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Im Banne des schwarzen Schwertes (The Elric Saga #5)

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In diesem fünften Band des Zyklus trifft Elric von Melniboné, während er mit seinem treuen Gefährten Mondmatt in die Wälder von Troos ausreitet, auf die schöne Zarozinia, Tochter eines Handelsherrn in Karlaak. Elric plant, das Mädchen in seine ferne Heimat zu bringen, verliebt sich in sie und beschließt, sein Leben als Abenteurer mit dem eines glücklichen Ehemanns zu verta ...more
Taschenbuch, Deutsche Erstveröffentlichung, 157 pages
Published 1981 by Heyne (first published 1977)
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Dec 16, 2015 Algernon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Michael Whelan is as usual amazing when it comes to cover art


The Bane of the Black Sword is the fifth out of six original installments in the saga of Elric, the albino sorcerer who acts like an agent of Chaos and wields a terrible, soul-eating magical sword. Like it's predecessors, the book is actually a collection of novellas that are ordered chronologically in the continuing struggle of Elric against predestination and malevolent, indifferent deities. As such, it makes sense for the re
Mar 24, 2011 Sath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 5th and penultimate in the Elric series, like the previous books it's divided into 3 short stories.
In the first The stealer of souls, Elric has another run in with the sorceror Theleba K'aarna, who is still insanely mad at Elric for 'making' Yishana fall in love with him. But of course it's not Elric's fault, he's just naturally good with the ladies, and he doesn't even want Yishana.
Then Kings in Darkness, where Elric finds and falls in love with Zarozinia. It must be love this time, as Elr
J.G. Keely
There is an unusual tonal conflict central to almost all of the Elric series between the complex, metaphysical, magical world and the rather straightforward, formulaic characters. Elric, himself shows some complexity and nuanced introspection in the very first story, but then the focus changes and we embark upon a sequence of adventures where a recognizable pattern emerges.

Again and again we see Elric battling against difficult odds, his terrible sword at first ably defending him, but soon its s
Aug 19, 2013 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The fifth Elric book contains four interconnecting stories. It starts right where the previous book left: with a confrontation between the albino and his old enemy. Elric finally gets to live a quiet life - for a while. No Eternal Champion ever enjoys his life for long.

The book is notable for its epilog. It talks about (yet another) attack on Tanelorn. The city of piece sure gets into trouble way too often. What is unusual is that it is completely unrelated to Elric, or the rest of the series.
Here we are. Back to ass-kicking Elric with Hellsword in hand: "The Eastern warriors spread out in a half circle as they rode down on the companions, yelling wild war-shouts. Elric reared his mount to a savage standstill and met the first rider with Stormbringer's point full in the man's throat. There was a stink like brimstone as it pierced flesh and the warrior drew a ghastly choking breath as he died, his eyes staring out in full realization of his terrible fate - that Stormbringer drank soul ...more
Robert Beveridge
Michael Moorcock, The Bane of the Black Sword (DAW, 1977)

The fifth of the six classic Elric novels picks up, as is usual with these books, where the fourth leaves off. Moorcock sets the last pieces of the puzzle into place (and here, we get a chance to see how everything that has come before is building to the climactic novel, Stormbringer), introducing us to Zarozinia, the love of Elric's life (and most of his motivation for continuing on the path upon which he was set in The Vanishing Tower).
Jan 29, 2016 Carmine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Con questo quinto volume penso di concludere la mia personale esperienza con "Elric di Melnibonè".
La partenza è stata ottima, grazie a due volumi iniziali intriganti e atipici, mentre poi ho riscontrato un calo netto su troppi elementi.
"La maledizione della spada nera" fallisce persino nel punto di forza della saga: il personaggio principale.
Mentre nei primi volumi Moorcock riuscì a tratteggiare con efficacia il contradditorio protagonista, stavolta abbiamo un personaggio brancolante nel buio, e
Brent Hayward
1) Elric abandons friends and/or lovers, due to his lame cultural background, seeking trouble.
2) Elric slaughters everyone: return to number one. If not:
3) Elric calls upon an angry god to resolve the problem: return to number one. If not:
4) Elric is rendered unconscious but will wake up with sword neglectfully placed by the enemy very nearby: return to number one...

