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4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  3,207 Ratings  ·  184 Reviews
Solomon Kane è uno dei personaggi più straordinari creati da Robert Ervin Howard, l’autore del ciclo di Conan il barbaro. Spadaccino inglese, sorretto da una fede incrollabile e da un coraggio eccezionale, Kane si cimenta in avventure fantastiche contro le Forze del Male, tra civiltà perdute, creature diaboliche e mostri di ogni genere. Ambientate alla fine del XVI secolo, ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Newton Compton (first published 1970)
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Dirk Grobbelaar

The moon began to rise, lean and haggard, like a skull among the stars.

In the very first few pages of reading this, I was reminded again of just how electrifying a writer Howard was. I can’t help but wonder what a legacy he would have amassed by now, had circumstances been different. (Howard passed away at the age of 30; the first Solomon Kane story was published when he was around the age of 22)

What are mortals but food for the jaws of the black gods?

This is a fantastic collection and I can’t r
Aug 22, 2014 Werner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of adventure-oriented fiction in a historical setting
Aug. 4, 2014
Best known as the creator of Conan the barbarian, pulp-era giant Robert E. Howard enriched literature with several other memorable series characters, including Kull, Bran Mak Morn, Dark Agnes de la Ferre --and Solomon Kane. This volume collects REH's entire Kane corpus: nine short stories, three narrative poems (one of which exists in two variant forms, both of which are included here), and four partially completed story fragments, of which we have the beginnings but not the endings.
Dan Schwent
Since I've read half of this before as Skull in the Stars, I'll only be reviewing the complete stories I've yet to read, no fragments.

Hills of the Dead:
Solomon Kane and N'Longa go up against a group of vampires in some remote hills. Carnage ensues.

It's been a couple years since I read one of the Solomon Kane stories. Howard's Puritan adventurer is quite a bit different from Conan but still quite good. The staff N'Longa give Kane to use proves to be invaluable and I loved the way the vampires wer
Dec 06, 2010 Terence rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: REH completists
I’ve been reading Robert E. Howard’s Conan for 30+ years now. I remember – and still have – the Science Fiction Book Club editions edited by the late Karl Wagner and I think any consideration of the best fantasy writing has to include “Beyond the Black River” and “A Witch Shall Be Born,” at the very least, but I was never much interested in reading any of the non-Conan stories Howard wrote.* I was always intrigued, however, by what I heard about “Solomon Kane” – a Puritan soldier-of-fortune who ...more
“He was…a strange blending of Puritan and Cavalier, with a touch of the ancient philosopher, and more than a touch of the pagan…A hunger in his soul drove him on and on, an urge to right all wrongs, protect all weaker things…Wayward and restless as the wind, he was consistent in only one respect—he was true to his ideals of justice and right. Such was Solomon Kane.”

“Such was Solomon Kane,” indeed.

This book rocks. As much as I’d like to try and sound clinical about this—screw it. I’m not a litera
Jun 06, 2012 Jean-marcel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love these stories. In many ways, Kane seems the most dangerous of all of Howard's strong, brooding warrior creations. He's driven not by gold nor sex nor fame, but by a strange fire within his soul that makes him believe he is on an eternal, righteous quest. He feels with his heart the difference between right and wrong, and he acts upon those feelings with the cold, implacable drive of the religious crusader and fanatic. In many ways, I think he's pretty insane. It is his insanity that parti ...more
Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom
Dressed in black with the tall slouch-hat typical of Puritan fashion, and armed with sword, flint-locks, and, later, an ancient carved staff, Solomon Kane stalks the 16th century world from the remote reaches of Europe to the bloody decks of the high seas, and into the deepest, darkest African jungles. Whether it be a witch-cursed monstrosity, hell-spawned vampire, mutant throw-back, or just a wicked wretch of humankind, Solomon Kane will fight with equal determination and enthusiasm to see good ...more
Alfonso Junquera perez
Las primeras historias de la recopilación me parecían repetitivas y machaconas con el tema del justiciero movido solo por la venganza atravesando países enteros para acabar con los malvados. Pero tras darle un descanso y retomar la lectura me encontré con un cambio de tono en los ultimos relatos, la sed de venganza cambia hacia la sed de aventura, hacia la llamada de la selva, y como Solomon Kane se adentra en el continente negro para encontrarse con horrores de eones pasados, tribus perdidas y ...more
Solomon Kane is the strongest, most interesting character i have read by Howard. Kane is perfect for his stories, his somber personality,style creates the weird atmosphere for the stories so seamlessly.

