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This story always leaves me feeling a bit meh, the bulk of the tension lies not in some great foe, or even in some inescapable situation, instead counting on us to be eagerly awaiting the moment our hero simply grows frustrated enough to just deal with things. Even the ending which must have been surprising for people in the 30s is rushed and somewhat un satisfying. The saving grace is that by the end we see Conan experience real fear. This I like because it underscores the argument I have been making in my other reviews about how the Conan in popular culture and Howards Conan are very different characters.