Conan: People of the Black Circle (The People Of the Black Circle; The Devil In Iron; A Witch Shall Be Born; Jewels of Gwahlur)
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Conan: People of the Black Circle (The People Of the Black Circle; The Devil In Iron; A Witch Shall Be Born; Jewels of Gwahlur)

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The Phoenix on the Sword is the first volume of stories about Conan The Barbarian, perhaps Robert E. Howard's most famous creation, presenting it as it was originally written and appeared in the pulp magazine Weird Tales meticulously produced to the original magazine texts. This volume contains: "The Phoenix on the Sword," "The Scarlet Citadel," "The Tower of the Elephant,...more
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Published October 1st 1977 by Berkley
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Mike (the Paladin)
A Howard volume from 1977. I incorrectly referred to these '77 books as novels. They are one volume Narratives. But still good if you can find them.
Aug 10, 2009 Mike rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes action/adventure
Recommended to Mike by: One of my close friends
These Short Stories of Conan are so interesting. The Author wrote so descriptive and made things so fluid. I have read this book numerous times and never get tired of reading it
You can't go wrong with Conan, especially written by Robert E. Howard himself. Plus it has this great color foldout poster.
Sword and sorcery with a large dash of horror, very dark. Pulpy, but wonderfully entertaining.
Perry Whitford
When the young king of Vendhya pleads with his sister, the Devi Yasmina, to end his irreversible ensorcellment and take his life, she tearfully does her grim duty. Heeding his dying words and reading the Book of Skelos, she learns of those whose magic destroyed him, swearing her revenge on the enigmatic Black Seers of Mount Yimsha.
Traveling up into her kingdoms northern border to treat with the leader of the tribes around the Himelian mountains -none other than Conan himself- she plans to enlis...more
Jacob Aitken
I don't think People of the Black Circle is as exciting as Red Nails, but it's probably a close second. There is a clever twist at the end and the character build-up is quite good.
having only read the L. Sprague de Camp editions as a child, it was quite a surprise to find the books in this series, copied verbatim from the original Weird Tales issues. If you are a genre, or Conan, fan, these are a must read, but be forewarned, they are of their time- racially insensitive, violent, and unapologetic, but no worse than Burrough's original Tarzan stories.

Nov 27, 2011 Debra marked it as to-read
Stephen King recommended book as noted in Chapter 9 of Berkley's 1983 paperback edition of Danse Macabre.
Keith Bell
First, I own every Conan book and story written and also everything written by Robert E. Howard. Prolific and amazing author. Probably 5th or 6th time reading this book.
Some of Howard's original Conan stories presented with minimal to no editing. Excellent.
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Robert Ervin Howard was an American pulp writer of fantasy, horror, historical adventure, boxing, western, and detective fiction. Howard wrote "over three-hundred stories and seven-hundred poems of raw power and unbridled emotion" and is especially noted for his memorable depictions of "a sombre universe of swashbuckling adventure and darkling horror."

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