The Bloody Crown of Conan (Conan of Cimmeria, Book 2) by Robert E. Howard

By Robert E. Howard

In his highly influential and tempestuous profession, Robert E. Howard created the style that got here to be often called sword and sorcery–and delivered to lifestyles one in every of fantasy’s boldest and so much enduring figures: Conan the Cimmerian–reaver, slayer, barbarian, king.

This lavishly illustrated quantity gathers jointly 3 of Howard’s longest and most renowned Conan stories–two of them revealed for the 1st time at once from Howard’s typescript–along with a suite of the author’s formerly unpublished and barely obvious outlines, notes, and drafts. Longtime lovers and new readers alike will agree that The Bloody Crown of Conan advantages a spot of honor on each fable lover’s bookshelf.

THE humans OF THE BLACK CIRCLE
Amid the towering crags of Vendhya, within the shadowy fort of the Black Circle, Yasmina of the golden throne seeks vengeance opposed to the Black Seers. Her in basic terms best friend is usually her such a lot bold enemy–Conan, the outlaw chief.

THE HOUR OF THE DRAGON
Toppled from the throne of Aquilonia via the evil machinations of an undead wizard, Conan needs to locate the fabled jewel referred to as the guts of Ahriman to reclaim his crown . . . and retailer his life.

A WITCH will likely be BORN
A malevolent witch of evil attractiveness. An enslaved queen. A country within the iron grip of ruthless mercenaries. And Conan, who plots lethal vengeance opposed to the human wolf who left him within the barren region to die.

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Being a truly remarkable Devi, she did not summon the governor to her again, but hurried out into the corridor alone, and hastened toward his chamber. Chunder Shan, entering his chamber, closed the door and went to his table. There he took the letter he had been writing and tore it to bits. Scarcely had he finished when he heard something drop softly onto the parapet adjacent to the window. He looked up to see a figure loom briefly against the stars, and then a man dropped lightly into the room.

It was as they swept past the black mouth of a gorge that opened into the Pass that a javelin swished through the air and thudded home behind the stallion’s straining shoulder. The great beast let out his life in a shuddering sob and stumbled, going headlong in full mid-stride. But Conan had recognized the flight and stroke of the javelin, and he acted with spring-steel quickness. As the horse fell he leaped clear, holding the girl aloft to guard her from striking boulders. He hit on his feet like a cat, thrust her into a cleft of rock, and wheeled toward the outer darkness, drawing his knife.

Behind them, beyond the slopes they had traversed, torches were tossing on the walls of the fortress and he glimpsed a flare of light that meant the great gate had been opened. And he laughed, a deep-throated boom gusty as the hill wind. “The governor has sent his riders after us,” he laughed. “By Crom, we will lead him a merry chase! ” “They will send an army to hang you and your spawn of devils,” she promised him with conviction. He laughed gustily and shifted her to a more comfortable position in his arms.

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