Elric: Song of the Black Sword

Michael Moorcock

White Wolf Publishing. $19.99
(trade paperback $14.99)

White Wolf Publishing has tackled an ambitious project: the definitive publication of the many books and stories of Michael Moorcock's "Eternal Champion."

Elric of Melniboné, undeniably Moorcock's most popular character, is just one aspect of the Eternal Champion; the adventures of the other heroes -- including Hawkmoon and Von Bek -- are collected in the other books of this 15 volume series. Elric: Song of the Black Sword is Book 5 and contains the novels Elric of Melniboné, The Fortress of the Pearl, The Sailor on the Seas of Fate, and The Weird of the White Wolf. Book 6, The Road Between the Worlds, is due in August 1996, but the second Elric collection, Elric: The Stealer of Souls, is Book 11 and will not appear for a few more years.

Of this definitive Elric, Moorcock says, "While I've put his adventures in this final order and made some minor revisions, I've made only a few changes to the prose, which ... does the job it's meant to do with, I hope, a bit of diverting gusto."


This review, together with Ill Met in Lankhmar, originally appeared in the June 30, 1996 edition of The Roanoke Times under the heading "White Wolf Reissues Two Old Favorites."


The Tale of the Eternal Champion:

  1. The Eternal Champion. White Wolf Publishing, 1994
  2. Von Bek. White Wolf Publishing, 1995
  3. Hawkmoon. White Wolf Publishing, 1995
  4. A Nomad of the Time Streams. White Wolf Publishing, 1995
  5. Elric: Song of the Black Sword. White Wolf Publishing, 1995
  6. The Road Between the Worlds. White Wolf Publishing, 1996
  7. Corum: The Coming of Chaos. White Wolf Publishing, 1997
  8. Sailing to Utopia. White Wolf Publishing, 1997
  9. Kane of Old Mars. Forthcoming from White Wolf
  10. The Dancers at the End of Time. Forthcoming
  11. Elric: The Stealer of Souls. Forthcoming
  12. The Prince with the Silver Hand. Forthcoming
  13. Legends from the End of Time. Forthcoming
  14. Earl Aubec. Forthcoming
  15. Count Brass. Forthcoming


This review copyright 1996 by Wendy Morris
Information last updated March 22, 1998

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