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Conan The Magnificent Mass Market Paperback – December 15, 1991

3.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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About the Author

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®, 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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Product Details

  • Series: Conan
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (December 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812515935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812515930
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,352,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As usual, Robert Jordan did a good job with the story. However, I was a little disappointed with the climax at the end. It seemed to unfold a bit too quickly and simply considering what lead up to it. But it was still a nice ride.
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"Conan the Magnificent" is the fifth of Robert Jordan's six Conan novels, not counting his novelization of film "Conan the Destroyer." In my opinion, Jordan is the best of the Conan pastiche authors, but "Conan the Magnificent" is a disappointment. The story takes place in Zamora, one if Jordan's favorite locales. A very young Conan (about 18) comes into the service of a noblewoman he initially intends to steal from. Meanwhile, a fanatical religious leader called Basrakan Imalla has gained influence over the hillmen of the Kezankian mountains, who are essentially the Taliban of Hyboria. Basrakan intends to combine his sorcery and the hordes of hillmen followers to conquer city after city, killing unbelievers everywhere. When the Zamoran noblewoman decides to lead her hunting party into the Kezankian mountains to take a mythical creature as a trophy, Conan runs afoul of Basrakan's servants. As if that wasn't enough, Conan must also contend with two women competing for his affections.

"Conan the Magnificent" feels very uninspired, both in terms of the story and the characters. It's not bad, just flat. Not nearly as compelling or fun as Jordan's previous efforts in "Conan the Defender," "Conan and Invincible" or "Conan the Unconquered." Also, for a young barbarian, Conan doesn't come off as naive as one would expect, and seems much too mature in his dealing with women. Basrakan isn't nearly as interesting or frightening as the sorcerers in Jordan's aforementioned books. But it's still a quick read and full of Jordan's pulpy writing. One great passage on page 154 stands out:

"Some men are said to be born for battle; Conan had been born on the field of battle.
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By A Customer on January 15, 2001
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I bought this book during it's first run in print,and found it very enjoyable. the characters had a real feel to them, and the story itself was a smoker! It would be a great thing if Mr. Jordan would write another story with Conan and Eldran! Hey, if you're reading this review Mr. Jordan, try it out.
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the greatest fantasy hero of all time battles a dragon! What more can you ask for? Great escapist fun for the mature.
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I enjoyed the book. It was a fun read and kept me entertained. I am a big fan of Robert Jordan's writing style.
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