Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars.
Series: The Witcher (Book 3 of 7)
Genre: Fantasy, high fantasy
First English translation published: Oct 2008 (Gollancz), May 2009 (Orbit)
Blood of Elves expands beyond the introduction of Geralt of Rivia and brings forth a different level of worldbuilding into the story in a character-driven narrative.
While this book is technically the start of the main series, I wholeheartedly recommend reading the prequel short stories in The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny first. A lot of references to past events in Blood of Elves were covered in those two books – important past events. I even found myself doing a quick read of some of those short stories to jog my memory since I had read them a year ago.