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Conan the Liberator (Conan the Barbarian)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  479 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
The hour of darkness was upon Aquilonia, proudest kingdom of the great Hyborian world. Brave men cowered, for a madman wore the crown. Now mighty Conan, sword in hand, girded himself for a terrible confrontation. Chosen commander-in-chief of the rebels, the great hero faced a deadly foe, Numedides, mad king of Aquilonia, and his vaunted sorcerer, Thulandra Thuu. Who would ...more
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Published July 1st 1987 by Ace (first published 1979)
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May 30, 2010 Joe rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, pulp
Content warning: These remarks contain heresy against certain beloved genre icons. They also go on rather longer than a book of this quality really deserves.

Fist of all, on its own qualitative merits this book really earns only about two stars. The plot is predictable, the story deerivative, and the protagonist, Conan, does little in the novel but be there and be Conan. The action goes on about him leaving him little to do. I gave it for stars because of how much I enjopyed what it says about fa
Jean-Francois Boivin
Jul 08, 2012 Jean-Francois Boivin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Most complaints about this book is that Conan doesn't take part in much of the action of this book. In fact, there is not much action at all. It's mostly military units marching over vast distances and long periods of times, with stops along the way and skirmishes between Conan's rebel army or mad King Numedides' royalist legions. At one point, Conan is even incapacited for almost a month and not even able to get out of bed!

But I find this all appropriate for this story. It is after all the even
May 09, 2008 Turi rated it it was ok
So; from some of the best fantasy I've read in awhile to... well, to Conan. A friend on the Boyz Trip was reading one of the Conan books, and I thought I'd give one a try just to see what they were like. Had a hard time picking one; the whole timeline is kind of confusing. It ended up that my library only had one of the books on the shelf, anyway - Conan the Liberator, a later title by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter. It was kind of hard to pick up the thread of where in his career Conan was a ...more
Felipe Guerrero
Oct 29, 2013 Felipe Guerrero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esta un poco aburrido y la verdad es que Conan aparece y hace poco durante el libro pero es parte importante de la historia del Cimmerio. Aquí se relata, por fin, que ocurrió exactamente con el rey Numedides y como es que Conan obtuvo la corona de Aquilonia, hechos que se relataran anteriormente en el relato ”Lobos más allá de la frontera” donde al protagonista le llega la noticia despues de sus propias aventuras en los limites de la frontera Picta.

Dave White
Oct 31, 2012 Dave White rated it it was ok
These licensed Conan novellas always mystify me. The character clearly inspires a great deal of passion in certain audiences, to the point where they are clamoring to see more of his adventures. And yet the licensed novels seem to be completely devoid of the charm of Robert E. Howard managed to invest into his character.
Stuart Rimmer
One of the 'dryer' additions to the early De Camp/Carter pastiches. It feels like a gap filling exercise, to explain Conan's rise to the throne of Aquilonia - something which Howard himself never did. It serves its purpose without sparkling.
Keith Bell
Sep 25, 2011 Keith Bell rated it it was ok
While an essential part of the Conan saga (rise to King of Aquilonia), this installment was unnecessarily wordy. The authors had the characters speaking as if they were Shakespearean actors at times. Too much focus on intrigue and plots with little action. Conan becomes a minor character.
Robert C.
Nov 09, 2012 Robert C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The books I'd take to a desert island.
The books I'd save from a house on fire.
The books I read over and over.
The best of the best.
Dec 31, 2008 Charles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
definitely better than Conan and the Spider God. I enjoyed it fairly well. Interesting cover painting too.
Kevin welter
Oct 02, 2008 Kevin welter rated it really liked it
One of the best non-howard conan tales told.
Mark Lacy
Jan 10, 2014 Mark Lacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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not bad, but not enough time spent on Conan and fighting, kind of watered-down compared to other Conan tales
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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 (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Conan (Book 1)
  • Conan of Cimmeria (Conan 2)
  • Conan The Freebooter (Conan, #3)
  • Conan the Wanderer (Conan, #4)
  • Conan the Adventurer (Conan 5)
  • Conan the Buccaneer (Conan, #6)
  • Conan the Warrior (Book 7)
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  • Conan the Conqueror
  • The Return of Conan

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