And to them I won’t need to explain why a long-overdue reissue, titled Elric: The Stealer of Souls. Chronicles of the Last Emperor of Melniboné. Publishing History (US). Trade Paperback, Del Rey, pp., ISBN: , 19 Feb , Cover by John Picacio. etsos_delrjpg. The Stealer of Souls, a short story by Michael Moorcock, featuring Elric, the albino prince of Melniboné and his companion, Moonglum of.

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Yes, Elric is very much a brooder. Views Read Edit View history. Sgealer other quibble is that the death of some fairly important characters is treated in a somewhat anticlimactic fashion. Per questi motivi non me la sento di mettergli cinque stelle, ma sicuramente una bella raccolta e caldamente raccomandata.

Elric of Melniboné

It’s obviously something else, something he’s trying to keep secret This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Volume 1 by Michael Moorcock.

The Elric stories were published in five volumes in and Okay, part of me was repulsed at the drug-dependence part. I even bought the Elrod T-shirt. By this time, Chaos has spread over most of the globe, despite the previous victories. You see, Stormbringer is evil.

Don’t expect them to be consistent. More subtly, the influence of the Elric stories even extends to Moorcock’s more “literary” writing, like the rightly celebrated Between the Wars cycle which centers on a recurring multiverse character, “Colonel” Pyatin which the struggle for balance between Chaos and Order has been an equally important theme.


Moorcock, indeed, makes much use of the initials “JC”, and not entirely coincidentally these are also the initials of Jesus Christ, the subject of his Nebula award-winning novella Behold the Man, which tells the story stesler Karl Glogauer, a time-traveller who takes on the role of Christ. I love flawed dlric in fiction. To ask other readers questions about Elricplease sign up.

The Albinothe Anthony Skenes character was a huge influence. In the end he achieves only the destruction of his throne, his home, his lover, and his associates. And when he gets bored with terrorizing the Young Kingdoms, he comes back and destroys his homeland. But for me the best of all possible Elric experiences remains the original six-book paperback series, either the yellow-spined DAW editions stealee the Michael Whelan covers or the silver-spined Berkeley editions with the Robert Gould covers.

Elric must seek and acquire powerful Chaos-made artifacts to help him combat Chaos.

Nov 12, Timothy rated it really liked it. Elric is a weak albino who takes drugs and has an evil sword that sucks souls and powers him up. Elric is sent on another quest, this time for the Horn of Fate.

In the next adventure, Elric tries to unite the Eastern and Southern powers for an attack against Pan Tang. Books by Michael Moorcock. The writing is sometimes a bit clumsy unsurprising given that Moorcock was in his early twenties when these were writtenbut the stories are fast-moving and the Doomed Albino Prince still has a sinister mesmeric effect.


There is no triumphalism for Elric in defeating his foe, for he is hardly worth defeating any more.

The Stealer of Souls (story)

Even then, I realized that the author soulw worked quickly — just like some of the more memorable pulp fiction dating back to the 20s and 30s.

Jul 05, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: He is both pledged to Arioch Duke of Chaos and used as an agent of the Cosmic Balance to prepare this world for its eventual destruction and reconstruction for the first age of true mankind.

When Elric would say the words of dark spells that were passed down from his sorcerous, maleficent ancestors, my eyes were glued to the page. Webarchive template wayback links EngvarB from September Use dmy dates from September All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from Erlic But the forces that he faces are stronger and darker than he has imagined and the battle goes poorly.