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She lived in a savage world in an uncivilized age, a world ruled by men and governed by the sword. They called her Red Sonja--for her flame-red hair, for the smouldering fire of her pride which gave her sword arm a strength few men could match and none had ever defeated. In the very lands where Conan the Cimmerian roams, this dangerous warrior-maid pits herself against a po She lived in a savage world in an uncivilized age, a world ruled by men and governed by the sword. They called her Red Sonja--for her flame-red hair, for the smouldering fire of her pride which gave her sword arm a strength few men could match and none had ever defeated. In the very lands where Conan the Cimmerian roams, this dangerous warrior-maid pits herself against a power-mad wizard who rules a city poised precariously above the door to the Seven Hells...


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She lived in a savage world in an uncivilized age, a world ruled by men and governed by the sword. They called her Red Sonja--for her flame-red hair, for the smouldering fire of her pride which gave her sword arm a strength few men could match and none had ever defeated. In the very lands where Conan the Cimmerian roams, this dangerous warrior-maid pits herself against a po She lived in a savage world in an uncivilized age, a world ruled by men and governed by the sword. They called her Red Sonja--for her flame-red hair, for the smouldering fire of her pride which gave her sword arm a strength few men could match and none had ever defeated. In the very lands where Conan the Cimmerian roams, this dangerous warrior-maid pits herself against a power-mad wizard who rules a city poised precariously above the door to the Seven Hells...

30 review for Against the Prince of Hell

  1. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    Sword and sorcery runs rampant in Against the Prince of Hell, the fifth book in the Red Sonja series from the 1980's. While forming part of a broader narrative, this book does read well as a standalone (I've only read the first book in the series and found book 5 new reader friendly) with Red Sonja finding herself part of a band of warriors hell bent and taking back their city from an evil sorcerer. The fact that Against the Prince of Hell is set in the Red Sonja series can be somewhat misleadin Sword and sorcery runs rampant in Against the Prince of Hell, the fifth book in the Red Sonja series from the 1980's. While forming part of a broader narrative, this book does read well as a standalone (I've only read the first book in the series and found book 5 new reader friendly) with Red Sonja finding herself part of a band of warriors hell bent and taking back their city from an evil sorcerer. The fact that Against the Prince of Hell is set in the Red Sonja series can be somewhat misleading in terms of who the key players are. We see very little of the series protagonist until page 50 or so; for the earlier stages she's largely out of commission. This book is mostly about two magical factions, one seeking vengeance, the other, domination over the dead and utter control over his newly conquered city. There isn't anything mind blowing in this book but it is a quick read and provides a fantastical form of escapism. 3.5/5 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Dumcum

    Taken as a whole, I found the book interesting. As a Red Sonja story, however, I hoped for more Red Sonja. I appreciated the complexity of the plot, with multiple characters each with a competing agenda. But as with other volumes of Smith and Tierney’s six-issue series, Sonja is a bit player in her own story. Indeed, of all the major characters, she is the one lacking a motivation.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paul Darcy

