Conan and the Treasure of Python
cover of Conan and the Treasure of Python
|Author||John Maddox Roberts|
|Cover artist||Julie Bell|
|Series||Conan the Barbarian|
|Genre||Sword and sorcery Fantasy|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
Conan and the Treasure of Python is a fantasy novel written by John Maddox Roberts featuring Robert E. Howard's seminal sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. It was first published in trade paperback by Tor Books in November 1993; a regular paperback edition followed from the same publisher in August 1994.
In Asgalun, Conan is hired to lead a party to Kush, by a man whose brother has vanished seeking a legendary treasure. Conan takes the job, though the project is almost derailed at the outset by an attack by corsairs. In Kush the expedition is joined by Goma, a mysterious native who serves it as a guide. A long march to the reputed treasure region ensues, including a harrowing journey through a waterless desert. Finally the seekers reach a secret kingdom, in which they are imprisoned. Their guide is then revealed as the realm's rightful monarch, the rule of which has been usurped by a tyrant with the aid of a witch doctor. A battle must be fought and a horrible lake monster faced before all can be resolved.
Reviewer Ryan Harvey considered the book "one of the most interesting of the Tor novels," and the writer "the most consistently successful of its stable of authors," while noting that "this novel is literally King Solomon's Mines ... Roberts copies the exact plot of the classic H. Rider Haggard 1885 adventure novel and recasts it as a Conan story, with the legendary barbarian starring in the Allan Quatermain role."
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