Brak the Barbarian Versus the Sorceress



Brak the Barbarian Versus the SorceressMaking His Way South Toward The Gold Land Of Khurdisan, Brak Must First Traverse The Desolate Territory Of The Manworm A Land Gripped By Terror Of Things Unknown Awful A Land Of Unseen Watchers Horrifying Riddles A Land Ravaged By The Evil Of Nordica Fire Hair, The Beautiful, Hypnotic Sorceress Whose Occult Experiments Include Human Sacrifice.

John William Jakes, the author ofthan a dozen novels, is regarded as one of today s most distinguished writers of historical fiction His work includes the highly acclaimed Kent Family Chronicles series and the North and South Trilogy Jakes s commitment to historical accuracy and evocative storytelling earned him the title of the godfather of historical novelists from the Los Angeles Times and led to a streak of sixteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers Jakes has received several awards for his work and is a member of the Authors Guild and the PEN American Center He and his wife, Rachel, live on the west coast of Florida.Also writes under pseudonyms Jay Scotland, Alan Payne, Rachel Ann Payne, Robert Hart Davis, Darius John Granger, John Lee Gray Has ghost written as William Ard.

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  • Paperback
  • 160 pages
  • Brak the Barbarian Versus the Sorceress
  • John Jakes
  • English
  • 26 March 2019
  • 061063089X

10 thoughts on “Brak the Barbarian Versus the Sorceress

  1. Derek says:

    A few examples of the problems I had with this book Nordica Fire Hair, the primary antagonist, is the daughter of a modest alchemist in this unnamed kingdom Her father dies under mysterious circumstances She is now gathering an army to herself in her mountaintop fortress Where did she get a mountaintop fortress It wasn t her father s, was it The plot revolves around the modest alchemist devising a formula for the transmutation of base metal into gold But when her suddenly demon worshi A few examples of the problems I had with this book Nordica Fire Hair, the primary antagonist, is the daughter of a modest alchemist in this unnamed kingdom Her father dies under mysterious circumstances She is now gathering an army to herself in her mountaintop fortress Where did she get a mountaintop fortress It wasn t her father s, was it The plot revolves around the modest alchemist devising a formula for the transmutation of base metal into gold But when her suddenly demon worshiping daughter invokes this ritual, she s using the name of an elder god not generally known and not revered by her father So did her father devise a formula that he never intended to use that invokes a foul being that he does not honor It goes on like this It felt like Jakes had some idea about what pieces he wanted to include a kingdom in distress, the Manworm, the gathering of a conquering army, a completely immoral source of funding and then hammered them roughly into shape It doesn t help that he telegraphs every plot point, making Brak look like a perpetual holder of the Idiot Ball as his understanding lags well behind the reader

  2. Seizure Romero says:

    Old school sword sorcery novels with Frank Frazetta covers are awesome Period.I know this has nothing to do with the story Shut up Old school sword sorcery novels with Frank Frazetta covers are awesome Period.I know this has nothing to do with the story Shut up

  3. Benjamin Thomas says:

    The second book in John Jakes Conan tribute series continues Brak s journey southward toward Khurdisan only to have his path forced into a side adventure by the powers that be Nordica is a beautiful sorceress intent on capturing Brak s life force to further her own evil ends but just in case that isn t enough, there is something deeper behind her sinister plot Events from previous stories converge as Brak finds himself in the lair of none other than the followers of Yob Haggoth, the big bad o The second book in John Jakes Conan tribute series continues Brak s journey southward toward Khurdisan only to have his path forced into a side adventure by the powers that be Nordica is a beautiful sorceress intent on capturing Brak s life force to further her own evil ends but just in case that isn t enough, there is something deeper behind her sinister plot Events from previous stories converge as Brak finds himself in the lair of none other than the followers of Yob Haggoth, the big bad of the series Brak s old nemesis Septegundus as well as Ariane have prominent roles to play in this adventure as well.I enjoyed this novel quite a bitthan the first book, probably because this was a single novel length adventure even though originally published in serial form instead of a series of connected short stories It allowed for much better character development and that getting to know Brak serves the series well I almost always enjoy these sorts of sword and planet adventure stories and am willing to overlook the occasional over the top writing or plot hole Jakes does a better job than most however and it was clear even back in 1963 that he would have a nice writing career ahead of him

