Blood of Elves - Andrzej Sapkowski

To be neutral does not mean to be indifferent or insensitive. You don't have to kill your feelings. It's enough to kill hatred within yourself.

Blood of Elves is the third entry from The Witcher series chronologically and the first book of the series' main novels, written by Polish author, Andrzej Sapkowski in 1994. Following the fall of Cintra, Ciri, the Child of Destiny, is now studying under the supervision of the cunning witcher, Geralt of Rivia and his allies, to become a witcher herself. Her heritage attracts leaders of Four Kingdoms, Chapter of Wizards, and another sinister party who desire her life, or death. Geralt finds himself in a difficult position to choose his side, or abandon it altogether, in the coming war against the Nilfgaardians.

This book serves as a prelude to the main events of the story around Geralt and Ciri. We get to see our characters as they prepare themselves for the inevitable conflict. Geralt, Dandelion, Triss Merigold, and Yennefer. Each dealing with their own fear and doubt. Their destiny is tied with their encounter with Ciri as she learns more and more about her power and what she wants to do with it.

I can't wait to read the next book. Although there are significantly fewer actions in this book, I still love them. The dialogues, the world-building, the politics. They're just brilliantly written.

Blood of Elves
Andrzej Sapkowski
First Published