Elric of Melnibone is the haunted, treacherous and doomed albino sorcerer-prince. An introspective weakling in thrall to his black-bladed, soul-eating sword, Stormbringer, he is yet a hero whose bloody adventures and wanderings through brooding, desolate lands leads inexorably to his decisive intervention in the war between the forces of Law and Chaos. This volume brings together The Stealer of Souls and Stormbringer, the first two published books of Elric's adventures, and confirms Michael Moorcock's place as one of the most important fantasy writers of our time.
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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. --Paul HughesAbout the Author:
SALES POINTS * #17 in the Millennium Fantasy Masterworks series, a library of the most original and influential fantasy ever written * 'A work of powerful and sustained imagination which confirms Michael Moorcock's position as the most important successor to Mervyn Peake and Wyndham Lewis. The vast tragic symbols by which Moorcock continually illuminates the metaphysical quest of his hero are a measure of the author's remarkable talents' J.G. Ballard * 'He is a giant. If you are at all interested in fantastic fiction you must read Michael Moorcock' Tad Williams * 'He is the most important UK fantasy author of the 1960s and 1970s, and altogether the most significant UK author of sword and sorcery, a form he has both borrowed from and transformed' The Encyclopedia of Fantasy * 'The largest, most generous imagination in the Multiverse' Colin Greenland
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Book Description Sep 04, 1972. Book Condition: Used: Acceptable. Ex-library book, usual markings. 1972 first edition. Hardback with original dust cover. A bit of staining to the bottoms of most pages but no text affected. Well read copy with some spine wear, still very useable, colouring of page edges due to age. Quick dispatch from UK seller. Bookseller Inventory # P05_2884_BD_01/15
Book Description London; Hutchinson, 1972., 1972. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. Octavo. 191 pp. Book Condition: Very Good. Jacket Condition: Very Good. Original blue cloth with gilt titles in unclipped pictorial dust-jacket; map endpapers. Jacket lightly rubbed and spine-sunned with a few nicks & creases to edge, mainly to head of spine. A very clean copy with no annotation or inscriptions. Scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 2464