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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (June 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765300702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765300706
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,372,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter's Further Chronicles of Conan continue with a re-release of 1979's Conan the Liberator, which pits the by-now 40-year-old hero with the "python grip" against the tyrannical and mad king Numedides. Leading a rebel army that hacks its way through the country, Conan's success seems imminent, until the evil sorcerer Thulandra Thuu, his beautiful and deceitful servant, Alcina, and a mysterious illness threaten to destroy his ranks.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Conan the Librarian jokes aside, the popularity of this character is remarkable. Since the death of creator Robert E. Howard in 1936, several authors have kept the franchise going. The plot of the 1980 Liberator is typical: the mercenary barbarian commands an army sworn to destroy an evil ruler and liberate the oppressed. Enter an evil sorcerer, and Conan finds that it will take more than his sword to win this battle. Despite the corny story, de Camp and Carter's solid rep in the sword and sorcery world will guarantee fun for fans of the series. In Sword of Skelos (1979), Conan is matched with "the beautiful and fierce" Isparana to deliver a magic amulet. The two are double-crossed and must face the evil sword that can fight on its own. Diehards aren't drawn to these books for the great plots, so this one also is worth buying, especially at this price.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Larry E on August 6, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this novel, DeCamp and Carter tell the story of the Cimmerian's oft-mentioned revolt agains King Numedides of Aquilonia. Manipulating the madness of the king is Stygian wizard, Thulandra Thuu. (For those of you familiar with the works of Lin Carter, you gotta know that name was from Lin). Carter and DeCamp find a way to maintain the suspense even though any Conan fan knows the outcome of the story. The story shifts between Conan's inexorable march to Aquilonia and Thuu's attempts to stop the rebel army. Numedides is an excellent character, nasty and pitiful at the same time, every character in the book knows what's going on except him.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on August 11, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. We've all heard that statement before, right? In most cases, it may even be true. Something tells me it isn't so with this book. The two authors of this book point out in the introduction (which, along with the map of Howard's fantasy world, is the only interesting thing about this book) that great care has been taken to carefully reconstruct Howard's prose style while maintaining character continuity with his original stories. Even though I've never read a Howard book before--and I will seek some of them out after this--I don't doubt that the prose and descriptions match the original stories. Unfortunately, in their careful attempts at mimicry, these two authors forgot to craft an engaging story.
"Conan the Liberator" tells the story about a revolution mounted against the evil Numedides, King of Aquilonia, by Conan the Cimmerian, a former general of Numedides. People are fed up with the debaucheries of Numedides, and the high taxes that go along with them. But Numedides is under the spell of the evil Lemurian sorcerer Thulandra Thuu, a man who wishes to further his own interests through the king. Conan has other ideas, and assembles an army with the help of Count Trocero, a nobleman of Poitain; Dexitheus, a priest of Mitra; Publius, a rebel tax accessor; and Prospero, another exiled general. The army assembles in nearby Argos, where spies keep watch on their activities, and a beauty by the name of Alcina, in the employ of Thuu, watches Conan. The entire book is a painfully detailed account of the grinding excursion north to a showdown with Numedides and Thuu.
"Conan the Liberator" is the worst fantasy book I've ever read. Page after page is loaded with meaningless dialogue and politics. I always felt the name Conan was synonymous with action.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A fortyish Conan leads an army trying to overthrow the maniacal tyranny of king Numedides of Aquilonia. Conan believes his rebel force has a great chance of defeating the king's forces led by General Procas and consequently expects to topple a monarch who abuses children and kills concubines on some of mad whim.

Conan and his advisors anticipate and plan a war they expect fought in which blade goes against blade. Instead, the evil sorcerer Thulandra Thuu and his servant Alcina intercede. Soon a mysterious illness threaten to do what the king's forces have failed to do, destroy the rebel army unless Conan can find some way of saving himself, his soldiers and ultimately the people of Aquilonia.

This is a reprint of an exciting sword and sorcery tale released over two decades ago. The story line is fast-paced and loaded with non-magical and esoteric action as expected from the novels starring the pre-history hero. Conan remains dauntless while trying to do what he believes is right while his deadly foe Thuu will return for another day (or is that novel - if this reviewer's memory holds see CONAN THE SWORDSMAN).

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By garciachris01 on September 29, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A good account of how Conan became King by his own hand! Well written and every bit what i would have expected from Conan.
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