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Phoenix in Obsidian

Phoenix in Obsidian

Phoenix in Obsidian is a science fantasy novel by Michael Moorcock. First published in 1970, it is the second book in a series that follows the adventures of the Eternal Champion as he is flung from one existence to another. The first book in the series, The Eternal Champion, told the story of John Daker, an average 20th-century man who suddenly found himself incarnated as Erekosë, a legendary hero of Earth in the distant past . He had been called to lead humanity against its Eldren foes, but ended up taking the Eldren's side. Phoenix in Obsidian continues the story, which is concluded in The Dragon in the Sword. The trilogy is part of a larger cycle about the Eternal Champion as defender of the Multiverse.


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„All Empires fall,
All ages die,
All strife shall be in vain.
All Kings go down,
All hope must fail,
But Tanelorn remains—
Our Tanelorn remains…“

—  Michael Moorcock, book Phoenix in Obsidian

Book 2 “The Champion’s Road” Chapter 5 “The Black Sword” (p. 365)
Phoenix in Obsidian (1970)

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„Here, I thought, I had found the human race in its final stages of decadence—perverse, insouciant, without ambition. And I could not blame them. After all, they had no future.“

—  Michael Moorcock, book Phoenix in Obsidian

Phoenix in Obsidian (1970)
Source: Book 2 “The Champion’s Road” Chapter 3 “The Lord Spiritual” (p. 354)

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„Because I had sought to challenge Destiny, Destiny had taken vengeance.“

—  Michael Moorcock, book Phoenix in Obsidian

Book 3 “Visions and Revelations” Chapter 5 “The Waking of the Sword” (p. 421)
Phoenix in Obsidian (1970)

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„Destiny’s Champion,
Fate’s fool.
Eternity’s Soldier,
Time’s Tool.“

—  Michael Moorcock, book Phoenix in Obsidian

Book 3 “Visions and Revelations” Epigram (p. 394)
Phoenix in Obsidian (1970)

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