As a young man growing up in Central London, Michael Moorcock discovers the sanctuary known as “The Alsacia”. As he grows older, becomes more successful and has his own family, the pull of the Alsacia draws him back until, finally, he becomes involved with a plot to stop King Charles being beheaded, and what was once a sanctuary becomes the stuff of nightmares.
I should imagine that this is a ” marmite” book for a lot of people and, luckily for me, I was certainly one who really enjoyed it. I have not read any Moorcock novels before and know nothing about his life, but I absolutely loved the way that this novel was written – as an autobiography but with the Alsacia parts interwoven with what does sound like his real life at the time.
The Alsacia itself is really well imagined and the characters likeable. Michael himself, is also very well written and sympathetic, even though some of his decisions are, frankly, well past selfish. All in all, this was a very engaging book to read and I really enjoyed it.