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The Conan Chronicles: Volume 1 (Robert Jordan's Conan Novels #1-3 omnibus)

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Three classic Conan novels from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wheel of Time

Before Robert Jordan conquered the bestseller lists with the Wheel of Time, he revived the legendary fantasy hero Conan the Cimmerian. These widely acclaimed adventures introduced the world-famous barbarian to a whole new generation of enthusiastic readers. Here are three powerful
Paperback, 512 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Tor Books (first published 1995)
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Crom! Innkeeper, hast your serving wench sunk her legs in a bog? It is I, Conan, that stands before you. Fetch me ale, man, or end this hour shorter by a head!!

I just made that up. Hah hah. But these stories were great. Really excellent. (Apparently several writers have done them). Conan just rambles around what appears to be a fictional, fantastical, magical Babylon, kicks ass, takes what he wants, fights wizards, drinks, and hangs with hookers. And saves naked damsels from sacrifice to vile de
This is what I refer to as my "dessert reading;" the kind of pulpy, high action that I resort to after a certain hour of the night when I am just to tired to deal with the subtlties in Plutarch or Shakespeare or the histories. Given my recent readings in history, I suspect that the character of Conan invented by Robert E. Howard and continued here by Robert Jordan is a much less complex sort of human being than those who actually lived in those times. But when I've just pulled a couple of forty ...more
Carol Storm
Robert Jordan wrote the best CONAN stories this side of Robert E. Howard. All three of the stories in this collection are pretty good, but the middle one, CONAN THE DEFENDER, is the best. Conan actually meets a bunch of Beatnik college kids and sets them straight!
EVERYONE knows Jordan from his masterful Wheel of Time series, but all too often his Conan books have been overlooked and underappreciated by the masses. Jordan's Conan is THE BEST out of all the author's who have chronicled the mighty Cimmerian, including his creator Robert Howard AND L. Sprague DeCamp, in my opinion. I devoured Jordan's Conan novels in High School like a fiend, and always was left wanting more. It says much that when I met Jordan at Marcon years ago, I set aside a WOT novel to ...more
Jaclyn Goss
3 books, packed into one neat package :) Really enjoyed this series. It's complete fantasy! Conan is undefeatable, covered in scars, young incredibly strong, and his mere presence makes women wet between the legs. Ladies rarily wear more then scarves, but still a fun read :)
Robert Jordan is my favorite author of all time, but I had never read any of his works except The Wheel of Time. This had been on my to-read list for a while, but I never felt any rush to read because I had heard that it wasn't to be compared with his groundbreaking epic fantasy series. That is indeed the case. Interestingly, you can clearly see some of Jordan's writing style in this - the prose, especially the descriptions, are lush and evocative, utilizing solid vocabulary that reminds one of ...more
Bobby Luke
Robert Jordan does a very good job of creating evil, powerful, interesting villains in these short stories. He doesn't do a very good job of convincing me that Conan can take them down like he does. The majority of the time, Conan manages to save the day by a series of very coincidental and convenient circumstances. An ax thrown by one person who was just killed by Conan happens to fly across the room and hit the villain in the back. An amulet with a villain's soul trapped inside somehow kills b ...more
This is the worst cover to a Conan book I have ever seen. It looks like a romance novel. It was a fun read, though. It seemed a little more light hearted than the Robert E. Howard stuff I remember (from over 20 years ago). Sometimes Conan would say something that seemed out of character for him, but overall it was the Conan I know and love. Although, it just seemed wrong to describe him as "longing to ravage" the wench from the 3rd novel. "longing to ravage"? maybe sword and sorcery novels have ...more
As an avid Jordan reader, I was seriously disappointed in the Conan stories. While some of these tales are definitely interesting, that's all that I can really say. Conan... He saves young virgins from demented warlocks, guard random people with mildly interesting treasures, and have many steamy encounters with the hapless yound damsels he finds along his path.
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Shelves: did-not-finish
I really wanted to finish this. I love the dark, sword & sorcery tone, and the well-described action scenes (and plenty of them). But, for example, when 14 of the first 15 (estimate) women mentioned in the book are either prostitutes or sex slaves (and then we have to read what the men thought of or did to them), I decided this book wasn't for me.
before he started WOT, R. Jordan wrote a series of Conan stories.
And, you can tell he is still learning the ropes. While i guess you can't expect much from a conan story, hack and slash seems to go hand in hand with what its all about, i still was hoping for a bit more
and, you can still see, he just doesn't like women.
I expected more because I love WoT. But it didn't appeal to me at all. It was crudely written and cliché and too full of objectified tits for me to like. So I didn't finish it. Therefore don't take my review too seriously.
Loved the Wheel of Time, Cheyenne Raiders and The Fallon Blood.

Didn't love Conan... I guess its just too much on the swords and sorcery side of the genre for me. Too many empty calories I guess.
Robert Jordan is an excellent writer, but this Conan is no Robert E. Howard Conan. First story was great, and I had a hard time putting down. Second two stories fell short.
I assume he wrote this before the wheel of time, and so it was a practice run. Its OK if you just suspend reality (it is fantasy, after all) and read with a non critical mind.
Simple and enjoyable, but nowhere close to the stories by Robert E. Howard. This is enjoyable light reading that you will forget shortly after finishing.
I thoroughly enjoy reading works by Robert Jordan. This book was a compilation of three stories and each one was a very good read.
Everything you'd expect and want from a Conan pulp adventure... Wenching and Warring that doesn't take itself too seriously.
If you are a Conan fan, his books will greatly satisfy your hunger for all the movies that have not been made...
Brian Fisher
This composition was enjoyable. I gained a better understanding of Conan that you can't get through the movies.
Chris Vachio
Three of Jordan's Conan books in one. Really, no complaints except for the metro cover art.
Not sure I would read anymore of Robert Jordan's Conan series....was interesting to read though.
Liked these much better then the WoT series. Not as unnecessarily descriptave.
Highly entertaining and interesting to read early Robert Jordan work.
Johan Roets
Loads of action, sex, blood and gore. Thoroughly entertaining.
Robert Wheeler
I enjoy reading these. Good Conan stories. Easy reading. Fun.
I read these out of order but I like it better than Vol 2 I think.
OOPS! I only read Conan the Destroyer. Good times.
Jeff Hamm
awful. Then again, i'm clearly not a Conan fan.
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr., under which he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series. He also wrote under the names Reagan O'Neal and Jackson O'Reilly.

Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to
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Other Books in the Series

Robert Jordan's Conan Novels (7 books)
  • Conan the Invincible (Conan, #1)
  • Conan the Defender (Conan, #2)
  • Conan the Unconquered (Conan, #3)
  • Conan the Triumphant (Conan, #4)
  • Conan the Magnificent (Conan, #5)
  • Conan the Destroyer (Conan, #6)
  • Conan the Victorious (Conan, #7)
The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1) The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2) The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time, #3) The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time, #4) The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time, #12)

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