‘The Citadel Of Forgotten Myths’

The Citadel Of Forgotten Myths

New York:  Saga, 2022 (December 6th) hardcover;
original price: $28·99;
viii + 321 pages;

I.S.B.N.: 978-1-9821-9980-7;
cover artist: Bastien Lecouffe-Deharme;

illustrated by John Collier (end-paper map).

Elric of Melniboné — proud prince of ruins, kinslayer — call him what you will. He remains, together with maybe Jerry Cornelius, Moorcock’s most enduring, if not always most endearing, character…

The Citadel Of Forgotten Myths slots  in terms of the overall saga’s internal narrative chronology — between two novellas, ‘Kings In Darkness’ and ‘The Flame Bringers’, which fall just before the final volume, Stormbringer. This is despite cover text for some editions stating that it is “Set between the first and second book in the Elric Saga”.

Internally, Book One and Book Two (of three) in Citadel… were adapted, “substantially revised”, from two (other) earlier novellas, ‘Red Pearls’ (2010) and ‘Black Petals’ (2008) respectively.

First edition

First British edition: London: Gollancz standard hardcover and simultaneous trade-sized paperback, plus limited-edition hardcover (see below), 2022 (December 8th);
original prices:  £22·00 (std. h/c), £16·99 (p/b), £27·00 (ltd. h/c);
viii + 321 pages;
I.S.B.N.s:  978-1-399-60037-8 (h/cs) & 978-1-399-60038-5 (p/b);
cover artist:  Bastien Lecouffe-Deharme;

no map.

British hardcover (standard);
binding: plain black boards behind priced dust-wrapper;
with white end-papers.
British trade paperback (simultaneous, not to scale), published for export (beyond the U.K.) only.
Gollancz (in association with The Broken Binding) simultaneous British hardcover (limited [500 signed copies]);
binding: silver blocking on black boards (shown
[photograph, not scan]) behind unpriced dust-wrapper (not shown, but as above);
with white end-paper
s plus edge painting.

Gollancz hardcover in decorated slip-case (shown below), 2023 (January 12th, but dated 2022);
“Produced as a limited run of 500 copies”;
original price:  £50·00;
viii + 321 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  978-1-399-61248-7;
cover artist
(book)Bastien Lecouffe-Deharme;
no map.

Gollancz slip-cased edition;
binding: green blocking on black boards behind unpriced dust-wrapper;

with decorated end-papers
plus edge dyeing & page-marker ribbon.

The Citadel Of Forgotten Myths is available as an audiobook (download), narrated by Samuel Roukin; also as e-books: 978-1-9821-9982-1 (U.S.A.) & 978-1-399-60040-8 (U.K.).