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The Elric Saga Part I (The Elric Saga #1-3 omnibus)

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Includes first 3 volumes in the series: Elric of Melnibone, The Sailor on the Seas of Fate and The Weird of the White Wolf.
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published September 1983 by Doubleday Books
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Dan Schwent
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Nicolo Yu
Elric of Melnibone is an interesting character. Michael Moorcock’s antihero is a different sort of literary character, truly unlike any traditional fantasy hero I’ve encountered so far. He is a study of a contradictory character. He behaves in ways that sets him apart from the ordinary and it is his intent to always go against the grain. He is a physically weak albino who needs drugs to sustain him, yet he rules a nation without peer. He elects to show mercy to a traitor, if only to go against h ...more
This is "anti-fiction" (bad term, but oh well). Michael Moorcock wrote this series to be a reversal to cliches of the genre inspired by Tolkien and the like. Main character Elric is written as a direct antithesis to Conan the barbarian. This makes The Elric Saga... wait for it... good!
That being said, it is also kind of creepy. Elric is a "tragic hero" who losses everything, gradually. In this unstable world, Moorcock's characters seek some semblance of order. They rarley find it, but that is wh
This book includes the first three of the old six book Elric series that Moorcock put out. I was seriously into Moorcocks Elric stuff as a teenager and now after rereading it after all these years I still consider this to be a classic in the fantasy genre. Elric is far from being a typical or cliched fantasy hero, in fact I would label him as an anti-hero. Instead of being a strong chivalric hero Elric is a foppish weakling albino who is kept alive only through the use of drugs and sorcery. He s ...more
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The Elric Saga Part I by Michael Moorcock is the first three Elric centered books that include Elric of Melnibone, The Sailor on the Seas of Fate, and The Weird of the White Wolf. Extremely influential during its time, Elric is one of the pillars of fantasy that a lot of contemporary writers speak about, and the first real antihero in fantasy that bucked traditional fantasy tropes.

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Paul Dyer
A dark, lush, broodingly-beautiful fairytale of a book that is allegedly Moorcock’s anarchic answer to the religious and royalist myths of Tolkien, and the chauvinism, whether latent or blatant, of the Conan the Barbarian books and their numerous imitators. Elric is an unwilling adventurer, driven by kingship and cultural conditioning in an otherwise meaningless world. In a fantasy, such traits can be disconcerting, because they ask you to accept the challenges of the book’s hero as essentially ...more
Elric of Melniboné is the later written introduction to the series. It is followed by a series of loosely related short stories until the Elric story line reaches it's large scale conclusion.

We see Elric as King, regarded by some as ineffectual, the decadent civilisation of his people and his awkward relationship with his cousins, one to be his wife the other his enemy.

At the end of the novel Elric possesses the black sword, has sworn himself to the service of Arioch and is set upon the life of
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Mike (the Paladin)
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This is actually three books in one, two of which are in turn 3-4 four shorter stories collected together. If you are unaware that these stories were published individually before, then you may begin to tire of how each new section re-introduces who the main character is, like you have no idea who the last 200 pages have been about.
As for the content itself, I found it to be somewhat hit and miss with the success of the stories. The first novel, "Elric of Melnibone," was probably the best. It ma
I took it into my head to reread a bit of Moorcock lately. The stories are fine, short and yummy.