I have decided to read only the first six books, as opposed to the cagillion out there. This whole Elric saga is starting to take i
Mar 06, 2016 Benjamin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sword-sorcery
I enjoyed some of the language in this installment, especially descriptions of sound. Elric is trying a bit harder to break his addiction to Stormbringer and this makes for some great moments when he relapses and experiences "an awful ecstasy." There's a new girlfriend, too, and he does the whole addict "I'm bad news, baby" warning thing except it comes out something like this: "My destiny is no destiny at all. It is doom." I guess it is all the gloom and doom that really attracts me to these. G ...more
Edward Rathke
Jun 17, 2015 Edward Rathke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this one. I do think it's probably best not to binge with these books since the structure is fairly similar throughout each individual novel and even in the novellas that make up the novels.

Still, this was good. We've found a sense of possible redemption or salvation for Elric, or at least a way to move past his endless tragedy. Curious to get to the last volume, though I don't have a copy yet. But I like the current trajectory of the story, though I imagine it's all gloom and doom from
Aug 13, 2014 Kenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Finally, a book that lives up to the promise of the first book of the Elric series.

This one starts out in the familiar way - broken up into a series of short stories. The first one shows us ELric dealing with the leftover troubles from the last book - this time our good friend the Sorcerer Theleb finally gets the death he richly deserves. This particular story was one of my favorites, where Elric teams up with his old friend the Dragon-Keeper from Melnibone and his band of surviving warriors - t
Apr 02, 2013 F.T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Book Five. Every time I finish one of the books in this series I think, I'll read something else before the next one...but end up slavering for another one of these cookies instead. Though the writing in these books lacks polish—a red pen in the hands of an editor these days might leave it looking like one of the gory slaughterfests the author so graphically describes—I'm not that concerned.

Elric is the ultimate tortured soul. Not a good man, he is steeped in ten thousand years of sorcerous ance
Reseña en proceso.
Salvo la última historia me pareció superficial y aburrido. Me acostumbré tanto a las sagas interminables de libros de 1000 páginas que estos libritos que cuentan varias cosas en menos de 500 páginas no me llenan el alma. Es como si leyera el argumento con un par de diálogos de ejemplo. No hay profundidad, no hay detalle, se saltea puntos clave.
Ignacio Senao f
Varios relatos en que Elric ya no es Rey ni bobadas, es un mercenario al que se le pide ayuda. Y ahora él hará lo que le venga en gana.
Mar 10, 2016 Jos rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
The fifth volume is about the vain attempts of a junkie to get rid of his addiction. In the course of action, Elric finally succeeds to slay his enemy Theleb K'aarna in a castle siege, accidentally killing a wealthy merchant with Stormbringer who had Elric's promise to be spared. This incident adds to Elric's determination to resolve his fatal affair with his sword.

While the second story superficially has Elric facing a haunted forest, some ghuls and a zombie king, it really is about meeting hi
Apr 24, 2016 Jacob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This one managed to encapsulate part of what makes Elric and all his people different than humans AND revealed a deeper truth about fair Tanelorn! Well done by the author.
Jeff Doten
Feb 15, 2015 Jeff Doten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rereads
This is a reread for me, I'm definitely in the Elric camp. Reading it on the train ( digital edition ) gave me an appreciation of the the shorter tales. I skipped out of the 4th Red Archer tale, for me that fell into Moorcock's 'bare bones, I have an adventure to tell you about about, but I'm going to skip any characterization or any other reason you should care mode '. Back to Elric - he throws his sword Stormbringer away at the end of it. Now I have to figure out which one follows after that, ...more
East Bay J
Jul 23, 2015 East Bay J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
While reading Bane Of The Black Sword and looking at the cover of this edition, I'm reminded of how much Moorcock has influenced and been involved in music. This cover was used by Cirith Ungol for their second album, King Of The Dead, while the cover of Sailor On The Seas Of Fate was used for their third album, King Of The Dead and the cover of Stormbringer was used on their first album, Frost And Fire. There are two Diamond Head LPs with Elric themed art, though not by Michael Whelan. Not to me ...more
Aug 24, 2013 Jorge rated it 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
David Sarkies
Mar 24, 2014 David Sarkies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like something different in their fantasy
Recommended to David by: A girl at high school
Shelves: fantasy
Is this a way cool sword or what
10 May 2013

