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Jewels of Gwahlur (Conan (Original Short Stories) #13)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  142 ratings  ·  4 reviews
"The cliffs rose sheer from the jungle, towering ramparts of stone that glinted jade-blue and dull crimson in the rising sun, and curved away and away to east and west above the waving emerald ocean of fronds and leaves. It looked insurmountable, that giant palisade with its sheer curtains of solid rock in which bits of quartz winked dazzlingly in the sunlight. But the man ...more
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Published August 1st 1997 by Donald M. Grant Publishers
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Vlad
My second foray into Robert E Howard's original Conan stories, Jewels of Gwahlur is a notable improvement upon Queen of the Black Coast.

In this adventure, Conan is intruding upon the forbidden city of Alkmeenon, hosting the oracle Princess Yelaya, who died 1,000 years ago, but seemingly lives on as a goddess. He hopes to gain the priceless treasure mentioned in the title, hidden within its confines.

Right away, I was impressed with the set-up. There is an interesting political back-story with Co
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Dianne Owens
This is my first introduction to the Conan the Cimmerion (aka. Barbarian) stories. It was fun, though it seemed somewhat formulaic. Some phrases were overused, but as I said, this is still a fun short story. If some quotes from Fritz Leiber are anything to go by, then this is certainly not the best in the series, offering promise for future reading of Howard's writing. As such, I intend to read more of his stories.
As for Phil Chenevert's reading of the story, I think that he did pretty well wit
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Charles
It's hard to give Howard's original Conan stories less than five stars.
Perry Whitford
Driven solely by a thief's desire to get his muscle-bound mitts upon the fabled Teeth of Gwahlur, priceless jewels wrenched from 'the king of darkness, in the birth of the world', then lost for centuries, hidden within an ancient valley inside an unscalable mountain somewhere in the kingdom of Keshan, Conan makes an audacious play to ingratiate himself with those who hold the secret.
But he's not the only one that wants the jewels, and he soon finds himself outflanked by competitors with more pol
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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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