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The Bloody Crown of Conan (Conan of Cimmeria, Book 2) Paperback – November 23, 2004
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“Stories such as “The People of the Black Circle” glow with the fierce and eldritch light of his frenzied intensity.”
“I adore these books. Howard had a gritty, vibrant style–broadsword writing that cut its way to the heart, with heroes who are truly larger than life. I heartily recommend them to anyone who loves fantasy.”
–DAVID GEMMELL, author of Legend and White Wolf
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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of them printed for the first time directly from Howard's typescript-along with a collection of the author's previously unpublished and rarely seen outlines, notes, and drafts.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.
THE PEOPLE OF THE BLACK CIRCLE
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.
THE HOUR OF THE DRAGON
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 WITCH SHALL BE BORN
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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Robert E. Howard's Conan stories are brilliantly inspired, full of adventure, eloquent prose that paints a fantastically vivid world which the Protagonist Conan inhabits. This volume of three stories should be one of the best. The stories themselves are magnificent. My reason for the ONE STAR REVIEW is because of the Amazon publishing of this classic book. My first critism is the cost is not appropiate for the quality of what you are buying.
One: The Contents page does not have any links to the three books or any of the chapters contained within those books.
Two: This Kindle edition does not contain the illustrations, at least not that can be seen on my Paper-white.
Three: This Kindle edition does not sync with the Audible version of the book.
I drive long distances for work so when I drive I listen to books over my car stereo and then read them by Kindle when I'm not driving. Because there was no sync between the audible version and this Kindle and there is no way of simply skipping chapters I had to manually flip pages throughout the entire book in order to switch back and forth.
Amazon also offers this same book in a different edition for .99 cents on Kindle. https://www.amazon.com/Bloody-Crown-Conan-Annotated-ebook/dp/B00O5AGD8O/ref=pd_sim_351_6?ie=UTF8&dpID=51Xd4hIGiAL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_OU01__BG0%2C0%2C0%2C0_FMpng_AC_UL320_SR206%2C320_&psc=1&refRID=XGTZDQC8ZR61Y80ZME3A#nav-subnav I do not see any reason to pay the additional $12.00 for this edition. You can also download this ebook for free from the Gutenberg project or a free audio copy from Libravox.The Bloody Crown of Conan (Conan the Barbarian Book 2)
The bulk of this collection is occupied by the story "The Hour of the Dragon". Certainly the longest Conan story I've read to date, and a good one. I'll most likely earn some enmity and down-voting for this, but I can only say "a good one", not "a GREAT one". Like my reviews tend to be, it was long-winded in places and had a few scenes that, while interesting, added little to the overall tale. That having been said, there are some absolutely fantastic elements in it; a resurrected mummy who is arguably the greatest sorcerer the Hyborean world ever knew (who, unsurprisingly, has his own agenda that is, also unsurprisingly, at odds with the desires of those who returned him from the dead). There's political intrigue complete with deposed kings and their states in full-on war. Let's not forget the fantastic action or the interesting settings or the bad@ss characters. Sprinkle all of that with some classic fantasy tropes/themes, add a dash of romance and you have a recipe for a good read.
Some of the best passages in the book come from this story. For example: "Again, Conan shook his head. "Let others dream imperial dreams. I but wish to hold what is mine. I have no desire to rule an empire welded together by blood and fire. It's one thing to seize a throne with the aid of its subjects and rule them with their consent. It's another to subjugate a foreign realm and rule it through fear." A solid observation about governing that's every bit as true today as it was when Howard wrote. But it's not all philosophy or doom 'n' gloom; Howard had a keen sense of humor he showed on occasion, as well. "Devils of hell!" he roared in futile rage, shaking his mailed fist at the frantic bird. "Why do you harry me with your squawking? Begone, you black spawn of perdition, and for wheat in the farmers' fields!"
The real jewel of this collection is "The People of the Black Circle", though. Well thought-out with a terrific place, it is virtually everything you could want from a sword and sorcery tale. Evocative imagery; "They moved like phantom riders through an enchanted realm of shadows." Incredible demonstrations of tone; "He babbled much of a man in a green turban whom the Afghuli rode down, but who, when attacked by the Wazulis who pursued, smote them with a nameless doom that wiped them out as a gust of wind-driven fire wipes out a cluster of locusts." It even answers some long-standing questions like, 'what happens when a group of armed men attack a wizard's tower'? And 'how powerful is an apprentice sorcerer as opposed to the master'? And of course, 'who wins in a fight; a magic-user or a warrior'? All this and more, told at a pace that would leave an Olympic sprinter gasping for breath. Great, great stuff.
TLDR; if you're into fantasy, you should read this book. There's a reason Howard's work is often imitated, but never duplicated.