Elric: The Stealer of Souls (Chronicles of the Last Emperor of Melniboné, Vol. 1)

By Michael Moorcock

“The tales listed here are the uncooked middle of Michael Moorcock. they're the spells that first drew me and the entire quite a few admirers of his paintings with whom i'm familiar into Moorcock’s luminous and desirable web.”
–from the Foreword via Alan Moore, author of V for Vendetta

When Michael Moorcock all started chronicling the adventures of the albino sorcerer Elric, final king of decadent Melniboné, and his sentient vampiric sword, Stormbringer, he got down to create a brand new form of myth experience, person who broke with culture and mirrored a extra updated sophistication of subject matter and elegance. the outcome was once a daring and designated hero–weak in physique, sophisticated in brain, depending on medicinal drugs for the power to maintain himself–with nice crimes in the back of him and a better future forward: a rock-and-roll antihero who may channel all of the violent excesses of the sixties into one enduring archetype.

Now, with an immense movie in improvement, this is the 1st quantity of a stunning choice of tales containing the seminal appearances of Elric and lavishly illustrated via award-winning artist John Picacio–plus essays, letters, maps, and different fabric. Adventures contain “The Dreaming City,” “While the Gods Laugh,” “Kings in Darkness,” “Dead God’s Homecoming,” “Black Sword’s Brothers,” and “Sad Giant’s Shield.”

An crucial addition to any myth assortment, Elric: The Stealer of Souls is an unequalled advent to an excellent author and his such a lot famous–or infamous–creation.

“The most vital united kingdom writer of sword and sorcery, a kind he has either borrowed from and transformed.”
–The Encyclopedia of delusion

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Sitting in his chair, sipping his wine and glancing round Sepiriz’s darkish chamber, lighted basically through the fires which burned in its a number of grates, Elric searched his brain for a few clue to the unidentifiable impressions which appeared to waft slightly under the skin of his wakeful mind. there has been anything mysterious in regards to the chamber, a secret that was once now not exclusively created through its vastness and the shadows that stuffed it. with no figuring out why, Elric proposal that notwithstanding it was once bounded through miles of stable rock in all instructions, it had no right dimensions that may be measured by way of the potential usually hired; it was once as though it prolonged into planes that didn't comply with the Earth’s area and time—planes that have been, actually, undying and spaceless.

Deep, smoky vegetables, azure, ochre, gold, darkish blue. the colors didn't clash—they combined. Elric felt unhappy nostalgia for the sundered, multicoloured towers of Imrryr the gorgeous. because the partners and their advisor drew closer, males regarded up in astonishment and a low muttering changed the sounds of standard dialog. “Please stay here,” the defend stated to Elric. “I will tell Lord Dyvim Tvar of your coming. ” Elric nodded his acquiescence and sat firmly in his saddle aware of the gaze of the accumulated warriors.

It cackled because it died, for its sanity had fled with its worry. He shivered because the thing’s soul-stuff mixed together with his personal and handed additional strength to him. Then he cursed and checked out Elric with discomfort in his eyes. “I acted in haste—I must have given him to you. ” Elric acknowledged not anything to this yet whispered in his failing voice: “Let’s to their battlefield. Hurry! ” as much as sign up for their flight they went back, into the speeding, populated air and in the direction of the north-east. It was once with astonishment that they sighted Jagreen Lern’s horde, for they can now not know how it can have controlled to regroup itself so quickly.

An alien one—Moonglum, he says. ” “Moonglum! His remain in Elwher has been brief. allow him in! ” Zarozinia’s eyes held a hint of worry and she or he held Elric’s arm fiercely. “Elric—pray he doesn't carry information to take you therefore. ” “No information may do this. worry now not, Zarozinia. ” He moved quickly out of the backyard and into the courtyard of the home. Moonglum rode hurriedly during the gates, dismounting as he did so. “Moonglum, my pal! Why the haste? certainly, i'm happy to work out you after one of these short while, yet you've been driving hastily—why?

Then, unexpectedly, whilst rarely anticipated, the perfect gate creaked on tortured hinges and fell. A positive roar erupted from the throats of the invaders and, losing their carry at the logs, they led their partners in the course of the breach, axes and maces swinging like scythes and flails sooner than them—and enemy heads springing from necks like wheat from the stalk. “The citadel is ours! ” shouted Moonglum, working ahead and upward in the direction of the space within the archway. “The castle’s taken. ” “Speak now not too swiftly of victory,” responded Dyvim Tvar, yet he laughed as he spoke and ran as quickly because the others to arrive the fort.

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