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The Sailor on the Seas of Fate (The Elric Saga #2)

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Leaving his cousin Yrkoon sitting as regent upon the Ruby Throne of Melnibone, leaving his cousin Cymoril weeping for him and despairing of his ever returning, Elric sailed from Imrryr, the Dreaming City, and went to seek an unknown goal in the world of the Young Kingdoms where Melniboneans were at best, disliked.
Mass Market Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 15th 1985 by Berkley (first published 1976)
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4.0 stars. Aaaaaaaaahhhh!!!.....A wonderful and deeply satisfying dose of that lush, rich Moorcockian prose is delivered directly into the fanboy-center of the brain in this second injection of the Elric of Melnibone series. In this treatment we are introduced to the mythos of the “Eternal Champion” as Elric hooks up with 3 of the EC’s other primary avatars: Corum Jhaelen Irsei, Dorian Hawkmoon and Erekose. The four component badasses agree to undertake a mission to unleash a torrent of Grade A
Too few fantasy authors ask what 'magic' means, which is a problem, since, with a few notable exceptions, magic is what makes fantasy fantastical. When reading Moorcock, it becomes clear you have found an author who is very interested in exploring what 'magic' is, and who has made very deliberate decisions about what his magic means.

Magic is a conceptual space. It was created, inadvertently, as a representation of the inner reality of human thought, as opposed to the external reality of the phys
Elric, the last Emperor of Melnibone, left his island empire to learn more about the world outside with a hope of finding a way to reverse the decline of his people's civilization. During his travels he was accused of being a spy - his race is not much trusted by outsiders - but was able to flee from his imprisonment. Being closely pursued he had no choice but to board a mysterious ship bound for an unknown destination - unknown to everybody on board except for even more mysterious captain.

This is an awesome series, let me just get that out right now. But if I had to pick the book I liked "least", it would be this one.

It's not because it's a bad book - it's not. But it feels like it's sort of an aside to the main story, even though it covers the first real adventuring Elric does (that's worthy of being chronicled at least) once he's left Melnibone. I guess it's because in the grand scheme of things, nothing that happens in this book is immediately connectible to the main direction
The second book in the Elric series.
Elric decides he needs some self improvement, and that he should take a year out from being Emperor and travel the lesser kingdoms. I think his idea is that he could better understand the younger human races by living amongst them, but hatred of melniboneans is so rife that Elric has little luck, and instead ends up wandering despondently on some random lonely shoreline. When up rolls the mist and a mysterious boat! And this boat travels the seas between all
John Lawson
Abdicating his throne to his looney cousin (in what reality would THAT have made sense?), Elric goes on a cruise to find himself. Getting his groove back ensues.

Much better than the first book. Stormbringer's personality begins to show, as well as its power. However, much of the episodes dealing with his voyages across haunted seas were somewhat anticlimactic, but still, the imagery is amazing. Imagine what Guillermo de Toro could do with this story, or Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Upon this read-through,
David Sarkies
This is the second of the Elric books, and like the first, is crafted by using a collection of short stories (four I believe). Elric, or at least the early Elric books, because once the Elric saga became a runaway success Moorcock began to simply write, what I consider at least, rubbish stories simply to capitalise on the fame of his anti-hero. The only problem is that I do not believe (and I have catalogued most of my books) I still have them, and I suspect that I got rid of them back in the e ...more
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Michael Moorcock’s Sailor on the Seas of Fate continues the adventures of Elric the albino emperor of Melniboné. While his ambitious cousin Yyrkoon sits as regent, and his consort Cymoril doesn’t know if he’s dead or alive, Elric is in self-exile, exploring other lands so that he can better understand his subjects. He hopes to become a more worthy emperor and, perhaps, to discover why his own race has lost what he calls its “humanity.” For his ancestors ar
These books are silly in memory, but for a while there I was a huge fan of Mr. Moorcock's, and read everything I could get my hands on back when I was thirteen and fourteen.

Had to seek out British editions of the second Count Brass trilogy and in doing so earned the derisive laughter of the guys in Wahrenbrock's Books in downtown San Diego because I asked after matching editions. I explained why, and Yon shouted out, "Hey, Chuck! The kid wants his SPINES to be UNIFORM!" And then everyone in the
Alexander Draganov
Weird and fast-paced adventure, second in the Elric series. The thoughtful Emperor of Melnibone decides to learn more about the world outside his Empire and is invited on the board of a strange ship, which can travel between worlds. A cataclismic confrontation with sorcerous beings from a different plane of reality awaits; yet this is only the first of three dangerous journeys. At times the book is so bizzare that it is difficult to read it, as the author was not capable of translating his ideas ...more
Red Siegfried
Proto-Goth Elric and his soul sucking sword Stormslayer are taken on a magical mystery tour in a magic boat to smite evil. As is his wont, Elric summons demons to do this then broods.

