When Michael Moorcock began chronicling the adventures of the albino sorcerer Elric, last king of decadent Melniboné, and his sentient vampiric sword, Stormbringer, he set out to create a new kind of fantasy adventure, one that broke with tradition and reflected a more up-to-date sophistication of theme and style. The result was a bold and unique hero-weak in body, subtle in mind, dependent on drugs for the vitality to sustain himself-with great crimes behind him and a greater destiny ahead: a rock-and-roll antihero who would channel all the violent excesses of the sixties into one enduring archetype.
This volume brings together The Stealer of Souls and Stormbringer, the first two published books of Elric's adventures, and confirms Michael Moorcock's place as one of the most important fantasy writers of our time.
“The most significant UK author of sword and sorcery, a form he has both borrowed from and transformed.” -The Encyclopedia of Fantasy
SALES POINTS * #17 in the Millennium Fantasy Masterworks series, a library of the most original and influential fantasy ever written * 'A work of powerful and sustained imagination which confirms Michael Moorcock's position as the most important successor to Mervyn Peake and Wyndham Lewis. The vast tragic symbols by which Moorcock continually illuminates the metaphysical quest of his hero are a measure of the author's remarkable talents' J.G. Ballard * 'He is a giant. If you are at all interested in fantastic fiction you must read Michael Moorcock' Tad Williams * 'He is the most important UK fantasy author of the 1960s and 1970s, and altogether the most significant UK author of sword and sorcery, a form he has both borrowed from and transformed' The Encyclopedia of Fantasy * 'The largest, most generous imagination in the Multiverse' Colin Greenland