Blood of Elves (The Witcher – Orion, nr. 3)De (autor) Andrzej Sapkowski Traducere de Danusia Stok
en Limba Engleză Carte Paperback – 21 May 2009
Pentru mai mult de 100 de ani oamenii, dwarfii și elfii au conviețuit împreună într-o relativă pace. Dar timpurile s-au schimbat, iar pacea atât de greu obținută s-a risipit, iar acum rasele se lansează din nou în atacuri una împotriva celeilalte. Crimele nu mai contenesc. Fără milă sau remușcare. În aceste vremuri tulbure se naște un copil a cărui venire pe lume este așteptată de către toți vrăjitorii.
Ciri, nepoata Reginei Calanthe, Leoaica din Cinthra, are puteri neobișnuite, dar și un viitor neobișnuit deoarece profețiile o numesc Flacăra, cea care poate schimba lumea cu ajutorul puterilor sale în bine. Însă răul nu doarme niciodată.
Geralt de Rivia reușește să o pună pe Ciri la adăpost în baza Acordului Vrăjitorilor, dar curând va deveni limpede că Ciri nu este asemenea celorlalți vrăjitori.
Amenințarea războiului este din ce în ce mai prezentă, iar Geralt caută pe cineva capabil să o antreneze pe Ciri în însușirea unicelor puteri pe care le deține.
Însă și altcineva și-a mutat atenția spre tânăra eroină. Acel cineva a înțeles cât se poate de exact profeția și măsurile puterilor tinerei Ciri.
Întreaga serie de cărți stă la baza jocului cu acelasi nume: The Witcher.
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For more than a hundred years humans, dwarves, gnomes and elves lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over and now the races once again fight each other - and themselves: dwarves are killing their kinsmen, and elves are murdering humans and elves, at least those elves who are friendly to humans ...Into this tumultuous time is born a child for whom the witchers of the world have been waiting. Ciri, the granddaughter of Queen Calanthe, the Lioness of Cintra, has strange powers and a stranger destiny, for prophecy names her the Flame, one with the power to change the world - for good, or for evil ...Geralt, the witcher of Rivia, has taken Ciri to the relative safety of the Witchers' Settlement, but it soon becomes clear that Ciri isn't like the other witchers.
As the political situation grows ever dimmer and the threat of war hangs almost palpably over the land, Geralt searches for someone to train Ciri's unique powers. But someone else has an eye on the young girl, someone who understand exactly what the prophecy means - and exactly what Ciri's power can do. This time Geralt may have met his match.
Andrzej Sapkowski was born in 1948 in Poland. He studied economy and business, but the success of his fantasy cycle about the sorcerer Geralt of Rivia turned him into a bestselling writer. He is now one of Poland's most famous and successful authors.
"One of the best and most interesting fantasy series I've ever read. Though it functions well as adventure fiction, it has added depth and value as satire and commentary on fantasy literature ... Sapkowski is a genuine stylist."—Nerds of a Feather
"Like a complicated magic spell, a Sapkowski novel is a hodgepodge of fantasy, intellectual discourse, and dry humor. Recommended."—Time
"Like Mieville and Gaiman, [Sapkowski] takes the old and makes it new ... fresh take on genre fantasy."—Foundation on The Last Wish
"A breath of fresh air in a well-worn genre. Don't miss it!"— Fantasy Book Review
"Sapkowski has a phenomenal gift for narrative, inventing sensational events, creating a suggestive mood, and building up the suspense along with a dazzling, slightly cynical sense of humor."—Jacek Sieradzki, Polityka on The Last Wish
"Sapkowski's The Last Wish is a great collection of short stories centered around a witcher, Geralt - a rare sorcerous breed who hunts down the monstrous but is feared by the innocent. With a wondrous mix of Eastern European folklore and myth, beautiful princesses, mischievous demons and where all is not as it seems, The Last Wish is a great read - perfect for dipping into or just reading cover to cover, as I did."—Waterstones
"It is [his] world-weariness combined with his battle-honed powers that make Geralt such an interesting character. Here's hoping The Last Wish is merely the opening chapter in his English language adventures."—Edge
"I really, really enjoyed this book ... None of the characters in Sapkowski's world are black or white; they are all shades of grey, including Geralt and the monsters."—The Deckled Edge
"Sapkowski is very good at creating interesting, imaginative characters with unusual levels of depth to them ... The Last Wish is an enjoyable book full of stories both melancholy and comic."—The Wertzone
"This beautifully written character-based story from Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski ... a refreshing champion."—The Specusphere
"New battle mechanics, a fantastic storyline, and a gritty setting make The Witcher one of the most engrossing, mature RPGs to arrive on the PC in years."—Gamespot.com on The Witcher video game
"The Witcher delivers one of the most intense and rewarding role-playing experiences this year."—GT Reviews on The Witcher video game
"The Lady of the Lake is, without any doubt, the best and most profound fantasy novel I have ever read. It is hard to put down, yet also a challenging and deeply rewarding book. And it is genuinely moving. I have never read a fantasy series like this, and suspect I never will again."—Nerds of a Feather on The Lady of the Lake