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First in a six book series based upon the comic book character of Red Sonja, who was, in turn, loosely based on the character of Red Sonya (with a "Y"), who was created by Robert E. Howard. 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 First in a six book series based upon the comic book character of Red Sonja, who was, in turn, loosely based on the character of Red Sonya (with a "Y"), who was created by Robert E. Howard. 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 strength that few men could match and none had ever defeated.


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First in a six book series based upon the comic book character of Red Sonja, who was, in turn, loosely based on the character of Red Sonya (with a "Y"), who was created by Robert E. Howard. 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 First in a six book series based upon the comic book character of Red Sonja, who was, in turn, loosely based on the character of Red Sonya (with a "Y"), who was created by Robert E. Howard. 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 strength that few men could match and none had ever defeated.

30 review for The Ring of Ikribu

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    A very solid, dark novel and the first featuring Red Sonja. It has all the elements of a great sword and sorcery tale checking off all the right boxes: central hero to root for, evil sorcerer, magic ring, violence, mystery, monsters, undead, dark foreboding castle, and redemption. My only issue with the book was the use of some profane language by Sonja in the form of a the "a" word and the "f" word. I am by far not a prude, but to me I would have rather heard Sonja saying "You go to hell". To A very solid, dark novel and the first featuring Red Sonja. It has all the elements of a great sword and sorcery tale checking off all the right boxes: central hero to root for, evil sorcerer, magic ring, violence, mystery, monsters, undead, dark foreboding castle, and redemption. My only issue with the book was the use of some profane language by Sonja in the form of a the "a" word and the "f" word. I am by far not a prude, but to me I would have rather heard Sonja saying "You go to hell". To me it was a tad jarring and slightly out of character to read a character like Sonja cursing like that despite all that occurred prior to warrant it. Otherwise an enjoyable read and so far my only one of the 6 book series about her by Smith and Tierney. I would like to read the others if I can find them.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Mit DER RING VON IKRIBU legt der Apex-Verlag den ersten von sechs Red Sonja-Romanen von David C. Smith und Richard Tierney in neuer Übersetzung vor, die Mitte der 80er Jahre schon einmal bei Heyne erschienen sind. In diesem Sword & Sorcery=Abenteuer schließt sich Red Sonja als Söldnerin einem großen Heer an, um dem erzbösen Zauberer Asroth das Handwerk zu legen. Die Story ist spannend erzählt und hat an einigen Stellen Gänsehaut=Faktor, trotzdem bleibt Luft nach oben. Zum einen bleibt meine Liebl Mit DER RING VON IKRIBU legt der Apex-Verlag den ersten von sechs Red Sonja-Romanen von David C. Smith und Richard Tierney in neuer Übersetzung vor, die Mitte der 80er Jahre schon einmal bei Heyne erschienen sind. In diesem Sword & Sorcery=Abenteuer schließt sich Red Sonja als Söldnerin einem großen Heer an, um dem erzbösen Zauberer Asroth das Handwerk zu legen. Die Story ist spannend erzählt und hat an einigen Stellen Gänsehaut=Faktor, trotzdem bleibt Luft nach oben. Zum einen bleibt meine Lieblingsbarbarin Red Sonja mir zu farblos und passiv. Die Frage stellt sich, ob sich am Gang der Handlung etwas geändert hätte, wenn sie bei der Mission nicht dabei gewesen wäre. Zum zweiten schildert der Roman den äußerst gefährlichen Weg von Red Sonja und ihren Weggefährten hin zur Burg von Asroth. Es gibt auf dem Weg, der das Ziel ist, viele Hindernisse zu überwinden, aber keinerlei Nebenhandlungen. Zynisch ließe sich die Handlung so zusammenfassen: Auf dem Weg von A nach B kommen tausende von Menschen, Spielball über/unirdischer Mächte, ums Leben, wobei deren Tod besonders sinnlos ist, weil keiner von Ihnen - Red Sonja eingeschlossen - für den Ausgang des Konflikts zwischen uralten magischen Mächten und einer Menschheit, die hauptsächlich als Götteropfer dient, von Bedeutung ist. Aber in der barbarischen Welt von Conan und Red Sonja ist eben das die conditio humana. Ein Plus dieser Ausgabe ist das kenntnisreiche und sympathische Vorwort von Roy Thomas, langjähriger Chefredakteur bei Marvel und Autor der Comic-Serie Conan. Sehr geärgert haben mich andererseits die zahlreichen "Druckfehler" in der Kindle-Ausgabe. Sie zeigen, dass es trotz aller behaupteten Leidenschaft des Herausgebers nur um die schnelle Mark geht. Das Gros der Fehler hätte bereits bei einem flüchtigen Lesedurchgang eines Verlagsmitarbeiters beseitigt werden können.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Wade

