This book was very different than the first one. On one hand, I didn’t expect it to be a vastly different sort of tale (or trio of tales), while on the other hand, it was kind of neat and refreshing and showed that Moorcock’s Elric stories were not going to be formulaic or just mirror what was typical in the sword and sorcery genre.
The three stories here revolve around Elric being on a magical ship that travels through time and space. One story takes place in the future, one in the present and one in the past. However, these tales are all very important to the development of this character and the grander mythos of the universe he inhabits.
The first tale is where Moorcock debuts his concept of the Eternal Champion. It’s a really cool story that sees different versions of Elric become one.
The second tale features Elric and an ally, as they are pursued by a mysterious riderless horse.
The third, also features Elric with the same ally where they meet another character and go on a journey with him to find two mysterious gems.
I don’t want to spoil too much, as all these stories are rather short and deserve to be experienced for those interested in delving into the Elric series.
Overall, this was a quick, thoroughly entertaining read with three very different adventures.
Like I said with the previous book, you just become captivated with Moorcock’s prose and how he says things and paints the world around his characters.