Toward the end of June, I finally had the opportunity to dive back into The Witcher Saga, by Andrzej Sapkowski. I’ve loved The Witcher Saga ever since I started reading it back in December of last year, so I was very excited to continue the series with Blood of Elves.
While Blood of Elves is technically the first book in The Witcher Saga (it begins the main series of novels), it actually takes place after the events of Season of Storms, making it the fourth book in the series.
In this book, Geralt of Rivia has taken responsibility for the safety of a young girl named Ciri, the “child of surprise” whose destiny is linked to his. Having taken Ciri to Kaer Morhen, Geralt and his fellow Witchers begin to train her in the Witcher arts.
However, Ciri also has magical abilities, and it soon becomes necessary for her to leave the Witcher’s home and learn to control her magic. Geralt and Ciri travel to the temple of Melitele, where Ciri will continue her education under the sorceress Yennefer, hidden from those who want to harm her.
But tensions are running high between the world’s inhabitants. A group of elves known as the Scoia’teal (the Squirrels) have begun attacking humans, which has caused relations between humans and non-humans to become strained. Also, in addition to the Scoia’teal, there is the possibility of war with the Nilfgaardians, whose recent attack on the kingdom of Cintra left Ciri homeless. Geralt will have to keep Ciri safe from both of these threats, even if it means that they must be parted for a while.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Blood of Elves! Just like the other books in the series, this novel was action-packed and very fast-paced. Sapkowski does a great job of both world building and character development, and I really enjoyed seeing how Ciri’s character developed over the course of the book, especially as she met and began learning from Yennefer.
Whether you are already a fan of The Witcher Saga, or just enjoy really good fantasy novels, I highly recommend reading Blood of Elves. It’s a great book that I’m sure you’ll have a hard time putting down. While you could read this as the first book in the series, I actually recommend starting with the following books, since they will give you a really good introduction to the main characters…
If you do have the opportunity to read Blood of Elves for yourself, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!