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In 1972, Michael Moorcock wrote: "It is the colour of a bleached skull, his flesh; and the long hair which flows below his shoulders is milk-white." Thus begins one of the most popular fantasy sagas of the last century, featuring one of the most memorable and groundbreaking fantasy characters of all time: Elric, the albino sorcerer, the last emperor of Melniboné. At a time when musclebound heroes like Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan, and John Carter of Mars proliferated in popular fantasy, Moorcock's Elric was the antithesis of the archetype -- a weak, treacherous albino aristocrat concerned more with his conscience than the hundreds of unlucky souls he has killed with his demon blade.
Nearly four decades and more than a dozen novels, anthologies, and graphic novels later, the Elric sequence is still going strong and still continuing to redefine the genre. The Skrayling Tree, the second of three proposed novels in a new Elric subseries (the first was The Dreamthief's Daughter), focuses on Elric's daughter Oona and her husband Count Ulric von Bek. While vacationing in early-20th-century Nova Scotia, Ulric is kidnapped by a band of mysterious Native American warriors who transport him to the realm of the Kakatanawa, the guardians of the Skrayling Oak, a gigantic tree that holds the entire Multiverse in its branches. Oona follows the moonbeam path through the realms in a desperate attempt to relocate her lost husband.
The novel is actually three different stories told from the points of view of Oona, Elric, and Ulric. While all the narratives chronicle a unique adventure, they all eventually lead to the center of the Multiverse and the Skrayling Oak. Add to the plot Gaynor, Elric and Ulric's archnemesis; a shaman riding a woolly mammoth; the legendary Mohawk leader Hiawatha; a towering city of gold; and a healthy dose of Native American mythology, and you've got yourself a great novel that succeeds in breathing new life into the much-fabled Elric mythos.
There's nothing more that I can say about this classic fantasy series except, "Read it!" Paul Goat Allen