Finally I have finished watching someone play Witcher 2 on YouTube and finally understand what happened at Loc Muinne. Which is an AWESOME name for a city. Off topic though, I am excited to delve back into the world of the The Witcher and find out what happened before the amnesia.
The New York Times bestselling series that inspired the international hit video game: The Witcher.
For over a century, humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves have lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over, and now the races are fighting once again. The only good elf, it seems, is a dead elf.
Geralt of Rivia, the cunning assassin known as The Witcher, has been waiting for the birth of a prophesied child. This child has the power to change the world - for good, or for evil.
As the threat of war hangs over the land and the child is hunted for her extraordinary powers, it will become Geralt's responsibility to protect them all - and the Witcher never accepts defeat.
The Witcher returns in this sequel to The Last Wish, as the inhabitants of his world become embroiled in a state of total war.
Ah, finally Blood of Elves. I read this one before I found out that I should have read the two short story compilations first. But nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the story told to me. The tale in Blood of Elves starts with Dandelion and his apprentice telling the epic poem of Geralt. If you read the stories in order, unlike myself, you’ll already know the stories. But their retelling of it has more of a picturesque feel to it.
The general concept is that Geralt, a Witcher created through elixirs and brutal mutilation as a child, hunts and kills monsters for pay. Dandelion, his best friend, is the finest bard in the land, and a known womaniser. With his tales he causes the ladies to swoon, the lords to be jealous and the brothel owners to panic. The ensemble of all assembled then discuss what happened at the end of the depicted action. Was Geralt murdered? Did the Child of Destiny, the Princess Ciri escape? Did she and Geralt meet up as was prophesied? Everyone claims to know him and his exploits but he's not been witnessed in two years, which leads us to believe that it could all be a fabrication.
The character relationships in this book are complex and full of history. Tied together by strands of destiny, but emotionally stunted towards each other. Ciri, Triss, Geralt and Yennefer all have emotions that will captivate your heart and have you rooting for them throughout in different ways. Yennefer and Triss both have that sharp tongue that made me laugh out loud a few times.
While there is not a lot of action throughout this novel, it lays the foundation for what is going to come in the next books. Most of the drama is made by a magical-wielding individual who has an unknown vendetta against Geralt and wants Ciri. Child of Destiny isn't a title that everyone is able to flaunt after all.
I really liked this that this book has a perfect balance between dialogue and description, although at time conversation does take over, I liked it. A lot of people have similar sounding, names and when it’s not entirely made clear who it talking it can get a little confusing.
Overall, this novel was brilliant and gave a fan of the games a great insight into the world and the characters back stories. A must read for any one who is a fan of the games.