  4. K. Axel says:

    It s been a while since I read the first book in the Brak the Barbarian saga, but now it was time to continue the saga and read the next book.So what is it all about Brak the Barbarian continues his journey south, towards Khurdisan, the fabled city of his dreams In the first book he was ever on the road, visiting strange places, but now Brak has come to some unknown place that reminds me a little of an english feudal farm community However, before he finds that place, he is forced into the Pi It s been a while since I read the first book in the Brak the Barbarian saga, but now it was time to continue the saga and read the next book.So what is it all about Brak the Barbarian continues his journey south, towards Khurdisan, the fabled city of his dreams In the first book he was ever on the road, visiting strange places, but now Brak has come to some unknown place that reminds me a little of an english feudal farm community However, before he finds that place, he is forced into the Pit of the Manworm where he rescues a girl named Elinor, meets a weird old man and hears the voice of Septegundas Oh, he also finds his pony half way eaten on the road.The beginning is great We learn that Brak is nothing like Conan he has lots of weaknesses and is incapable of slaying even a simple hellhound called Scarletjaw I loved the setup as it gave me a chance to learn a bit about Brak, however, from here it becomes one long walk towards the altar.On the way there, we are introduced to Nordica Fire hair, the witch who dominates the hellhound and, in fact, the small community An old lord called Strann, his son, Prins Pemma and a bunch of other minor characters Apparently, Nordica has taken over the rule of the community and for one specific reasonYep, I won t say anyabout the plot.Did I like the book Well, as I said, the beginning was great, but from there, the story becomes a little back and forth I had hoped to learn a bitabout the setting, but didn t learn a whole lot to be honest I liked the idea of Nordica, but she should have been a bump on the way, not the center of the entire book.Overall, worth reading but had it been 30 pages longer, I probably would have rated it much worse I hope the next in the saga returns Brak to the road

  5. Charles says:

    Another novel of Brak.

  6. Eli says:

    So bad it s almost good

  7. Alien says:

    A Conan rip off with all the usual elements I did not read this to the end.

  8. Robert says:

    When I read the first book in the series, Brak the Barbarian, I was struck with how Jakes managed to create a hero who was both reminiscent of Howard s Conan while and yet distinctly his own person Given Howard s dominance of the pulp fantasy, swords and sorcery field with Conant that is no small achievement in itself Sadly it s an achievement Jakes wasted in Brak the Barbarian Versus the Sorceress.In the beginning of the story we find our Brak much as we left him, just a few miles farther d When I read the first book in the series, Brak the Barbarian, I was struck with how Jakes managed to create a hero who was both reminiscent of Howard s Conan while and yet distinctly his own person Given Howard s dominance of the pulp fantasy, swords and sorcery field with Conant that is no small achievement in itself Sadly it s an achievement Jakes wasted in Brak the Barbarian Versus the Sorceress.In the beginning of the story we find our Brak much as we left him, just a few miles farther down the road but otherwise still plodding along toward Khurdisan That is, until an ill timed rock slide changes his path and puts him on a collision course with his old nemesis, Ariane, daughter of Septegundus the Amyr of the vile deity Yob Hoggoth Now I know what you r saying right now, OMG Spoiler alert Well you d have a point except it s not really much of a spoiler By the time Brak figures out that Nordica Fire Hair is actually possessed by the spirit of Ariane, daughter of Septegundus, you ll have long come to that conclusion yourself and how could you not Jakes practically beats it into your head that Nordica is possessed by Ariane In fact the only person who doesn t figure it out until it s too late is Brak.Speaking of Brak, I was heartily disappointed with how Jakes evolved the barbarian hero from a sort of everyman s Conan to an almost sad sack bumbler Seriously, given two obvious choices Brak will invariably make the wrong one and frustrate you, the reader, who will no doubt be screaming mentally , No, you fool Don t do that Also, despite charging into battle bravely again and again, Brak not only never fails to fail, he keeps getting the crap kicked out of him in such vicious ways that one can only wonder at how he managed to make it to the end of the story Seriously, he s hit in the head by spear butts and sword pommels so many times he should have brain damage Then again, brain damage would explain a lot of his behavior.Despite the strong start the story rapidly fades into a mish mash of stock story tropes of the sword sorcery genre which are presented in an often confusing manner seriously, the convoluted decision making process Jakes has Brak using simply boggles the mind and yet Jakes still manages to deliver a decent, if not good, story I gave it 3 out of 5 stars because of the author s writing ability, in the hands of a lesser writer this would have been a 1 star story easily

  9. Mark Hodder says:

    The second Brak the Barbarian novel improves considerably on the first, mostly because it s a full length adventure rather than a fix up Yes, it has the immaturity of old style sword sorcery, and yes, it s not a patch on any of the original Conan stories which plainly inspire it , but it at least manages to entertain without any tedium or misplaced attempts at depth Silly, undemanding fun The second Brak the Barbarian novel improves considerably on the first, mostly because it s a full length adventure rather than a fix up Yes, it has the immaturity of old style sword sorcery, and yes, it s not a patch on any of the original Conan stories which plainly inspire it , but it at least manages to entertain without any tedium or misplaced attempts at depth Silly, undemanding fun

  10. Tom Sims says:

    Classic sword and sourcery Some of the dialogue is rather leaden and the story leaps from drama to drama but all good fun Archtypical Barbarian hero, a la Conan Clear inspiration amongst several others for Sir Terry Pratchett to parody with Cohen the Barbarian

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