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ISBN: 0812515935
ISBN13: 978-0812515930
Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Fantasy
Author: Robert Jordan
Language: English
Publisher: Tor Books (December 15, 1991)
ePUB size: 1340 kb
FB2 size: 1922 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 965
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Brick my own
the greatest fantasy hero of all time battles a dragon! What more can you ask for? Great escapist fun for the mature.
Kefym
As usual, Robert Jordan did a good job with the story. However, I was a little disappointed with the climax at the end. It seemed to unfold a bit too quickly and simply considering what lead up to it. But it was still a nice ride.
cyrexoff
I enjoyed the book. It was a fun read and kept me entertained. I am a big fan of Robert Jordan's writing style.
Jozrone
Always fun to read anything written by Robert Jordan.
Adorardana
all conan books were a gift for my broyher - do not read these myself - my brother was very satisfied
Gold as Heart
Fast paced and hard to put down. Love Robert Jordan books. If u like Conan u will like this book.
Blackworm
I saw Jordan’s widow and editor Harriet McDougal mention that in rereading Jordan’s Conan stories it was “very obvious to [her], looking back, that [Jordan] was brooding about the events in Afghanistan at that time.” This is the book that she was referring to, written in the middle of the Soviet-Afghan War (Leonard Carpenter’s Conan the Hero also shows the influence of that war).

An evil sorcerer is uniting the hillmen of the Kezankian Mountains. The influence of Aghan-style Islam is plain. Howard featured the “Afghuli” who lived in the “Himelian” mountains in The People of the Black Circle, but Jordan uses the Kezankian Mountains and its hillmen.

Conan the Magnificent also has an honest-to-God dragon, although Jordan uses the term “drake,” perhaps because Howard already used “dragon” to refer to a more dinosaur-like beast in Red Nails.

Conan the Magnificent has what may be the single finest two paragraphs of prose from Robert Jordan’s career:

“Night caressed Shadizar, that city known as ‘the Wicked’ and veiled the happenings which justified that name a thousand times over. The darkness that brought respite to other cities drew out the worst in Shadizar of the Alabaster Towers, Shadizar of the Golden Domes, city of venality and debauchery.

“In a score of marble chambers silk-clad nobles coerced wives not theirs to their beds, and many-chinned merchants licked fat lips over the abductions of competitors’ nubile daughters. Perfumed wives, fanned by slaves wielding snowy ostrich plumes, plotted the cuckolding of husbands, sometimes their own, while hot-eyed young women of wealth or noble birth or both schemed at circumventing the guards placed on their supposed chastity. Nine women and thirty-one men, one a beggar and one a lord, died by murder. The gold of ten wealthy men was taken from iron vaults by thieves, and fifty others increased their wealth at the expense of the poor. In three brothels perversions never before contemplated by humankind were created. Doxies beyond number plied their ancient trade from the shadows, and twisted, ragged beggars preyed on the trulls’ wine-soaked patrons. No man walked the streets unarmed, but even in the best quarters of the city arms were often not enough to save one’s silver from cutpurses and footpads. Night in Shadizar was in full cry.”

Now that is how you introduce a city!
"Conan the Magnificent" is the fifth of Robert Jordan's six Conan novels, not counting his novelization of film "Conan the Destroyer." In my opinion, Jordan is the best of the Conan pastiche authors, but "Conan the Magnificent" is a disappointment. The story takes place in Zamora, one if Jordan's favorite locales. A very young Conan (about 18) comes into the service of a noblewoman he initially intends to steal from. Meanwhile, a fanatical religious leader called Basrakan Imalla has gained influence over the hillmen of the Kezankian mountains, who are essentially the Taliban of Hyboria. Basrakan intends to combine his sorcery and the hordes of hillmen followers to conquer city after city, killing unbelievers everywhere. When the Zamoran noblewoman decides to lead her hunting party into the Kezankian mountains to take a mythical creature as a trophy, Conan runs afoul of Basrakan's servants. As if that wasn't enough, Conan must also contend with two women competing for his affections.

"Conan the Magnificent" feels very uninspired, both in terms of the story and the characters. It's not bad, just flat. Not nearly as compelling or fun as Jordan's previous efforts in "Conan the Defender," "Conan and Invincible" or "Conan the Unconquered." Also, for a young barbarian, Conan doesn't come off as naive as one would expect, and seems much too mature in his dealing with women. Basrakan isn't nearly as interesting or frightening as the sorcerers in Jordan's aforementioned books. But it's still a quick read and full of Jordan's pulpy writing. One great passage on page 154 stands out:

"Some men are said to be born for battle; Conan had been born on the field of battle. The scent drawn in with his first breath had been the coppery smell of fresh-spilled blood. The first sound to greet his ears had been the clash of steel. The first sight his eye beheld had been ravens circling in the sky, waiting till living men departed and they ruled what remained."

"With the battle fury that had been his birthright he strode through the flames and screams of the encampment, and death rode on his steel. He sought the turbanned men, the bearded men, and those he found went before Erlik's Black Throne with eyes of azure fire their last memory of the world of men. His ancient broadsword flashed banefully in the light of burning tents, flashed till its encrimsoned length could flash no more, but seemed rather to eat light as it ate life. Men faced him, men fell before him, and at last men fled him."

I mean, that's just great stuff. Unfortunately, it's not enough to recommend the book.