    Who could deny the appeal, attraction and anomoly of a master swordswoman in a world full of raw, armoured conflict? Red Sonja came about as a chance idea in one of the many Conan stories as a woman who could best Conan at his own game. This is the first of just six novellised stories by David C. Smith and Richard Tierney of some of the adventures of Red Sonja. This book is clearly a fantasy adventure and a damn fine one at that. The world the title character lives in is almost a dark ages world. Who could deny the appeal, attraction and anomoly of a master swordswoman in a world full of raw, armoured conflict? Red Sonja came about as a chance idea in one of the many Conan stories as a woman who could best Conan at his own game. This is the first of just six novellised stories by David C. Smith and Richard Tierney of some of the adventures of Red Sonja. This book is clearly a fantasy adventure and a damn fine one at that. The world the title character lives in is almost a dark ages world. It is often called "Swords and Sorcery" and with good reason. It is a world where there is always someone to fight. Life can be very cheap and yet often all the more valued. It is a world where sorcerous power is greatly feared, horribly powerful and thankfully quite rare. But not as rare as our heroine. She predates Xena, she predates even Wonder Woman. Red Sonja is very much a one-of-a-kind. Her stories are as much battling whatever she has thrown her lot in with today as the opinion and prejudice of a woman in armour and wielding a sword. And wield it she does. By the end of The Ring Of Ikribu, the reader has lost count of how many enemies Red Sonja has vanquished, some with the heat of ire. Yet she can also be kind and compassionate to those around her. She is a well realized person. The writing is compelling. Smith and Tierney know how to pace a story, they know how to craft enticing prose, they know how to build distinctive characters to put around their heroine. They also know how to put their heroine through the ringer. And she does not come out entirely unscathed. This book can be as powerful as you let it. I'm looking forward to the other five, some of which I've read before, though a long time ago. I know Red Sonja changes and develops. Such a wonderful character deserves it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Malum

    SPOILERS for an almost 40 year old book that you probably aren't going to read anyway. An uninspired sword & sorcery tale and a forgettable slog that took me two months to push through because I kept putting it down and forgetting about it. Here's how bad this book is: The main villain is killed off screen by a side character, and the secondary villain is killed by an even more minor character at the end. Red Sonja was pretty useless and could have skipped this whole adventure and things would hav SPOILERS for an almost 40 year old book that you probably aren't going to read anyway. An uninspired sword & sorcery tale and a forgettable slog that took me two months to push through because I kept putting it down and forgetting about it. Here's how bad this book is: The main villain is killed off screen by a side character, and the secondary villain is killed by an even more minor character at the end. Red Sonja was pretty useless and could have skipped this whole adventure and things would have worked out just fine. In fact, her actions in this story actually caused the deaths of countless people because she refuses to give a magic item up to someone (for absolutely no reason, mind you) who has the same mission as her (to kill an evil wizard that is on screen once and never actually seen again until they find his corpse. He wins the award for most one-dimensional villain in fantasy literature). The person who wants it gets it anyway after almost everyone dies and immediately kills the big bad with it, thus saving what was left of the day. But, seriously, Sonja single-handedly leads an entire army to its doom because she wants to act like a spoiled brat. I picked up a few other books in this series when I got this one, but I don't know if I will ever care to read them after trudging through this dumpster fire. Recommended only if you absolutely have to read anything and everything Red Sonja and/or sword and sorcery.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    The first in the series based upon the comic book character of Red Sonja, who was, in turn, based fairly loosely on the Robert E. Howard character of Red Sonya, who appeared in only one story. I was never a fan of the comic but these books are all pretty good. David C. Smith is a very fine writer, but he is constrained here by the nature of the character. His own "Oron" books are much better in my opinion. The first in the series based upon the comic book character of Red Sonja, who was, in turn, based fairly loosely on the Robert E. Howard character of Red Sonya, who appeared in only one story. I was never a fan of the comic but these books are all pretty good. David C. Smith is a very fine writer, but he is constrained here by the nature of the character. His own "Oron" books are much better in my opinion.

