Blood of Elves: The Witcher, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, holds the fate of the world in his hands in the New York Times best-selling first novel in the Witcher series that inspired the Netflix show and video games.
For more than a hundred years humans, dwarves, gnomes and elves lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over and now the races once again fight each other - and themselves: dwarves are killing their kinsmen, and elves are murdering humans and elves, at least those elves who are friendly to humans....
Into this tumultuous time is born a child for whom the witchers of the world have been waiting. Ciri, the granddaughter of Queen Calanthe, the Lioness of Cintra, has strange powers and a stranger destiny, for prophecy names her the Flame, one with the power to change the world - for good, or for evil....
Geralt, the witcher of Rivia, has taken Ciri to the relative safety of the Witchers' Settlement, but it soon becomes clear that Ciri isn't like the other witchers. As the political situation grows ever dimmer and the threat of war hangs almost palpably over the land, Geralt searches for someone to train Ciri's unique powers. But someone else has an eye on the young girl, someone who understand exactly what the prophecy means - and exactly what Ciri's power can do.
This time Geralt may have met his match.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 11 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||27 February 2014|
|Publisher||Orion Publishing Group|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 498 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
11 in Dark Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
13 in Dragon & Mythical Creatures Fantasy
28 in Dark Fantasy (Books)
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Reviewed in Australia on 17 January 2022
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I generally read at least a book a week but i won't buy any more of these. Go and watch it on tv it's much better.
Altogether quite an interesting travel itinerary our hero's have sometimes a little confusing and have to return to previous text to gather ones thoughts and location
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The story focuses largely on two characters, Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher (enhanced mercenaries who fight monsters for money) and Princess Cirilla of Cintra, known as Ciri. She has the blood of elves flowing through her and has been destined to be Geralts ward. This blood gives her surprising powers the Witchers don't know how to deal with and have turned to outside help from sorceresses to train her all the while some people are searching for her with seemingly sinister intentions...
The story is excellent and had me pretty hooked from start to finish, the translation feels very well paced and well written with several moments especially with Dandilion the bard really made me laugh. The book isn't especially action heavy (which may disappoint those who have played the computer games based on the series) but takes a pretty in depth look into Ciri's training at the Witcher's Keep of Kaer Morhen as well as introducing the political state of the world as well as several characters from previous short stories like Yarpen and Yennifer.
My one complaint, if you could call it that, is that it still feels like several short stories tied together rather than a full novel, the book is practically in sections and the ending was pretty abrupt but the actual content is excellent and feels like it's building up for the next book which I shall be reading straight away, Time of Contempt .
+ Well written.
+ Good pacing.
+ Great characters.
- Ends pretty abrubtly.
Why? Well, it lacks any real narrative thread at all. The construct of short stories joined together doesn’t work as a novel. There is a semblance of investment in world building, but in the main I thought there was lots of unwieldy dialogue masquerading as character-building, whilst manifestly failing to actually do so. No pace, no momentum, no real sense of threat or engagement in the characters, no standout sections to interrupt the tedium.
Just dull, like I say. I never expected to say this, but the game is vastly superior in every respect.
There are pages and pages and pages of unnecessary dialogue - literally entire chapters. This seems to be the authors way of filling the reader in on the history and background of the story. But it got to the point where I was just skimming over these bits because they were so long, and the dialogue was between characters that weren't even part of the story. There is so much going on in the background of the story that this seem a clunky way of imparting it to the reader and just left me feeling confused.
Then onto the characters. By the end of the book I didn't feel like I knew or understood any of them. I had no understanding of their history, their motivations or their feelings. I don't really feel like I even know what's going on.
I am honestly baffled by the hundreds of good reviews. There are so many better fantasy books out there.
On top of this, I've grown to love the characters ever more and want to know more than ever about them. However, I am hoping for more monsters in the ext book, but I understand this was setting up for a much larger tale to be told.