CONAN THE SWORDSMAN, the latest reprint of the now
legendary 1970s-1980s Conan revival, is a marvelous short
story collection. Each story holds its own with the
overall Conan mythos and most add depth to the celebrated
character and his world.
The delightful eight stories are well written with each
tale co-authored by L. Sprague de Camp (had to be a Howard
clone) with either Lin Carter or Bjorn Nyberg. Especially
good is "Legions of the Dead" that Robert E. Howard would
have believed he authored because it reads so much like his
original works. Equally fascinating to readers is a seven-
page essay that provides plenty of insight into Conan and
his world as well as Robert E. Howard from the late L.
Sprague de Camp's perspective. Fans of Conan will want to
read this wonderful anthology that showcases one of
fantasy's most endearing and enduring protagonists.
Imagine a world of gods and demons, where men are warriors,
women are beautiful, life is a fantastic adventure, and the
fate of kingdoms balances on the bloody blade of a fabulous
hero: Conan of the iron thews, the blue-eyed barbarian
giant who towers above the savage Hyborian world.
For the very first time in trade, this is the work that
relaunched Conan in both the 1970s and 80s, back in print
after more than a decade.