Off the Shelf
The Quest for Tanelorn
By Marcus Pan
Moorcock's fantasy work is
always hard to come by, but quite satisfying when you do. The Quest for
Tanelorn is the third in a volume called The Chronicles of Castle
Brass, and here we hang out with Hawkmoon...who is Corum...who is Elric...
Quite simply, these characters created by Michael are the Eternal Champion,
different vistas of the same soul in differing worlds. And Tanelorn? A city
where all points of the multiverse meet and collide...a place of peace and
worship, where you can while away the last of your days or cross to get from
one frame to another.
This is the final novel concerning Hawkmoon and his
alternates. Here he is whisked away to another land where he will have to find
his way to the lost city of Tanelorn. To get there he hitches a ride on a dark
ship, which carries four complete versions of the Champion Eternal four
men from different worlds, with similar warrior skills, who are really one
object for the balance's use. Together they go off to beat down some whacky
wizard family brother and sister who are from another "place" and
have found this juncture of our multiverse and sit there drinking our energy
up. Those bastards!
The confrontation is strange, weird, unusual but somehow
enjoyable. Moorcock gets very dominant in his theologies here as the idea of
split frames, multiple planes, Law, Chaos and Balance become prime focal points
of the novel as the four piecemeal heroes try to figure out where they fit in
all this. It gets a mite confusing, what with the theology interwoven deeply
into the fiction, but it's a short and energetic read that ends up very
interesting in the end. Great close to The Chronicles of Brass.
The Quest for Tanelorn by Michael
Copyright © 1975 by Michael Moorcock
Published by Dell
Publishing Co, Inc.
Originally Published in Great Britian by Mayflower
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