There are not many Kane stories and they are not the most consistent collection of stories i have read by Howard. The minor stories are somewhat uneven. But stories like Red Shadows, Hills of the Dead, Wings in the Night is very hard to improve on when it comes to stark atmosphere, quality storie
Nov 01, 2014 Nate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
SPECIAL DRUNKEN HALLOWEEN REVIEW EDITION!!!!!!!!! pains me, but this was disappointing. Disappointing to the point of aggressive boredom, even. I really like Howard, which is why I put this review off for months. I mean...I WANT to say I liked it as much as his Conan stuff, but I didn't. I don't think it just comes down to the choice of protagonist, either. Conan is certainly more likable with his "gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth" as the author would put it. That single descript
Oct 06, 2009 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahh, Solomon Kane. One of Robert E. Howards' other great creations, along with King Kull, Bran Mak Morn, and of course, Conan.

So, where to begin?

Solomon Kane is basically a bad-ass who is also really religious, in the Puritan sense (which means really hardcore). He knows how to fence, he knows how to lose it and go into a mad rampage where his vision is red with bloodlust, he knows how to be methodical and plan, and he's a damned good shot with a musket ball pistol.

Most of all, he is perhaps
Jared Millet
Solomon Kane is arguably Robert Howard’s most original creation. Most of his others were boxers, cowboys, or barbarian kings, but 16th century Puritan swordsman Kane stands alone. Of all Howard’s characters he’s certainly the most selfless – but more than that, he’s an obsessive fanatic willing to scour the ends of the earth righting wrongs, which most of the time involves avenging the death of people who are total strangers to him. Unlike Conan or Kull, Kane seems to have no desires for himself ...more
Mar 07, 2016 TBV rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a compilation of all the Robert E. Howard Solomon Kane stories. This volume also contains fragmented stories, a biography of Howard (by Rusty Burke) and an "In Memoriam" written by H.P. Lovecraft. These stories jump off the page. In fact, in my estimation, Robert E. Howard is the greatest short story writer to ever write. He can detail characters and create complicated plot lines in less pages than most well known writers can in full-length books. This book is a testament to that fa ...more
Solomon Kane is an interesting and unique enough character to make up for the fact that many of his adventures feel rather second-rate. The sad truth is that author Robert E. Howard passed away at the age of thirty, well before he had a chance to reach his full potential as a writer. Imagine if Stephen King had died at thirty...the world would have considered him a one-hit wonder with CARRIE.
THE SAVAGE TALES OF SOLOMON KANE is no LORD OF THE RINGS, yet it's still pretty impressive coming from a
Arun Divakar
Jan 11, 2010 Arun Divakar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple straightforward action, that seems to be the style of Robert Howard. No questions asked, in your face action sequences and characters. Solomon Kane for the uninitiated among you is a wanderer, a puritan, a fanatic who believes himself to be the right hand of a wrathful god.

The stories are very enjoyable provided you switch your brains off and enjoy the roller coaster ride on the offering. It has all the marks of a racist writing wherein the dwellers of Africa are called as nothing but sav
Andy Howell
Dec 23, 2007 Andy Howell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Badassery
Alright, I'm just going to list some things...
Puritan avenger with Thankgiving pagent hat, white socks, and buckle shoes.
Twin flintlock pistols.
Broadsword beheadings.
Pirates vs. Puritans.
Naked over-sexed ebony skinned Satan-worshiping jungle princesses.
Ruined jungle cities.
A Lovecraftian demon imprisoned by King Solomon.
Need I go on? True pulp if there ever was. This volume collects all of Howard's Kane stories, including the unfinished drafts. Beautiful artwork as well.
Aug 28, 2008 Matthew rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastic
I'm sure that Howard's fantasy was mind-blowing back in the 30s, but I get the sense that most people who praise him nowadays do so mostly out of nostalgia. I give him props for making his main character a hardcore Puritan who walks the earth righting wrongs and kicking ass. Otherwise I was pretty bored.
Jan 18, 2013 Darren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Solomon Kane was the birth of Urban Fantasy. Anyone who thinks otherwise hasn't read him. It's probably the reason Jim Butcher keeps insisting that Dresden doesn't wear a hat, but the cover artist keeps adding one. Fantastic illustrations by Gary Gianni, which is no doubt a redundant sentence.
I didn't care much for the hero. My prejudices against religion, I guess.
Ryan Sean O'Reilly
Why was I not taught about Solomon Kane when I learned about the pilgrims in middle school?

Swashbuckling tales of adventure and voodoo. Solomon Kane, the vigilante fanatic driven by demons to journey the world in a relentless and endless quest to destroy as many evil doers as he is physically capable of until he meets his own demise.

