Friday, June 19, 2015

The Queen Of The Swords - Michael Moorcock

The Queen Of The Swords
Michael Moorcock
Titan Books, Jun 2 2015, $9.95
ISBN: 9781783291670

After defeating the Knight of the Swords Arioch, but also grieving his loss of family due to the Mabden massacre, personal mutilation at their evil hands, and a body part replacement with a Silver Hand; Vadhagh Prince Corum wants to spend the rest of his life in peace with his Rhalina.  However Chaos will not allow the Eternal Champion any respite.  Instead Arioch’s sister the Queen of the Swords Xiombarg is expected to destroy Corum, Rhalina and anyone allied with them.

The Eternal Champion's companion Jhary the Conel warns Corum that he cannot rest on his laurels, but instead must take the fight to the Queen of the Swords to save his world.  Thus Jhary, a weary Corum and Rhalina enter hellish regions where Chaos has superseded the order of Law; lands dominated by Xiombarg.

The reprint of the enthralling middle Corum Eternal Champion sword and sorcery thriller is a Dante-like journey.  The gripping freshness comes from the perilous trek into what Chaos has wrought though the confrontation is similar to that of the first novel. 

Harriet Klausner

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