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Conan the Defiant (Adventures of Conan)

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  262 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
The fate of the world rests in the hands of a young barbarian who will not let sorcery or warriors risen from the dead stay him from his vengeance. This oversize paperback original is strippable.
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 15th 1988 by Tor Books (first published October 1st 1987)
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Eric M. Witchey
Sep 23, 2008 Eric M. Witchey rated it it was amazing
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Reading a Conan book is always a joyful bit of male, mind-candy. Reading one written by Steve Perry is just a hoot. I have to applaud this book for several fun things. First, I give it my award for best use of spiders in a fantasy novel. Second, it gets my award for best use of sympathetic, hot-bod zombies. Finally, I have to applaud the fight scene in which no blows are struck. Just a good time in a fast read to take my mind off the niggling crap of life. Thanks, Steve Perry. You remain, as alw ...more
May 17, 2012 Bob rated it liked it
Conan the Defiant is the second of the five novels which Steve Perry wrote in the fifty-book Tor Series. In William Galen Gray's chronology it is the fourth Conan tale (following Conan of Venarium, Legions of the Dead and The Thing in the Crypt), taking place before Sean Moore's Conan the Hunter.


The young Conan comes upon a lone priest being waylaid by five bandits. Impressed with the stranger's skill with a wooden staff, the Cimmerian wades in and helps the man dispa
Dan Benedict
Sep 25, 2014 Dan Benedict rated it it was ok
A young Conan on his first foray to the lands south of Cimmeria, this novel is generally thought to take place just after "The Thing in the Crypt" by L. Sprague de Camp and references that story briefly at the beginning.

While travelling Conan happens across a fellow traveler beset by bandits, said traveler is carrying a magical artifact coveted by a wicked necromancer who would use it's power to conquer the world. Needless to say Conan gets caught up in the adventure involving zombies, assassins
Jan 23, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly enjoyable read. No author can compare to Howard's Conan, but Perry spun a very enjoyable tale.

To comment on another reviewer... Conan doesn't cry. It was just a bit of dust, that's all.
Sebastian Bryant
Nov 12, 2015 Sebastian Bryant rated it it was ok
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Jan 18, 2009 Cleanfun rated it liked it
This book was able to keep my interests until the end so it should get a couple stars for that at least.

Conan doesn't cry. Especially when some zombie girl, which he's supposedly been ravaging nightly, is finally laid to rest. I was under the impression that Conan was a slayer of zombies and hater of all things magical.

There were a couple of parts where he was speaking a bit too intelligently. The summary states, "The youthful Conan has only just begun his journey into the civilized lands,.."
Keith Bell
Dec 27, 2015 Keith Bell rated it liked it
An early Conan story. Not a whole lot of character but plenty of action.... AND ZOMBIES!
Feb 23, 2009 Benji rated it it was ok
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Freddy E. Silva
Aug 28, 2013 Freddy E. Silva rated it really liked it
How YOU probably would rate this book:

Four stars if you are a dedicated fan of Robert E. Howard's Hyborian Age (as am I).

Three stars if you normally enjoy more or less shallow fantasy novels with simple story lines (those are not necessarily all bad!)

One or two stars if you always compare fantasy novels with Lord of the Rings, Song of Ice and Fire or even the Dragonlance series.

Enjoy - or avoid.
Philip Wickstrand
Oct 16, 2014 Philip Wickstrand rated it it was ok
Shelves: conan, fantasy
Conan heads towards to Zamora and along the way fights a necromancer and engages in threesomes with a desert woman and a zombie. Perhaps Conan the Necrophile would have been a better title.
Oct 03, 2013 Debra rated it it was ok
Jan 04, 2009 Charles rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Conan pastiche.
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Perry has written over fifty novels and numerous short stories, which have appeared in various magazines and anthologies. Perry is perhaps best known for the Matador series. He has written books in the Star Wars, Alien and Conan universes. He was a collaborator on all of the Tom Clancy's Net Force series, seven of which have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list. Two of his novelizations, ...more
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