    By David C. Smith and Richard L. Tierney, published in 1983. This is the fifth book in the Red Sonja six book series (conveniently numbered on the spines and covers) by the two authors listed above. And this time Sonja, traveling across the mountains, gets herself involved in a battle to win back a city. The rightful ruler of the overthrown city has been cast out by an “evil” sorcerer who intends to use his powers to control the city and then the world. The ruler’s wife betrayed him and taken up w By David C. Smith and Richard L. Tierney, published in 1983. This is the fifth book in the Red Sonja six book series (conveniently numbered on the spines and covers) by the two authors listed above. And this time Sonja, traveling across the mountains, gets herself involved in a battle to win back a city. The rightful ruler of the overthrown city has been cast out by an “evil” sorcerer who intends to use his powers to control the city and then the world. The ruler’s wife betrayed him and taken up with the evil sorcerer. This city lies atop lost but not forgotten sealed gates to the lower hells. (sounds like the Buffyverse.) The evil sorcerer intends to open them and lead vast armies to take over. Sounds all very high fantasy, no? Well the anser is yes. I really like these novels. They are pure pulp fantasy and, to me anyhow, highly entertaining. The character of Red Sonja is well drawn out and I find myself actually on her side in the conflicts she gets herself into. Red Sonja seems to be battling evil in the form of magic, but this is not too unusual since she has been gifted by a god the ability to be unequaled in swordplay. She hails from Hyrkania, a land in the same world as Conan (who hails from Cimmeria) so if you know anything about Conan (from the movies or books) then you have a good idea of the world Sonja travels in. Not to give away any plot points but titanic battles between larger-than-life god-like creatures is waged as well as armies of mortals in this novel. Sonja plays a supporting cast role though as the main players do their dance of death. These Red Sonja novels reminds me somewhat of Glen Cook’s “Black Company” novels, or Moorcock’s “Elric” saga novels. If you can actually find these novels anymore (I had a hard time) they are worth the read. Not long, but fun and entertaining. And for those who like a strong female character - well Sonja fits that bill perfectly. Not even Conan can beat her in battle - and that says a lot! A lot of great moments in this novel but the ending left me a little disappointed, but not overly so. This is a good fantasy series, and well worth your efforts in finding. Here are the six titles in case you are hunting them. 1) The Ring of Ikribu 2) Demon night 3) When Hell laughs 4) Endithor’s Daughter 5) Against the Prince of Hell 6) Star of Doom Overall I would give this one a 4 our of 5. The entire series I would rate a bit higher.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Robert Fenske

    The story revolves around Sonja, a snake worshipper, and an exiled King as they attempt to take back a city the has been taken over by dark magic. Da-jum, the dark sorcerer, who ha taken over the city seeks to find a gate to hell and command its forces. The action was plentiful and the magic was used on a much larger scale than previous Sonja books. But I felt the book suffered from too many characters going on different paths that didn't connect until later on in the book. I also felt the ending The story revolves around Sonja, a snake worshipper, and an exiled King as they attempt to take back a city the has been taken over by dark magic. Da-jum, the dark sorcerer, who ha taken over the city seeks to find a gate to hell and command its forces. The action was plentiful and the magic was used on a much larger scale than previous Sonja books. But I felt the book suffered from too many characters going on different paths that didn't connect until later on in the book. I also felt the ending was very abrupt and some what anti-climatic. (view spoiler)[Although Sonja finds the Gate of Hell, Da-jum never finds it. (hide spoiler)]

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    The magic in this book was more frightening, and the action more immediate than many more "modern" fantasy novels I've read recently. It's not necessarily deep or thought provoking, but there is also a higher quality and depth to the writing. Howard's world feels more real than any fantasy realm I've visited, and that realism came through in this book as well. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. The magic in this book was more frightening, and the action more immediate than many more "modern" fantasy novels I've read recently. It's not necessarily deep or thought provoking, but there is also a higher quality and depth to the writing. Howard's world feels more real than any fantasy realm I've visited, and that realism came through in this book as well. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    Another in the fast paced series. Smith is always entertaining.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marcus

    Not as predictable as the Conan pastiches by Jordan. Solid story telling. Since it is a series it helps if the reader has read the other books, but it stands alone pretty well.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Main

  9. 4 out of 5

    Doug Clark

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  11. 5 out of 5

    Kurtis West

  12. 4 out of 5

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  13. 5 out of 5

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  14. 5 out of 5

    Mark Lacy

  15. 5 out of 5

    Damien King

  16. 5 out of 5

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  18. 4 out of 5

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  19. 4 out of 5

    John Robinson

  20. 4 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

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  22. 4 out of 5

    Jeffery

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vincent77f

  24. 5 out of 5

    Krystle

  25. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Meyer

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    Brad Paige

  27. 4 out of 5

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  28. 4 out of 5

    Gene

  29. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

  30. 4 out of 5

    Will George

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