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The Revenge of the Rose (The Elric Saga #9)

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The Revenge of the Rose is Michael Moorcock's newest, most captivating novel of Elric, the mad albino warrior with the vampire Black Sword. Now, Elric returns on the wings of a dragon to the ruined place of his birth, the Dreaming City. There, in the catacombs of his ancestors, he hears the tortured voice of his dead father. But to save his father's soul from eternal suffe ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Ace (first published May 9th 1991)
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Oct 08, 2016 Μιχάλης rated it it was ok
Οι παλιές ιστορίες Elric είχαν περιπέτεια και escapism με μία επίφαση φιλοσοφίας.

Αυτό εδώ έχει μία γερή επίφαση φιλοσοφίας με μία μικρή δόση περιπέτειας και escapism. Μπορείτε να το προσπεράσετε άνετα και δε θα χάσετε κάτι
Feb 20, 2009 Chris rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Elric/Moorcock completists
This was my second time though this book, and I'm still not really sure how I felt about it. At times, I was mesmerized and awed by the scope of Moorcock's descriptive style, and at others I wanted to pitch it into an open flame.

If a good editor got ahold of this book and weeded out all the extra adjectives and rambling style of weaving philosophy into a narrative, we could have this thing cut down to about a third of its length and it would make a pretty damn good novella.

As it is, we have a ph
Randolph Carter
Dec 23, 2013 Randolph Carter rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
One of Moorcock's more tightly plotted longer pieces. It doesn't have so much of that make-it-up-as-you-go feel to it. Imagining different places and questioning tradition is what Moorcock's world building is all about. This one has a nice finish as Moorcock lets Elric get one up on everyone. It almost feels like Moorcock is getting very sentimental about his albino prince.

You will be astounded by the vision of the Gypsy Nation endlessly wandering the planet in their massive wooden cities.
David Sarkies
Jun 21, 2013 David Sarkies rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy Buffs
Recommended to David by: A Girl at High-School
Shelves: fantasy
Elric's Returns are Diminishing
21 June 2013

Back in the days when I was going out of my way to get as many Elric books as possible, I had little idea that there were the classic (or original) Elric books and then there were the ones that Morcock ended up writing later because of the popularity of the originals. As is generally the case, when one revisits a classic series to attempt to capitalise on it (though in many cases there is usually some form of reader demand as well) the quality of the s
Nov 29, 2013 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, _on-hand
It seems like a lot of Elric fans are kinda down on this installment of the eternal saga, but I can't really see why. Moorcock's voice here seems to have matured well, and I found it on the whole quite an enjoyable ride. If I were to complain about anything, just to have something negative to say, I'm a bit surprised that his editor let him get away with quite so many monstrously long run-on sentences, but that's a quibble. Highly recommended for fans who do not resemble Comic Shop Guy.
Reseña en proceso.
Aburrido por momentos, interesante en otros. Personajes insoportables y otros poco explotados. Escenarios interesantes descartados en minutos...
Mark Hodder
I’ve always favoured the original Elric yarns (up to his death in DOOMED LORD’S PASSING) over most of what came afterwards, and this Gollancz edition, which pairs the titular story from 1991 with five shorter tales all dating from the early ’60s, gives good reason for that preference. THE REVENGE OF THE ROSE is much more mature, much more contemplative, and much better written than the earlier stories, but lacks their raw energy. Young Moorcock blasting out his brand of Sword & Sorcery is an ...more
Shannon Appelcline
From The Revenge of the Rose to To Rescue Tanelorn, this is one of Moorcock's most philosophical volumes of Elric and also one of his weakest. There are some shorts in here which are strong, but as a whole, this volume is hard going.

The Revenge of the Rose. The final book in Moorcock's original Elric sequence. Like The Fortress of the Pearl before it, it doesn't have the same feel of the earlier swords & sorcery books. This is instead a more philosophical and thoughtful Elric. Unfortunately,
Simon Mcleish
Jan 29, 2013 Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in May 2003.

The longest and most recent Elric story, The Revenge of the Rose is much more complex than the earlier books featuring this hero. Like most of them, it reflects Moorcock's concerns at the time of writing, and is much more literary in flavour as were the other novels he wrote around this time. It takes the same familiar fantasy genre form as the others in this particular omnibus (they are all quests), but it has a twist.

The plot stems from a Hamlet
East Bay J
Feb 04, 2008 East Bay J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
I first read Revenge Of The Rose eight years ago after stumbling across it in a thrift store. I was unaware that there was a "new" Elric novel (it was published in '91, so it wasn't new at the time) and brought it home with me.

