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The Hour of the Dragon

Robert E. Howard

Book Overview: 

The Hour of the Dragon, also known as Conan the Conqueror, is a fantasy novel by American writer Robert E. Howard featuring his sword and sorcery hero Conan the Cimmerian.

Recommended for fans of Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Who are you?' demanded the king belligerently, struggling to a sitting position in spite of his chains.

'Men call me Xaltotun,' was the reply, in a strong, golden voice.

'What place is this?' the Cimmerian next demanded.

'A chamber in the palace of King Tarascus, in Belverus.'

Conan was not surprised. Belverus, the capital, was at the same time the largest Nemedian city so near the border.

'And where's Tarascus?'

'With the army.'

'Well,' growled Conan, 'if you mean to murder me, why don't you do it and get it over with?'

'I did not save you from the king's archers to murder you in Belverus,' answered Xaltotun.

'What the devil did you do to me?' demanded Conan.

'I blasted your consciousness,' answered Xaltotun. 'How, you would not understand. Call it black magic, if you will.'

Conan had already reached that conclusion, and was mulling over something else.

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Community Reviews

La mejor historia que he leído de Conan, muy completa y diversa.
Volumen que arranca donde nos dejó el anterior, con Conan peleando por su trono de Aquilonia.
Sinopsis: Conan es ya un rey asentado en el trono, que ha dejado atrás su violento pasado. Sin embargo, un nuevo peligro acecha en el reino ve

This Berkley edition of The Hour of the Dragon presents Howard's only Conan novel in as close to the original way as he wrote it as editor Karl Edward Wagner could get it. Ace, Gnome, and Lancer had all printed editions that had been changed or edited by L. Sprague de Camp and perhaps by other hands

My edition is from Berkley. This is Howard's novel of Conan with minimal editing.

Howard's only full length novel about Conan, and it contains some sections that are loose rewrites of a few of the Conan stories. This is a really enjoyable novel, with great atomsphere and action.

The only full length Conan novel from Howard. I didn't find it quite as compelling as some of his better shorter Conan stories, but still a fine tale brimming with his usual exuberance. The plot in fact is essentially identical to the previously published The Scarlet Citadel.

There are some large bat

The only full-length Conan novel, so that makes it quite unique. But it doesn’t really feel like it. I mean, if you’ve read the short stories that came before it, this novel can come off as a bit familiar. Some things have definitely been borrowed from previous Conan adventures. It’s a bit unfortuna

Questo primo approccio all'universo di Conan il Barbaro non mi ha affatto deluso. Lo stile di scrittura di Howard risulta essere fresco e attuale, nonostante il romanzo risalga ai primi del '900 ( è invecchiato proprio bene

"It is not alone the rebellious lords of Aquilonia and the armies of Nemedia which are arrayed against you," answered Hadrathus. "It is sorcery – grisly black magic from the grim youth of the world. An awful shape has risen out of the shades of the Past, and none can stand before it."

This is one of

"From death to death [

The Heart of Ahriman]
 came, riding on a river of human blood. Blood feeds it, blood draws it. Its power is greatest when there is blood on the hands that grasp it, when it is wrested by slaughter from its holder. Wherever it gleams, blood is spilt and k

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