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Conan the Invincible

Conan the Invincible - Robert Jordan This may be heresy, but I prefer Robert Jordan's version of Conan than Robert Howard's original. I think Jordan does an excellent job of capturing what Conan is all about. The style is visceral. Conan is a swashbuckling, womanizing, simplistic warrior who goes through life seeking adventure and smashing and bashing his way through problems. Despite his flaws, he has a strong sense of honor and justice.

In Conan the Invincible, Conan is hired to steal a powerful talisman. In the process, he is taken prisoner by Karela, a reoccuring quasi-love interest of his. In the end they work together as they are in the middle of conflict between evil wizards. The fight scenes are well-crafted and the action is non-stop. I wish that Jordan would take this approach in his Wheel of Time series, which tends to be long-winded. If you haven't read a Conan book, pick up a copy of this one. It captures the essence of what Conan is about.
Carl Alves - author of Two For Eternity