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The Eye of Charon (Age of Conan Hyborian Adventures: A Soldier's Quest) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Oct 2006

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RICHARD A. KNAAK is the New York Times bestselling fantasy author of some three dozen novels and short pieces, including The Legend of Huma and Empire of Blood for Dragonlance. He has also written numerous novels for Warcraft and Diablo.

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A step down 13 April 2007
By Somyunguy - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the second volume of the "Soldier's Quest" series set in ancient Hyborea, our reluctant hero is back (and still very reluctant). But this time It's definitely uninspired compared to the first.

It'll keep you turning pages as the hero gets into a ridiculous amount of back to back bad situations and through an improbable amount of luck and determination, keeps escaping them.

This book has an absurd amound of truly awful, derivative place and character names, a good example of which is one of the main antagonists; "Set-Anubis." The writing and story itself feel very adolescent.

There are constant action and fight scenes, but unfortunately they are extremely repetitive, using the same sparse phrases and descriptions; poorly and clunkily described and written.

Ever been attacked by a "...ball and chain mace..."?

None-the-less, the main character rises through the ranks and saves the day to become bestest buds with Palantides and Conan himself.

I can't recommend #2.
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Fun in the Conan tradition 4 Jan. 2007
By TamReese - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I eyed the Age of Conan series for a while. I finally picked A Soldier's Quest at random (I liked the cover).

I have to say that I enjoyed it and bought the second installment. It is pure action, with just a splash of character development - but isn't that what Conan was all about?

This book reminded me of the old Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms books I used to read as a child before they went over the deep end. There's magic and monsters, but not so much that you feel like you are on another planet. Howard's Hyborean Age was earth after all, albeit a very primitive pre-historic earth with creatures that (we hope) are now extinct. I, personally, prefer it when the hero is freaked out by sorcery if they're not magic users themselves. If magic were common, then it wouldn't be magic anymore - it might be more of a science. Here, there are no magic lamps or portals to other dimensions as everyday fare. This is a world where the hero trusts to his steel and the farmer to his crops. Anything else is unnatural and must be treated as such.

I'll let you know what I think of the second installment as soon as I finish it, but I can say that I'll return to Hyborian Adventures for my quick Sword and Sorcery fix every now and then.
Second book in the series not as good as the first. 8 July 2014
By kelly Groce - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The book starts out with good intentions but then loses the reader in a mindless game of cat and mouse. The plot centers around Auquilonia trading routes and caravans that have been coming under attack. The main character Nermesa does not even make it through the first trip before abandoning his main task of protecting the caravan and ends up wondering around the wilderness going from town to town. The author seemed to have wanted the character to chance upon visiting every small area within that section of the world. This gets old very fast. As Nermesa digs deeper into the mystery of who is responsible for the trading caravan attacks.

The main villain Set-Anubis is a strong villain and good character. You would think after awhile that Nermesa would be able to put two and two together after he is betrayed several times trying to make it back to Aquilonia. There is a decent good witch character that the story just leaves hanging. While the story goes on at lenth with disposable characters we don't care about and do not really serve much of a purpose. The ending act really saves the book, and gets exciting. The ending is predictable but is fun to read none the less.

It seems to me that the author should be tying all 3 of these novels together with a central villain mastermind character. That is what makes the Kern trilogy a little better than this one. Overall probably an average read. I am hoping the 3rd book will be better than this one.
Fun in Hyboria 18 May 2010
By hetchyhiker - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Not too shabby, a decent romp into the world of Conan.. without Conan. I think he has a cameo but otherwise not a bad story. Interesting series I found this well worth the time and price.
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