Blood of Elves by Andrjez Sapkowski
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The Witcher, Geralt, has taken in a young girl named Ciri. She is the last of her royal line. Her family lay slain by the Nilfgaardians in the battle for Centra. He takes her to Kaer Morhen, the home of the witchers, to protect her and train her in their ways. But she is the first female to be trained by the witchers, and she is more than just a normal girl. Rumors start to spread that she is alive and political powers begin their search for Ciri. Geralt does all he can to protect the girl and prevent her from falling into the wrong hands. There is a power deep within Ciri, one that can be used for good, or evil.
Geralt is one of those characters that took a while for me to connect with. Having read The Last Wish, I knew a bit about Geralt’s personality, and I was a bit on the edge whether or not I liked this series. However, this book won me over. Not only does he have a fierce dedication to protecting Ciri, but Geralt lives by his own code. He doesn’t kill if he doesn’t have to. I also 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.
Andrzej Sapkowski has created a unique hero in the witcher series. Geralt certainly doesn’t view himself as the hero type and he is a man of few words. He lets his actions speak for themselves and is fierce in his protection of Ciri. His nickname of white wolf shines brightly as he does what he can to defend her. And when he becomes angry, you’ll know because that isn’t something he hides.
The world-building done in Blood of Elves is subtle but effective. Andrzej Sapkowski doesn’t bog the reader down with unnecessary details. He gives just enough so readers can form their own connections to keep the plot steadily moving forward. He also cuts off the story abruptly and left me needing to know what happens next! I can officially say I am a fan of this series, and I cannot wait to see what happens with all the characters.
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