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The Witcher’s Yennefer Actress Reads Passage From Blood of Elves

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Anya Chalotra, who plays Yennefer of Vengerberg, reads an excerpt from the third/first novel in “The Witcher,” called, “Blood of Elves.”

Warning: the following contains SPOILERS for The Witcher.

Yennefer actress, Anya Chalotra, reads a passage from Andrzej Sapkowski’s Blood of Elves, which inspired a scene in The Witcher season 2. Based on Sapkowski’s novels and heavily inspired by CD Projekt’s video games, The Witcher was one of Netflix’s most in-demand shows when it first dropped in 2019. Season 1 adapted stories from The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny, using three timelines to introduce Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), Ciri of Cintra (Freya Allan), and Yennefer of Vengerberg (Chalotra).

The Witcher tells the tale of its eponymous mutant, who travels the Continent slaying monsters in exchange for coin. Geralt and his kind are not looked upon kindly in the world and are typically shunned wherever they go. However, throughout season 1, Geralt befriends the bard Jaskier (Joey Batey) before meeting the mage, Yennefer. In addition to being half-Elf, which caused her to be born with a curved spine and partial facial paralysis, Yennefer, like Geralt, fancies herself an outsider on the Continent. Following an encounter with a djinn and a “last wish,” the pair fall in love but have a falling out before the end of season 1. In the season 1 finale, Geralt finally finds his Child of Surprise, Ciri, as Yennefer unleashes her fiery chaos on Nilfgaardian forces at Sodden.

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In a cool video released by The Witcher Netflix on YouTube, Chalotra reads a roughly 5-minute excerpt from the novel Blood of Elves, which The Witcher season 2 is based on/inspired by. The passage sees Yennefer rescue Jaskier (or Dandelion in the books) from peril. Check it out below:

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In the show, Yennefer loses her magic following the Battle of Sodden Hill. In season 2 episode 5, “Turn Your Back,” a fire mage captures Jaskier and, in an attempt to find Ciri, interrogates the bard as to Geralt’s whereabouts. Unlike the above excerpt, where Yennefer uses her powers to free Jaskier, the mage pretends to be a drunken wife before spitting alcohol at the “fire f—ker,” burning his face, and freeing Jaskier. Yennefer and Jaskier’s exploits in the city of Oxenfurt are some of the many changes made to the source material in season 2.


Like in Blood of ElvesThe Witcher season 2 has Geralt and Ciri travel to Kaer Morhen. Yennefer doesn’t meet up with the pair until episode 6, “Dear Friend,” after which she considers sacrificing Ciri to Voleth Meir/the Deathless Mother to get her magic back—something that doesn’t happen in the books and certainly sours their famous mother/daughter relationship. In the season 2 finale, it’s revealed that the Wild Hunt/Wraiths of Morhogg, the White Flame, the Elves, and the Brotherhood of Sorcerers are all after Ciri. In season 3, Yennefer will look to train Ciri and regain her trust as the series adapts Time of Contempt. Until then, fans can catch up on Sapkowski’s eight novels, hopefully, via more readings from members of the cast.


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