I wonder whether one can consider Elric's sword Stormbringer to actually be a character in itself. Okay, the sword doesn't speak, but it does seem to have a will of its own, which is probably why I had the sword turn on Elric in the short story that I wrote for year 12 English. Well, I think to suggest that the sword is a character is a little misleading since it is not actually the sword that is the character but rather the demon that has been impriso
Four more Elric stories. These stories are really the model for collectible card games: one player summons some undeads; the other counters with air elementals; the first pulls out a quaolnargn card; then the other ripostes with a kyrenee or dragonriders, next plays his floating ships of Xerlerenes or fire-things--and so on, until someone is deadmeats.

First story puts paid to the antagonist from volume IV. Only item of interest therein is that Elric gets to the antagonist because a merchant grou
Dec 08, 2014 Gileblit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: español
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Siskoid Albert
Jan 17, 2012 Siskoid Albert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elric Book 5 - The Bane of the Black Sword is a return to form for Michael Moorcock's tales of the Albino Prince, his best since Book 1, and it's all down to the language. Book 5 has that Shakespearean turn of phrase, a formalism shared by both the characters and the omniscient narrator that gives this epic the right feel and this reader the most aesthetic pleasure. I've felt that the previous three books' prose had been a little plain in comparison. Again, the volume is divided into three Elric ...more
Rex Hughes
The magic returns with the fifth volume of the Elric saga. The first part infuses the antihero with a striking reality and a wry personality, demonstrating Moorcock's strong sense of maddened sorcery in some of his earlier work ("The Stealer of Souls" trio belonged to the original cycle of stories within Science Fantasy magazine, making the accepted chronology and the date of writing an interesting aspect of the saga's evolution). Many of the scenes in "Stealer of Souls" put me in mind of "The T ...more
Soledad P
Aug 04, 2015 Soledad P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, aventura
Me costó terminarlo, la verdad es que la historia decayó un poco. Los personajes femeninos nunca han destacado mucho en esta saga, por lo que me sorprende que uno de los menos tratados se haya convertido en esposa de Elric. Pero bueno, al final la historia agarra vuelo y se agradece el bonus sobre las aventuras de Rackhir, creo que fue lo que más disfruté del libro.
Sven Mysterioso
Jan 25, 2014 Sven Mysterioso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stormbringer defied.

I picture it, howling and screaming through the air, having been discarded by Elric on drake-back. Streaking like a poison arrow to go and hide back in its niche in the armory.

Tamed by love? Hardly. Not even Elric is tamed, and he is far more the softer of the two. No, not tamed. But foiled. Temporarily. Stormbringer, like everything off-stage in this world, plays the long game, and even a defeat is nothing more than a setback.
M. Ihsan Tatari
Jan 26, 2016 M. Ihsan Tatari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seri her kitapla birlikte bir adım daha ileri gidiyor. Kara Kılıç'ın Laneti içerdiği kaliteli ve heyecanlı maceraların yanı sıra, yine içerdiği orijinal fikirlerle okurlarına göz kırpıyor. Moorcock'un hayal gücüne saygı duymamak elde değil.
Timothy Boyd
Feb 03, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best know of the Eternal Champion incarnations. Elric is a tragic figure, enough to make an ancient Greek weep with joy. Great fantasy epic. Not your Tolkien style story. Very good plots and characters. Highly recommended.
Vladimir Ivanov
Ещё три новеллы о приключениях Элрика, среднего качества, не особо плохо, не особо хорошо. В качестве эпилога пришит совершенно неуместный отдельный рассказ, видимо, по принципу "не пропадать же добру". Можно читать, можно не читать.
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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)
  • Stormbringer (Elric, #6)
  • Elric at the End of Time (Elric, #7)
  • The Fortress of the Pearl (Elric #8)
  • The Revenge of the Rose (Elric, #9)
  • The Dreamthief's Daughter

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