As usual, Moorcock has a way of keeping the story short and sweet, typically by sparing us unnecessary dialogue. Normally this wouldn't be the perferred method of "showing, not telling" in a story, but Moorcock's narration is pleasing enough to read that you won't mind, and he always keeps the action moving along.

Carl V.
Elric's adventures continue, with the reader being introduced to the concept of the multiverse and some of the incarnations of the Eternal Champion. I am really enjoying reading Moorcock's work, it is a pleasure to experience what has made these books so beloved by many over the last several decades. I wrote a more detailed review which can be found here if you are interested:
I'm really not sure what to make of these books. This is really a series of three short stories, which happen to have the same main characters. The writing is similar to the first, rather fast paced, and full of rich descriptions.
The first story is the worst of the three, picked up by some strange boat and whisked into strange dimensions to battle strange sorcerors.. All rather strange eh? This had some kind of Fate Has Decided plot, and Elric doesn't really decide anything, but just goes along
Shannon Appelcline
"The Dreaming City." The definitive Elric story that sets the tone for much of the series, with its s&s action and its tragedy in careful balance. In retrospective, this story feels like a dry run for Elric of Melniboné, which repeats many of the themes, but with more flesh on its bones. Still, an amazing short [7+/10].

"A Portrait in Ivory." More a vignette than a story, but a well-written one that does a great job of exploring the emotional repercussions of "The Dreaming City". Also a nice
Rey Mysterioso
I love these covers, by the way. The same off-putting but alluring depiction that somehow Moorcock's words also achieves. It's really stunning to me how well this all flows together.

So here in book two, we come to understand Moorcock's Eternal Champion concept, and that Elric himself is indeed an incarnation thereof. Moody boy Elric takes it in stride, because to him OF COURSE he is doomed to forever wage war without respite. You know, I can appreciate it when a goth gets their comeuppance :)

This is the second book in the Elric saga. Similar to the first book, this is more a collection of 3 stories that are tenuously linked together.

Here, Elric begins his solitary quest to find answers to unknown questions. And he's still very much the brooding, melancholy, unlikely hero.

My review of the first book holds true for this one, as well: this is a "thinking" fantasy/adventure. There is action and magic, but it's not quite the hack-and-slash of a Conan epic. It makes for an interesting rea
Este, foi o primeiro livro que li da saga e posso afirmar que todas as informações necessárias à compreensão da história nos são fornecidas ao longo da narrativa, sem a necessidade de recorrer aos livros anteriores. Contudo, penso que seria mais interessante seguir a ordem de publicação: Elric – O Principe dos Dragões, Elric – A Fortaleza da Pérola e por fim, Elric – Os Mares do Destino.

Presenciamos uma narrativa repleta de perigos e aventuras, mitos e lendas, magia e batalhas em que as disputas
More excitement from the world of Elric and company. This time it is three tales/adventures. I really enjoyed that after each adventure, Elric cannot remember what happened, so he can run into the same people over and over again and not recognize them (there is a real Doctor Who moment in which a character Elric has not yet met remembers Elric from a bloody battle that they fought together). One does question whether or not he is learning anything that way....So we have the appearance of another ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Feb 14, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Heroice Fiction
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: A Reader's Guide to Fantasy: Seven-League Shelf
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, novels
This is the second book in the "Elric Saga" and to date I'm underwhelmed. These are supposed to be among the greatest works of fantasy ever published. I can't say I think this matches Lord of the Ring or Game of Thrones or Once and Future King or The Gormenghast Trilogy in terms of prose, characters or imagination. This installment in the series split into three parts that are really three tenuously connected novellas--and at least the stories do get stronger as you go along. "Sailing to the Fut ...more
Notice: I have made a review for every book of this series and they need to be read in order since they are supposed to feel like an on-going impression. So if you read the second without reading the first will feel rather off.

