Conan The Rebel
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A grand adventure of the mighty thewed barbarian, from one of Fantasy's biggest names
Conan, The name has inspired generations, one that resounds through time immemorial. Yet it all began with a handful of stories from Robert E. Howard. In the decades since, there have been feature films, television and comic book series, and numerous spin-off novels. In 1979, Poul Anderson—winner of a staggering eight Hugo and three Nebula Awards—wrote what is regarded as one of the finest adventures in the canon of Conan:
Conan the Rebel.
Conan the barbarian and Belit, his raven-haired beauty, lead a band of savage pirates striving to free Belit's people from the iron grip of an evil reptile god and its cruel minions. Striking at the heart of tyranny, Conan must break the chains of oppression before eternal darkness claims them all.
jungles and veldts of Kush. At this height he discerned no trace of man’s works. Dizzyingly swift, his vision swept down the Kushite seaboard. Rain forests brooded over surf; swamps and rivers sheened; as the view descended, he glimpsed open spaces where the black primitives had burnt off woods for their plantings. Hawklike, sight swooped westward across the water. Tothapis saw a ship. She was a fighting craft, a lean black galley with a raised deck from stem to stern. Below were benches, and
truly a friend of Jehanan. If you doubt this, let me spend a few hours telling you what he has told me about himself — and about you, my lady — yes, tales reaching far back into childhood. You know your brother; you know he would not relate intimate matters to anyone whom he did not feel was trustworthy. Third, I am a Taian, a mountaineer, no sailor. I will need someone to man the boat that carries me. It is also best I bring a strong sword arm along, in case something goes awry.” Conan’s fist
otherwise stood open. Anything else would have hampered the waterborne commerce on which Khemi, like most of Stygia, depended. For defense on that side, the city had the royal fleet, the steep upward approach, and ultimately the powers of its sorcerers. Not for hundreds of years had any hostile force been so foolish as to attack it. Even its landward fortifications were mainly for the purpose of enabling the hierarchy to keep close control over its life. Thus Conan and Otanis could enter as
know many such drifters each year.” “Be not so sure how the Stygians will take to us,” Jehanan said harshly. “Those grovelers before snakes are unlike any people anywhere else. Are they even human?” “Oh, yes,” Daris replied. She touched his cheek in compassion. “Some of them have misused you and yours, as some of them have misused my folk. But I have met a number of ordinary ones, and heard tell of many more — decent persons little different from you or me, simply concerned to make a living for
change whatever plans he bore; for he stopped at the provincial border and waited for the royal force to appear. Now he was bound back toward Seyan, part of an army that took time to ravage as it went. But there was nothing worth its attention in the hills near Rasht; and lowland Stygians would not notice any sign of the thousands who were gathered to ambush them. “Let’s go,” said Conan. He and his companions slithered off until they could safely walk upright. In a hollow beyond the crest,