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 ...Read MoreThe 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.Read Less
Fine in Fine jacket. Signed. Multiple Signatures 1st US & 1st illustrated edition, limited to 600 numbered slipcased cloth copies signed by the author & artists, Whelan, Maitz, Broecker, Giancola, Gianna, Gould, Kaluta...Fine in Fine DJ & slipcase.
New in New jacket. Signed By All Contributors Boxed Limited Edition. Cloth box and boards. Limited to 600 copies. American Fantasy, Woodstock, IL, 2001. Hardcover. First US edition, first printing. Number 224 of 600 numbered copies signed on a special limitation page by Moorcock and the eight illustrators, Randy Broecker, Donato Giancola, Gary Gianni, Robert Gould, Michael Kaluta, Todd Lockwood, Don Maitz and Michael Whelan. Very fine in very fine and bright dust jacket, within the publisher's slipcase. Signed. 2001 Locus Recommended.
New in New jacket. Signed By All Contributors New in new DJ. Flat-signed by all contributors on custom signature page. Numbered 136 of 600 copies. Black cloth covered slip case. Bagged. Signed by Moorcock, Gianni, Giancola, Gould, Kaluta, Lockwood, Maitz, and Whelan. Publishers materials included. Tight, clean, unread copy, purchased signed DIRECTLY from Publisher. Signatures guaranteed. Please ask for pictures.
Various. As New in As New jacket. Signed By All Contributors New in new DJ. Flat-signed by all contributors on custom signature page. Numbered 135 of 600 copies. Black cloth-covered slip case. Bagged. Signed by Moorcock, Gianni, Giancola, Gould, Kaluta, Lockwood, Maitz, and Whelan. Publishers matiarials included. Tight, clean, unread copy, purchased signed directly from Publisher. Signatures guaranteed. Please ask for pictures.
This is the first book by Moorcock I've read and I really was pleasantly surprised. But despite this authors many storytelling talents, I didn't feel the narrative was consistently cohesive and I found that vague and confusing plot threads marred the middle section of the novel.
Moorcock is a very knowledgeable and articulate writer with an incredibly absorbing writing style, but while he's able to tell a story that is both compelling and unusual, blending the historical and the fantastical (Nazi Germany fused with the search for magical objects of great power), I was disappointed by how the author showed a preference for the mystical realms in the novel, which don't feel particularly substantial, while the more grounded and infinitely more atmospheric world tinged with magic in which the story begins soon fades to a distant memory. I found it difficult to attach any feeling to the new characters introduced and their poorly explained goals, and to adjust to the changing multiple character perspectives that followed in those diverse realms to which protagonist Ulric Von Bek was led unawares.
As a fantasy fan I was surprised by how involved I found myself in the opening story (the first hundred pages or so) set in the fictional land of Bek in Germany in the 1930's and comparatively uninspired by the main bulk of the story, which concentrates on travel to and through various strangely alien lands. At the beginning I was eagerly anticipating the journey of Count Ulric into the heart of Nazi Germany and relished the thought of the ensuing intrigues, as he battled the growing forces of evil with his keen intelligence and growing supernatural abilities. Unfortunately, the forces of evil in other dimensions preoccupy Moorcock and while he does return to Bek and some well-known historical figures towards the end of the story, by that point I'd lost a lot of interest in proceedings and as a result those final scenes didn't hold the same power over me.
Perhaps this was the wrong novel to start with, perhaps there's a better starting point in Moorcock's writing, a tale that would act as a better initiation into the story of the albino and his many counterparts in alternate dimensions. But with the introduction of characters whose back-stories aren't made available by the author and who as a consequence aren't as easy to connect to as Ulric (who begins as one of the most easily identifiable, likeable and admirable protagonists) I found my interest gradually beginning to wane. Although I was grateful that in the end a return was made to Bek and in finishing the story I admit that I'd decided I would be reading more of Moorcock in the future and despite the three-star rating, I'd recommend 'The Dreamthief's Daughter' to anyone willing to try something more than a little out of the ordinary realms of fantasy.
Jul 8, 2007
History meets SciFi
I thought the blend of the two was awesome -- Moorcock creates a tale that twists as a part of history unfolds. I'm hooked!
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