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The dreamthief's daughter : a tale of the albino
Moorcock, Michael, 1939-
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New York : Warner Books, 2001.
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343 pages ; 24 cm
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The first new "Eternal Champion" novel in ten years and a major fantasy publishing event, "The Dreamthief's Daughter" continues the highly successful Elrick Saga. The Count Ulric von Bek meets a figure known to him only in dreams--Elrick of Melnibon, the wandering Prince of Ruins. Somehow the same person, yet separate, their very beings fuse spectacularly. Now the never-ending struggle between Law and Chaos must be fought in both their universes.

Author Notes

Michael Moorcock, 1939 - Writer Michael Moorcock was born December 18, 1939 in Mitcham, Surrey, England. Moorcock was the editor of the juvenile magazine Tarzan Adventures from 1956-58, an editor and writer for the Sexton Blake Library and for comic strips and children's annuals from 1959-61, an editor and pamphleteer for Liberal Party in 1962, and became editor and publisher for the science fiction magazine New Worlds in 1964. He has worked as a singer-guitarist, has worked with the rock bands Hawkwind and Blue Oyster Cult and is a member of the rock band Michael Moorcock and the Deep Fix.

Moorcock's writing covers a wide range of science fiction and fantasy genres. "The Chronicles of Castle Brass" was a sword and sorcery novel, and "Breakfast in the Ruins: A Novel of Inhumanity" uses the character Karl Glogauer as a different person in different times. Karl participates in the political violence of the French Revolution, the Paris Commune, and a Nazi concentration camp. Moorcock also wrote books and stories that featured the character Jerry Cornelius, who had no consistent character or appearance. "The Condition of Muzak" completed the initial Jerry Cornelius tetralogy and won Guardian Literary Prize in 1977.

"Byzantium Endures" and "The Laughter of Carthage" are two autobiographical novels of the Russian emigre Colonel Pyat and were the closest Moorcock came to conventional literary fiction. "Byzantium Endures" focuses on the first twenty years of Pyat's life and tells of his role in the Russian revolution. Pyat survives the revolution and the subsequent civil war by working first for one side and then another. "The Laughter of Carthage" covers Pyat's life from 1920-1924 telling of his escape from Communist Russia and his travels in Europe and America. It's a sweeping picture of the world during the 1920's because it takes the character from living in Constantinople to Hollywood. Moorcock returned to the New Wave style in "Blood: A Southern Fantasy" (1994) and combined mainstream fiction with fantasy in "The Brothel of Rosenstrasse," which is set in the imaginary city of Mirenburg.

MoorCock won the 1967 Nebula Award for Behold the Man and the 1979 World Fantasy Award for his novel, Gloriana. (Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Moorcock stalwarts, rejoice! The Eternal Champion is back, and the series in which different incarnations of him figure--the von Bek books and the chronicles of Elric of Melnibone--merge. Moorcock lays the foundations of this book's particular alternate world by reviewing the prehistory of Nazi Germany, after which Count Ulric von Bek relates Hitler's assumption of power and how otherworldly powers aided and resisted him. Ulric allies with the beautiful and magical dreamthief's daughter, Oona, and Emperor Elric of Melnibone, who is Ulric himself in another time period of the "multiverse" of Moorcock's fiction. They aim to destroy Gaynor the Damned, the human agent of pure evil, in all his many incarnations. Aided by the enchanted swords Ravenbrand and Stormbringer, the trio manipulate time and events and come toe-to-toe with the gods in their attempt to rebalance the multiverse. Although slow and uneven at times, the book is so full of magic and mystery, and its bad guys meet such satisfyingly gory ends, that it is still quite a romp. --Paula Luedtke

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this latest installment in his multivolume saga of the Eternal Champion, Moorcock (War Amongst the Angels) teams his favorite hero, the melancholy albino swordsman Elric of Melnibon‚, with Count Ulric von Bek, the last in a line of German noblemen who have made several previous appearances in the series. War is in the offing, and Hitler, having learned that the von Bek family may own both an enchanted sword and the Holy Grail itself, sends SS Major Gaynor von Minct to take possession of these mystical relics so they may be used to further the cause of the Third Reich. Von Bek and Gaynor, however, are merely the current earthly avatars of the Eternal Champion and one of his greatest foes; they are knights fighting in the causes, respectively, of Chaos and Law, in innumerable, gorgeously described, alternate realities. Von Bek and Elric, aided by the book's title character, a female archer who can take the shape of a white hare, must confront a variety of gods and monsters in an effort to preserve the balance of the Multiverse, which stands in dire danger of falling under Gaynor's control. Over the years Moorcock has produced a number of highly original genre and mainstream novels. In the Eternal Champion series, however, he has essentially been writing well-done variations on the same story for decades, gradually polishing his stylistic skill and occasionally making veiled allusions to contemporary political events. There's nothing particularly new here, but fans of the series should enjoy this addition. (Apr. 11) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

When the Nazis attempt to acquire Count Ulric von Bek's legendary sword, Ravenbrand, he finds himself engaged in a battle against occult forces to prevent the heirloom weapon from falling into the wrong hands. At the same time, in another dimension, Elric of Melnibone attempts to keep his own sword, Stormbringer, from falling into the hands of a mad tyrant. Returning to his popular "Eternal Champion" cycle of novels, Moorcock tells a tale of two worlds and two heroes whose deeds have the power to save or destroy the multiverse. The author's flair for combining fast-paced action with metaphysical adventure results in a topnotch fantasy adventure that belongs in most libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.