Thursday, May 24, 2007

Conan and the Gods of the Mountain

Roland Green's Conan and the Gods of the Mountain (Conan) is an immediate continuation of Robert E. Howards story Conan: Red Nails. While not a great book it was still an alright way to spend a few hours reading it. The book had excellent characterization and Conan's interaction with Valeria (this particular books love interest) was very good. The down side to this book was that Conan and Valeria spent far too much time underground, the ending seemed rushed, and it implied that one of the characters was going to be important to the story then barely mentions her.

For a summary of the book I'll just put the back of the books blurb:

Fleeing the sorcerous destruction of a long-lost city, Conan fights side-by-side with Valeria of the Red Brotherhood, that notorious and voluptuous she-pirate. Pursued by deadly spies and assassins, the Cimmerian and Valeria find themselves caught squarely in the front ranks of a bloody and savage war. But greater peril lurks in the shadow of a vast and forbidding mountain, where the spirit Speakers wage occult battle with God-Men, who can read the future -- and summoning a Living Wind that consumes the soul even as it destroys the flesh. Even a sword powered by barbarian might is of little use against spirits, much less against greater beings of the elder dark, but the final struggle for survival will down down to...Conan and the Gods of the Mountain.

That is not all together true. While there are spies and assassins they aren't really pursuing Conan, the three sides (The God men, Ichiribu, and the Kwanyi) are spying on each other. The Living Wind and God-Men really don't do much of anything in this book. The Living Wind which is supposed to be very powerful is defeated much easier than the ancient giant snake and other perils in the book. The battle versus the Giant Snake though was pretty good.

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