BLOOD OF ELVES is the first full-length novel of the Witcher franchise. Strangely, it was translated into English as the second novel despite the second anthology, Sword of Destiny, having a huge role in setting up this novel's events. How huge? Well, about sixty-percent of the story deals with the aftermath of the Nilfgaard invasion of the North. The Nilfgaard invasion of the North happens in THE SWORD OF DESTINY. The rest of the novel deals with Geralt's adoption of Ciri, which is kind of important since she gets adopted in the SWORD OF DESTINY too. Yikes.
Alright, everyone, you know the drill by now – I’ll yammer on about each of the short stories in this here Witcher anthology until your eyes are bleeding, your ears are bursting, and your monitor is on fire. Ready, set, go!
Amazon.com noticeably made a big screw up when they decided to release Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher series stateside. While they did a decent enough translation of the text, taking cues from the video game, they made the mistake of assuming the anthologies were not actually part of the saga. They released the first anthology, The Last Wish, but then skipped to the third book in the series The Blood of Elves because they didn't realize its story picks up directly after the events of this book. As such, The Blood of Elves confused a lot of fans who read it as it refers to events and characters we haven't read about.