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Stormbringer (The Elric Saga #6)

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Sword and Swordsman... But which is master?

Stormbringer, the mighty runesword, hangs far away in the city's armoury. Elric, haunted albino warrior-king, has sworn never again to touch the enchanted blade.

But now he needs it as never before. Evil supernatural beings have abducted Zarozinia, his lovely wife. He would sacrifice the world itself to rescue her. But will Stormbr
Paperback, 189 pages
Published December 1974 by Granada Publishing Limited (first published 1965)
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Apr 08, 2016 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016

Great movements on the Earth and beyond it; great destinies being shaped, great deeds being planned and, marvelously, could it just be possible that in spite of the Lords of the Higher Worlds, in spite of the Cosmic Hand, in spite of the myriad supernatural denizens that swarmed the multiverse, that Man might decide the issue?
Even one man?
One man, one sword, one destiny?

I have been hearing about Elric’s great destiny, about his tragic fate and about his doom ladden sword for five books now. I
J.G. Keely
"I think of myself as a bad writer with big ideas, but I'd rather be that than a big writer with bad ideas." -Michael Moorcock

With this simple sentence, Moorcock reveals something troubling and endemic to the fantasy genre: that not enough fantasy authors start out with fantastical ideas. There are a lot of big writers out there (with really big books) who don't have very big ideas. But perhaps that shouldn't surprise us, since their ur-inspiration, Tolkien, has a remarkably vast amount of skill
The strongest feeling I get from Moorcock’s Elric series is melancholy. I understand the lure of that state, as I get it when I read my beloved King Arthur books or at the end of a Shakespearian tragedy. But I feel like Moorcock does it with smoke & mirrors instead of through masterful story-telling. In Stormbringer (and the other Elric novels to be sure) I get this feeling from a combination of atmosphere and setting, but Elric himself leaves me cold. It’s pretty hard to root for the guy wh ...more
Aug 21, 2013 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The conclusion of Elric saga is here. The book starts with events mentioned in the epilogue of the last book: Elric's wife is kidnapped by forces of Chaos. Elric's patron god Arioch also happens to belong to Chaos, so the poor albino has to fight his own patron. This kidnapping also happened to be a minor detail of the all-out war between Law and Chaos in which Elric becomes involved in spite of himself.

This is a good conclusion to the series. My only question is: I thought this was the final b
Mar 23, 2010 Manny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
When I was a student at Cambridge during the late 70s, the Cambridge University Science Fiction Society had an evening every week at one of the local pubs. They were sufficiently well-known there that they had managed to persuade the bartenders to add a few SF-themed cocktails to their repertoire.

The favourite was the Elric of Melnibone, which, I recall correctly, consisted of vodka and milk, with two maraschino cherries floating in it. Now what the I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream? I'm pretty
David Sarkies
Jan 26, 2016 David Sarkies rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Short, Sharp, and Pretty Good
10 May 2013

I just browsed through another review of this book and I think that the writer of that review pretty much describes Moorcock's style perfectly. He is an ordinary writer with big vision and is able to tell a story in a short book that can be pretty much read in a day. In fact I am tempted to go down to Northcote and actually try to get my hands on some of the Moorcock books again because of the fact that they tend to be a very short and quick read.

Apr 24, 2016 Jacob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
So tragic, so sad, so beautiful.
William King
Jul 16, 2011 William King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard for me to write objectively about this book. It blew me away when I first read it as a teenager and the memory of reading and re-reading it stays with me still. It's a doomy, angst-ridden tale with a bleak ending and some very haunting scenes. To this day, fourty years later, I can remember the mighty skyscraper sized Chaos fleet sailing across land and sea with its crew of the damned. I'm not sure it would have such impact if I read it for the first time now. Don't care. My angst-ridd ...more
Neal Romanek
Mar 21, 2013 Neal Romanek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've delayed reading any of Moorcock's fantasy novels until now. Shame. This book was everything I was looking for as a fantasy obsessed D&D playing teenager - no surprise, because Moorcock's work is the source material - as much or more than LOTR - for all those D&D fantasy worlds I inhabited in my high school years.

Stormbringer is dark and tragic and painted in bold, psychedelic strokes. Like a lot of my favorite fantasy fiction, it doesn't pretend to realism or character subtleties. I
Nov 12, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I have heard or read many good things about Moorcocks Elric series, and, one evening, when I fancied a piece of quick science-fantasy action, I picked up STORMBRINGER.

