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Stormbringer (The Elric Saga #6)

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This is the first DAW printing.
Cover Artist: Michael Whelan

The epic tale of Elric of Melniboné, albino prince of ruins, moves to its awesome conclusion - with the whole of the natural and supernatural world in mighty conflict - the final conflict, Armageddon. Elric holds the key to the future: the new age which must follow the destruction. To turn that key he must sacrific
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Paperback, DAW No. 264 (UW1335), 220 pages
Published November 15th 1977 by DAW (first published 1965)
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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
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Wanda
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
Negar Bolboli
Aug 23, 2016 Negar Bolboli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I love Elric! His brooding, vindictive character, pale skin and unusual tormented eyes, combined with existential agony makes for a - bluntly putting- sexy badass! He's the type of dark prince you want rescuing you from rich sadistic merchants! okay, enough fantasizing now!
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It is the end, the world is writhing with war and Chaos Lords are out seeking total sovereignty over the plane of earth. In the midst of turbulence and nature's revolt, Elric finds answers. Fate's servants are awoke
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Evgeny
Jul 17, 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
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Manny
Feb 23, 2009 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
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David Sarkies
May 10, 2013 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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Jacob
Jun 15, 2015 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
Michael
Nov 08, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Edward Rathke
Dec 01, 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
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Algernon
Feb 29, 2016 Algernon rated it really liked it
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
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Derek
Sep 20, 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
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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
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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
Tom
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.
Deadwish
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Reseña en proceso

No me esperaba un final así... y sin embargo ahora no imagino otro final. Esta saga me ha parecido una buena idea pero mal aprovechada, o de un estilo literario más superficial y carente de detalles de lo que me gusta.
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.
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.
Brian
Mar 17, 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.
Petros
Nov 17, 2011 Petros rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jackvanc3gmail.Com
Team Jagreen Lern, wow what a pisserr bad guy!! I wish there was a novel series by u moorcock about the beginnings and rise of jagreen!!!

other leads for those hungery for GOOD scifi!:

The Vanishing Tower (Elric, #4)
by Michael Moorcock
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Jackvanc3gmail.Com's review
Sep 11, 2016 · edit

it was amazing
Read in January, 1988

beware voilodion ghagnasdiak!

you have stuumbled upon one of the great works of written art

some of best stuff ever written in fighting fantasy

would be 10movie series and best box
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Frederick Bodine
I loved it! All the books that come before set this one up! No spoilers just read it!
Jorge
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.
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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
...more
Vanessa
Jul 29, 2014 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
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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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Roddy Williams
‘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
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7thTrooper
May 17, 2015 7thTrooper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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sologdin
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
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Michael John Moorcock is an English writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy who has also published a number of literary novels.
Moorcock has mentioned The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Apple Cart by George Bernard Shaw and The Constable of St. Nicholas by Edward Lester Arnold as the first three books which captured his imagination. He became editor of Tarzan Adventures in 1956,
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Other Books in the Series

The Elric Saga (1 - 10 of 17 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 (The Elric Saga #7)
  • The Fortress of the Pearl (Elric #8)
  • The Revenge of the Rose (Elric, #9)
  • The Dreamthief's Daughter

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