The ancient hierarchs of the desert city of Qjara did not want the young man called Conan of Cimmeria inside their walls with his strange northland ways. He did not even worship the One True Goddess.
Yet some would ensnare him in the city's intrigues: the beautiful Princess Afrianda, with powers she does not fully understand herself, and Zaius, foremost swordsman of the Temple warriors. Their paths are like nothing Conan has seen before, following labyrinthine trails he cannot imagine, thrusting him toward banishment or death.
And in the dying city of Sark, the soulless high priest Khumanos wields the legendary Sword of Onothimantos and schemes for the return of ancient gods. Qjara does not want Conan, but only one man can prevent the sacrifice of the city to the Tree of Mouths. Only one...
Conan the Outcast.
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Leonard Paul Carpenter (born in 1948) is a technical writer and author of fantasy and science fiction.
Among Carpenter's works are eleven Conan novels published by Tor Books, which he claims "make him the most prolific contributor, living or dead, to the Conan literary saga of the late Robert E. Howard." He has also written the science fiction novel Fatal Strain, and a number of short stories, articles and poems.
Leonard Carpenter. Wikipedia.