The Sleeping Sorceress

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Elric of Melnibon#65533;. Traitor. Savior. Lover. Thief. Last king of a fallen empire whose cruelty was surpassed only by its beauty. Sustained by drugs and the vampiric powers of his black sword, Stormbringer, haunted by visions of a tragic past and a doomed future, Elric wanders the world in quest of oblivion. But the great lords of Law and Chaos have other plans for this tormented adventurer.
This volume is the third of Del Rey's definitive collections featuring the tales of Elric and other aspects of Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion, along with essays, a selection of classic artwork, and new material never seen in book form.

Gorgeously illustrated by Steve Ellis, and featuring a foreword by Holly Black, The Sleeping Sorceress is a must-have for all lovers of fantasy.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, c2008
ISBN: 9780345498649
Characteristics: xviii, 335 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm


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May 26, 2010

Just finished this wonderful anthology. The titular story is good, with much of the amorphous and wondrous magic that characterizes Moorcock's style. The other major work in this collection, "Elric of Melnibone," a prequel novel showing off his adventures before the first story, is pretty good but its need to tie everything into an ending that the reader already knows all about makes it feel somewhat anticlimactic.

Moorcock is a genius, though, and he reinvented the sword-and-sorcery genre. Definitely pick up an Elric story before reading the latest generic fantasy; you might be very glad you did.


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