The Star of Khorala

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"The Star of Khorala"
Author L. Sprague de Camp and Björn Nyberg
Country United States
Language English
Series Conan the Barbarian
Genre(s) Fantasy
Published in Conan the Swordsman
Publication type Collection
Publisher Bantam Books
Media type Print (Paperback)
Publication date 1978

"The Star of Khorala" is a short story by Björn Nyberg and L. Sprague de Camp, featuring the fictional sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian created by Robert E. Howard. It was first published by Bantam Books in the paperback collection Conan the Swordsman in August 1978. Later paperback editions of the collection were issued by Ace Books (1987 and 1991). The first hardcover edition was published by Tor Books in 2002. The book has also been translated into Italian. It was later gathered together with Conan the Liberator and Conan and the Spider God into the omnibus collection Sagas of Conan (Tor Books, 2004).

Plot summary[edit]

In the wake of the events of "Shadows in Zamboula" and Conan the Raider Conan journeys to Ophir with the fabulous gem called the Star of Khorala, knowing it was formerly owned by the kingdom's queen, Marala, who will pay well to random it. Once in Ophir, however, he learns that Marala has fallen from grace and been imprisoned. Freeing the queen, he escorts her west toward Aquilonia where she has a hereditary fief on which she can begin life anew. But before they can reach their goal they are trapped in a ruin where they gem turns out to be the key to the fulfilment of an ancient prophecy. In the end Marala is restored to her ancestral estate; as the Aquilonian Countess Albiona she will later play a role in the events of the novel Conan the Conqueror.


Preceded by
Conan the Raider
Complete Conan Saga
(William Galen Gray chronology)
Succeeded by
Conan and the Death Lord of Thanza