The interesting thing about reading a book Moorcock wrote in the 80's versus those written in the 60's and 70's is how much his writing style changed. It's inevitable that a writer will progress as they write, especially a writer as prolific as Moorcock, but I've been read
Pavlo Tverdokhlib
Revenge of the Rose is another volume of a large novel and assorted Elric stories. Unlike the previous volume, "The Sleeping Sorceress", this one is set in entirely chronological order. The last story gives yet more background about one of Elric's occasional companions, who also got a short story in the previous volume.

The title novel does a bunch of heavy foreshadowing of the big upcoming Law v Chaos shakedown. And it provides ton more background on one of the nemeses of the multiple Eternal C
Bryan Wigmore
Feb 08, 2017 Bryan Wigmore rated it liked it
I love the idea of Elric and his world, but the execution of the stories themselves is often lacking. The characters and settings here are fabulous, but the plot is one-note and it feels like the story was written on the fly, with no forethought at all. At one point Elric faces certain defeat, only to remember an old magic that's never been mentioned before, and which, ta-daa!, saves the day.

Having said that, there's more imagination on display here than in a lot of fantasy, so I can't be too ha
Algo raro pasa con los libros de Elric de Melniboné cuando los estoy leyendo, me gusta bastante el universo, los Dioses, multiversos o diseño de personajes pero lo que si para nada soporto son algunos diálogos ridículos o personalidades que llegan a ser tediosas.

En este libro Elric debe ir en busca de una caja que contiene el alma de su padre y recuperarla ya que si no lo hace el alma de él y su padre vivirán juntas. La verdad la idea es bastante tonta y los diálogos del padre aun peor "Oh, hijo
Doug Dandridge
Aug 18, 2012 Doug Dandridge rated it it was amazing
Elric is back in this novel of multidimensional travel, and he has brought Stormbringer, the soul eating Demon Blade, with him. Elric finds that his dead father still haunts one of the ancient cities of Melnibone, and threatens to join with his son forever unless Elric can find his soul so he can rejoin with his beloved wife. Elric is set on a quest through the multiverse, his own existence in the balance. Along the way he meets many memorable characters, including the Rose, a sorcerer warrior o ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Dec 11, 2012 Shannon Appelcline rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The final book in Moorcock's original Elric sequence. Like The Fortress of the Pearl before it, it doesn't have the same feel of the earlier swords & sorcery books. This is instead a more philosophical and thoughtful Elric. Unfortunately, that also means that it's slower and more abstract. The places that Elric visits here are very thinly sketched out, not approaching the vividness of past locales like Ameroon and the quests seem simplistic.

The joy of this volume is the eponymous Rose and he
James Oden
Jul 29, 2014 James Oden rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
As always I love Michael Moorcock's writing, and Elric is by far my favorite hero of his and my favorite manifestation of the Eternal Champion. I think Moorcock's writing in this novel goes well beyond pulp. As with his book Gloriana, Moorcock writes with craft and beauty, straying from the land of pulp fiction to something far more akin to something called literature. This book may also be the only book that Moorcock has written that left one with a warm fuzzy feeling that everything was really ...more
Good book. This book is more action packed then Michael Moorcock's later works on Elric.
However, typical of the later works of Michael Moorcock, the novel has very heavy emphasis on the multiverse and the introduction of new, heavily story-centered main characters.

Spoilers include Elric meeting some ancestors and the introduction of other sentient-like swords. In addition, Elric does not use Stormbringer to give him strength throughout the entire story. He does not use typical herb-like drugs t
Mar 11, 2015 Tim rated it it was ok
The writing style for this has been the worst of the Elric series. There are a few bits of plot and character which were fantastic, and answered so many burning questions about Elric and the changes within his personality. I am so glad to understand the experiences and moments in Elric's life that lead him to his beliefs towards the end of the saga, and this book answers many of these questions.

As usual for the Elric saga the last 1% of the story is by far the best part.

All of the prose, philoso
Tama Wise
Aug 24, 2007 Tama Wise rated it it was ok
Being a long time fantasy reader, I've heard plenty about the anti-hero Eldric. Never read any of the books, mostly because my library didn't have any. My current library, however, has a smattering. Lets see how this goes.