  6. 5 out of 5

    John

    Despite looking like it jumped off a gas station book rack, RED SONJA: THE RING OF IKRIBU is a surprisingly adept pulp fantasy novel that I'm sure would've made Robert E. Howard proud. The sorcery and sword-fighting is near constant, and the story is much darker and more brutal than I was expecting. (Probably because my only previous exposure to Red Sonja was the campy Brigitte Nielsen flick.) There's not a whole lot to discuss about this novel, since the shallow plot and lightweight characters a Despite looking like it jumped off a gas station book rack, RED SONJA: THE RING OF IKRIBU is a surprisingly adept pulp fantasy novel that I'm sure would've made Robert E. Howard proud. The sorcery and sword-fighting is near constant, and the story is much darker and more brutal than I was expecting. (Probably because my only previous exposure to Red Sonja was the campy Brigitte Nielsen flick.) There's not a whole lot to discuss about this novel, since the shallow plot and lightweight characters are exactly what you'd expect from this sort of thing. However, I found myself impressed with the quality of some of the writing, as well as all the really great imagery is sprinkled throughout. The only thing I didn't care for was that the authors decided to give Red Sonja a romantic interest this early in the game. Considering her hard-edged nature, it seemed strange for Sonja to fall so head-over-heels in love only halfway through the very first book in the series. Fussy readers will find plenty of other nits to pick (For example, just what are the limitations to the sorcerer's magic, anyway? And, when Ikribu's acolytes came to her looking for the ring, why did she hesitate so long before telling them whom she gave it to?) That being said, a lot of thought and effort was put into this book, and it shows. Anyone interested in fast-paced, blood-soaked fantasy should be sure to check this one out.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    I was pleasantly surprised by the sheer volume of sword and sorcery action thrust upon the readers face from word go. Authors David Smith and Richard Tierney didn't waste time in getting this story off to a fast start. More importantly they maintained the momentum throughout the entire book. The plot itself is fantasy formulaic as you'd expect, following a linear path from Red Sonja's appearance at a drinking hole through to her eventual journey to face off against an resurrected sorcerer determ I was pleasantly surprised by the sheer volume of sword and sorcery action thrust upon the readers face from word go. Authors David Smith and Richard Tierney didn't waste time in getting this story off to a fast start. More importantly they maintained the momentum throughout the entire book. The plot itself is fantasy formulaic as you'd expect, following a linear path from Red Sonja's appearance at a drinking hole through to her eventual journey to face off against an resurrected sorcerer determined to claim the mysterious ring of Ikribu for his sinister means. There are loads of great moments filled with character development and bloody fantastical battles which are just fun to read. While THE RING OF IKRIBU is first and foremost a book of Red Sonja, I found her not to be the constant center of attention with many characters given time to shine through on the page. This approach added depth and context to the quest. I can't compliment THE RING OF IKRIBU enough, I simply loved everything about this book and will track down the remaining books in the series as fast as I can. This review first appeared on my blog: http://justaguythatlikes2read.blogspo...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Helmut

