Conan the Barbarian (2011 novel)

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Conan the Barbarian
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Conan the Barbarian by Michael A. Stackpole, Berkley Books, 2011
Author Michael A. Stackpole
Country United States
Language English
Series Conan the Barbarian
Genre Sword and sorcery Fantasy novel
Publisher Berkley Books
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 292 pp
ISBN 978-0-425-24206-3
OCLC 679930060
LC Class PS3569.T137 C66 2011

Conan the Barbarian is a fantasy novel written by Michael A. Stackpole featuring Robert E. Howard's seminal sword and sorcery hero of the same name, a novelization of the feature film of the same title. It was first published in paperback by Berkley Books in 2011.[1] An earlier novel of the same title by L. Sprague de Camp, Lin Carter and Catherine Crook de Camp, based on the original film of which the 2011 version was a remake, was published by Bantam Books in 1982.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

Chapters 1-11 retell the story of the hero's youth from his birth through the murder of his father and destruction of his village to the eve of the Battle of Venarium. Stackpole's version of these events is compatible with the account established in the original tales by Howard, the character's creator, references to which he incorporates into his text. In the wake of Venarium Conan ventures into an unforgiving world where he survives as a thief, pirate, and warrior on a path of wanton adventure and women.

Chapters 12-33, set years later in the wake of his piratical career on the Black Coast and subsequent sojourn in the Black Kingdoms, relate how Conan chances upon the warlord responsible for his tribe's destruction. As he tracks Khalar Zym, Conan battles monsters, Zym's henchmen, and Marique, a powerful witch.


Preceded by
Complete Conan Saga
(Part 1)
Succeeded by
Conan of Venarium
Preceded by
"The Snout in the Dark"
Complete Conan Saga
(Part 2)
Succeeded by
Conan the Gladiator