I finally sat down to read the Witcher series, although I read book #3 without realizing it, but I’ve wanted to read this series for a while. I hope that Andrzej Sapkowski is a wealthy man, because his series has been made into a game that is supposedly one of the best out there (tl;dp).
In this post I’ll talk about The Blood of Elves. It’s fantasy, part of the new bloody, hey your heroes might die sort of fantasy. Much like in Joe Abercrombie’s work, though, I’m not sure that I believe that, in stark contrast to George R R Martin. Still, this was a page-turner for me, and I also found Sapkowski much more interested in the implications of the kind of strict racial lines that fantasy draws.
- The idea of witchers as politically unaligned, magic-swallowing, alchemy-imbibing super warriors, but chemically enhanced.
- As with all fantasy this side of Martin, though, (and occasionally Abercrombie if I’m being fair), I never got the sense that the Witcher was in danger.
- The witchers are a bit curmudgeonly, which is interesting – I’m not sure what this brings to the text except to make them less otherworldly and more human…
- Elves are the outsiders (almost eco-warriors shaman types), but I think that’s Sapkowski’s way to set up the way in which human greed and inability to get along are the true drivers of misery.
- He doesn’t set either side up as evil or misguided, just territory-hungry.
- I’ll read more of these, although I’m still not sure how witchers aren’t just a fantasy-type superhero…