Blood of Elves
Fantasy / October 4, 2017

Title:¬†Blood of Elves Author: Andrzej Sapkowski Published: 1994/2008 (English) Genre: Fantasy Length: 398 (paperback)   Blood of Elves is the first book in a series that tells the tale of Geralt, a sort of mercenary monsterslayer, who is known as a witcher. Like the majority of English speakers, I first heard about Geralt by playing the highly popular¬†Witcher video game series. After countless hours spent fulfilling witcher contracts in the virtual world on my PlayStation, I finally decided to investigate the source material. The tale opens with many familiar characters from the games. I immediately felt like I knew most of the characters and the world instantly made sense to me. If you are new to the series, rest assured that Sapkowski does an excellent job of world-building and character development. Knowledge of the games is in no way a requirement for the books. To be clear, this series predates the game series. It is not a novelization of the game! The bulk of the first half of the book revolves around Geralt’s parental relationship with his mysterious, orphaned ward: a young girl named Ciri. Ciri is trained by Geralt and the other witchers to fight and understand monster lore,…