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Conan the Valorous
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Author(s) John Maddox Roberts Cover artist Kirk Reinert Country United States Language English Series Conan the Barbarian Genre(s) Sword and sorcery Fantasy Publisher Tor Books Publication date 1985 Media type Print (Paperback) Pages 280 pp ISBN 0-812-54244-4 Preceded by The Blood-Stained God Followed by The Frost Giant's Daughter
Conan the Valorousis a fantasy novel written by John Maddox Roberts featuring Robert E. Howard's seminal sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. It was first published in trade paperback by Tor Books in September 1985; a regular paperback edition followed from the same publisher in September 1986, and was reprinted in January 1992. The first British edition was published in paperback by Sphere Books in September 1987.
The book also includes "Conan the Indestructible," L. Sprague de Camp's chronological essay on Conan's career.
Stygian sorceress Hathor-Ka tricks Conan into taking certain items to Ben Morgh, the sacred mountain of Crom, in Cimmeria. His route takes him through Koth, Nemedia and the Border Kingdom, where he is diverted by the rescue of a chieftainess. Simultaneously, the Vendhyan sorceror Jaganath is also traveling to the mountain. In Cimmeria, the clans are gathering against the Venir and their allies the lizardmen who have been preying on them; they too are heading to Ben Morgh, where all comes together in a final battle. As the conflict rages, Conan and a wizard from Khitai wage a more crucial supernatural conflict in Crom's Cave inside the mountain involving the Venhyans, Hathor-Ka and her patron Thoth-Amon. Ultimately Cimmeria is delivered from outside sorcery, and Conan takes off to go raiding with the Aesir.
Writing of some other Tor Conan novels, reviewer Harvey Ryan called Roberts "the most consistently successful of its stable of authors," and "the most consistently entertaining" of them, showing "deft ability with storytelling and action scenes, and a thankful tendency not to overplay his hand and try to ape Robert E. Howard’s style."
- Conan the Valorous publication history at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Fantastic Fiction entry for Conan the Valorous
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