    Simple sword & sorcery... ...but not more. The story is set in Hyboria, the world invented by R.E. Howard for his Conan stories. But there is not much left of Conan's Hyboria in Red Sonja's Hyboria - the feeling and atmosphere is a radically different one. Somehow the authors were unable to copy that Conan experience. Other authors have written Conan pastiches, and especially the older ones by de Camp, Nyberg, Carter and Anderson are quite interesting, but here we have a very drawn-out story that Simple sword & sorcery... ...but not more. The story is set in Hyboria, the world invented by R.E. Howard for his Conan stories. But there is not much left of Conan's Hyboria in Red Sonja's Hyboria - the feeling and atmosphere is a radically different one. Somehow the authors were unable to copy that Conan experience. Other authors have written Conan pastiches, and especially the older ones by de Camp, Nyberg, Carter and Anderson are quite interesting, but here we have a very drawn-out story that would have better been told in a 30-page short story, and even then it would be regarded as second-rate fantasy, as there is no originality, only a collection of stock characters with stock fantasy clichés. I guess that if this novel hadn't that "Hyboria"- and Roy-Thomas-connection, nobody would remember this story. Still, if you don't know Hyboria or R.E. Howard or Conan, you might enjoy it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    John

    Might be an example of a comic book not conforming to the format of a novel. Seems rushed, as the details you see inked in a comic book are not related here so well. That said, we do see some things that we don't see in the comics - rarely mind you. Some of Sonja's thinking is literally spelled out, and the written word might be better at showing thought. Additionally it should be said that the writing is not up to R.E. Howard's standard, not that this Sonja is anything like his Sonja. Might be an example of a comic book not conforming to the format of a novel. Seems rushed, as the details you see inked in a comic book are not related here so well. That said, we do see some things that we don't see in the comics - rarely mind you. Some of Sonja's thinking is literally spelled out, and the written word might be better at showing thought. Additionally it should be said that the writing is not up to R.E. Howard's standard, not that this Sonja is anything like his Sonja.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Dumcum

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Surprisingly disappointing. The prose format did allow for an interesting reselling of Sonja's origin and how she felt about it, but the plot followed one colossal mistake after another, ultimately leading to an anti-climatic ending where Sonja was basically an observer. I do have hopes that the next book in the series will be better. Surprisingly disappointing. The prose format did allow for an interesting reselling of Sonja's origin and how she felt about it, but the plot followed one colossal mistake after another, ultimately leading to an anti-climatic ending where Sonja was basically an observer. I do have hopes that the next book in the series will be better.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tim Martin

