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Long before Robert Jordan built his wildly successful Wheel of Time series (debuting with 1990's Eye of the World), the now-canonized writer cut his fantasy teeth borrowing time with Robert E. Howard's dark pulp-fiction hero, Conan of Cimmeria. Of the six novels Jordan contributed to the Conan series (well, seven, if you count the alt-history Conan the Destroyer), three have been assembled here for rerelease: 1983's Conan the Triumphant and 1984's Conan the Magnificent and Conan the Victorious. (The other three appear in Jordan's first collection, The Conan Chronicles.)

Anyone who writes Conan stories immediately draws the scrutiny of true believers--those of us who carted around tattered Carter and de Camp paperbacks in our book bags for years, drooling over the lusty Boris Vallejo covers (laughably tame compared to the Weird Tales covers from the '20s and '30s, where Conan first appeared). But Jordan gets it right, some argue better than anyone but REH himself, soundly grasping the first rule of Conan writing: the stories aren't about Conan; Conan is the story. A problematic hero, an almost elemental force, Conan exists beyond good and evil--the predictable wench-hoisting and head-cleaving of a good Conan tale are just a backdrop for the blue-eyed barbarian, which plays perfectly to Jordan's superlative descriptive skills.

This second Jordan collection is classic Conan: The Magnificent pits the Cimmerian against belligerent hill people, a golden-eyed fire beast, and bow-toting noble babe Jondra; in The Triumphant, Conan kicks butt on the evil god Al'Kiir and his sinister (and, of course, hot) servant Lady Synelle; The Victorioushas Conan wounded by a poisoned assassin's blade--and his search for an antidote leads him to Vendhya and a subterranean crypt guarded by the eight-armed beast Masrok and a host of demons. Crom and steel! --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Everyone starts somewhere, and #1 bestselling author Jordan (the Wheel of Time series) started, more or less, here: with three classic pastiches of Robert E. Howard's mighty-thewed hero, published in mass market in the early 1980s. In Conan the Magnificent, the big guy is a thief in Zamora, where he and another (female) thief, Tamira, have their eyes on the precious jewels owned by the powerful Lady Jondra. To get them, Conan must vanquish a shaman, a dangerous tribe and a firedrake. In Conan the Triumphant, an older Conan works as a captain of mercenaries in Ophir. The cunning Lady Synelle is making bloody sacrifices to the ancient and evil god al'Kiir in order to consolidate her claim to the throne. Synelle takes an interest in Conan when he comes into possession of an image she can use to revive the god. Also pursuing Conan, but with more deadly motives, is the female bandit Karela, his old rival and lover. In Conan the Victorious, our hero must flee Turan after killing an officer of the City Guards. He ends up en route to Vendhya, with a caravan that is about to plunge into an intrigue conjured up by one Naipal, a wizard who is trying to revive an army of immortal warriors. It takes all of Conan's strength, wits and allies to fulfill the title's promise. For all their careful plotting and world building, Jordan's Conan tales are delightfully implausible, filled with rousing descriptions of extravagant physical feats and willing women. His action-packed novels add few new nuances to Conan's character, but they make an entertaining continuation of his adventures, and enjoyable fare for Jordan fans until the Wheel of Time rolls back into sight. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Conan (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765303019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765303011
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina. He taught himself to read when he was four with the incidental aid of a twelve-years-older brother and was tackling Mark Twain and Jules Verne by five. He is a graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics. He served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army; among his decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm. A history buff, he has also written dance and theater criticism and enjoyed the outdoor sports of hunting, fishing, and sailing, and the indoor sports of poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting.

Robert Jordan began writing in 1977 and went on to write The Wheel of Time(R), one of the most important and best selling series in the history of fantasy publishing with over 14 million copies sold in North America, and countless more sold abroad.

Robert Jordan died on September 16, 2007, after a courageous battle with the rare blood disease amyloidosis.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 5, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
Conan of Cimmeria was the character originally created by Robert E. Howard and launched the fantasy genre known as "sword & sorcery". So popular was the character that after Howard's untimely death, others were sought to write more Conan action/adventure fantasy tales, first based on unfinished stories and story ideas that formed a part of the Howard's literary legacy. Then select authors began to be granted permission by the executors of the Howard estate to create more Conan stories, some of which found their way into such diverse media as comics, graphic novels, movies, and even television. This magnificently narrated tale holds all the classic elements of the genre: sorcerers and demons, warriors and smugglers, the renegade priestess of an ancient god, fabled cities, barbarian tribes, buxom wenches and high-minded ladies. These are tales that conjure up a theater-of-the-mind experience that will long be remembered after the listening is done.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pequegnat on December 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a great read, it is a beautiful epic whose true force lies in the poignant details of its characters, richly detailed, woven into a wonderful tapestry.
This is one of the best fantasy series, the story is lively and entertaining, the characters are colorful and interesting, and the plot is energetic and spellbinding! The action scenes are much better than what you find in Robert Jordan "Wheel of Time" series, and much more manageable in scope.
OVERALL SCORE: (A)
READABILITY: (A), PLOT: (B+), CHARATERS: (A), DIALOGUE: (B-), SETTING: (B+), ACTION/COMBAT: (B+), MONSTERS/ANTAGONISTS: (B+), ROMANCE: (B+), SEX: (Light/Moderate), AGE LEVEL: (PG13)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Russon on February 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Sure it's a reprint of old work, but who cares? Jordan does Conan justice and it's good to read (or re-read) them. Conan's been done by many others, but few as well as Jordan does. It's also nice to read something by him that doesn't take a program just to tell who the players are. It's a good read that you can afford to put down (if you can) and pick up again without re-reading the whole book to see where you were.
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Format: Paperback
This book contains three Conan tales: “Conan the Magnificent”, “Conan the Triumphant”, and “Conan the Victorious”. All three of these are completely great, and as much as I adore “The Wheel of Time” series, I wish Robert Jordan could have given us a few more of these Conan stories. He’s such a strong writer, and great at describing the living, breathing world of Conan. To be honest, I haven’t read the original Howard stories yet, so I don’t know how they compare, but I do know that I love what he’s doing here. Don’t miss the previous collection: “The Conan Chronicles” as a few characters from there reappear in this volume.
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At first I was all about the original Robert E. Howard stories (and they are still the best stories) for a good number of years but after practically memorizing the original short stories, I wanted more even if it meant inferior quality. And yes, a lot of the stories don't hold a candle to the best of Howard's but some of them feel just fit right in with the whole lore of Conan and I was pleasantly surprised.
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By H. Alles on April 12, 2010
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Another Outstanding trio of savage Conan stories by the master Robert Jordan.
Arguably the best Conan writer after the great Robert E Howard.
The collection of stories really captures the nature of the barbarian warrior as he battles
sorcerers ,evil rulers,etc, spending his illgotten gains obtained from fat greedy merchants on loose women and drink
A feast for red blooded men
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "ploid" on June 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I just finished this book and I enjoyed very much, however if you are new to Conan stories I strongley suggest you start with the orginal Robert E. Howard books and then make your way to Jordans version. I think Jordon is the best one to take on Conan since Robert
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Slaughter on October 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Too bad these are reprints, and not new books by Jordan on Conan
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