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Solomon Kane Books In Order

Publication Order of Solomon Kane Books

The Moon of Skulls (1968) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hand of Kane (1970) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Skulls in the Stars (1978) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hills of the Dead (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Solomon Kane (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

The Solomon Kane set of novels feature the protagonist, Solomon Kane, who was created by the author Robert E. Howard. Solomon Kane is a 17th century, Puritan and a somber-looking man who traverses the world with not appropriate goal or reason, other than destroying any evil. The adventures of Solomon Kane were mostly published in the Weird Tales of Pulp Magazine, which often takes him from Europe to the forests of Africa. Robert E. Howard has described Solomon Kane as an exceedingly tall, somber looking and gloomy man of a gaunt face, cold eyes and pale skin. All of these is overshadowed by his slouch hat.

Solomon Kane is usually dressed in Black, and his set of weapons normally consist of a dark, rapier and two flintlock pistols. While on his adventures, his African friend, Longa gives him juju, which was to serve as protection against all kind of evil. However, the juju could also be wielded as a weapon. Apart from Solomon Kane, Howard is also known as the creator of Conan the Barbarian. He is also regarded as the father of the sorcery and sword genre. Robert E. Howard was born in the year 1906 in Texas. Apart from being a highly intellectual kid, Howard was also a book lover and a fan of boxing as well. Howard spent a huge fraction of his childhood practicing boxing and bodybuilding as well. It did not take long before he took amateur boxing. From a tender age of none, Robert Howard had always dreamed of becoming an exceedingly successful writer.

However, he had to wait a little longer because his success came when he was 23 years of age. Robert E. Howard’s writings were published in a wide range of journals, magazines, and newspaper as well. He had already become successful in all of these genres. Despite the fact that the Conan novel was published around the year 1934, they never appeared in book form when Howard was still alive. During the depression era, Howard created the protagonist Conan the Barbarian, a character whose cultural impact has been likened to that of icons such as Count Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and Tarzan. With protagonists such as Conan and many others, Robert E. Howard came up with a genre known as Sword and Sorcery. This not only gave him a great influence in the field of fantasy but it also spawned many imitators. Howard remains as one of the most read authors, with some of his best work yet to be printed.

However, the circumstances, which surround Howard’s death, have led to the speculation that surrounds the author’s mental health. Howard’s mother had been battling tuberculosis throughout her life and upon learning that she had fallen into a comma; Howard walked out his car and shot himself in the head.

Solomon Kane

Savages Tale of Solomon Kane is the first installment in the Solomon Kane book series. Dressed in all black, with a tall slouch hat that is typical of Puritan fashion, armed with a sword, flintlocks and an ancient curved staff, Solomon traverses the 16th century world from the remote regions of ancient Europe to the decks of the high seas and into some of the deepest and scariest jungles of Africa. Whether it’s a hell-spawned vampire, cursed witch monastery, wicked wretch of humanity and mutant throwback, Solomon Kane is more than determined to fight with equal enthusiasm and determination to ensure that good triumphs. Robert Howard’s tales are alive, such that you will constantly have to check yourself to see if you have any wounds. In between the lines of broods, an ancient feeling of melancholy which lends such realism to the author’s writing.

The exceedingly beautiful and sweeping illustrations in this novel by Gary Gianni, an award-winning artist brings the classical feel of storytelling to the forefront. As it is the case with all the heroes, that the author creates, Solomon Kane is not only fearless but also larger than life and the inheritor of an inherited unconquerable spirit and fighting prowess. However, Solomon Kane’s adventures are the result of his fanatic obsession with destroying and rooting out all type of evils. Solomon Kane does not seek for any reward, he only claims on executing the will of God. However, despite Kane’s staunch Puritan faith, his inner most demons are much similar and darker to those that he fights against. He is not only a man of violence, but he is also a man who is filled with wanderlust to look for what he sees as evil with a recklessness and determination that is psychotic.

What makes Solomon Kane an exceedingly interesting character is the fact that on the one hand, he is an archetypal buckler and much similar to one of the characters in an adventure story by Robert Louis Stevenson. On the other hand, Solomon Kane is fore binding as what he comes against. Dark Horse eventually managed to find a winning formula with the revival of the Conan book series. They did not only take Howard’s narratives as the basis, but they also expanded the narratives to include characterization, subplots together with continuity. They also placed the narratives in some of the highly rated authors, colorists, and artists. Death’s Black Riders are the second book in the Solomon Kane book series. Dark Horse published this book. In this story, Solomon Kane is riding his horse through Germany’s the Black Forest, when he meets a group of gypsies who were being interrogated by the local community around the Black Forest.

It does not take long before a group of back riders appear out of nowhere and begin to cut off the heads of the locals. The group of attackers manages to kill everyone except one person. The survivor manages to escape with Kane to safety. The two decide to check-in at the Rattle of Bones inn. With that being said, Death’s Black Riders is an excellent book that will keep you at the age of your seat. The action in the novel is rather intense while some of the scenes are gore. The characters in Death’s Black Riders have been well-developed along with the story line.

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