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The Bane of the Black Sword 05 (Elric) (original 1977; edition 1987)

by Michael Moorcock (Author)

Series: The Elric Saga (5), Elric (8), The Eternal Champion (Elric novella collection after novel 5)

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After returning to Yishana and finding peace, Elric soon discovers that evil is gathering at the edge of the world and moving toward the city of Tanelorn.
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Title:The Bane of the Black Sword 05 (Elric)
Authors:Michael Moorcock (Author)
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  5083mitzi | Jan 1, 2022 |
Book One, I wasn't to crazy with the way that Theleb K'aarana allowed Elric to be released. In past encounters it seemed that the Pan Tang sorcerer was smart enough to kill Elric as soon as he fell into his grasp.
Book Two Elric's great arrogance and thirst for vengeance lands his companions in yet another trap.
Book Three Elric and Moonglum must rise to their greatest challenge so far as the battle a horde of invaders a half million strong. ( )
  kevn57 | Dec 8, 2021 |
I almost wondered if Moorcock originally planned this as the end of the Elric saga, just the way he left Elric toward the end.

Regardless, still a hell of a lot of fun, and interesting to see the author taking Elric in different directions.

Two more books to go! ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
Definitely the pinnacle of Sword and Sworcery. Elric, the mage of legend, is a transformed warrior descending from lofty ideals into the realm of chaos and back again, casting off his allegiance to the goddess of chaos itself to battle... um... just about everything. :)

I can say this is less strange and less idealistic and mysterious and archetypal than the previous volumes, focusing more on the quest and the battle and retaining a core of his idealism, as corrupted as that has become.

Mister anti-hero Elric. :)

It isn't so challenging anymore. It IS pretty wonderful, however. Epic, even, for being so short. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
So close to contentment, and then it is ripped away.

I think this typifies the Elric experience. Pure melancholy undiluted by even a shard of true happiness... ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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Moorcock, Michaelprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gould, RobertCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nilsson, HenrikTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Siudmak, WojtekCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whelan, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To the memory of Hans Stefan Santesson, and editor of great patience and kindness who, with L. Sprague de Camp, encouraged me in the late 1950s to write heroic fantasy. His magazine, Fantastic Universe, ceased publication before I could contribute, much to my regret, for it was, in my opinion, one of the best fantasy magazines ever produced.
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In a city called Bakshaan, which was rich enough to make all other cities of the North East seem poor, in a tall-towered tavern one night, Elric, Lord of the smoking ruins of Melniboné, smiled like a shark and drily jested with four powerful merchant princes whom, in a day or two, he intended to pauperize.
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"I'm tired of swords and sorcery, Zarozinia, that is all."
"Here there are subtler hypocrisies--and the subtlest lie of all is full truth," she said ...
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