This book is the start of epic Witcher Saga. The saga were the witcher Geralt of Rivia was destined to be the guardian of Ciri; the most important living thing in the world, whose prophecy said will change world. Having only played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. I started reading the Witcher saga about 2 hours into the original Witcher PC game and I still haven’t not played the Witcher 2. So at this point I can’t really comment how all the games differentiate between the actual saga. Also, at this point having a strong knowleged of the the complex Witcher universe, I’m avoiding reading the Witcher Wiki in order to avoid any spoilers.
NO SPOILERS: Blood of Elves continues were Sword of Destiny finished. Ciri is still a child, and Geralt has taken her to Kaer Morhen. The game flawlessly portraits Vesimer exactly how he’s describes in this book. As a matter of fact, the game perfectly illustrated Ciri’s training in Kaer Morhen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QN8gANz8Te4 exactly how Andrzej Sapkowski wrote in the book, which totally brought a smile to my face while reading it.
Triss Marigold finally appears in the saga, and it was really cool reading how she first met Ciri. Yennefer also first meets Ciri in this book. Quite to their respective personalities of both Triss and Yennerfer, they both treat Ciri in their own unique way.
I really wasn’t aware how Ciri unknowingly is a key figure in the Nilfgaard Empire vs Nothern Kingdoms conflict. Additional, another important thing I learned by reading Blood of Elves and it really wasn’t mentioned on The Witcher 3 (as far as can remember) is the conflict between humans and elves. This is a real important thing in The Witcher saga, hence the title of the book.
This is such a good book, there were multiple times were a scene or circumstance stopped to go a different part of the story. Making me wish it continue in order to know what happened next.
Although the book doesn’t explicitly mentioned why, but Ciri already being sought after by evil entities.
Finally, key characters such as Philippa Eilhart, Dijkstra, and Shani also first appear on this book.
The Pokémon game was first release 20 years ago, and it’s hard to believe it is been around 17 years that I first played Pokémon Red and Blue on my Game Boy pocket, and later on my Game Boy Color. Hell, Pokémon was the sole reason why I owned a Nintendo Game Boy on the first place. Such an amazing series and great game, I will forever cherish the wonderful memories I experienced playing this game as Pokémon played a major role of my preadolescence life.
As a side note, right after I completed the main quest in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and was already suffering post-game depression. I thought to myself when was the last I’ve had such a feeling. Then I quickly remembered the last I felt the same way was when I first completed the Pokémon game. Perhaps the role-playing aspect of both The Witcher and Pokémon amazing universe’s, nevertheless.
Sadly, now days I have absolutely no clue of the current modern Pokémon universe, let alone any of the non 150 original Pokémon monsters.
This book is divided into six different short stories. It is a precursor to the epic Witcher saga. As with The Last Wish: Introducing The Witcher, this book continues on taking jabs on fairy tale Disney stories. One of reasons why I love the Witcher, aside from having an amazing story, it also has that bit of funny entertaining dark fantasy… Hell, aside from the traditional monster slaying and foul language, this book has anything from a charming family story, to love triangles, and orgys in it.
Yennefer is my favorite character in the Witcher universe, behind Geralt of course. Though a lot of prefer Triss over Yennefer, there’s a reason why Yennefer is Geralt’s main partner. The short stories in this book will definitely help understand Yennefer’s character much better.
But the focal point has to be the story on how Geralt first met Ciri, and the destiny that would bind them together.
I loved the main story in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, so it was an absolute no brainer that I was also going to read all the books of this amazing dark fantasy series. The original story/books are written in Polish, so initially I was a little worry the English translation might be either not great or literally lost in translation, however The Last Wish: Introducing The Witcher was an enjoyable read. The Witcher universe has a lot of Eastern European folklore and mythology which I had to refer to Google to fully understand what Sapkowski was exactly referring too.
This is the first book of the massive and complex Witcher universe (The official Wiki has over 5k pages!). Amazing how reading the book, thanks to the video game I can picture the stories that it narrates.
NO SPOILERS: It was cool reading the backstories of Geralt himself, how he met Yennefer, his adventures with Dandelion, and most importantly to the Witcher saga itself, the relationship between Princess Pavetta and Duny. I also found it amusing that the books describes events that are exactly as of the major Walt Disney fairy tales stories, almost implying that The Witcher is the opposite of the traditional Disney fairy tales. As well as finally learning why Geralt dislikes traveling through portals.
I’m not much of a gamer, but The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is hands down the best video game I’ve ever played. Holyshit this game is amazing. Having played over 200 hours to complete the main story, not including all possible quests, hell I’m even definitely buying the additional expansion pack to continue playing this masterpiece of a game. I haven’t played any of the previous Witcher games, but this massive beautiful open world game; has an amazing story, lots of great characters, and an absolutely incredible soundtrack. In my humble opinion this game is one of best games ever to be created and certainly the best game I’ve ever played. So it’s no surprise to see this game winning tons of awards.
Watching the launch trailer after completing the game literally gave me a teary eye.
What crazy year 2015 turned out to be.
A year where I turned 29.
A year where terrorism hit very close to home.
A year where first world feminists gave a speech in front of the United Nations, advocating for internet censorship, simply because people call them out on their bullshit.
A year where sadly, ignorance and bigotry is embraced by a large portion in this country.
A year where a very small, yet vocal minority gets offended by just about anything.
Cheers 2015, not before I mention the following:
Fuck Donald Trump
Fuck Radical Islam
Fuck First World Feminism
Fuck Social Justice Warriors
Donald Trump goes full retarded, yet again. All of my adult life I’ve been amazed of the stupidity of liberals, but now Donald Trump is making realize how fucking stupid the conservative base is as well. The fact that this man has taken a piss on all Latin Americans, women, Muslims, and yet continues to be the most popular GOP candidate, is absolutely mind-boggling. On the last GOP debate, he suggested an absolutely terrifying plan on censoring the internet to combat ISIS, almost as if he hasn’t heard or doesn’t have a clue of the National Security Agency and their role in Cyber Warfare.
What angers me more about the Republican base, is that these Trump supporters only seem to love him because he acts like a tough politically incorrect personality that insistent part of the establishment. So I ask my self, were these fucking idiot Trump supporters alive during the 2008 and 2012 elections when Ron Paul ran for President? Oddly enough Rand Paul shredded Donald Trump to pieces on his ridiculous plan, however given Rand Paul’s popularity and Trump’s poll numbers, it doesn’t look like the conservative base even cared.