First of all, this character is impossible and defies all reason. Solomon Kane is a puritan in puritan garb, but armed with daggers, a sword, pistols, a musket and
Oct 01, 2012 Krycek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Solomon Kane is, perhaps, one of R.E. Howard's most interesting characters, at least to my mind.

He was a man born out of his time - a strange blending of Puritan and Cavalier, with a touch of the ancient philosopher, and more than a touch of the pagan, though the last assertion would have shocked him unspeakably. An atavist of the days of blind chivalry he was, a knight errant in the somber clothes of a fanatic. A hunger in his soul drove him on and on, an urge to right all wrongs, protect all
Richard Tokebroker I wanted to like this book, but I honestly couldn't help but flinch when I read over half of the short stories in this compilation. Solomon Kane, a Puritan armed with a sword and a badass outfit, was everything I could have wanted from a hero. Robert E. Howard made him brave, strong, and hopelessly romantic...for whatever reason. I mean, the guy is a Puritan, right? We don't hear much about his beliefs, except when he's refusing to sex the damsels he's recently rescued, and when he's t ...more
Jul 13, 2015 Yael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading fantasy tales for 63-plus years, ever since a friend of my adoptive mother's began loaning me the Oz books by L. Frank Baum and Ruth Plumley Thompson. I've been reading horror literature for the last 56 years, ever since I discovered H. P. Lovecraft. And I've been reading science fiction -- the *hard* stuff -- since I turned 8, 62 years ago. Good, bad, and indifferent, I've read a great deal of all three genres -- and the stories I discovered in The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane ...more
Riju Ganguly
Nov 10, 2011 Riju Ganguly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is often lamented (esp. by the senior citizens) that "good-old" things of the past are not to be found nowadays, since the taste has gone to "dogs"! I do not belong to that age-group, but after reading works of R.E.Howard I am finding everything else, esp. the so-called "saga"-s/"chronicles"/"epics" that have flooded the fantasy market with their herculean size and very high percentage of broodings & ponderings, absolutely stale. It is true that these works may not be politically correct ...more
Jan 09, 2012 Klim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Если переиначить одну поговорку, то сборник рассказов о похождениях пуританина Соломона Кейна можно описать как "Началось за упокой, а закончилось за здравие". Пара маленьких отрывистых и не всегда увлекательных рассказов, которыми начинается сборник перетекают в захватывающие приключения, в которых не легкая судьба искателя приключений и справедливости забрасывает Соломона Кейна в самые не обычные ситуации и уголки мира. Начинаясь в туманных уголках средневековой Англии цепь связанных историй з ...more
Benjamin Thomas
As always, I read a short story between each novel. This time around it's been Robert E. Howard's The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane, a complete collection of all the Solomon Kane stories in one volume. Robert E. Howard, of course, is best known as the creator of Conan, but he was a prolific author during his short life, creating several other notable protagonists.

Del Rey has re-published the works of Robert E. Howard in beautiful trade paperback sets that include his complete works. They leave t
One of the all time great characters, created by the king of manly adventure stories, Robert E Howard.
Solomon is a puritan living in the early 1600s. He also has a serious case of wanderlust that takes him all across Europe and into the heart of darkest Africa. Along the way he encounters pirates, monsters, damsels in distress, black magic and numerous sword fights.

He csn be a bit of a flat character, but he has a rock solid idea of right and wrong and will fight to the death to punish the wicke
Ger Stormchaser
Dec 09, 2015 Ger Stormchaser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Qué decirles. Soy fanático incondicional de Robert Howard. Tanto que le perdono lo repetitivo, lo sobrecargado que puede llegar a ser... y hasta su racismo. Algunos le perdonan todo a Lovecraft, yo lo hago con el creador de Conan. En este caso estamos ante una muy completa recopilación de las historias de Solomon Kane, el puritano inglés que recorre Europa y África combatiendo a espectros y demonios. Es uno de los pocos autores que me hacen ver una película mientras leo, plagada de acción, sensu ...more
John Montagne
Aug 25, 2011 John Montagne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really liked Kane. He is brooding like Conan (of course Conan traits are here), to the point where - unlike Conan or Kull - he doesn't have a sense of humor. He also is a wanderer like many of Howard's heroes, though the time period makes for quite a different sense of adventures in them. They were originally written as short stories and they're best that way, in short bursts. Soloman as a novel might be tiresome, but as it is, this collection is an excellent set of examples for flintlock fantas ...more
Jul 13, 2015 F.T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the ultimate in heroic fantasy. Quintessential. It's dark, edgy and intense -- beautiful, like an old master's painting, with vivid descriptions, emotions, and gritty, detailed fight scenes. This work has a lot of energy.
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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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