In modern fantasy, Moorcock's War Hound is one of the masterworks, even if the sequel is pretty meh.
I used to read every Moorcock book that I could get when I was in my teens; I even read the Jerry Cornelius
About 10 years ago I returned to Moorcock for the only Eternal Hero that I missed in my youth, Dorian Hawkmoon
, and I found it as repetitive as all his other sagas. But I finished it nonetheless as it was a light read and adventure romp, and the Tragic Millennium is
an interesting setting. (At least I could see why the Hawkmoon RPG
was more successful in France as Elric!/Stormbringer
Then I found the War Hound
, apparently a work that Moorcock wrote a while after my interest in his oevre had already faded. So I gave it a try, in hopes to find a more mature Moorcock, more in line with Gloriana, or The Unfulfill'd Queen
or this Byzantium thingie.
That War Hound was set in the Thirty Years War in Germany was a bonus. But, oh, this was the first Moorcock novel that I just couldn't finish. His "Germany" seemed to be even more empty and nondescript than most of his other settings (and with empty I mean literally - there are no encounters, no people that don't forward the plot).
But if you, Melan, rate this book as one of Moorcock's best, I have to give it a second chance. (Maybe I have to read it in English?)