"Fascinating Elric tale"
The multiverse consists of multiple realms each linked in
such a way that an impact on any world affects all in some
manner. Oona was a person who walked through the realms
until she met Baron von Bek and decided to stay in his
world where they marry and have children. One day on
vacation her husband is kidnapped by Native Americans and
taken to their realm Kakatanawa, a pyramid of gold, which
lies on a lake of ice.
Elric, sorcerer and emperor of Melnibone must find his
magical sword Stormbringer or he, his friend Moonglum and
perhaps Melnibone will be destroyed. He enters a dream,
which is another person's reality where he learns that his
sword is in Kakatanawa. He temporarily joins forces with
the Pukawathers (pygmy) tribe who claim the sword is theirs
stolen by White Crow. He enters the realm just as Oona has
turned into a magical Buffalo who must fight one of the
Ulric von Bek is brought by the people of Nihrain (they
made Stormbringer) because they desperately need his help.
The Nihrain tend the tree of the multiverse and they want
Ulric to deliver a certain sword to Elric. All three
warriors are working to keeping the tree of the multiverse
healthy and free of poison so the multiverse doesn't perish.
Michael Moorcock has never written a book this reviewer
doesn't like. His point of view of the multiverse, the
interconnection of the worlds within it, the people who
travel between the realms performing daring feats of
bravery make his novels totally enthralling. In THE
SKRAYLING TREE, the connection between von Bek and Elric,
who are both linked through Oona, makes for a fascinating
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 15, 2003