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The Scarlet Citadel (Conan (Original Short Stories) #2)

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Robert Ervin Howard (1906-1936) was an American pulp writer of fantasy, horror, historical adventure, boxing, western, and detective fiction. He is well known for having created the character Conan the Cimmerian, a literary icon whose pop-culture imprint can be compared to such icons as Tarzan of the Apes, Sherlock Holmes, and James Bond. Voracious reading, along with a na...more
Paperback, 52 pages
Published February 29th 2008 by Dodo Press (first published January 1933)
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Alex James
This was another great Conan story, more complex than The Phoenix on the Sword. There is a battle described, and the consequences of treachery are explained more. There were more sorcery elements involved than with The Phoenix on the Sword.

The prose was fantastic as well. Some of the writing makes very good writing look stale: ‘As a thunderbolt strikes, Conan struck, hurtling through the ranks by sheer power and velocity’.

I must say, despite my observation that Conan stories tend to follow a pre...more
Perry Whitford
The second of Robert E. Howard's original Conan Chronicles both starts and finishes in the best possible place for a Conan story- a bloody battlefield. Some time into his reign as the king of Aquilonia, Conan finds himself tricked into leaving his kingdom.
Traveling south with a small force seemingly in aid of King Amalrus of Ophir, the Cimmerian soon discovers that his former ally has betrayed him, decimating his overwhelmed army in concert with his supposed oppressor, Strabonus, king of Koth.

Full of intrigue, monsters, a giant snake and a battle against overwhelming odds. King Conan's kingdom has been taken by a magician in concert with a harsh tyrant seeking a throne. Conan must free himself from the dungeons of foul creatures, mass a small army and smash the pretenders to his kingdom, and he doe this with sword and a sorcerer of his own. However, we learn than Conan much prefers a sword that pieces flesh over the dark arts. This was an exciting thrill read.
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Sep 21, 2010 Marne rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Another exciting Conan story!
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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...more
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The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian (Conan the Cimmerian, #1) The Conquering Sword of Conan (Conan the Cimmerian, #3) Conan of Cimmeria (Conan 2) The Bloody Crown of Conan (Conan the Cimmerian, #2) The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane

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