    Having read several of the Dynamite Comics trade paperbacks of Red Sonja, I thought I would try one of the novels about the character. Coming out decades before what I read of Dynamite, this one has a copyright date of 1981. The story is about Red Sonja as a mercenary and getting involved in the combined mercenary and regular soldier army of Lord Olin, a man trying to reclaim his kingdom from a sorcerer, Asroth. Lord Olin plans to attack the sorcerer’s forces at Suthad, the former capital of Oli Having read several of the Dynamite Comics trade paperbacks of Red Sonja, I thought I would try one of the novels about the character. Coming out decades before what I read of Dynamite, this one has a copyright date of 1981. The story is about Red Sonja as a mercenary and getting involved in the combined mercenary and regular soldier army of Lord Olin, a man trying to reclaim his kingdom from a sorcerer, Asroth. Lord Olin plans to attack the sorcerer’s forces at Suthad, the former capital of Olin’s realm, leading several thousand soldiers and mercenaries along with several other people, the main ones figuring into the story being a couple, Allas and Tias (man and woman respectively, with Tias originally going on the expedition unarmed and not a warrior and along the way becoming a fighter), Som (a gentle giant of a warrior, wielding two swords), and Duke Pelides (Pelides always wears a metal mask to cover his hideous face; Pelides once served Asroth but was gravely disfigured by the sorcerer and vows revenge and though not entirely trusted by everyone, is deemed by Olin to be essential in his quest). Along the way the increasingly smaller army encounters Lovecraftian horrors (lots of tentacles and fear and ichor and cultists involved in the proceedings) that may be sent by Asroth, or may be attracted to a ring Sonja picks up, the titular Ring of Ikribu (or both). The ring might actually both attract horrible things – monsters, cultists, zombies – to the general area of the Ring, but at the same time protect the Ring wielder (though apparently one has to be a sorcerer to use the Ring to actually take any other actions). If that wasn’t intrigue enough, Pelides really, really wants the Ring, instrumental in seeking vengeance against Asroth, and is willing to pretty much murder anyone who possesses it. The positive, lots of good battle scenes, some suitably icky Lovecraftian horrors, the cultists would have fit right into an H.P. Lovecraft tale, appeasing dark gods to ostensibly save humanity (yet also doing dark and horrible things to do this, all for the “greater good”). I didn’t find Sonja too sexualized; I wondered if she would be. There isn’t a lot of time spent describing her appearance (and a blink and you miss it description of her attire; “She wore a brief vest and skirt of silvery scale-mail that covered her breasts and hung from her waist, but left her limbs and midriff bare”) and no one really seemed to ogle her much (other than a general occasional passing appreciation of her beauty). Olin falls in love with her and there is a plotline dedicated to that, one in which Sonja discusses her views on romance and whether or not she can be with a man (the romance plotline was nice and could have used some fleshing out). The negative, there is a long, long section, I would say almost a quarter of the book if not more, where the increasingly whittled down, quite literally bogged down in the quagmire of a swamp, army faces all manner of horrors from monsters to mundane swamp threats to the swamp itself animating to attack the army to cultists. Some good action but it felt like the group was never, ever going to leave the swamp. I liked the arc of Tias learning to be a warrior but she was kind of whiny before that arc got going and I wondered several times both why she was originally on the expedition (though I admit she becomes a key figure to the story’s outcome) and how she could survived so many horrors and battles when experienced and well-armed and well-armored warriors could not (though to be fair I remember one character asking this very question). As has been pointed out in another review, the biggest issue perhaps with the book is how central Sonja is to the narrative. She kind of isn’t. She is a witness, she saves lots of lives, is a leader, but she went from being basically a hired hand on a mission that was already planned to essentially to a bystander (if that) as she did not kill either the main or secondary villain but rather another character did. The second biggest issue is that for the vast bulk of the book, Asroth is entirely off screen so to speak. That made for a weak villain, though perhaps that explains all the loving detail given to eldritch horrors and zombies and cultists. The reader doesn’t lack for villains, just not much is seen of the main villain. It read fast. Quite a bit of adverbs but this seemed to fit the subgenre and style. Reading it definitely felt like reading a much older, pulpish style of fantasy/horror novels and I liked that.

