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The People of the Black Circle

Robert E. Howard

Book Overview: 

It is set in the pseudo-historical Hyborian Age and concerns Conan kidnapping a regal princess of Vendhya (pre-historical India) and foiling a nefarious plot of world domination by the Black Seers of Yimsha. Due to its epic scope and atypical Hindustan flavor, the story is considered an undisputed classic of Conan lore and is often cited by Howard scholars as one of his best tales. It is also one of the few Howard stories where the reader is treated a deeper insight on magic and magicians beyond the stereotypical Hyborian depiction as demon conjurer-illusionist-priests. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .here is a mission you must perform,' he said, choosing his words with as much care as if they had been razors. 'There—'

Conan had sprung back, wheeling to face the door at the same instant, lips asnarl. His barbarian ears had caught the quick tread of soft slippers outside the door. The next instant the door was thrown open and a slim, silk-robed form entered hastily, pulling the door shut—then stopping short at sight of the hillman.

Chunder Shan sprang up, his heart jumping into his mouth.

'Devi!' he cried involuntarily, losing his head momentarily in his fright.

'Devi!' It was like an explosive echo from the hillman's lips. Chunder Shan saw recognition and intent flame up in the fierce blue eyes.

The governor shouted desperately and caught at his sword, but the hillman moved with the devastating speed of a hurricane. He sprang, knocked the governor sprawling with a savage blow of his knife-hilt, swept up the asto. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A Howard collection...one volume from 1977. I incorrectly referred to these '77 books as novels. They are one volume Narratives. But still good if you can find them.

These Short Stories of Conan are so interesting. The Author wrote so descriptive and made things so fluid. I have read this book numerous times and never get tired of reading it

This is a collection of four of Howard's Conan tales, "restored" by editor Karl Edward Wagner to Howard's original versions (or, perhaps, to Weird Tales 1934-'35 versions), rather than the edited iterations presented in the famous and popular Carter/de Camp Lancer/Ace series. I honestly didn't note

“ The Devil in Iron”- 4* - formulaic but entertaining
“ The People of the Black Circle” -4*- one of Howard’s best and a “ must read” classic Conan story
“ A Witch shall be Born”- 4 *- Salome was a great villain and one of the most Iconic Conan scenes comes from this story ( do not want to spoil it he

Kniha povídek svalnatého Cimmerského barbara s jednoduchou zápletkou v podobě nahé krásky v nesnázích. Trochu mi to připomíná styl psaní Tolkiena, ale to je zřejmě dáno obdobím, kdy byla kniha sepsána. Každopádně jsou povídky velmi zábavné a oddechové. Kniha má rychlý spád bez zdržování s mírně horo

People of the Black Circle - 4/5

Man, Robert knew how to start a visceral, bloody and blindingly fast fantasy adventure and keep consistent pace. Nothing like a good adrenaline rush from beginning to end. One of the best in the series yet Hour of the Dragon remains my favorite.

The Devil in Iron -

Sword and sorcery with a large dash of horror, very dark. Pulpy, but wonderfully entertaining.

You can't go wrong with Conan, especially written by Robert E. Howard himself. Plus it has this great color foldout poster.

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