- Series: Eternal Champion Series
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Aspect; First Edition edition (February 19, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446531049
- ISBN-13: 978-0446531047
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,832,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Skrayling Tree: The Albino in America (Eternal Champion Series) Hardcover – February 19, 2003
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In this engrossing sequel to The Dreamthief's Daughter (2001), Moorcock weaves history, myth and alternate realities into a seamless whole. In 1951, Oona, the Dreamthief's daughter, and her albino husband, Ulrik von Bek, are enjoying a much needed vacation in Nova Scotia when Indian warriors kidnap Ulrik and drag him into the sea. Oona's search for Ulrik leads her through a maelstrom and into an America nearly 1,000 years in the past. At the same time, Oona's father, the albino Elrik of Melnibon, who is soul bonded to Ulrik, faces disaster. In a desperate attempt to save himself, Elrik dreams himself into the same mythic past in search of the beings who forged his black sword. Ulrik, meanwhile, learns that he was not so much kidnapped as recruited to save the multiverse. The tale's power stems largely from the astounding lyricism of the author's prose, the only flaw being the sometimes stilted and overly expository dialogue about the nature of the multiverse. Yet without these explanations, the complexity and mechanics of Moorcock's creation would confuse many readers, particularly those new to the series. An epilogue promises another installment, which should make fans of well-written and highly original fantasy extremely happy.
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In the sequel to The Dreamthief's Daughter (2001), Oona, protagonist of the earlier book, has married Ulrich von Bek, last of his line of Grail Defenders. On vacation in Canada, Ulrich is abducted, allegedly to fight a wind demon leading an army bent on destroying a golden city that possesses the Skrayling Tree, a key support of the Multiverse of Moorcock's Eternal Champion yarns. Meanwhile, Oona is in a Native American universe, enlisted by the shaman White Crow to fight pygmies who threaten a golden city. In another universe, Oona's father, Elric, seeking those who forged his black sword, ends up in Vinland's City of Gold, asked to help pygmies there, whose gold has been stolen by an evil giant named . . .White Crow. Law, chaos, and balance all contend vigorously, aided by Moorcock's knowledge of folklore, poetry, and storytelling. Too embedded in the magnificently convoluted history of the Multiverse to be a good entree for newcomers, this tale will, however, be eagerly embraced by serious followers of Moorcock's fictive cosmos. Roland Green
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At the outset of the novel, we find Ulric von Bek and his wife, Oona, settling down at their North American cottage after the end of the Second World War. Early on, Ulric is abducted by members of the native tribe Kakatanawa for reasons to be explored later. Oona simply wants to find her husband, regardless of the impact her presence and actions may have. As Oona attempts to find and bring back her husband she proceeds through a portal that brings them to a past that might have been, as Native American Tribesmen and Vikings are encountering each other. This era is not often touched upon in fantasy literature, but Moorcock skillfully explores this rich era incorporating it into his Eternal Champion and Multiverse mythos.
The second part of the book brings Elric into the story, as a member of a party of Vikings and native Pukawatchi tribe. The Pukawatchi's are in search of White Crow, the trickster who they claim has stolen some of their sacred treasures. As a part of the group, Elric hopes to find the source and creators of his soul-sword, Stormbringer. As with most of Elric's adventures, the internal dialogue and thoughts of Elric prove to be some of the most intriguing parts of the novel. Through Elric, Moorcock explores further depths and powers behind the Multiverse and the nature of his relationship to the Multiverse.
Our last plot strand centers on Ulric von Bek as his captors bring him ever closer to the titular Skrayling Tree, a central life-force of the Multiverse. The demon Sepiriz and Ulric talk at great length of the nature of the Cosmic Balance between Chaos and Order. Though Moorcock has explored this in great detail in many of his previous works, the dialogue here is as thought provoking and stimulating as in any of the previous novels. As Ulric journeys with Lord Sepiriz to find his wife, echoes of Elric's past experiences leak through, helping, grounding and dooming Ulric in his current situation.
Moocock's handling of the relationship between Elric and Ulric was one of the strong points in the novel. As both men are branches of the Eternal Champion, their relationship is even further blurred and set at odds due to their connection to Oona. This triad of characters is quite possibly, more deeply connected than any husband-wife-father can possibly be. Their relationship to the line of Champions as well to the Multiverse itself may bear out to be one of the more defining aspects of the Multiverse. Following Moorcock's exploration of these ties is proving to be one of the more provocative journeys in fantasy literature.
All told, Moorcock has once again brought his Eternal Champion mythos to the forefront of Fantastic Literature, engaging the reader to consider the nature of reality, our place in this supposed reality while telling an entertaining and satisfying story.
This is a great follow-up to The Dreamthief's Daughter and a wonderful addition to Moorcock's fascinating multiverse of eternal champions. If I had to find fault, I might say that this book lacks the focus of the previous one, due to it's narration being spread out over the characters of Count Ulric von Bek, Elric and Oona. Dreamthief was more focused on Ulric and thus more unified. However, this is a minor thing and only detracts a little for me. For others it might not at all.
If you are a fan of Moorcock's eternal champion series, I don't see how you can fail to enjoy this most recent addition.
Carl Alves - author of Two For Eternity