Now, a little way into reading it, I did some research and discovered that STORMBRINGER is actually the last in the Elric series, although it was the second written, originally comprising four linked novellas or novelettes, now worked more into a single narrative. The entire Elric series has a complicated history; the internal chro
Edward Rathke
Dec 09, 2015 Edward Rathke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished the epic story of Elric of Melnibone!

I struggled a bit through the novel, but not because I didn't enjoy it. I think it was a headspace thing, yeah?

Anyrate, I love this story and the stories that populate Elric's life. This is a pretty grim ending to a bleak story but it ends with a great deal of hope.

I don't know, there's a lot I could say. This novel has a lot of big ideas that are kind of shoved in, which is problematic, but the overall effect of the novel, and the series of
Sep 05, 2007 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The glum anti-hero Elric's saga comes to an end, or does it, in the sixth volume of doomed rightful ruler of Melnibone.

In this volume we get the long anticipated final battle of Elric at the Doom Time when his age is destined to end. It is a satisfying conclusion to a decidedly gloomy series and anyone tired of a happy-happy-joy-joy world will be glad they read the entire series.
Mar 11, 2016 Jos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Stormbringer has the most epic ending thinkable. The five previous volumes have prepared for an unsurprising resolution. It's no real spoiler that Elric destroys the world. The ultimate climax, no further escalation possible.

En route, he has to encounter various boss monsters consecutively, each one a step up in difficulty. They are summoned to earth by Pan Tang's own evil mage Jagreen Lern in his quest to rule the world, factually being only a tool of the chaos lords and gods to shift the frag
Sep 22, 2010 Derek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you look at the order of publication (see the website of Moorcock's Miscallany for details), this is the second collection of Elric stories, preceded in the U.S. by The Stealer of Souls, and this is the first one to tell a cohesive, novel-length story. Taking these two as the essential body, you have something different than the flabby construction adorning several large collected volumes today.

The situation has shifted from the first set of stories. They had smaller scope and focused on the
Sven Mysterioso
Jan 25, 2014 Sven Mysterioso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The crescendo to the Elric mythos. Our fabled spell-slinging doom-driven over-hyphenated swordsman plunges onward into an Apocalypse that he is at least in-part to blame for. Stolid, sable Moonglum returns bearing tidings of the creeping evil on the move, and Chaos itself comes to the world with murder on its mind.

Mighty fell-blade Stormbringer in hand, the final Lord of Melnibone has a destiny to keep. The world will change, and will hold its breath waiting. Elric will complete his misguided qu
Hazal Çamur
Jan 25, 2016 Hazal Çamur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ve böylece biter Melniboné'u Elric'in hikayesi.

Okurun tüylerini diken diken eden, asla unutulmayacak bir sonla biter bu hikaye. Başından beri tahmin ettiğiniz, ama olabileceğine imkan vermediğiniz bir sonla kucaklar okuru. Onun gibi gri bir efsaneye de ancak böylesi yaraşırdı.
George Papuchis
The conclusion was satisfying, but the bulk of the novel contained filler that prevents me from scoring it higher. The series worked better as a string of novellas whose length suited the rapid pace and shallow plot of the story. This longer form book exposed the author's limitations and stifled the impact of Elric's self-reflective moments by lingering too long to a conclusion we all knew was coming. I would only recommend this series for those looking at reading a classic in the fantasy genre ...more
Greg Kerestan
May 15, 2016 Greg Kerestan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second Elric book (not necessarily second in story chronology... Moorcock is weird) is a vast improvement in writing and characterization over the first one, elevating the Elric saga from guilty pleasure pulp "sword and sorcery" stories to more intelligent and original "sword and philosophy," to use the author's invented genre. Elric of Melnibone himself has changed little, and neither has his vampiric sentient sword, but the world he lives in is better fleshed out, the supporting characters ...more
Apr 12, 2015 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very satisfying conclusion to the Elric Saga. Of course there are still more books, so I don't know what that means. Either way, I really liked this one.
Mike (the Paladin)
I love Elric and while he exemplifies melancholy and tragidy the story telling is always first rate. I reviewed these in the omnibus edition before, but read the paperback many years ago.
Feb 25, 2015 Kafka rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, read-this-year
A poorly written novel, redeemed by it's frantic pace and inventiveness. Moorcock can do loads better. It's a little hard to see how this became a classic. The imagery stays with you long after you've laid the book down, of course, but the language is cringe worthy, and whenever there's trouble, there's always a deus ex machina handy in the form of Elric's sorcery, or Stormbringer acting all by itself. Perhaps what stuck with me the most was the image of the tragic addict who gives up his allegi ...more
East Bay J
Aug 19, 2015 East Bay J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
The final chapter in the saga of Elric of Melnibone is a pretty epic conclusion. You get cataclysmic destruction of the world, fights with demons and gods and massive battles in air, on land and sea. Stormbringer is a dark tale of desperation and doom.

