The Conan Chronicles : Hour of the Dragon v.2 Paperback
Part of the Fantasy Masterworks series
The second volume, completing the definitive collection of Conan stories, featuring the most distinctive and well-known fantasy hero of all time Conan the Cimmerian: he rose from boy-thief and mercenary to become king of Aquilonia.
Neither supernatural fiends nor 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 for the first time anywhere in the world, in chronological order, are all Robert E.
Howard's definitive stories of Conan, exactly as he wrote them - as fresh, atmospheric and vibrant today as when they were first published in the pulp magazines more than sixty years ago.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 592 pages, maps
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 26/04/2001
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781857987478
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Review by diehardkev
Conan and the Hyborean Age of his world is the template that the fantasy genre developed from and fantasy writing hasn't strayed too far from the original formula. This is a testament to Howard's writing more than anything else - he knew at the time fantasy needed to be short and action packed to attract readers to a type of story which had only found a home in the pages of the pulp magazines. There are no wasted words and no trudging through backgrounds, settings or trilogies of trilogies to get to the story - something which plagues too much contemporary fantasy. Conan is one literature's greatest creations and deserves a place in every reader's library.
Review by PhilSyphe
I rate Robert E. Howard as the most imaginative author that I've ever read. His creative powers are perhaps the most notable in the world of Conan. Howard's detailed map of the fictitious Hyborean Age and its history, including that leading up to the time of Conan's birth, are exceptional.I've read some of the stories featured in this collection twice before, first in my pre- and early teens, secondly in my early twenties. Other stories here are brand new to me. I read a lot of fantasy and sword & sorcery as a child and as a teen, yet in adulthood my tastes have mostly changed, except I still love Howard's Conan stories and most of his other works.Of the two volumes of the Conan Chronicles, this second one appeals to me less, though that's not say they fail to impress. While Volume 2 features an older Conan vying for power and getting involved in more political battles, the first volume shows the barbarian at the beginning of his fame - and that fame had nothing to do with being crowned king or being political - and for my tastes I much prefer the Conan featured in Volume 1, as he is always in search of adventure, which often includes him stealing treasures from a dangerous situation, encountering a scantily-clad - or naked - woman along the way. All good fun!Howard is, in my opinion, the best writer of battle scenes. Conan's sword fighting is superbly depicted. His plotting is always well done without being over-complicated.His characters are vivid, as are his descriptions. A supreme author and a superb read.