Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The Conan Chronicles 1 - Robert Jordan

The first omnibus collection of Robert Jordan's Conan Chronicles. Unfortunately, this has a truly atrocious cover, compared to some of the individual books.

The guy on the front has hips like a girl, less muscles than I had at that age, and looks like a teenage lothario from a bad latin soap opera.

They must have had this lying around unused and paid for or free and thought it would work.

This book includes Conan the Invincible, Conan the Defender and Conan the Unconquered.

Conan's reputation as a thief in Shadizar has grown so much it is starting to cause him problems.

As such, he takes a job that offers the possibility of a big score, and ends up saving Karela the Red Hawk a couple of times, and mixed up with sorcerers, necromancers, soldiers, lizard men and more.

For a pastiche, a pretty good one.

3.5 out of 5

Conan is in a new city, and inflation is a bit of a problem. He runs into Hordo again, who is there working as a smuggler, and finds out the lay of the land.

He decides that the thing to do is start his own Free Company, rather than get tied up in a mult-year contract working for someone else.

He has a horse-archery angle that no-one else uses.

A poetess he takes up with is a revolutionary, and he gets involved in a struggle with the throne.

Eventually, he again runs into Karela the Red Hawk, who is in disguise.

3.5 out of 5

This book is not as interesting as most of Jordan's others. I think the supporting cast is a little on the bland side, or only appear fleetingly in and out of the book. No Karelas or Hordos to be found here.

Necromancer, evil femme fatale, good but naive girl he teaches a little bit of swordplay and shagging.

Just an average tale.

3 out of 5

3.5 out of 5

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