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The Eternal Champion: Book 1 of Erekosë Trilogy

(Erekosë #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,450 ratings  ·  67 reviews

John Daker dreams of other worlds, and a name: Erekosë. He finds the strength to answer the call, travelling to a strange land ruled by the aging King Rigenos of Necranal. Humanity is united in a desperate fight against the inhuman Eldren, and he must fight with them. But the actions of his brethren turns his loyalties, and as Erekosë he will take a terrible revenge.

Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Titan Books (first published April 1970)
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mark monday
You are John Daker. You are a resident of 20th century Earth. You are a sophisticated, intelligent fellow - urbane, socially conscious, left-leaning. You do not believe in binary thinking; you do not believe in Good vs. Evil. You do not support war; you don't even know how to use a weapon.

You are Erekosë. You have lived before, a hero amongst men, a great warrior and a fair one as well - there is a code of honor named after you. You have been reborn again, to do battle against humanity's mortal
Mike (the Paladin)
I read this many years ago (in the 1970s). When I discovered Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion "Cycle" I set out to find them all. While there are a few of the stand alone books (and one series) that are loosely tied to the series the "core books" are some of my all time favorites.

Here ie the book in which we are introduced to The Eternal Champion, John or Johnathan Daker who is apparently a man of our world and possibly the single incarnation who remembers all the others as he Moo
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very short novel that is itself an expansion of an earlier novella. John Daker, a salaryman from our world, is called by the collective will of Humanity to a distant ... past? future? other? to take up his role as Erekosë, the Eternal Champion, to take up his sword Kanajana, and to aid Humanity in their fight against the alien and treacherous Eldren.

Unlike many of Moorcock's novels, this is written in first person; and unlike many of his other appearances, this incarnation of the Eternal Champ
S.E. Lindberg
Michael Moorcock has been dishing out pulpy fantasy since the 1960's. Perhaps his most famous brand is his skein of adventures from "The" Eternal Champion--which actually refers to many heroes (Elric, Corum, Hawkmoon, Erekose, etc.) not just this book; the anti-Conan hero called Elric is arguably the most recognizable. The champion mashup is huge, although many are short stories or collections of them, the bibliography has >100 entries. Despite the huge popularity of these, there is a dearth ...more
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
An excellent tale told well! The internal battles of the champion are so engrossing and provide such depth!
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It's getting on for 50 years now since my first read of THE ETERNAL CHAMPION, but I enjoyed it as much this time through as I did back then.

It's the pulpiest of Moorcock's Eternal Champion cycle, and the story that really kicks the whole thing off, with John Daker called from a life on Earth to be Erekose, champion of humanity, once and future hero, and wielder of a bloody huge sword of power.

It's all a bit Arthurian, with similar motifs of betrayal and doom, but Moorcock's energy carries the wh
Mike (the Paladin)
The Eternal Champion Saga continues, or possibly I should say, begins????
This is the first in what is (possibly, we'd have to ask Mr. Moorcock) the proto Eternal Champion saga (trilogy, series, oh whatever!) the next 2 are "Phoenix in Obsidian" also published as The Silver Warriors and The Dragon in the Sword.

We first meet Erekose as or in the incarnation of/as John Daker who is having dreams, strang dreams where someone keeps calling "Erekose". He finally realizes (or admits to himself) that h
While this is very much a heroic fantasy story it also has certain science fictional elements to it. The plot is rather predictable apart, perhaps, from its denouement. A twentieth-century urban man is apparently summoned either from another dimension, or from another time, to act as Erekosë, the Champion of Humanity, and to lead human armies against a mysterious humanoid race called the Eldren. While the world he finds himself in is at first alien to him it becomes increasingly familiar as he r ...more
Dec 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Cracks quickly appear in this glorious high fantasy: the resurrected hero Erekosë starts wondering at humanity's obsessive war against the Eldren menace, even as he leads vicious battles against them. Poignant scenes of Eldren treachery and evil confirming the humans' one-sided statements, such as would litter a conventional high fantasy, are notably absent. Moorcock works reversals, first by tearing down what was built, ripping up the majesty and honor of the humans and showing them as savage i ...more
Simon Mcleish
Jan 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in August 2002.

Begun in the fifties, published in the sixties as a novelette before finally being expanded to a full novel in 1970, The Eternal Champion contains the earliest version of the idea that is central to most of Moorcock's fantasy, together with the fruits of over a decade's development of the theme. The idea is basically that there is one person, immortal or reincarnated, whose aspects are the heroes of fantasy. It is perhaps influenced by the Hind
As I said in my review of The War Hound and The World's Pain, many of Moorcock's books are in the Eternal Champion cycle, but Erekosë is the only incarnation of the Eternal Champion that remembers his former lives. He doesn't get the luxury of pretending this weirdness isn't happening to him -- he knows he's a pawn of fate, that he's screwed, and that it might never end...then again, maybe he's just insane.