As I wrapped up this series, I thought about the massive appeal Elric, as a character, has had for so many readers. The obvious examples, that he is a fantasy hero who goes against the grain of such types in that he is weak, practices sorcery and a
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Roddy Williams
Jan 24, 2015 Roddy Williams rated it really liked it
‘Sword and Swordsman… but which was master?

STORMBRINGER, the might runesword, hung far away in the city’s armoury. ELRIC, haunted albino warrior-king, had sworn never again to touch the enchanted blade. But now he needed it as never before. Evil supernatural beings had abducted his lovely wife Zarozinia. he would sacrifice the world itself to rescue her. But would STORMBRINGER, seemingly endowed with a mind of its own, allow it?

He was fated to ride out again over spectral landscapes, with the se
Apr 11, 2015 Vanessa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Reading this felt like reading classic literature. This series is so foundational to the rest of fantasy literature and gaming, and I kept being reminded of that as I read. Unfortunately, like a lot of classics, it just doesn't hold up to modern standards for a dark fantasy epic.

Perhaps because this book began as a series of novellas, the plot moves along briskly, with plot twists begun and ended in the span of a chapter and potential conflicts resolved too easily with quasi-deus-ex-machina den
Aug 24, 2013 Jorge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Este comentario abarca tres libros que leí en una compilación en francés, Elric le nécromancien, y que en inglés abarca al menos los libros The Weird of the White Wolf, The Bane of the Black Sword y Stormbringer. Así, este comentario se repite en los citados libros)

¿Qué se puede decir de la saga de Elric que no se haya dicho ya? La llaman “fantasía épica oscura”, es una gran tragedia, una cosmogonía que narra hechos ocurridos, supuestamente, mucho antes de los registros geológicos de la Tierra.
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
Four novellas, cobbled together as a quasi-novel. Each novella begins with the premise of Fate's charioteers handing a mission to Elric. Elric then completes the mission, but in each case the hands of the doomsday clock nevertheless tick closer to the zero-hour. It's not to say that Elric's local successes actually make the world a worse place, but that simultaneous to his missions, the antagonists are consolidating entire continents, killing everything else off, reducing the landscapes to fluid ...more
Charles Dee Mitchell
Jun 02, 2013 Charles Dee Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This final volume in the Elric saga opens with the kidnapping of his wife Zarozinia by fiends from the realm of chaos. What can Elric do but don his runesword Stormbringer and set off after her? This brings him into contact with Jagreen Lern, a human who has made an alliance with the Lords of Chaos and plans to conquer all of the known world.

The uncontrolled spread of Chaos is bad news for everyone. Although Elric and Stormbringer are both by lineage aligned with Chaos, Elric at least understan
Robert Beveridge
Jan 23, 2008 Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Michael Moorcock, Stormbringer (DAW, 1977)

Moorcock, in his acknowledgements, calls Stormbringer the first novel he ever wrote. (Much of what has come before in this series, in truth, is collections of shorter works.) It makes sense, in that Stormbringer, the last of the classic Elric novels, is a more coherent piece of work than those that have come before it, and is thus an easier read despite its being forty to seventy pages long than the other books in the series.

As the novel opens, Elric, Mo
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Other Books in the Series

The Elric Saga (1 - 10 of 25 books)
  • Elric of Melniboné and Other Stories (Elric Chronological Order, #1)
  • Elric of Melniboné (Elric, #1)
  • The Sailor on the Seas of Fate (Elric, #2)
  • The Weird of the White Wolf (The Elric Saga, #3)
  • The Vanishing Tower (Elric, #4)
  • The Bane of the Black Sword (The Elric Saga, #5)
  • Elric at the End of Time (Elric, #7)
  • The Fortress of the Pearl (Elric #8)
  • The Revenge of the Rose (Elric, #9)
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