Includes an introduction titled THE CREATION OF RED SONJA by Roy Thomas,cover art by Boris Vallejo.
FROM THE BACK COVER: 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 her smouldering fire of her pride which gave her sword-arm a strength that few men could match and none had ever defeated.
In the very lands where Conan the Cimmerian wielded his powerful blade, this beautiful and deadly warrior-maid tranversed the Hyborian kingdoms with her sword for hire. Lured by the promise of riches and adventure, RED SONJA is drawn into a war between the city of doomed mortals and the awesome ambitions of a centuries-dead sorcerer in a quest for the primal, untamable power forged into a ring of gold...THE RING OF IKRIBU!
When I began this book I noticed some inconsistancy in the writing between one section to another; once I glanced back at the front cover and noticed there were two authors, it made sense. I noticed huge chunks of unusual vocabulary by the narrator (not the speaking characters), which was actually pleasant. Overall, an easy read, but some people might want a dictionary nearby.
The storyline moves slowly at first, but quickly picks up pace. I enjoyed all of the characters; although, I do wish we had a little more insight into the mind of the enemy in this novel. I'm looking forward to reading the next in this series.
In this book, we are presented with Red Sonja's past: how she became a warrior maiden. We are also allowed insight as to the conflict within herself about the vow she has taken. And, of course, we learn about the Ring of Ikribu, which is the main point of this adventure.