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The Bloody Crown of Conan is an essential for all those who consider themselves aficionados of heroic fantasy. With two classic stories from Conan creator Robert E. Howard as well as his only Conan novel, this collection -- which features dozens of fantastic illustrations from Gary Gianni -- will warrant a place of honor in any fantasy lover's library.
In "The People of the Black Circle" (1934), Conan abducts the beautiful Yasmina, sister of the recently assassinated king of Vendhya, after seven of his warriors are captured and held for ransom by Vendhyan forces. Amid the turmoil of the royal murder which is being blamed on a group of dark sorcerers, Conan and Yasmina must stay live long enough to defeat the magic of the Black Circle…
"The Hour of the Dragon" (1935) pits Conan, the reigning king of Aquilonia, against a reanimated magician, Xaltotun, who has been dead for 3,000 years. After losing his crown to the faction that reawakened Xaltotun, Conan must find the mystical artifact that gives the undead wizard his power. His quest takes him through ghoul-infested wildernesses, deep into the subterranean stronghold of a cult of evil priests, and into the very heart of darkness itself. And after being crucified and left for dead in the desert, Conan seeks revenge against a witch posing as a queen in "A Witch Shall Be Born" (1934).
Also included in this remarkable collection is an insightful introduction by scholar Rusty Burke, as well as previously unpublished notes from the author himself. Simply put, The Bloody Crown of Conan is a must-have for any fan of the giant barbarian. Paul Goat Allen