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Conan the Invincible by Robert Jordan
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Well-spun Conan yarn with plenty of action and an intriguing cast of characters.

While no writer seems able to match Robert E. Howard portrait of the bluff and brutal yet honorable and wily barbarian, Jordan comes closer than most.

Except for a flat and unconvincing climax, this is a nice addition to the Conan annals. ( )
  JackMassa | Nov 23, 2016 |
This may be heresy, but I prefer Robert Jordan's version of Conan than Robert Howard's original. I think Jordan does an excellent job of capturing what Conan is all about. The style is visceral. Conan is a swashbuckling, womanizing, simplistic warrior who goes through life seeking adventure and smashing and bashing his way through problems. Despite his flaws, he has a strong sense of honor and justice.

In Conan the Invincible, Conan is hired to steal a powerful talisman. In the process, he is taken prisoner by Karela, a reoccuring quasi-love interest of his. In the end they work together as they are in the middle of conflict between evil wizards. The fight scenes are well-crafted and the action is non-stop. I wish that Jordan would take this approach in his Wheel of Time series, which tends to be long-winded. If you haven't read a Conan book, pick up a copy of this one. It captures the essence of what Conan is about.
Carl Alves - author of Two For Eternity ( )
  Carl_Alves | Oct 20, 2012 |
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