  12. 4 out of 5

    BroDan270

    Od tejto knihy som neočakával nič výnimočné. Kniha však bola pre mňa výrazne podpriemerná. Asi najväčším problémom tejto knihy boli dialógy. Neprirodzené, nelogické a naivné. A keď počas súboja Sonja vysloví 4 vety, ktoré sú však rovnaké: "Proklínam tě..." tak už som sa len chytal za hlavu a pýtal sa, či je jej slovná zásoba až tak obmedzená. Keď už sme pri Sonji, hlavnej postave, zatiaľ to bola asi najnesympatickejšia hlavná postava, s akou som sa stretol. Jej nelogické výbuchy zlosti a plno ne Od tejto knihy som neočakával nič výnimočné. Kniha však bola pre mňa výrazne podpriemerná. Asi najväčším problémom tejto knihy boli dialógy. Neprirodzené, nelogické a naivné. A keď počas súboja Sonja vysloví 4 vety, ktoré sú však rovnaké: "Proklínam tě..." tak už som sa len chytal za hlavu a pýtal sa, či je jej slovná zásoba až tak obmedzená. Keď už sme pri Sonji, hlavnej postave, zatiaľ to bola asi najnesympatickejšia hlavná postava, s akou som sa stretol. Jej nelogické výbuchy zlosti a plno nezmyslov ma len privádzali do agónie. S úplnou vážnosťou. Sonja je pre mňa zároveň aj najmenej sympatická postava tejto knihy. Keby už autor aspoň využil jej vzhľad, ničoho takého sa však nedočkáte, pretože je to hrozná puritánka a nie je tam ani náznak erotiky. Lord Olin bol v pohode, no asi jediná postava, ktorá mi nevadila bol Pelides, proti ktorému však boli všetky ostatné postavy :D Dej tiež nestál za veľa, no čo už mám povedať. Stále to bolo lepšie ako nedávno čítaná Studna Ghulu, tá však neobsahovala zle napísané dialógy, bola iba nudná. Táto kniha je iný prípad. Hľadám motiváciu na čítanie aj ďalších dielov, ktoré už mám kúpené. Skúsim im dať šancu, možno sa autor polepšil. Počas čítania tohto dielu moje hodnotenie neustále kolísalo medzi 2* a 3*. Záverečná časť však zhodila hodnotenie na 2* a neprišlo už nič, čo by hodnotenie zdvihlo.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    My friend lent me this novel, as he and I are big Conan/ Sonja fans, and I thought it would be an average read. I however was surprised how well written the story was. Great action throughout most of the book and tons of beasties and baddies for Sonja to fight as well. The ended wrapped up nicely too and of course reveals what the ring actually does to people. Favorite part was the whole Swamp encounter too and I think the cover art should have reflected that part (Chapter 10 mainly) as there's a My friend lent me this novel, as he and I are big Conan/ Sonja fans, and I thought it would be an average read. I however was surprised how well written the story was. Great action throughout most of the book and tons of beasties and baddies for Sonja to fight as well. The ended wrapped up nicely too and of course reveals what the ring actually does to people. Favorite part was the whole Swamp encounter too and I think the cover art should have reflected that part (Chapter 10 mainly) as there's a pinnacle moment during that scene. In saying that I do think Boris did a great job with the cover art regardless. He can never disappoint. Only thing I really didn't like was Sonja telling a priest to "Get fucked." Seems like an out of place phrase to use considering the time period...lol. A great read and if you're looking for a quick read fantasy novel check this one out! My friend bought it used for $2.50 but I've seen it on Amazon for $200 so don't pay that much for it unless it's sealed and comes with the ring of Ikribu!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Clint

    This clips along at a furious pace, as expected from Mr. Smith. My complaint with this novel is not with the novel itself, it’s with the Red Sonja lore. I’m not an expert. My Sonja experience comes from a handful of comics written by Roy Thomas, but I hate the idea that her chastity vow was imposed upon her by some spiritual wing and if she breaks the vow, she looses the fire that makes her bad ass. I want Red Sonja to be a bad ass because she is the She-Devil with a Mother Fucking Sword, not as This clips along at a furious pace, as expected from Mr. Smith. My complaint with this novel is not with the novel itself, it’s with the Red Sonja lore. I’m not an expert. My Sonja experience comes from a handful of comics written by Roy Thomas, but I hate the idea that her chastity vow was imposed upon her by some spiritual wing and if she breaks the vow, she looses the fire that makes her bad ass. I want Red Sonja to be a bad ass because she is the She-Devil with a Mother Fucking Sword, not as a result of some hocus Pocus deal made with an entity. It’s very brief, but Smith/Tierney brush ever so slightly on the idea that maybe she imagined the spiritual entity. I like the idea that it’s all in her head. As to this novel: it is brisk and checks off the list of entertaining S&S. My only real complaint, the ending is sudden and while I like the idea that maybe it was all for nothing, it seemed Sonja’s end role was slight. Overall, this is a book about fear and vengeance.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    I was in a reading funk during 2018 so I read very little. In 2019 my goal is to read 63 books (the 52 week book challenge I found plus the 11 books from book club). 52 week challenge: a fantasy novel I found this copy in a local little free library. I've always loved the Red Sonja character after watching the 1985 movie with Brigitte Nielsen. Unfortunately, this novel doesn't give Red Sonja her proper due. The Ring Of Ikribu is a sword and sandal adventure that doesn't have a plot. Sure there are I was in a reading funk during 2018 so I read very little. In 2019 my goal is to read 63 books (the 52 week book challenge I found plus the 11 books from book club). 52 week challenge: a fantasy novel I found this copy in a local little free library. I've always loved the Red Sonja character after watching the 1985 movie with Brigitte Nielsen. Unfortunately, this novel doesn't give Red Sonja her proper due. The Ring Of Ikribu is a sword and sandal adventure that doesn't have a plot. Sure there are some framework (Red Sonja joins a mercenary band to take back a city for a king) but the emotional heft is lost because there's no reason to care about the city, the cult of Ikribu, or Red Sonja. The events are thrown together and I didn't care for it. But, novels like this one are called pulp fiction for a reason. There's no need to make sense of things when you're just here for the good time. I guess I'm looking for more than a good time but I'm glad that the 2019 reading year has started.