I am mostly focusing on the style of storytelling and a lot less on if it reads well or something sophisticated like that. For the same reason I tend to have lots of SPOILERS which means that if you read this text you will know THE OVERALL PLOT and how much I DIDN’T like
Reminds me of the comic book publishers' "cross-over" events, where they put Spiderman into Hulk's book for a couple months, to increase the readership of each title. It can generate some nifty stories, but it should be immediately suspect as marketing-driven rather than aesthetically-driven, a presumption to be rebutted by the publisher.

Here, I'm not sure that the volume rebuts the presumption of crass marketing, as the first section unites the Elric story with several of Moorcock's other chara
Charles Dee Mitchell
Elric has rather unwisely left his decidedly untrustworthy cousin Yyrkoon in charge of things back home in Melinbone, as he goes questing. For what? Not exactly clear on that. Although he has the unreliable aid of a Lord of Chaos, and is on good terms with the elementals who control, well, the elements, he has a vision of world where men may live without these supernatural forces. And he thinks that answers may lie within the Young Kingdoms, although residents of the Young Kingdoms will despise ...more
Robert Beveridge
Michael Moorcock, The Sailor on the Seas of Fate (DAW, 1974)

The second novel of the Elric series picks up where the first left off. (There is one major detail regarding Elric's betrothed, Cymoril, that seems to have shifted back in time, but Moorcock resolves it later; still, it seems to have been something of a gaffe.) Here we are introduced, for those who have never read any of Moorcock's other fantasy series, to the idea of the Eternal Champion, and that many of Moorcock's heroes and antihero
K. Axel
The Story...
This is an Elric story which means classic sword and sorcery. Elric has escaped the clutches of fate who seeks (as always) to destroy him. He finds himself on some unknown shore pondering his few possibilities. However, fate is never far away and soon a ship appears...

This ship is not your average ship and soon Elric of Melnibone finds himself sailing on the seas of fate, between the worlds. He has even encountered three of his kindred spirits who all make up the Eternal Champion; E
Siskoid Albert
In Elric Book 2, The Sailor on the Seas of Fate, Michael Moorcock does the very thing that made me give up on fantasy novels years ago. I got turned off by books that were essentially a collection of set pieces strung together on some kind of voyage or quest. After Book 1, I wasn't expecting him to slip into this format. Book 2 is in reality three short novellas, each with their setting, goal and accompanying characters. Moorcock does something interesting with the format though, which is to exp ...more
On the other hand – a classic. Not to mention I scored a 1976 1st edition for $2.50. Seriously? Hey, I’m not gonna complain. I wish old Philip Dick stuff was this cheap though. Man. I guess if they ever make an Elric movie…

Alright so wow this continues to be an education in pulp fantasy. I think I would have enjoyed this a lot more in 6th or 7th grade, as wow was shit basic. It’s hard to even call it a book, as there’s not really one plot that runs through the whole thing – it’s basically 3 sepa
I like this book. I really do. I think it's a fun book, solidly and competently written. I think Moorcock continues to demonstrate that he has a great deal of talent when it comes to world building and scene setting, employing greatly descriptive and evocative language to transport the reader into his fantasy world. That all being said, I do not think there has been an opening chapter which has frustrated me more in a long time than the opening chapter of The Sailor on the Seas of Fate, the seco ...more
Nick Kaehler
The imaginative adventure continues in the second book of Michael Moorcock's Elric Saga. This book hits the ground running and never let's up. The book is essentially broken up into three stories. The albino sorcerer will battle warrior gorillas, lizard men, a phantom horse, pirates, immortals, demons, and two sorcerers that are not what they appear. Elric's adventure spans time and space, and the supernatural elements set up in the first book are still firmly in place. The books leaves off with ...more
Elizabetha Souvré
Con este libro Michael Moorcock se ganó mi lealtad. El último tercio literalmente me lo comí. No en vano por esa narración llamada "El hombre de los ojos de Jade" (en el libro titulado "Navegando hacia el pasado" en la MALISIMA edición de Edhasa) se ganó el British Fantasy Award. Las primeras dos historias son pasables-buenas, pero en ellas se nota que aún era un escritor primerizo que estaba buscando su propio estilo de narración y uno se lo disculpa porque realmente el final del libro es notab ...more

Following on from Elric of Melniboné, the second in the series The Sailor on the Seas of Fate continues the enjoyable read but expands the quota of imaginative intellectual nourishment, to give readers something to really chew on.
Episodic in structure, The Sailor on the Seas of Fate is constructed of three distinct stories that read like fully-contained short stories―each having a seafaring element upon which the title plays―also which provide an interesting shift in backdrop from the previous a

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