Conan the Warlord Mass Market Paperback – 1 Mar 1988
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"Defiant heroines, dire foes, and Conan at his tigerish best!"--Tad Williams, author of "Tailchaser's Song"
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The story itself -- set in Conan's 18th year -- was nothing earth-shattering, but the story was good enough (as was the writing) to get me all the way through the novel with no problem. I think someone who is into the fantasy genre -- and a fan of the Conan stories in particular -- would enjoy this book. It's got some color, creativity, a goodly share of vixens and a decent enough plot.
It did what I'd hope any book should do -- it helped me pass a couple of nights and forget about the real world. And considering it was my maiden voyage into the world of fantasy, I can say that because of this effort by Carpenter that I'll likely return to the land of Conan (and the work of Carpenter) in the future and continue to experiment with my literary comfort zone.
Not a bad book at all.
It won't make you forget Robert E. Howard, but Carpenter's Conan is fairly authentic nonetheless. Conan may be a bit too sentimental at times, but I think that Carpenter captured his character quite nicely overall.
The plot is not overly cumbersome, Carpenter creates a few eerie moods, and if you have a good imagination, you should enjoy this book to a degree. Carpenter is bold enough to dispatch some key characters along the way and throw in some conservative plot twists, so it is not an overly predictable book. It isn't a book that you just can't put down, but you probably won't be throwing it across the room either.
And don't judge the book by its goofy cover. The ridiculous lizard creature on the cover doesn't actually make an appearance in the book, thank Crom and Mitra, nor is there a female in palace garb sitting primly on the edge of a rampaging chariot.
If you are a Conan fan, you could read a lot worse than this.
Carpenter wasn't the best of the Conan pastiche writers but he wasn't the worst either. He's far better than Roland Green for example. This book is ok, but a little slow and lacking in Howard-style action and swordplay.
its liek really?
same as conan the valoroous