The Complete Chronicles of Conan : "People of the Black Circle", "Hour of the Dragon" Hardback
Part of the Gollancz S.F. series
Conan the Cimmerian: the boy-thief who became a mercenary, who fought and loved his way across fabled lands to become King of Aquilonia.
Neither supernatural fiends nore demonic sorcery could oppose the barbarian warrior as he wielded his mighty sword and dispatched his enemies to a bloody doom on the battlefields of the legendary Hyborian age. Collected together in one volume for the very first time, in chronological order, are Robert E.
Howard's tales of the legendary hero, as fresh and atmospheric today as when they were first published in the pulp magazines of more than seventy years ago. Compiled by and with a foreward and afterword by award-winning writer and editor Stephen Jones.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 944 pages, 1, 2 maps
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 19/01/2006
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780575077669
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Review by jjvors
If you want to read everything Robert Howard ever wrote about Conan the Barbarian, this is the book. Reading through the entire omnibus (925 pp) you see pattern of his devices: beautiful women to rescue, horrid monsters to slay, formidable military opponents, demoniac wizards; yet he continually is able to surprise and delight with new plot twists and devices. This book is best read one story at a time, with other reading material spaced in between; otherwise it becomes too much of one thing. The editors managed to get all of his written manuscripts on Conan in one volume so that I, who had read several Conan collections before, found at least half the volume new and fresh material. In addition to the stories, Robert Howard also supplies a history of the Hyborean age and a description of its various races plus a world map. Afterward, there is a short biography of Robert Howard.