And how DID it go? Well ... erm ... I didn't like it so much, but as I've been told, Michael Moorcock has influenced a lot of fantasy writers since his time, and it's only fair that this feels rather cliched. I'm afraid it didn't feel so much cliched as it did hard to read beca
Le cycle initial d’Elric comportait sept volumes qui formaient un tout cohérent. Quinze ans plus tard, Moorcock va intercaler deux tomes intermédiaires dans le cycle. La Revanche de la Rose est l’un d’eux. Il a l’inconvénient de briser la linéarité du cycle et de tomber comme un cheveu sur la soupe.
Il s’agit cependant un roman d’heroic fantasy efficace et qui exploite bien l’univers (pardon, le multivers) qu’a posé Michael Moorcock. L’affrontement Loi-Chaos est très bien rendu et on retrouve l’a
Kate Sherrod
Apr 05, 2015 Kate Sherrod rated it really liked it
So baroque and decadent in places, this book felt more like a sequel or sidequel to Gloriana than an Elric book, and indeed a character from Gloriana is a major part of the story; Ernest Wheldrake may even get more "screen" time than Elric. Ditto the book's many awesome female characters, especially the titular The Rose (she is never referred to as simply "Rose"). In the climactic battle (mild spoiler here) (very mild), Elric is the only male among the good guys who ride out, to give you some id ...more
Jun 19, 2008 David rated it liked it
I read this because I loved Michael Moorcock's other "Elric" books, but this one didn't seem to quite fit in with the others. The writing style is odd (Moorcock switches between present and past tense early in the novel), Elric seems a lot less doom-ridden and more stereotypically like a fantasy hero, and too much time is spent on his companion Wheldrake (Who Moorcock seems to enjoy writing about far more than his protagoinist). However, there are some eerie descriptions of other worlds and biza ...more
William Cardini
Fantastic, psychedelic imagery and adventure as I get with every Michael Moorcock book. I also like how he throws in Wheldrake from the Dancers at the End of Time (and Gloriana, which I haven't read yet). However, the prose switches between present and past tense. I was so focused on trying to understand why the tense changed that it threw me out of the story every time. I never discovered a reason. I'm all for stylistic experimentation but I prefer the writing or any innovations to be internall ...more
May 30, 2007 Nick rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: fantasy
This late installment in the Elric series explores a few of Moorcock's political notions and adds nothing to them that he hasn't said much more clearly elsewhere. The story progresses through a series of vignettes depicting different fantasy worlds, a tool so often used by Moorcock as to have become a cliche. The worlds themselves, with one exception, are not terribly imaginative or interesting.
Jason Lang
Moorcock opened up the genre of 'dark fantasy' moreso then any other author. Demon-summoning, murderous heroes are par for the course. However, against later works, the Eternal Champion series feels flat and dated. It is still a rollicking read, and this book is one of his best, but it still feels more like a nostalgic reading of a childhood favorite.
Ramón Nogueras Pérez
May 26, 2013 Ramón Nogueras Pérez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Estoy en el móvil y escribir aquí es un dolor. Baste decir que es estilísticamente diferente de las 7 novelas originales, y que eso no es malo en absoluto. A ver si luego puedo hacer una reseña más completa.
Eric Orchard
Jul 16, 2014 Eric Orchard rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Full of the wild, hullicinagenic imagery you'd expect from an Elric story but with a tighter plot than usual and maybe even more introspective. It lacks some of the visceral power of the earlier novels but makes up for it with even better characters and story.
Aug 04, 2015 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as interesting as other stories of Elric of Melniboné.

the concept of soulfusing between father and son was not clear enough.....

As a Villain, I consider Prince Gaynor "The condemned" a little bit childish even when ha had a good background to exploit.

still a good story though.
Jan 06, 2014 Josh rated it liked it
This was an OK book. It wasn't as amazing as the original Elric series, but it was a fun little addition with some interesting lore and stories. It's not a must read, but if you are a die hard Elric fan than it's worth checking out.
Apr 29, 2008 Boyd rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-series
I don't remember much of this one. I think I am confusing this one with the fortress of the pearl. I seem to remember that the Rose is a woman and Elric is unwillingly set to help her, because it serves a greater purpose. But it being an Elric story, I have to give it 3 stars...
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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.
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“For this was the other thing that Elric knew: that to compromise with Tyranny is always to be destroyed by it. The sanest and most logical choice lay always in resistance.” 11 likes
“And you, Prince Elric?" She attracted the albino's wandering attention. "Do you know his story?"
Elric shook his head.
"I only know," he said, "that he is a shape-changer and, that most cursed of souls, a person of rare goodness and sanity. Imagine such torment as is his!”
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