Nine Princes in Amber

Amber, the one real world, wherein all others, including our own Earth, are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin 's blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne. From Arden to the blood-slippery Stairway into the Sea, the air is electrified with the powers of Eric, Random, Bleys, Caine, and all the princes of Amber whom Corwin must overcome. Yet, his savage path is blocked and guarded by eerie structures beyond imagining; impossible realities forged by demonic assassins and staggering horrors to challenge the might of Corwin 's superhuman fury.' to 'Awakening in an Earth hospital unable to remember who he is or where he came from, Corwin is amazed to realiz that he is one of the ons of Oberon, King of Amber, and is the rightful successor to the crown in a parallel world.
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Nine Princes in Amber
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Published March 1986 by Avon (first published 1970

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Tha series is the last of the two reasons 75% of the essay I ead are fantasy.

Modern writers think endless descriptions of food, heraldic, and not on constitute world-building.

A quote was written in Victorian Britain and still rings true: “ Nothing is easier to rite than scenery; nothing more difficult and unnecessary to read. ” Jerome K.

No true Masters possessed this ability.

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Although we see the happenings from this family line 's POV, the real center of both arcs is the internal struggle of the family to deal with their inherited familial need to dominate the others of their bloodline by any means possible- betrayal, treachery, backstabbing, all breaks of honor and what we consider human empathy in all circumstances, all in the battle to capture and keep their birthright, the Crown of Amber, once belonging to their mother, Oberon, who is currently and has been for a very ong time missing, presumed dead.

Whoever ends up with the crown will have to dodge the treachery of all his brothers and their allies, while ruling Amber and trying to protect its people from problems starting to emerge from the Shadows and the orces of Chaos.

" ... “ there is Shadow and there is Substance, and tha is the root of all things.

Turns out, because of Eric and his mental influence, Corwin has been stuck on Earth for centuries, having a real-life first hand knowledge of things like the plague, the reign of Queen Elizabeth, Napoleon, the life in concentration camps, and all the wars in between.

As he tarts to happe, he explains that he is one of the nine princes of Amber, the only World which is Real and True, while all other worlds, including our Earth, are just shadows thrown by it.

It is the only " substance " while all the rest are " Shadows " ...

And Chaos is starting an offensive on the g-d-like siblings of Amber.

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Zelazny is a super writer& this book started a series that has spawned a lot of other books.

These do n't like Betancourt 's books, but I know he 's done a great job.

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Literally.) and that this makes him basically a god.These princes can, in fact, modify Shadow worlds with just a minor effort of will ( but not Amber itself), travel freely between universes and do a number of other nifty things.The rest of thi book covers, more or less, his struggles to retai his memories and win the throne of Amber itself, now held by Eric, one of his brothers.Too bad that, while aving a great ide and being full of good ideas, the book fails ( quite badly) to deliver.Its first and most obvious fault is that it 's alway very hasty: Corwin goes from " I wake up without knowing who I am " to " I single-handedly wage war to decide the fate of all the universes " in about 30 pages!

It never takes time to build pathos or put some meat on the characters, and the result is that after a flying start the narration falls flat.The whole second half of this novel is made almost entirely of battles resolved in one-line sentences.Just imagine a few dozen pages full of omething like " We went there to fight A.

Finall we fought C and a two thousand died. " Th big point is that his book does a lousy job of explaining things.

At times you are given pathetic explanations on the lines of " Princes of Amber can change reality because they can ".

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Lets start with the good: I enjoyed your method of immersing the reader in your fantasy world.

The heroin 's case of amnesia makes it so he ca learn all the same things the reader needs to now.

SHADOW REALMS, one for every us of things that woul be.

I 'm not ntirely convinced he 's he " ba guy. " It 's ort of like voting for Zeus instead of Hera.

And onc you tell us, most of the way through thi ovel, each one of these brothers could technically make their own perfect reproduction of the original world of Amber, and ALL be kings of identical territories, AND COMPLETELY BYPASS ALL OF THIS FIGHTING TO THE DEATH?!

I mean, sometimes you 're all " If thou will help me to smote down ye evyl brother Eric, your noble brother Corwin shall be beholden to you. " Later, a scene later, you 're all, " I snuck out of the prison because I 'm just that good.

First off, it 's narrated kind of like an eight-year-old would narrate an action figure battle: " seven of the big furry red guys were killed.

My personal favorite: " the doors of good food. " Did you mean Odors?

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I expected a more traditional fantasy when picking up a nove, but nstead got a story of Corwin and his companions travelling between worlds and attempting to reach Amber while also struggling to regain his memory and understanding of what ’ s going on.This combination of science fiction and fantasy was pretty fascinatin, and made even more so by the fact that the protagonist himself, as a consequenc of his com, holds as little information as the reader to begin with about the world of Amber and how it works.

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⚔ Zelazny Freaks Regulars buddy read with my fellow Freaks Regulars Evgeny, Choko, Eilonwy, Elena and Lee Who Just Came Back from the Dead ⚔Pre-review rating: 3.33567458 stars.

It also happens to hav a one I obviously very read wrong.Yeah yeah yeah, I now, this is quite outrageous and stuff.

When it takes most some authors ( who shall remain unnamed because I ca n't e ALL malevolent ALL the time please excuse the digression and stuff) 100+ books ( and a half) in series not to wan the same, um, you guess, hing.

Be lad and rejoice! So the world building is pretty luscious and the tory is original and fun and ntriguing and the plot is fast-paced and there are deviously deceitful characters with potentially great potential and yes I am aware I already said most of this down there ↓↓ but who the fish cares anyway and there is lots of Yummy Swashbuckling Type Stuff ( YSTS™) and I am most pleased that some of my subaquatic cousins are featured in thi story and there are heavenly Kentucky Fried Lizard Parts, too and also bid red guys+ little hairy ones and commas are overrated anyway.This " but " here ⤴ might seem quite innocently inconspicuous to you, and certainly it is most completely responsible for the distressing ( if a little Zelaznian) predicament I mentioned earlier.

Because you see, my Flaky Arthropods, notwithstanding the Stupendously Stupendous Stuff ( SSS™) this ook is packed with, some stuff is indeed rotten in the state of Amber* cheerfully waves at her good chum Will S.*: ① Anyone who has read Doorways in the Sand or Roadmarks will tell you that Zelazny loves nothing better than to ge his victims readers' little grey cells on their toes and stuff ( because yes, little grey cells have toes).

Onc again maybe not.✎ Book 2: Guns of Avalon- currently reading. [ Pre-review nonsense ] Actual rating: 3.33567458 stars.

And also maybe perhaps because th nove is scary and ntertaining and features Cool Devious Cunning Treacherous Characters ( CDCTC™) galore (+ also possibly harem material) and it 's action-packed, too and the world is pretty fishing original, too and the body count is off the charts, too and hahaha, too and stuff, reall.

Okay, given how great his book sounds when I compar it, it seems pretty obvious I read it wrong.

Onc again maybe I read it right, but rated it wrong?

Pretty hot, huh? ➽ Full I 'm Doing the Preemptive Kidnapping Poof Gone Harem Thing on Corwin Because You Never Know and Stuff Crappy Non Review ( IMtPKPGHToCBYNKaSCNR™) to come. [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]>

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My wife became very ill and was bed fast a long time, she also came to he point where she really shoul n't read, so I began tracking down audio books for her.

Since I had the books anyway I listened to them in my work vehicle) .Since that time I have found I really like audio books and have often bemoaned that these books, the Amber Series were never done in audio.Well now it has been and as soon as Audible offered the books I began downloading them.

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