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Conan Chronicles 2 Kindle Edition
|Length: 475 pages||Word Wise: Enabled|
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Crom! Erlik take those blasted typos!
Conan stands (literally?) head & shoulders above Howard's other creations, and personifies almost every facet of hero and anti-hero readers are likely to want to encounter. The theme was continued after Howard's death by other fantasy writers, and the differences in style were noticeable; perhaps those who regard Howard as one the the best fanatsy writers are hard to please when it comes to other material. I certainly am.
This brings me to Jordan's venture into Conan's world. Having read Jordan's Wheel of Time series (which although I enjoyed it I have to confess I found tedious and rambling at times) I was a little apprehensive about his treatment of Conan. I was pleasantly surprised. There was none of the slow pace found in some of the WoT books, but fast paced action and convoluted storylines, both key features of Howard. The detail is good, and Jordan has done his homework on Conan's past adventures, bringing in subtle flashbacks to remind those of us who've read Howard's Conan stories of the excitment of earlier adventures, and whetting the appetite of those who haven't.
One minor criticism is that Jordan's Conan is a little too cultured and civilised compared to Howard's.
Overall a very good and reasonably faithful (to the original Conan books) addition to the Cimmerian barbarian's string of exciting adventures. Are there more treats like this to come from Jordan? - I hope so!!
Sadly Robert Jordan died in 2008 so no more Conan books to be written.
As an avid Fantasy/sci-fi reader I will say that the books can be a little monotonous and two dimensional at times but its pretty much pure hack and slash page turning all the same!
The best thing about this world is how atmospheric and descriptive it is. The constant references to opulance and wealth, silks and gems, traders and nobles leave you wanting to wrap yoourself in silk and lay down on gold cushions for the afternoon, while the poverty of the street children and the beggars who grovel in the dirt of the poor districts leave you feeling dirty and cheap. The book gives just the right amount of detail without ever becoming boring. Dont worry, there is never long to wait before the next fight. Conan gets into fights a LOT.
Speaking of wealth, this is where Conan our Cimmerian barbarian thief truly shines, not in having his own wealth, but acquiring that of others. Most of his adventures start with a 'simple theft' that goes horribly wrong, usually forcing the poor soul to sleep with gorgeous women after rescuing them (sometimes before too) from all sorts of evil villains and monsters.
This is fantasy escapism at its best. Light, easy to read, fun and exciting, highly recommended.
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