Conan and the Manhunters

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Conan and the Manhunters
Conan and the Manhunters.jpg
Cover of first edition
Author John Maddox Roberts
Cover artist Ken Kelly
Country United States
Language English
Series Conan the Barbarian
Genre Sword and sorcery
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 276
ISBN 0-8125-2489-6

Conan and the Manhunters is a fantasy novel by American writer John Maddox Roberts, featuring Robert E. Howard's sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. It was first published in paperback by Tor Books in October 1994 and reprinted in April and June 1999.[1]


Conan, imprisoned by satrap Torgat Khan, escapes and returns to his band of rogues he leads in the deserts southwest of Turan. Subsequently they plot to loot Khan's treasury, held in a vault below the newly built temple of the sinister cult of Ahriman, the priests of which hope to revive the ancient god. Persuaded that sorcerous aid will be needed to ensure success, Conan agrees to accept the help of the wizard Volvolicus and his daughter Layla. After stealing the treasure the band is pursued by the Manhunters, a band of bounty hunters with specialized skills led by a captain even more powerful than Conan himself. Through his own skills and those of his wizardly friends, Conan thwarts his pursuers, and prevents the resurrection of the evil god.


Don D'Ammassa, writing of Roberts' Conan novels, noted that "[a]lthough Roberts did not recreate Howard's character exactly, making him more intellectual and less inclined to solve every problem by hitting it with a sword, his evocation of the barbaric setting is superior to that of most of the other writers contributing to the series."[2] This novel, D'Ammassa writes, "was an excellent pastiche with some well drawn characters and exciting situations" in which "Conan wins ... through brains as much as brawn."[3]

Writing of some other Tor Conan novels, reviewer Ryan Harvey called Roberts "the most consistently successful of its stable of authors,"[4] and "the most consistently entertaining" of them, showing "deft ability with storytelling and action scenes, and a thankful tendency not to overplay his hand and try to ape Robert E. Howard’s style."[5]



Preceded by
Conan, Scourge of the Bloody Coast
Tor Conan series
(publication order)
Succeeded by
Conan at the Demon's Gate
Preceded by
"Black Tears"
Complete Conan Saga
(William Galen Gray chronology)
Succeeded by
"Shadows in Zamboula"