Conan the Marauder

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Conan the Marauder
Conan the Marauder.jpg
cover of Conan the Marauder
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 277 pp
ISBN 0-8125-4266-5

Conan the Marauder 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 January 1988, and reprinted in 1992. The first British edition was published in paperback by Orbit Books in February 1991.[1]


The warlord Bartatua is uniting the Hyrkanian tribes east of the Vilayet Sea into a force for world conquest, beginning with the resistive city of Sogaria. Meanwhile, the exiled Turanian wizard Khondemir schemes to sorcerously control Bartatua's armies in pursuite of his own ends. Caught in the middle are Princess Ishkala of Sogaria, the seductive spy Lakhme, and the enslaved Conan, who must prove himself to the warlord to escape his fate. Everything comes to a head in the ancient Hyrkanian necropolis known as the City of Mounds.


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. Conan the Marauder (1987) and Conan the Rogue (1991) are the best of the set."[2]

Writing of some other Tor Conan novels, reviewer Ryan Harvey called Roberts "the most consistently successful of its stable of authors,"[3] 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."[4]



Preceded by
Conan the Defiant
Tor Conan series
(publication order)
Succeeded by
Conan the Warlord
Preceded by
"The People of the Black Circle"
Complete Conan Saga
(William Galen Gray chronology)
Succeeded by
Conan and the Mists of Doom