Steve Perry wrote five Conan pastiches. He did much of his work in other writers’ worlds, writing Star Wars, Aliens, Predator, and Indiana Jones books in addition to Conan books. He also wrote several Tom Clancy’s Net Force books.
I have two: Conan the Fearless and Conan the Free Lance. I’ve only read Conan the Fearless and don’t plan on reading any more of the Steve Perry pastiches anytime soon. Conan the Fearless is the worst Conan story I’ve read.
There are a lot of issues with Conan the Fearless. The plot bears too strong a resemblance to Robert Jordan’s Conan the Invincible, already a weak book. The plot is overcomplicated by too many characters. Who tend toward the lame—an aristocratic were-panther? A sex-crazed witch? But the most grievous sin against Howard is that Conan is aided by a White Magician. Simple good-evil delineations of wizard, complete with senseless restrictions on what the good wizards can do, isn’t sword and sorcery, let alone Howard. The entire thing is very much generic 1980s fantasy.
Which is a shame, because Perry might write the best action scenes of any of the pastiche authors I’ve read.
2.5 of 5 Stars.
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