The David Gemmell Legend Award

The ceremony took place last Friday in London, England. The award went to Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski.

The novel was originally published in Poland in 1994, but the English translation became available in 2008 in the UK and this spring in North America. Congrats to the winner!

Here's the blurb:

Watch for the signs! What signs these shall be, I say unto you: first the earth will flow with the blood of Aen Seidhe, the Blood of Elves...

For over a century, humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves have lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over, and now the races are fighting once again. The only good elf, it seems, is a dead elf.

Geralt of Rivia, the cunning assassin known as The Witcher, has been waiting for the birth of a prophesied child. This child has the power to change the world - for good, or for evil.

As the threat of war hangs over the land and the child is hunted for her extraordinary powers, it will become Geralt's responsibility to protect them all - and the Witcher never accepts defeat.

Following The Last Wish, BLOOD OF ELVES is the new novel starring Geralt of Rivia, the inspiration for the critically-acclaimed videogame The Witcher.

For more info about this title: Canada, USA, Europe.

8 commentaires:

Аркадий said...

To my mind, he deserves it more than anyone else. Although I'm somewhat biased, being a Sapkowski geek for almost ten years.
Hope his success in US and America turns well.

Аркадий said...

UK and America, sorry.

Craig said...

Wow he won over Abercrombie and Sanderson that's a bit of a surprise. I might have to check it out.

Ryan said...

Last Wish was excellent, but I understand that there is supposed to be another volume between Last Wish and Blood of Elves. Is that right?

Adam Whitehead said...

@ Ryan: yes, Sword of Destiny. However, Last Wish and Sword of Destiny are somewhat self-contained mosaic novels. You can start with Blood of Elves with no major problems.

Anonymous said...

No, not really. Especially in Sword of Destiny, which hasn't been published in English, a couple of the stories explain what's up with the whole destiny thing, which is a very important theme of the series and especially among the witchers, introduce the second main character of the series [after it has been hinted in The Last Wish that a child will be born] in a way which is significant to the story [while in Blood of Elves this character just is there and you don't know what where and why], and also explain what lead to the political situation Blood of Elves starts out with. So the short stories of The Last Wish and The Sword of Destiny ARE important.

/rant

Puck

Anonymous said...

Well. That's a surprise. I really liked the novel but I am not sure if I think it deserves to win :-)

However, imho I'd say you also can start easily with Blood of Elves. I didn't readt he "mosaic novels" and I hadn't any problem to follow the plot.

Arkadiy said...

It's more about the atmosphere than about the plot, I guess.