The Eternal Champion
The Eternal Champion #2
by Michael Moorcock
DTB, 484 Pages
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Comprising 3 novels and 1 short story, this begins the lore of the multi-verse and the Eternal Champion.
2 stories deal with Erekose, 1 with a Von Bek and the short story deals with Tanelorn.
The Erekose stories were enjoyable as a foundation to the other Eternal Champion incarnations, and made the glimpses we see of Erekose in Elric and Corum that much deeper.
The Von Bek storyline dealt with the multiverse and the tone was scifi/psychological and didn’t really fit, in my opinion. Also didn’t seem to fit in with Moorcock’s Law, Chaos and the Great Balance schtick.
Definitely would recommend as a start before Elric or Corum. Even though it definitely would give spoilers for those 2 characters.
QUEST FOR TANELORN
Chronicles of Castle Brass #3
80 Pages, Epub
the end of the Eternal Champion series. Hawkmoon, along with Corum, Elric and Erekose [the eternal champion who remembers all his incarnations, unlike the others] must battle 2 sorcerers from outside the multiverse who want to take all its energy [hence destroying it] and use it to become greater in their own dimension. Much like the time in Elric, all 4 become 1 and defeat them. In the process, Law and Chaos and the Balance are destroyed and humanity is left to fend for itself. Hawkmoon finds his children at Tanelorn. He goes back to Castlebrass with them and his wife to live out his life instead of staying in Tanelorn.
I have read the stories of Hawkmoon, Elric and Corum and after reading this, am tempted to go find out Erekose’s story. A good ending to this universe of Moorcock’s.
Champion of Garathorm
Chronicles of Castle Brass #2
Epub, 80 Pages
Hawkmoon is convinced to go on a mission and he ends up giving his soul to another champion for a short while on another quest. And his wife returns and she remembers their children too. So something is up.
Oh yeah, seems to be some sort of cosmic smackdown going on, Lords of Chaos and Law are fighting for their existences.
Eternal Champion: Chronicles of Castle Brass #1
Epub, 83 Pages
The continuing story of Hawkmoon, with a twist at the end I never saw coming.
5 years after the events of The Runestaff. Hawkmoon is happily living with his wife and 2 children at Castlebrass. Then 3 friends appear from the dead, and it turns out that one of the Dark Empire Techno-mages is still alive and dimension hopping and trying to topple the new regime. Hawkmoon deals with him, but all his friends die, again, and when Hawkmoon wakes up, it turns out everything of the last 5 years was a delusion and he had been mad. Never had a wife or kids [she died at the last great battle against the Dark Empire] and imagined everything.
The Eternal Champion
502 pages, paperbook
The Jewel in the Skull
The Mad God’s Amulet
The Sword of Dawn
This was blase, really. Nothing Hawkmoon faced seemed overwhelming, nor was he really likable like Corum, nor ultra-tragic like Elric. And then he doesn’t die in the end. It felt like a thin vegetable soup.