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By Crom! These adventures stand the test of time and provided a nice escape after UM Conference - side note - I had a hard time trying to to picture Conan's foes as certain speakers at the Conference microphone. ( )
  revslick | Jun 16, 2014 |
fantasy, adventure ( )
  daverollins | Jan 16, 2012 |
The Bloody Crown of Conan - Robert E. Howard
The second of a series of books from this particular publisher, this contains three longer stories, including the novel length Hour of the Dragon. Here you have The People of the Black Circle, The Hour of the Dragon, and A Witch Shall be Born:


Conan is again in a leadership position, and seven of his lieutenants have been captured and are under sentence of death. He goes to see what he can do about it. In a flash, he makes off with their leader, the Devi. She is not all he has to worry about, as spies, plots and the wizardry of the Black Seers will all hinder him, not to mention the odd small army, along with the Devi herself.

4.5 out of 5


The novel length Conan work. An aging Conan is now in a position of responsibility, being King of Aquilonia.

His reign is threatened by a very powerful sorcerer, whom Conan is unable to stop by mundane means, and must take himself off hunting for a mystic artifact.

Having done this, there is some wizard smiting to be done.

Top notch work.

5 out of 5


A bad problem to have - how do you tell which of two women is the very evil twin. Luckily, our favorite barbarian is a very pragmatic man. Excellent and evocative, this story.

4.5 out of 5

http://freesf.strandedinoz.com/wordpress/2007/01/the-bloody-crown-of-conan-rober... ( )
  BlueTysonSS | Dec 3, 2011 |
Oh, REH. You are, most definitely, the most satisfying escapist author I have ever read. This collection includes "The People of the Black Circle," "The Hour of the Dragon," and "A Witch Shall Be Born," along with a collection of miscellany which was too in-depth for me to read (although I'm pleased that someone has exerted so much scholarly attention on Howard's work). ( )
  ben_h | Apr 6, 2011 |
For Sword and Sorcery, it doesn't get much better than this.

Three of the longer Conan tales are gathered here, from the typewriter of Robert E. Howard. There are, in fact, copious notes in the back that detail exactly where these manuscripts came from. This is important because of all the revisionism and editorial license taken with REH's tales since the 70's. You aren't going to find Conan the Governator or comic relief sidekicks in here, folks.

This also contains some excellent artwork by Garry Gianni. It's not illustrated to the point of being a comic, but there are illustrations probably one every 10-20 pages or so. They really capture the mood of what is going on in the stories.

The People of the Black Circle
One of my favorites. There is a nice cast of characters, treachery, vile sorcery, the pace of this story is fast and furious.

The Hour of the Dragon
Conan is king of Aquilonia in this tale. At least, in the beginning. This one covers a lot of hyborean lands, with strange religious cults, evil wizards from Khitai, evil priests from Stygia, political intrigue amongst those who would rather not have a barbarian on the throne of Aquilonia.

A Witch Shall Be Born
Another one of my favorites. In this one, an evil twin seizes the throne of a small kingdom from her sister. Of course, she uses treachery and a foreign mercenary to help. The torments and violence she inflicts on the people of this kingdom are as bad, if not worse, than what happened in The Hour of the Dragon. ( )
  NightHawk777 | Mar 15, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345461525, Paperback)

In his hugely influential and tempestuous career, Robert E. Howard created the genre that came to be known as sword and sorcery–and brought to life one of fantasy’s boldest and most enduring figures: Conan the Cimmerian–reaver, slayer, barbarian, king.

This lavishly illustrated volume gathers together three of Howard’s longest and most famous Conan stories–two of them printed for the first time directly from Howard’s typescript–along with a collection of the author’s previously unpublished and rarely seen outlines, notes, and drafts. Longtime fans and new readers alike will agree that The Bloody Crown of Conan merits a place of honor on every fantasy lover’s bookshelf.

Amid the towering crags of Vendhya, in the shadowy citadel of the Black Circle, Yasmina of the golden throne seeks vengeance against the Black Seers. Her only ally is also her most formidable enemy–Conan, the outlaw chief.

Toppled from the throne of Aquilonia by the evil machinations of an undead wizard, Conan must find the fabled jewel known as the Heart of Ahriman to reclaim his crown . . . and save his life.

A malevolent witch of evil beauty. An enslaved queen. A kingdom in the iron grip of ruthless mercenaries. And Conan, who plots deadly vengeance against the human wolf who left him in the desert to die.

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Presents three of the author's Conan stories, "The people of the black circle," "The hour of the dragon," and "A witch shall be born," together with his notes, outlines, and drafts on other Conan writings.

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