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Bran Mak Morn: The Last King


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ISBN13: 9780345461544
ISBN10: 0345461541
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From Robert E. Howard's fertile imagination sprang some of fiction's greatest heroes, including Conan the Cimmerian, King Kull, and Solomon Kane. But of all Howard's characters, none embodied his creator's brooding temperament more than Bran Mak Morn, the last king of a doomed race.

In ages past, the Picts ruled all of Europe. But the descendants of those proud conquerors have sunk into barbarism...all save one, Bran Mak Morn, whose bloodline remains unbroken. Threatened by the Celts and the Romans, the Pictish tribes rally under his banner to fight for their very survival, while Bran fights to restore the glory of his race.

Lavishly illustrated by award-winning artist Gary Gianni, this collection gathers together all of Howard's published stories and poems featuring Bran Mak Morn — including the eerie masterpiece Worms of the Earth and Kings of the Night, in which sorcery summons Kull the conqueror from out of the depths of time to stand with Bran against the Roman invaders.

Also included are previously unpublished stories and fragments, reproductions of manuscripts bearing Howard's handwritten revisions, and much, much more.


"Howard was a true storyteller — one of the first, and certainly among the best, you'll find in heroic fantasy. If you've never read him before, you're in for a real treat." Chalres de Lint award-winning author of Forests of the Heart


"Howard's writing seems so highly charged with energy that it nearly gives off sparks." Stephen King

About the Author

Robert E. Howard (1906-36) lived and wrote in Cross Plains, Texas. From 1924 until his death, he sold hundreds of stories to pulp-fiction magazines. As a twentieth-century American master of fantastic adventure, he rivals Edgar Rice Burroughs.

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Samuel Hurt, August 28, 2015 (view all comments by Samuel Hurt)
This collection is an excellent addition to Howard's canon. Bran Mak morn, much like Kull, doesn't get nearly enough love from casual or dedicated Howard fans. In Bran Mak Morn, you see nearly the culmination of his great, well known "civilization vs. barbarism" debate with Lovecraft. These stories show, more than any of his other barbarian heroes, Howard's views on human effort versus the great tides of time, and how mortality affects even the greatest if ambitions.

Unfortunately, Howard's science behind his Picts is not up to par with our current understanding of them. But as stories, about his last holdouts of free barbarism versus Roman decadence and the cyclical nature of human existence, they're just as great as the best Solomon Kane or El Borak yarns.

there are also some excellent Turlogh O'Brien stories in here, as well as some miscellany from different parts of Howard's career that deal with the Picts that are contextualized wonderfully by Howard scholar Rusty Burke.

I wouldn't recommend this to someone just now delving into Howard, but it's for sure and anthology I'd give to someone who was already familiar with Conan or Solomon Kane and wanted more.
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Howard, Robert E.
Del Rey Books
Action & Adventure
Fantasy - General
Historical fiction
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Fantasy - Epic
fantasy;fiction;short stories;pulp fiction;adventure;pulp;sword and sorcery;robert e. howard
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