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Series: Endless Quest — no. 19
Translated Into: Conan l'intrépide (French)
Senshi Konan [戦士コナン] (Japanese)
Author: Ward, James M.
Illustrators: Caldwell, Clyde (cover)
Chaffee, Doug (interior)
Date: June, 1984
ISBN: 0880381205 / 9780880381208
Length: 157 pages
Number of Endings: 19
User Summary: A mortally wounded knight charges you and your friend to a death quest, forcing you to carry a warning to the city of Galparan before it is attacked by rebel Bossonian March Riders.
Demian's Thoughts:

This is a fairly good gamebook, though I don't know how successful it is at portraying Conan and his world since I'm mostly unfamiliar with Robert E. Howard's work. The strange thing about this book and the following book, number twenty, is that their publication date is June, 1984 while the previous two books (seventeen and eighteen) were apparently released in July of that year. It's not unheard of for series books to be published out of order, but I have no idea why it happened in this particular case. I suppose it might have something to do with the remarkable similarity between the plots of this book and King's Quest, the book which precedes it numerically, but I'm not sure how releasing the books out of order would really correct that problem.

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Kveto's Thoughts:

Of the three Conan themed books in this series, this is probably the weakest of the lot. You play a teenaged Conan who goes on a manhood quest with a skinny, annoying sidekick. It's just a random barbarian rather than the Conan created by Robert E. Howard, so you could replace the Conan in this book with any generic teenaged barbarian.

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