The Road of Kings

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The Road of Kings
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The Road of Kings by Karl Edward Wagner, Bantam Books, 1979
Author Karl Edward Wagner
Cover artist Bob Larkin
Country United States
Language English
Series Conan the Barbarian
Genre Sword and sorcery Fantasy novel
Publisher Bantam Books
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 209 pp.
ISBN 0-553-12026-3
OCLC 79406374

The Road of Kings is a fantasy novel written by Karl Edward Wagner featuring Robert E. Howard's sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. It was first published in paperback by Bantam Books in October 1979. Later paperback editions were issued by Ace Books (1987) and Tor Books 2001. The first trade paperback edition was published by Warner Books in 1989. The first British edition was published by Sphere Books (1986, reissued 1989). Aside from the Bantam and Tor editions all other editions were issued under the variant title Conan: The Road of Kings.[1]


The novel features Conan during his buccaneering days. He becomes involved in thwarting a plot to take over the turbulent kingdom of Zingara, complicated by sorcery rooted in the long lost realm of Acheron. At the end of the story he himself has the opportunity to take the Zingaran throne, but uncharacteristically turns it down.


The story was adapted by Roy Thomas in Conan: Road of Kings in 2010.



Preceded by
The Sword of Skelos
Bantam Conan series
(publication order)
Succeeded by
Conan the Rebel
Preceded by
"Shadows in the Dark"
Complete Conan Saga
(William Galen Gray chronology)
Succeeded by
Conan the Renegade