Von Bek (Tale of the Eternal Champion, No 2) is a reunion of 3 books by Michael Moorcock: "The War Hound and the World's Pain", "City in the Autumn Stars", and "The Dragon in the Sword". It has also bonus short story, "The Pleasure Garden of Filipe Saggitarius". All these stories are related by the Von Bek family, that is entrusted with the task of protecting the Holy Grail.
The hero of each of the (somewhat) related books is someone belonging to the Von Bek family, and the stories talk about the eternal struggle between the forces of Chaos and Order. Not all is what it seems, and not always the greatest evil comes from the usual suspects (Lucifer, the fallen angel plays an important, if suprising, part on this saga).
The first book, "The War Hound and the World's Pain", is perhaps the one i enjoyed best, in part because it is more intimate. The lead character's pessimistic view of the world sounds very real and makes him the perfect romantic hero. Even so, the book has adventure of great scale, be it fighting armies, scary creatures or magic dimensions.
The two other books are also quite good, but something is lost when the extravagant settings and characters take greater part of the story. The short story, on the other hand, seemed useless, and was quickly forgotten...
This Hardcover edition is a beauty and has a beautiful presentation. Careful lettering and a few pictures help create your own mental vision of the magical tales presented by this master of the fantasy/sci-fi literature.