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One of the best,
This review is from: The Sailor on the Seas of Fate (Elric Saga) (Mass Market Paperback)
If you read the rest of the reviews on this page, you may come away with the impression that this book is not very good. This could hardly be further from the truth. The Elric series is not your standard "Here's the plot, here's the hero, here's the bad guy, now lets get busy" story. Elric is a swords and sorcery saga based on earlier pulp novels. These stories are more concerned with action, characterization, and wonder than they are about plodding through miles of dialogue and slowly creeping through many wonderous lands (lands which veteran fantasy readers have all seen many times before). Elric is concise, the stories are almost poetically direct, and the world in which this character lives is more imaginative and suprising than any ten "McFantasy" novels. It's weakness (if it is a weakness) is that the stories are all far too short, leaving you wanting more.
Sailor on the Seas of Fate expands on the poetry of the Elric story with its dreamlike quest to save an ephemeral Tanelorn threatened by two strange beings. The story evokes a dramatic and ghostlike feel, and segues into the next story with a dramatic voyage over a ghastly sea foreshadowing the events in the later Elric books. Each of the subsequent stories only adds to the spectral nature of the world in which Elric exists.
This particular book is my favorite of the Elric Saga, and I heartily recommend it to any true fan of fantasy.