The Skrayling Tree (Elric: The Moonbeam Roads, #2)
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The Skrayling Tree

by Michael Moorcock
Release date: March 2003
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasysword and sorcery

Published in the UK as Destiny's Brother (2013).

The Albino in America

Michael Moorcock is the legendary, multiple-award-winning author of novels including The Dreamthief's Daughter, Byzantium Endures, Mother London, and Behold the Man. Now Moorcock seamlessly blends history, legend, and the myths of two continents with the infinitely surreal possibilities of the Multiverse, in a new work of startling vision and breathtaking adventure...


In 1951, U.N. diplomats Ulric and Oona von Bek are vacationing in Nova Scotia. Suddenly, the albino Ulric is kidnapped by spectral Indians, thus triggering three incredible, converging quests across space and time.

Seeking her husband, Oona, the Dreamthief's Daughter, braves whirlwinds and tsunamis to land in an America of myth. Aided by the mammoth-riding shaman White Crow, Oona can find von Bek only if she first saves a legendary golden city from fierce pygmies.

In another universe, Oona's father, the albino Elric of Melniboné, searches for the mythic beings who forged his black sword. To reach his goal, Elric must join an expedition to Vinland's mythic City of Gold and ally himself with pygmies who claim their mystic treasurers have been stolen by an evil giant named White Crow.

And the captured Ulric von Bek, his soul linked to Elric's, finds his abductors need his help in no less a task than saving all of existence. For a wind demon is leading an army of berserkers to destroy a golden city and, within it, the Skrayling Tree that contains all realities.

Now three heroes must follow their own paths of fate that twist and tangle through space and time – only to meet in a moment of terrible tragedy that may destroy Elric, Ulric, Oona... and the Multiverse itself.

updated 2016-11-01

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