also there is nothing about the period Geralt and Yennefer spent together, again referred to merely in passing. I cannot honestly see the first and third books of a series being published without the second so what is the problem? Bad writing? Translation difficulties? I avoid translations as a rule as it is incredibly difficult to translate a fantasy novel into another language as no two languages totally correlate (or even closely correlate in some cases) and books of any kind always seem to lose something in translation to another language.

I did notice another reviewer mentioned that there is a book of short stories by the author which includes stories pertinent to the series which has not been translated into English but this method should only be used after a series is completed to maybe give extra information for fans and expand on the main story. I certainly would not expect to have to buy a set of short stories to fill in important information missing from the main series. So, I have to assume that the chunk of time completely omitted from Blood of Elves (ie from when Geralt leaves Cintra having secured his child surprise to after when Ciri is found by Geralt) is deliberate. It does not however make for good storytelling. Either leave the unmentioned period a blank (mentions of Ciri's travels after escaping Cintra just make the reader want to read about them in more detail) or give a proper description, or even synopsis, of events. I have noticed large periods of time missing in fantasies before but this is generally because the missing period has no real relation to the current book. Ciri's travels (and the Geralt/Yennefer relationship) to me are crucial to the formation of the characters and should have been given more than a brief mention.

Still, the one good point for some readers about the missing information is that Blood of Elves can easily be read without necessarily having read The Last Wish first. I actually read Blood of Elves thinking it was a standalone and ordered The Last Wish from the library, when I began to read I realised I had already read The Last Wish some time earlier! I do read a lot of books (6 a week on average and have been known to forget I've read them on occasion) but that just proves the lack of continuity between the first book and the second.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patience, my friends, patience..., 29 May 2009
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M. Gasior "Moryc Beniowski" (Tarnowskie Góry, Polska) - See all my reviews
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'Blood of Elves' is a first volume of Witcher saga, 'The Last Wish' (published in English) and 'The Sword of Destiny' (unpublished in English, God knows why?) both being good introduction to the Witcher's realm.
The real story begins here, the five volume saga which only gets better with every volume. The plot is unbelievably mature, realistically cruel and cruelly realistic. When you finally reach the place when old Leo Bonhard enters the scene remember my words... The shivers are going down my spine when I am just thinking about him.
So be patient everyone who thinks the story gets a bit slow, there are four more volumes to go through, every one only better than previous one...
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