Returning to the Dreaming City, the mad albino warrior Elric hears the tortured voice of his dead father amid the catacombs of his ancestors, and must battle the forces of hell with the help of a special woman. Reprint.
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Continuing Moorcock's saga of Elric the albino sorcerer prince and mercenary warrior (The Fortress of the Pearl, 1989, etc.), whose blade Stombringer devours the souls of those it slays. This time out, a dragon brings Elric before the ghost of Sadric his father; Sadric requires Elric to locate his soul, now reposing in a rosewood box in a far distant land, and restore it to him--or Sadric's ghost will be welded to Elric with horrid consequences. During his quest Elric will discover an ally, the mysterious warrior princess Rose; their mutual foe will be Charion, the undead agent of Chaos. Matters are complicated by the constant interference of the dangerous contending demons Arioch and Mashabak. Before he finally restores Sadric's soul, Elric learns that most of what occurs is motivated by Rose's vast scheme to revenge herself upon Charion for destroying her people. Long on philosophy and chat, short on plot and action; annoying, too, is the way the narrative slips from past to present tense and back, to no discernible purpose. A disappointing installment, seemingly cobbled hurriedly together from ill-matched parts. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Library Journal:
Moorcock returns to his most popular sword-and-sorcery series with a vengeance as he fills in the blank spaces in the life of Elric, the albino sorcerer and doomed "Eternal Champion." Elric's quest--to rescue the soul of his long-dead father by cheating the Lords of Chaos--leads him across time and space through the many worlds of the multiverse as diverse forces oppose him at every step. Moorcock's strength as a writer lies in his bold imagery and cosmic vision as well as in his ability to depict characters that are both larger than life and genuinely appealing. Essential for aficionados of classic heroic adventure.
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Book Description Grafton, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0246137347