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As the Red Terror, a bizarre, magical dark force whose victims disappear without a trace, descends upon Aquilonia, King Conan sets out to destroy its source, evil, conquest-hungry sorcerer-priests from across the sea. Reissue.
Published (first published January 1st 1968)
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Jul 03, 2015 SFReader rated it really liked it
onan of the Isles, by by L. Sprague de Camp, Lin Carter, was first published in 1968 and is the last book (book 12) of the "original" Conan series.

Conan has been ruling Aquilonia for some twenty years, and has consolidated his power and neutered his enemies. Aquilonia has flourished under his rule and Conan finds himself tired of the life of a king and nostalgic for his old days of adventuring. His wife Zenobia is dead, having passed in childbirth, and his oldest son, Conn, is now twenty years
Phil Syphe
Although L. Sprague de Camp et al. did a good job of filling in the gaps that Conan’s creator Robert E. Howard left behind in the character’s history, I feel that they should’ve done one of two things after “Conan the Conqueror”:

1) Condensed their ideas into one book instead of three

2) Write no more and let “Conan the Conqueror” have the final word

My reasoning for option one is that the last three books in the original series of twelve are good in parts but average on the whole. One aspect that
Gabriel Wallis
Jul 31, 2014 Gabriel Wallis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
The last of the original Conan books. Conan of the Isles (book 12) was an entertaining book to read, full of adventure and barbarism. Conan's wife Zenobia is dead and Conan's son Conn takes on the crown of Aquilonia, the mightiest kingdom on the known planet. After passing on the crown to his son, Conan crosses the Western Ocean for an adventure in a surviving Atlantian nation, which is basically Aztec. Conan and the crew of his pirate ship \find themselves facing human sacrifice and fighting dr ...more
Jul 06, 2013 wally rated it really liked it
Shelves: de-camp-carter
aaaargh...time for some conan! he's an old man (relatively speaking) in this one, king, w/a son (and possibly other children), listening to some tax dispute, hungering for the hunt, gray (the word is silver...for kings and such...honest plumbers from sheboygan have gray...i call it blonde but that's just me) showing in his hair and beard, some weight lost...

conan of the isles, #12, 1968
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East Bay J
Dec 19, 2013 East Bay J rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
The simple version of the story is that someone asked L. Sprague De Camp, Lin Carter and Bjorn Nyberg to complete some of Howard’s unfinished Conan stories, to rewrite some of his non-Conan stories as Conan stories and to write some whole new Conan stories or pastiches. The idea of finishing and rewriting and writing these Conan stories may or may not have been a good idea, depending on whatever stance you care to take, but getting De Camp, Carter and Nyberg to do it was a huge mistake, a very u ...more
The other John
Dec 24, 2012 The other John rated it liked it
Back in the day, I went through a sword and sorcery phase and had owned all 12 of the Ace Conan paperbacks. They were nice paperbacks, with Boris cover art and all that, but the phase ended and one day I needed space on the ol' shelves and I ended up getting rid of all of them but this one. Conan of the Isles was the story of Conan's retirement. He hands over the throne of Aquilonia to his son Conn and heads off on a nice Atlantic cruise. ... Okay, so Conan's idea of a nice cruise is to recruit ...more
Apr 24, 2015 Mars rated it really liked it
Fairly standard Conan fare, has some annoying bits (yes, fine, you got to America, we get it, no need to rub our faces in it), logical errors (a sword is clearly better-forged than a chain, so should be able to cut it!), and so on, but was still (mostly) enjoyable to read, and the lack of black villains and damsels in distress makes this one instantly superior.
Timothy Boyd
Feb 15, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Another of the heavily edited collections of Robert E. Howards 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 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 list of what is good from this awesome fantasy and action writer.
Read this a long time ago and loved it, Conan is a simple character, told with great creativity.
Pierre Armel
Nov 15, 2014 Pierre Armel rated it liked it
A correct pop corn story. The plot is pretty straightforward and its main strength is that we are dealing with an old Conan here, which makes it a bit different than the other pastiches. The Aztec flavor is interesting as well (even though we have to suspend disbelief hard to accept that Conan master the local tongue in just a few days). It is a pity no other pastiche author tried to write an adventure in the last years of Conan's reign.
Carmen Lanzo
I thought that it was a relatively simple story. Plenty of action going on throughout and very well described. I could easily picture in my mind's eye what the author was describing at any given time whether it was an action sequence or a place or the description of any of the characters.
Peregrine 12
Dec 11, 2010 Peregrine 12 rated it it was ok
Definitely wasn't written by Howard, but it's an okay collection of Conan adventures. The references to discovering a North-American-type world at the end of the book were a little weird, though; very un-Conan like. Long live the king.
Chris Vachio
Jul 01, 2009 Chris Vachio rated it liked it
Worst of the original 12 book series, IMO. Not horrible, but Conan spent the book relying on others to save him. If not for the actions of others and sheer dumb luck, he would have died several times over during this adventure.
Jun 28, 2010 Steven rated it it was ok
Shelves: adventure
It was decent escapism, but the plot was thin and predictable. In short, it lacked the touch of the master. No one writes Conan like Robert E. Howard.
Robert C.
Aug 18, 2014 Robert C. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
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Oct 10, 2011 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of course not as good as the R.E.Howard stuff but better than nothing i guess.
Jun 24, 2008 J2robins rated it did not like it
Average book. Of the Conan series - it goes into the "it was okay" category
Jan 03, 2009 Charles rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
One of the worst Conan pastiches ever.
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Lyon Sprague de Camp, (Pseudonym: Lyman R. Lyon) was an American science fiction and fantasy author and biographer. In a writing career spanning fifty years he wrote over one hundred books, including novels and notable works of nonfiction, such as biographies of other important fantasy authors.He was widely regarded as an imaginative and innovative writer and was an important figure in the heyday ...more
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Conan the Barbarian (10 books)
  • Conan (Book 1)
  • Conan of Cimmeria (Conan 2)
  • Conan The Freebooter (Conan, #3)
  • Conan the Wanderer (Conan, #4)
  • Conan the Adventurer (Conan 5)
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  • Conan the Warrior (Book 7)
  • Conan the Usurper (Conan, #8)
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