  16. 4 out of 5

    James

    About as much as can be said for this book was that it was by the numbers, didn't dawdle and didn't waste the time it took. I didn't love it, nor did I regret the read. It just left me wanting more; a richer character with more depth and texture. This felt more like it was the third or fourth book in a series and much had come before. I'd intended to read the first three books all within a short period of each other but instead decided to depart from the series and return to it between other book About as much as can be said for this book was that it was by the numbers, didn't dawdle and didn't waste the time it took. I didn't love it, nor did I regret the read. It just left me wanting more; a richer character with more depth and texture. This felt more like it was the third or fourth book in a series and much had come before. I'd intended to read the first three books all within a short period of each other but instead decided to depart from the series and return to it between other books. This is a series that could really do with a contemporary re-boot. There are no shortage of talented female authors who I would adore to see this license pass to for some fresh perspective and overhauling. This book wears every minute of it's life.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jason Ayer

    Good, standard sword and sorcery. I read this book, and the other five in the series, many (many, many) years ago, when I was a teenager. I remember liking them, but I couldn't have given you any details. The story seems to have held up over time, but that's not unusual for books of this type. There were a few parts in the book that dragged, mostly when they were traveling. It took the characters days to transverse the woods and swamp and if felt like it was being told in real time. But once the Good, standard sword and sorcery. I read this book, and the other five in the series, many (many, many) years ago, when I was a teenager. I remember liking them, but I couldn't have given you any details. The story seems to have held up over time, but that's not unusual for books of this type. There were a few parts in the book that dragged, mostly when they were traveling. It took the characters days to transverse the woods and swamp and if felt like it was being told in real time. But once the true story took hold, it couldn't have been any better. There is also an interesting forward by Roy Thomas, the creator of Red Sonja on where the idea came from.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lari

    I picked this up from a used bookstore. I was curious about Red Sonja after seeing some stylised drawings from artists I admire, but I’d never read the comics or seen any of the movies. This book served as a great introduction to the characters and the universe of Red Sonja. Now I’m looking to pick up the second volume.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susan Rollet-Stewart

    I read this book in high school and was drawn to it for two reasons. One, it had a gorgeous, badass heroine and two, Boris Vallejo painted the cover. I’m sure if I read it now, like most of the teenage medieval fantasy I’ve read, I would think it’s cheesy. Sometimes you need brain candy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    David

    A little masterpiece of Sword and Sorcery. Bodes well for the rest of the series. Loved every minute of reading this novel. Do whatever it takes to get your hands on a copy. I totally understand why David C. Smith is such a cult favorite. He's won me over. I'm a big fan now. A little masterpiece of Sword and Sorcery. Bodes well for the rest of the series. Loved every minute of reading this novel. Do whatever it takes to get your hands on a copy. I totally understand why David C. Smith is such a cult favorite. He's won me over. I'm a big fan now.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Meyer

