Apparently I‘ve been listening to these audio books out of order and I really don‘t like Yennefer but overall I am very much enjoying these books!
Got my #bookspinbingo with the tagged. I‘m no fan of the Witcher books. Geralt and Yennefer seem like Gary Sues &Mary Sues, respectively, and if there‘s humor, it‘s lost on me. The plot seems like Standard Fantasy no. 1 too, with a Chosen One who‘s troubled and even more Mary Sue than Yennefer. But: it‘s finished at least. ⭐️⭐️
I liked the parts where Ciri is training with Geralt as a Witcher and then Yennefer as a magician. But there are also long political discussions that get tedious. It is still especially frustrating that there is no MAP. Most good fantasy stories at least have a map to keep track of all these places they‘re talking about. Nope. All the names get overwhelming, too, so I don‘t really keep track…perhaps it‘ll all come together as the series goes on.
A bit slow and perhaps not well-paced, but overall still a good read. I have heard that this is supposed to be the first full book he wrote? And I would believe that. The politics in particular were boring, and the training sections do sort of run together without much to break them up, but characters are developed, and the middle section of this book is genuinely very engaging, and illuminates Geralt's morality and themes of the series very well.
After playing the video game, reading the comic, and watching the show, I finally started the original Witcher books--at least the audiobook. The world building in Blood of Elves is great but it's a bit slow. Sapkowski has a fondness for conversations among big groups. There are some solid character moments and two compelling fight scenes but perhaps too much exposition.
I did not love this as much as the first book/story collection, but it was still pretty good. I might like the show best of all though?? I‘m sure it has nothing to do with Henry Cavill being all growly and mysterious 😆
Finished reading this book today and I have more questions than answers. There were a lot of character introductions and world building but not too much of a plot. However, I am intrigued to find out what will happen to Ciri that I'll give the next book a chance. Now, I am to watch the series. 3⭐
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I figured I‘d give this series one more try, and I‘ve officially confirmed it‘s not for me. I like Ciri, but I‘m not invested in the wider conflict, I find the worldbuilding pretty infodumpy, and the humour doesn‘t land for me. I CAN see how I might get attached to the characters across multiple books, but I don‘t want to spend any more time discovering if that‘s the case.
Wasn't sure how I'd take to a full novel after the two collections of shorter stories. But this one gave more scope to the whole, got to see more of the major characters i love (game wise) and the different circles, of royalty and such playing at their own games. Plus seeing Geralt's character in a more rounded way, thanks to more POVs
I'm sad that this one was in my tbr pile so long before I read it. I really enjoyed the TV show so I was hesitant to pick up the book. I loved it! I feel like the TV show gave me more background and that enriched the book. I look forward to the further adventures of Gerald, Ciri and Yennifer.
A fantastic character-based high fantasy. For the full review, please visit http://benjamin-m-weilert.com/index.php/2020/11/18/book-blood-of-elves-1994/
Finally found some time to finish my third witcher novel after forgetting about it for nearly a year. I‘m glad I picked it up again, as i immensely enjoy all those little modern twists on the classical fantasy motivs. Feminist fantasy written by a man is possible, and here‘s proof - even though apparently in the game you get to collect pokemon cards for every woman gerald takes to bed 🙈
Continuing with my read of The Witcher! I‘m focusing on the series this month. Unlike the short stories, you can really see Sapkowski‘s storytelling techniques here. Long, episodic chapters; jumps in time; and description through conversation, makes up a lot of this novel. It really is a build up to the rest of the books. The short stories gave background, and this novel is setting up the main storyline of Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri.
Geralt is one of those characters that took a while for me to connect with. However, he won me over. I love how sarcastic he is to people who try to prove they are smarter than him. He waits for them to prove themselves wrong and isn‘t afraid to embellish the fact afterward. He is also fierce when he chooses to protect someone. #fantasy #thewitcher
Full review https://www.behindthepages.org/post/blood-of-elves-by-andrjez-sapkowski
I‘ve wanted to read this series ever since my husband played the third Witcher game and then we watched the first season on Netflix. It‘s a good story and I can‘t wait to read more. So far I‘m liking it.
I read the 5 books of The Witcher series in 21 days. That's 2,123 pages of high fantasy in 21 days, and I discourage this type of behavior. Too many words to post here, read my review on my blog!
Finished the third Witcher book today, which feels like an achievement as I‘ve been so busy with Holocaust MA reading over the past few weeks. I have also been so busy with what seems like Zoom call on top of Teams meeting on top of FaceTime. Bath bomb is a huge lavender bomb from Lush that smelled amazing and almost sent me to sleep 🛏 💤 🛀 🧼 🧽 🛁 💣 💐 👃
The first book in the Witcher series is written purposefully to drag the readers into its world and to leave them eager to know more. A war is looming on the horizon. Tension is building. Elves are rebelling. The Elder Child is growing up and gathering her powers. The wizards are plotting. The kings are plotting. The priests are plotting. Many questions arise, and are left to be answered in the sequel.