Blood of Elves is the first novel in The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski.
The Kingdom of Cintra is attacked by the Empire of Nilfgaard. The Queen of Cintra commits suicide and her granddaughter Cirilla, also known as Ciri or “The Lion Cub of Cintra”, manages to flee the burning city to find solace with the witchers. Especially with one witcher in particular: Geralt of Rivia. But even though she’s now training to become a witcher, she’s not safe. Others are looking for her, and they all want to use her for their own ends, because inside her is the blood of elves.
I initially thought it would be jarring to jump from short stories into a full-blown novel, but it wasn’t. I jumped right in and immediately felt at home. Here were all the characters I remembered and loved, in the world I’d come to know through the short story collections.
It was interesting to read about the complicated relationship between Ciri and Yennefer, especially because Ciri loves both Geralt and the sorceress Triss, but there’s some tension between the three adults. It really made me want to know more about the Triss/Geralt and Yennefer/Triss relationships. With every page, I learned more about Geralt and the way he sees things, and Ciri and the way she struggles to become the person she’s meant to be.
Her interactions with Yennefer were interesting and I’m looking forward to reading more about magic and its boundaries. I also want to know more about Ciri’s latent powers and what those powers really entail. It was also a lot of fun getting introduced to more and more sorceresses.
This book managed to grab my attention from the start and keep me hooked until the end.