    Last time I read this book and the Red Sonja series was about thirty years ago when it was first coming out. I thought it was really good back then in my younger more impressionable mind, and can say that it has stood the test of time reasonably well. In this book you are introduced to Red Sonja, and are given a very good insight to her origins as well as her geas which is upon her. The story is fast paced with only a few moments where it seems they messed up ( as in didn't you lose that horse h Last time I read this book and the Red Sonja series was about thirty years ago when it was first coming out. I thought it was really good back then in my younger more impressionable mind, and can say that it has stood the test of time reasonably well. In this book you are introduced to Red Sonja, and are given a very good insight to her origins as well as her geas which is upon her. The story is fast paced with only a few moments where it seems they messed up ( as in didn't you lose that horse how did you get it back lol) but those slips are forgivable. The nightmarish forces these people have to face are incredible and to those who survive, well I am sure they will be scarred for life. Over all good story and am looking forward to rereading the rest of the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Phillip

    I like it. It is a fine contribution to the swords and sorcery genre. I discovered Red Sonja as a comic book character during the 1980s when I was an undergraduate in college. I wasn't very interested in comics myself, but I had a friend who was. We used to visit the comic book store in the neighboring town and Red Sonja was the one title I became interested in and began to collect. Somewhere along the way I ran across the novelizations of the Red Sonja character and I snapped them right up. I hav I like it. It is a fine contribution to the swords and sorcery genre. I discovered Red Sonja as a comic book character during the 1980s when I was an undergraduate in college. I wasn't very interested in comics myself, but I had a friend who was. We used to visit the comic book store in the neighboring town and Red Sonja was the one title I became interested in and began to collect. Somewhere along the way I ran across the novelizations of the Red Sonja character and I snapped them right up. I have read them before. Now is my time to reread them and this first in the series confirms my memory of the books being high quality serial fiction.

  23. 4 out of 5

    James

    I've been reading the comics from both Marvel and Dynamite for quite some time now. I was introduced to Sonja before I even knew of Conan so she holds some special place in my heart for genre characters. With that said, The Ring of Ikribu is a pretty good introduction to the character. If anything, Red Sonja isn't a very deep character and Smith pretty much hit on her defining qualities and her backstory and vow. This isn't great literature (but most swords n' sorcery tales aren't) but it is a p I've been reading the comics from both Marvel and Dynamite for quite some time now. I was introduced to Sonja before I even knew of Conan so she holds some special place in my heart for genre characters. With that said, The Ring of Ikribu is a pretty good introduction to the character. If anything, Red Sonja isn't a very deep character and Smith pretty much hit on her defining qualities and her backstory and vow. This isn't great literature (but most swords n' sorcery tales aren't) but it is a pretty good way to kill a few hours of your time.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ruby Ridge

    Deducted a star for the attempted romance. No one buys a Red Sonja book to see her try to get in touch with her feminine side, we want body count and an Amazon warrior racking it up. Will read the rest of the series

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Sometimes your just in the mood for some old fashion fantasy action. I really enjoyed this, though the love interest was a bit out of nowhere and it seemed like perhaps they were mistaking lust for love but the action was satisfying and kept a pretty good pace.

  26. 4 out of 5

    David Leemon

    The description and world-building is very good, but the title character comes across as not really having a personality. She just does whatever the storyline tells her to do. But I guess somebody's got to carry that outfit around. The description and world-building is very good, but the title character comes across as not really having a personality. She just does whatever the storyline tells her to do. But I guess somebody's got to carry that outfit around.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ralph Carlson

    A fun read. A much better book than I thought it would be when I first started it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nemo Erehwon

    It's pulp, pure and simple, but I liked it. There were some very good turns of phrase, and the Sonja character was a little deeper than I expected. An enjoyable read for sword and sorcery fans. It's pulp, pure and simple, but I liked it. There were some very good turns of phrase, and the Sonja character was a little deeper than I expected. An enjoyable read for sword and sorcery fans.

  29. 5 out of 5

    JC Denton

    Para pasar el rato. Ni de lo mejor de Red Sonja ni de la espada y brujería ni nada, pero está bien.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jaq

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