Conan the Bold

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Conan the Bold
Conan the Bold.jpg
cover of Conan the Bold
Author John Maddox Roberts
Cover artist Ken Kelly
Country United States
Language English
Series Conan the Barbarian
Genre Sword and sorcery Fantasy
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 282 pp
ISBN 0-8125-5210-5

Conan the Bold is a fantasy novel written by 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 April 1989 and reprinted in June 1997.


Young Conan's prospects for a domestic existence are murdered along with his intended by the renegade Taharka of Keshan. To achieve vengeance the Cimmerian pursues his nemesis from Croton's fighting pits to the Ophirian plains, a chase culminating in a battle to the death.


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."[1]

Writing of some other Tor Conan novels, reviewer Ryan Harvey called Roberts "the most consistently successful of its stable of authors,"[2] 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."[3]



Preceded by
Conan the Hero
Tor Conan series
(publication order)
Succeeded by
Conan the Great