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Michael Moorcock

Sort of a gothic superman, Elric was an albino emperor of a dying race. He was kept alive by drugs and potions until he found the black sword "Stormbringer". The sword passes energy to Elric from the soul or life force that it sucks out of it's victim(s), thus giving Elric the strenght to exist on his own.

The Elric series was fantastic in the portrayal of what I would consider to be almost the anti-hero, sometimes with cruelty and sometimes with compassion. The other eternal champions series were pretty good as well, but not as good as the Elric saga. I will add reviews below as I have time.

coverElric of Melnibone (Elric Saga, Book 1) - Elric of Melniboné is a requisite title in the hard fantasy canon, a book no fantasy fan should leave unread. Author Michael Moorcock, already a major player in science fiction, cemented his position in the fantasy pantheon with the five-book Elric saga, of which Elric of Melniboné is the first installment. The book's namesake, the brooding albino emperor of the dying nation of Melniboné, is a sort of Superman for Goths, truly an archetype of the genre. The youthful Elric is a cynical and melancholy king, heir to a nation whose 100,000-year rule of the world ended less than 500 years hence. More interested in brooding contemplation than holding the throne, Elric is a reluctant ruler, but he also realizes that no other worthy successor exists and the survival of his once-powerful, decadent nation depends on him alone. Elric's nefarious, brutish cousin Yrkoon has no patience for his physically weak kinsman, and he plots constantly to seize Elric's throne, usually over his dead body. Elric of Melniboné follows Yrkoon's scheming, reaching its climax in a battle between Elric and Yrkoon with the demonic runeblades Stormbringer and Mournblade. In this battle, Elric gains control of the soul-stealing Stormbringer, an event that proves pivotal to the Elric saga.
coverThe Sailor on the Seas of Fate (Elric Saga, Book 2) -
coverThe Wierd of the White Wolf (Elric Saga, Book Three) -
coverThe Vanishing Tower (Elric Saga, Book Four) -
coverThe Bane of the Black Sword (Elric Saga, Book 5) -
coverStormbringer (Elric Saga, Book 6) -
coverThe Revenge of the Rose -

coverThe Dreamthief's Daughter: A Tale of the Albino - In the elaborate fictional cosmos Michael Moorcock has created, Elric and the various vonBeks are all aspects of the Eternal Champion who fights for the Balance, preventing both Law and Chaos from dominating the universe and trapping it in either barren sterility or pointless fecundity. Elric, the albino sorcerer and last prince of the inhuman empire of Melnibone, was the creation of Moorcock's adventurous pot-boiling inventive youth, just as the vonBek family featured in the heroic fantasies of his more thoughtful middle-life.

In The Dreamthief's Daughter, he brings together Elric and Ulric vonBek, last scion of the family, and we finally learn the sin for which the perpetual villain Gaynor the Damned was doomed: Nazi occultists are searching for the Grail and the Black Sword and must be prevented from attaining them. Ulric seeks allies wherever he can find them, including Oona, who wanders through dream realities and with whom he falls in love. This is fast-moving phantasmagorical stuff with ambiguously virtuous heroes and baddies whose villainy and charm is total. Moorcock's immensely powerful visual imagination and sense of the innate drama of crucial scenes make this a breathtaking read. -

cover The Skrayling Tree -




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