The Blood of the Elves written by Andrzej Sapkowski is the first of five volumes of the saga of the monster slayer Geralt of Rivia, which takes place after two sets of stories that provide an introduction to the main story. After the conquest of Cintra by the great army of Nilfgaard, Ciri, the granddaughter of Calanthe and the Child of Surprise, miraculously escaped death and ended up in one of the peasant families, where according to a prediction, Geralt found her. Now as the girl’s guardian, he takes her to the witcher’s habitat Kaer Morhen, where together with the help of the rest of the witchers he will take care of her and train her to defend herself. At the same time, Dandelion, Geralt’s best friend is being imprisoned and the kidnappers want to learn from him by force where the witcher took the girl. Sapkowski’s novel immediately floods the reader with various seemingly unrelated threads which after some time merge into a logical whole.
A popular saying in King Vizimir’s court was that if Dijkstra said it was noon and there is an impenetrable darkness, then you should start worrying about the fate of the sun.
~Blood of elves
In the blood of elves, the world is not all black and white, everything is made of gray sensations, the continent is teeming with monsters and marauding bandits. From the south comes the mighty army of Nilfgaard, headed by the imperialist emperor Emhyr van Emreis. But in the north it’s not much better, the book takes up the problem of racism which affects many towns and villages. Humans who dominated the entire continent and created many powerful kingdoms drove the elves from their own homes forcing them to live in forests. Those elves and dwarves who choose to live among humans are treated by them as inferior creatures as misfits meant to be exterminated. They live in the constant fear of being harmed by contemptuous people who hate them only because of who they are.
Better to belong to some than to all.
~Blood of elves
This story bluntly shows that even the most gloomy and grim people with terrible appearance are capable of feeling. Despite going through the murderous witcher training and the grass test aimed at removing emotions, Geralt proved himself as Ciri’s adoptive father. The monster slayer finally accepted his destiny and thanks to that a strong bond developed between him and the girl which only made them stronger. The characters in Blood of elves were perfectly created, each of them captivates with his personality and sharp humor. Through interesting and humorous dialogues, the book takes up problems important for our civilization and describes well human nature.