And, oddly, not very dark at all, when you compare them to almost anything Neil Gaiman has written. Honestly, THE GRAVEYARD BOOK is quite a bit more disturbing. Funny about that. In THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, one boy is at risk of being killed. In the Elric books, the hero lays waste to lives and souls, serving the evil lord of Chaos, Arioch. A couple of times, the existence of all Earth is up for grabs. Bu
Ross Lockhart
I attempted, but never made it through, this series as a kid, inspired its pantheon’s inclusion in the original Dungeons and Dragons Deities and Demigods Cyclopedia (the Melniboné mythos, along with H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulu Mythos, were removed from subsequent printings - and my sister's ex-husband swiped my copy from a box in my parents' garage, the rat!). Now, mid-way through the first six books (the series has, over the last twenty years, grown to nine, er, eleven books – no wonder I’m series- ...more
Chris Oeffinger
Ahhhhh. The Anti Hero. I didn't know what that was until I read this as a teen. Elric was and is one of the greatest characters ever written. A drug dependent sickly albino who iz in love with his cousin who hates his own people. The owner of a daemonic soul swallowing sword that sustains him as he kills! Wow. One fucked up in the head guy. No wonder these story's were so influential on my early life. These story's inspired me as an artist, gamer, and musician. Enjoy all Moorcocks work. He is a ...more
This book was published in 1972 so I suppose it isn't necessary to mention how dated this book is in writing and dialogue--even though I loved LOTR which was published in 1954. I am a huge character person which is probably why this book was disappointing. I'll admit that Elric himself is an interesting character, but he is the only character fully developed throughout the whole book. Other characters hardly seem to exist, each being born into the story only to die a few pages later (and I found ...more
João Batista
Fast-paced. Essa é uma boa definição para a Saga de Elric. Ação, aventura e os dilemas filosóficos do Imperador Albino permeiam a obra de Moorcock, lembrando bastante as obras de Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, ou até mesmo Lovecraft, nos momentos de medo e descrições de lugares insólitos ao longo dos 3 livros dessa coletânea.
Palavras como gloom, glum, melancholy, além de várias sinônimas a essas fazem parte do caráter de Elric e são usadas livremente quanto aos pensamentos dele, ou até
I get the whole anti-hero backlash thing Moorcock is going for here. Problem is, the story still falls flat. Paper-thin characters, nill character development, and disgustingly thin "coincidences" that move the story forward. Oh, and misogynistic to boot? This isn't worth the paper it was printed on.
The three stories contained in this one volume were uneven in their quality. If I were ranking the stories individually, I would have given Weird of the White Wolf only two stars.

Moorcock has assembled all the necessary elements for a good fantasy series. Elric of Melniboné is an interesting hero of the tragic variety. The alternative Earth in which he dwells is well-imagined. Moorcock places him in intriguing situations that took a lot of imagination to invent.

The problem is that these situat
Moorecock is a classic, but I can't stand his prose. His hero is uninteresting and I don't like the constantly shifting setting. Fantasy? Sci-fi? He jumps around, and I don't find it engaging.
M.A. Ray
Hated it. Both deadly dull and deeply offensive. No wonder so many people think so badly of the fantasy genre. If this were all there is to it, I'd say they were dead right.
Michael Durant
God is Elric a dummy. The first book, Elric of Melniboné, is a simple enough tale. Broad characters surround Elric, like his scheming cousin and his lady love. It's almost a rough draft prequel explaining how the albino prince got his soul-devouring black sword.

The two other books, Sailor on the Seas of Fate and Weird of the White Wolf aren't nearly so boring. They consist of short stories gathered as chapters as Elric travels the world, fighting alien sorcerers with other incarnations of himsel
The book was ok. The story line was not very strong and I didn't really care for the main character.
I enjoyed this book, once I got past the first 12 pages (AKA chapter 1), I really enjoyed it. It appears that in chapter 1 Moorcock didn't know how to write narrative using good prose, it was so annoying. BUT, after I got past phrases like "it is the colour of bleached skull, his flesh; and the long hair which flows below his shoulders is milk-white," I really enjoyed the book.

Chapter 2 and beyond were well written, inventive, and enjoyable. I liked th story overall and I could see the influence
It has good points. I like the potential of the faustian bargain story arc set in a sword-and-sorcery fantasy. It opens with a great hook in the initial depiction of Elric as a philosophically torn emperor, uneasy with the traditions of his cruel totalitarian empire and therefore ambivalent about its fate. This puts him in a situation morally gray enough that you sympathize with him and believe his motives for making the faustian bargain with his demon god. Unfortunately this collection only inc ...more
I was not ready for how good this collection of novels about Elric, 428th Emperor of Melniboné, was going to be. Michael Moorcock's Elric stories have been around for almost fifty years, but that sword-swinging albino still packs a punch.

