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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
Paperback, 293 pages
Published October 1st 1977 by Berkley
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Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 03, 2011 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Brick Hardslab
Jan 04, 2016 Brick Hardslab rated it it was amazing
This edition of People of the Black Circle came with a Frank Frazzetta poster on the inside cover. I believe it is still there on my edition I bought back when. My date on reading this is just an estimation. I had read the story before that and after that as well.

This is probably the finest and most 'pure' Conan story. Plot is fast paced but understandable. The action is believable but still heroic in scope and the dialogue is still compelling after decades. Some of the lines have even made it
Aug 10, 2009 Mike rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 30, 2008 Jason rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
You can't go wrong with Conan, especially written by Robert E. Howard himself. Plus it has this great color foldout poster.
Apr 07, 2008 Dfordoom rated it really liked it
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
Timothy Boyd
Feb 16, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it did not like it
Robert E. Howard is my all time favorite writer, but for many years much of his work was heavily edited. This is another of the heavily edited collections of Robert E. Howard's stories. I am a purist when it comes to a writers works. I know some of these stories are no longer PC but they should be read as Howard wrote them and understood that he wrote in another time period. Don't read this book unless you just can't find any others of Howard's unedited books to read. Message me if you need a li ...more
Simon Cressey
Jul 29, 2015 Simon Cressey rated it liked it
You can't beet the classic real good read
Jacob Aitken
Jan 23, 2014 Jacob Aitken rated it it was amazing
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.
May 09, 2012 Devowasright rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic-fantasy
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
Aug 17, 2011 Keith Bell rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 03, 2009 Charles rated it it was amazing
Some of Howard's original Conan stories presented with minimal to no editing. Excellent.
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Fantasy at its male dominated best. Conan the quintessential Barbarian Thief.
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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."

He is well known for having created — in the p
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