Despite the fact that this was written very early in Moorcock's career, it really sucked m
This was very meta-fantasy. There was a standard Fantasy story where the man was dragged from the 20th century to fight for humanity in a holy war against the evil "other". Except in this case that's really not what was going on, and the action was really everything that was happening inside the main characters mind. I like how his ideas dissolved and it was no longer "race" that made someone good or bad, when the "humans" committed terrible acts he realised he could no longer follow them, and w ...more
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I found this book while I was in a rut reading the same favorites over and over. I absolutely loved it. It was very refreshing. Not sure how I missed this author for so many years.
Ketutar Jensen
Feb 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: anorak-s-almanac
Moorcock and his eternal champion... it is funny... I think of all those people who believe in reincarnation and that they were some princess or priestess or another important grand person in their previous lives. I'm sure there are dozens of Cleopatras incarnated today :-D
So Moorcock did basically the same thing. His Eternal Champion is Roland, Ulysses, even Doctor Who :-D
Now, his Eternal Champion, his garystu, is an a-hole. He is supposed to be a socialist and humanitaria, who appreciates peac
Tony Calder
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Eternal Champion is one of the core themes that runs through a large amount of Michael Moorcock's books, although whether he envisaged it from the start is hard to say. This book provides a good starting point to anyone wishing to explore that theme, even though it was written after many of the books in the Elric, Hawkmoon & Corum series, which are probably his better known characters. The Eternal Champion is referred to in those series, but in this book it is one of the central themes, ...more
Blaise Birchem
Hello. So...I caught on to Michael Moorcock a bit late. So this is my introduction to the Eternal Champion series. And I must is quite the perfect introduction and set up for the series.

This book sets up the rules for the universe that our tragic hero Erekose has inherited from the far past. As our hero is ripped from a normal life on 20th century Earth as John Daker and thrust into a fantasy world where he is Erekose, Champion of Humanity.

He soon discovers that he has been summoned u
Paulo Torres
I so wanted to like this book, to read this series and learn all about Tanelorn, but the style of storytelling, the way events are told and characters are described, and how somethings are stretched to multiple chapters while others equally or more important only get a few phrases... it's disappointing, maybe because of the expectations.
I understand this book is from 1970, worlds apart from the way "new" authors tell stories, such as Rothfuss. Maybe I have gotten used to this kind of writing, f
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
what a cute little book about wars of racial extermination and genocide.

Moorcock, again, proves he is the master of the uncomfortable and embraces the brutality of his worlds with a great big english hippy bear hug. Erekose is a great character because he can't figure out which side he is on. Clearly the humans are awful and he is one of them. But is he better than them? Or is he ruled by his fickle passion and adherence to codes of honor?

Some claim this is the link that unlocks the Eternal Ch
Connie Fogg-Bouchard
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
asking the eternal question

right or wrong, John Dakar, now the hero Erekose, is caught in the eternal battle between two peoples. as the hero of humanity, Erekose must choose to shut down his emotions and destroy an ancient nation because of an unstoppable feud.

i had never read this one before. nicely introspective but still fun as a hero saga
James Reichstadt
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Champion Eternal is a random access myth put to paper by Michael Moorcock. There is no true "first book" in the cycle but there are some places where it is easier to begin. I don't think this is the best place but it is far from the worst.
Bethany Kok
Well that was tedious. Wanky dude with identity issues is pulled into Generic Fantasy World #12 and makes decisions as required by the plot.
Andrew Kordower
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had some really interesting parts but there were instances where I was left scratching my head. Erokse love life is very strange
Mark Smith
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.
Adam Gilchrest
A very easy book to read but not very exciting. There was very little content deeper than surface level. I'd say this is the poor mans Lord Fouls Bane meets the Amber series.
João Batista
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Erekosë story. One of the many 'heroes' Moorcock created along these more than 40 years. Similar to Elric, Erekosë is confused and problematic. Right in the beginning of the story, there's a call from another world and Erekosë (a warrior, "The One who is Always There")/John Daker (a harmless intellectual) hears it, but, can he come? He's to fight the Eldren (Elves?), a race called Hounds of Evil; a palace in the strange city of Necranal; a sword only Erekosë can wield - Kanajana; and a ...more
Roman Petrov
wasting of my time... perhaps it's good reading for youngsters, but I didn't find it interesting at all.. however I used to enjoy fantasy and still do. this one is huge disappointment.
Austin Zook
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first experience with Moorcock's prose (I read some of the comic adaptations of his Elric of Melniboné work previously) so I may have enjoyed this because I don't have any point of reference in regards to his usual level of quality and style, but who cares--this was phenomenal for a newcomer to Moorcock.

The writing was descriptive enough to give me a sense of place, but vague enough that my imagination had to do some of the heavy lifting (which I like in fantasy) and I really felt lik
K. Axel
Oct 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Moorcock fans
The Story...
Erekose is the Eternal Champion. He is also John Daker. Elric of Melnibone. Aubec. Hawkmoon. And many others. He is called forth to champion Humanity, by the old king Rigenos of Necranal. Champion Humanity in its war against the evil and dreaded Eldren. The king fears that the Eldren are planning to destroy all the humans, and seeks to destroy them in return.

Erekose is like a child. He awakes to this new world that he doesn't know and understand. He tries to make sense of it, but i
East Bay J
May 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Having recently read the second book in the Eternal Champion series (oops) I finally tackled the first. A fellow Goodreader has summed up this book pretty perfectly here:

I suppose my primary complaint is that this seems like the exact same story as The Silver Warriors. Different characters, perhaps, but the plot is nearly identical. Same detached, self reflective style of storytelling, same overall character development, same overarching theme of humanity
"...and it seemed to me that these creatures had evolved only so far from the beast state and that some quirk of destiny had doomed them to repeat, over and over again, the same mistakes. and I realized that there was no hope for them - these imperfect creatures that were halfway from the animals, halfway from the gods - that it was their fate, like mine, to struggle forever and forever fail to be fulfilled. the paradoxes that existed in me existed in the whole race. the problems for which I had ...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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Erekosë (4 books)
  • The Silver Warriors (Erekosë, #2)
  • The Dragon in the Sword (Erekosë, #3)
  • The Quest for Tanelorn (Chronicles of Castle Brass, #3)