"Excellent Conan book"
The People of the Black Circle. Due to Himelians' black
sorcery, King Bhunda Chand of Vendhya dies. His grieving
sister who had to kill her sibling to give him peace wants
revenge. None of her warriors want to deal with the evil
seers except for Conan who fears nothing, neither sword or
The Hour of the Dragon. Defrocked priest Orastes brings
back to life High Priest Xaltotuan, who died three
thousand years ago to teach him how to use the Heart of
Ahriman. They plan to kill the ruling family of Nemedia
through "natural" means, place an ally on the throne, and
attack Aquilonia ruled by barbaric King Conan.
A Witch Shall be Born. Beloved Queen Taramis of Khauran is
stunned when her twin sister Salome visits. Salome was
left to die in the desert at birth, but being born a witch
she survived. Salome impersonates her sister and uses
mercenaries to take over. Conan survives warwounds, an
attack by a vulture, and a tying to a cross to lead the
Miscellanea and Appendices. These segments include
intriguing manuscripts and story synopsis by Robert E.
Howard that show the development of Conan as a character
and much of his age. The appendices further provide
insight into the hero, the kingdoms, and his age.
The well written stories by Mr. Howard bring out the best
of Conan in an era of sword and sorcery and by themselves
would make an ideal gift for afficionados. The miscellanea
adds icing to an already delightful collection. Making
this a winner for anyone who follows the Barbarian
especially the opportunity to read what his originator
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted November 28, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 31, 2006