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    Elric 5. The Bane of the Black Sword

    • Sub title:
      The Fifth Novel of Elric of Melniboné
    • Author by Michael Moorcock / Cover art by Michael Whelan / Illustration by James Cawthorn.
    • No. 254
    • Pages: 157
    • Sun 16 Oct 1977
    • fix-up novel
    PrintCat. IDISBN 10
    ISBN 13
    Price 1a: $1.25UY13160-87997-316-1
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    Price 1b: C$1.25UY13160-87997-316-1
    Publisher: DAW Books / New American Library of Canada
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    Price 2: $1.50UW14210-87997-421-4
    Year: Nov 1978
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    Price 3: $1.75UE15150-87997-515-6
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    Price 4: $1.75UE15150-87997-515-6
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    Price 5: $1.95UJ16280-87997-628-4
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    Price 6?:0-45190-833-3Comment: also 6th Printing edition?
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    Author’s note

    Part of this book originally appeared in a volume entitled The Stealer of Souls published in the U.S. by Lancer Books in 1967. This revised version contains a section never previously published in chronological sequence but which appeared out of context in a collection The Singing Citadel published in the U.S. by Berkley Medallion Books in 1970. This is the first time this revised edition has been published in any country.

    1. BOOK ONE: The Stealer Of Souls (p. 10) (Section ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE)
    2. BOOK TWO: Kings in Darkness (includes ‘Song Of Veerkad’ by James Cawthorn) (p. 55) (Section ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR)
    3. BOOK THREE: The Flamebringers (p. 89) (Section ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR)
      • Original book: The Flame Bringers (Oct 1962)
      • retitled later: The Caravan of Forgotten Dreams
    4. EPILOGUE: To Rescue Tanelorn… (p. 125)
    Back side

    High in the wintry sky climbed the dragons as Elric urged his charges westwards. Thoughts of love, of peace, of vengeance even were lost in that reckless sweeping across glowering skies which hung over that ancient Age of the Young Kingdoms. Elric, proud and disdainful in his knowledge that even his deficient blood was the blood of Sorcerer Kings of Melnibone, became detached.

    He had no loyalties then, no friends, and if evil possessed him, then it was a pure and brilliant evil, untainted by human drivings.

    High soared the dragons until below them was the heaving black mass, marring the landscape, the fear-driven horde of barbarians who, in their ignorance, had sought to conquer the lands beloved of Elric of Melnibone.

    “Ho, dragon brothers-loose your venom-burn, burn!
    And in the burning cleanse the world!”

    THE BANE OF THE BLACK SWORD is the fifth epic novel of Elric, complete in itself.

    by Michael Moorcock
    ELRIC OF MELNIBONÉ (Elric 1)  UY1259―$1.25
    THE SAILOR ON THE SEAS OF FATE (Elric 2)  UY1270―$1.25
    THE WEIRD OF THE WHITE WOLF (Elric 3)  UY1286―$1.25
    THE VANISHING TOWER (Elric 4)  UY1316―$1.25

    STORMBRINGER (Elric 6)  To be published soon

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