The Hour of the Dragon
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The Hour of the Dragon, also known as Conan the Conqueror, is a
The plot is a loosely based on a melange of motifs from previous Conan short stories, most notably "
The book begins when Conan is about forty-two, during his reign as the King of Aquilonia, and deals with a plot by a group of conspirators to depose him in favor of Valerius, heir to Conan's predecessor Numedides, whom he had slain to gain the throne. To accomplish this they resort to necromancy, resurrecting
Conan's quest to retrieve the Heart of Ahriman in order to defeat the wizard and regain his throne takes him through all the kingdoms of the Hyboria Age.
After his eventual triumph, he vows to make Zenobia his queen.