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Shadows in Zamboula

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Shadows in Zamboula is a gripping tale of adventure and intrigue set in the exotic city of Zamboula. The story follows the protagonist, Conan the Barbarian, as he finds himself embroiled in a web of dark magic and violence. Howard's vivid descriptions bring the city to life, immersing the reader in a world of danger and mystery.

The pacing of the story is fast-paced and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat as Conan navigates the treacherous streets of Zamboula. The characters are well-developed and each has their own motivations and secrets, adding depth to the narrative.

Overall, Shadows in Zamboula is a thrilling read that will appeal to fans of fantasy and adventure. Robert E. Howard's sharp writing style and vivid imagery make it a standout in the genre. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a riveting and action-packed read.

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Despite a warning received in the Suq by an elderly desert nomad, Conan stays the night in a cheap tavern in Zamboula, run by Aram Baksh. As night falls, a black Darfarian cannibal enters to drag him away to be eaten. All of the Darfar slaves in the city are cannibals who roam the streets at night. As they only prey on travellers, the people of the city tolerate this and stay locked securely in their homes, while nomads and beggars make sure to spend the night at a comfortable distance from its walls. This night, however, Conan finds a naked woman chasing through the streets after her deranged lover; Conan rescues them from an attack by the cannibals. She tells him that she tried to secure her lover's unending affection via a love potion which instead made a raving lunatic of him. Promising Conan "a reward" in return for his assistance, they attempt to kill the high priest responsible for the man's madness.

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