The word that kept coming to mind was "original". While epic fantasy was one of my first loves, after you've read Tolkien everything else gets stale fast. Elric's quests are certainly epic, full of monsters and sorcery and sea battles, but each tale put a (usual
Next to Tolkien, The Elric Saga is likely the best fantasy ever produced. Moorcock's portrayal of his characters is both vivid and wonderfully done. The power of his prose is flawless, and the books simply grab the reader and hurl them into a land where Chaos and Order strive for the souls of men. Elric is one of the best fantasy characters of all time. If you love fantasy and long for something akin to Tolkien quality, this is the series for you. Moorcock is a master storyteller.
Vincent Darlage
I loved these books when I was younger, and, although I recognize their influence on the genre, the writing, when read with adult sensibilities, is not all that good. I had a difficult time getting into the stories. Moorcock does a good job of cramming a sense of epic into a small amount of space (there are three novels in this volume, and most of those are episodic short-stories that are barely linked enough to call them novels), but he gives Elric ultimate powers (Stormbringer is cool, but whe ...more
After finishing the first third of this book, which is my first exposure to Elric, I decided to put it down. It is possible that I'll go back and read the other two stories at some point, but right now, all I can say is, for some reason I'm just not into immersing myself in the story of a character who just keeps falling into a more and more hopeless mess, losing more and more of the things he cares about, etc.

I concede, the writing is rich and wonderful and the tone is compelling overall. And I
Joe Castro
I've waited a long time to read this book and my rating of a 3 is largely because the telling of the story seems lazy and somewhat simple. Very truncated in the telling of the tale with very little cohesion or development of the long arc. Moorcock simply tells the tale In small pieces, matter of fact tone and nothing to keep you interested in continuing except to hear the next tale. I'd probably finish 4-6 as I am a big sf fan and should for reference/completeness but not high on the list of boo ...more
Shane Buelna
I read these books a long time ago, and so I only remember them hazily. But the character of Elric stands out in my mind. I loved the story of this albino prince traveling all of the world and through space and time, never quite sure what he is hoping to find but unable to return to his own people. Great series.
This is an exciting story, it is a sad story and it is a horrifying story of mankind and just how far they can fall. There is no redemption, there is no happy ending. There is just a harsh and epic story that cannot be forgotten.
My roommate complains that this series gets a little strange. I think that it is fairly genius.
So much of the themes of this story shaped my young mind. I spent hours daydreaming about the albino price and his adventures. These books inspired me to start writing as a ch
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Can anyone suggest fantasy novels for grownups? 4 14 May 16, 2014 04:42PM  
  • Elric: Tales of the White Wolf (Michael Moorcock's Elric)
  • The Chronicles of Amber (The Chronicles of Amber, #1-5 )
  • The Complete Chronicles of Conan
  • The Book of the New Sun
  • The Sword of Truth Gift Set (Sword of Truth, #1-5)
  • The Lost Swords: The First Triad (Lost Swords, #1-3)
  • The Three of Swords (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser #1-3)
  • Elric: Stormbringer
  • Three Hearts and Three Lions
  • The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, #1-3)
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 24 books)
  • 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)
  • 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: A Tale of the Albino (Elric & Oona Von Bek, #1)
Elric of Melniboné (Elric, #1) Stormbringer (Elric, #6) The Weird of the White Wolf (The Elric Saga, #3) The Vanishing Tower (Elric, #4) The Sailor on the Seas of Fate (Elric, #2)

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“And now, Elric had told three lies. The first concerned his cousin Yyrkoon. The second concerned the Black Sword. The third concerned Cymoril. And upon those three lies was Elric's destiny to be built, for it is only about things which concern us most profoundly that we lie clearly and with profound conviction.” 15 likes
“Elric knew that everything that existed had its opposite. In danger he might find peace. And yet, of course, in peace there was danger. Being an imperfect creature in an imperfect world he would always know paradox. And that was why in paradox there was always a kind of truth. That was why philosophers and soothsayers flourished. In a perfect world there would be no place for them. In an imperfect world the mysteries were always without solution and that was why there was always a great choice of solutions.” 14 likes
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