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Las Armas de Avalón (The Chronicles of Amber #2)

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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  11,190 ratings  ·  227 reviews
Corwin, a Prince of the Blood, returns to Amber, the perfect kingdom, to claim his stolen birthright. But to reach Amber he must fight his way through the dread forces of the Circle of Evil.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published 2006 by La Factoría de Ideas (first published January 1st 1972)
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Stephen
4.0 to 4.5 stars. Another excellent installment in the Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelazny. The world building continues to impress and the magic system and internal workings of Amber continue to be fleshed out and made real. While not quite as good as my two favorite Zelazny works, Lord of Light and This Immortal, these books are well written and a ton of fun. Highly Recommended!!
Mike (the Paladin)
This was the first volume of this series I read. The Amber series...one of fantasy's best. I stumbled on this not knowing it was a series. Then It was years before I found the first volume (Nine Princes in Amber. Also, this book ends in a somewhat cliffhangerish way and it was years before I got the next volume...

Happily for you, the entire series is there waiting for you. Enjoy.
Pietro
The universe is made of an infinite number of worlds, covering the entire spectrum of probability, but all such worlds are merely shadows of the only true world: Amber.
Princes of Amber are gods in the shadow worlds: they're immortal, strong, fast, clever and capable of creating everything they wish out of sheer will.
Corwin, the protagonist of the chronicles of Amber, is one of those Princes.

What unimaginable intelligence must such a being possess?
What bits of infinite wisdom might he gift to us
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Adam
Even better and more excitng than "The Nine Princes in Amber." Corwin continues his adventures through time and space and gets involved in a complicated political struggle for Amber. Plus Zelazny details more of the back story involving the Courts of Chaos and make up of various realms of the series. Outstandng science fiction fantasy written in concise and beautiful language. Zelazny is an amazing writer.
Kat  Hooper
Originally posted at FanLit.

Warning, from me: If you haven’t read Nine Princes in Amber yet, don’t read this review.

Another warning, from Corwin: “Never trust a relative. It is far worse than trusting strangers.”

Corwin has escaped from his brother’s prison and he’s ready for revenge. He doesn’t have the manpower that Eric has, so he needs a technological advantage. Traditional firearms don’t work in Amber, but Corwin once noticed that a jewelers’ rouge from the shadow world of Avalon, where he u
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Morgan
While still compelling, it is a little bit of a let down from the first book. The noir element is lost entirely, sci-fi is minimal and this become merely a fun fantasy story. That's fine, I guess. The writing is actually still quite good, but I felt some of what made the first book special is now stripped away. That doesn't stop me from wanting to know what happens. This series may feature the most screwed up families in literature. Still good pulpy stuff.
Lilyan
I'm unsure about this series. It bores me a lot at times with it's random events. Some areas remind me of the Gunslinger, a boo I did not enjoy at all. Yet, there is something endearing about it. It might be Corwin's character. He is likeable and interesting. However, a whole series cannot rest on the shoulders of one character's likability. No one else stands out. The others just feel like after thoughts.
I might also dislike this series because of the audiobook narrator. He's not that good and
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Ed
I judged this series a little hastily on the evidence of the first novella. A lot of the problems with "Nine Princes of Amber" - the stilted dialogue, half-baked amnesia plotline, sketchy narrative structure - have either been jettisoned entirely or improved upon immeasurably. Another review suggests that the first novella had the air of an extended introduction, with which I would agree - there is a sense here of Zelazny finding his stride with the series and putting some meat on the bones of t ...more
Jamie
Not quite sure what to say about this bit of pulp fantasy from Roger Zelanzy. It's the second in the "Amber" series, the first of which I reviewed here. To recap a bit, there's this guy named Corwin and he's one of the princes of the city of Amber, which is a kind of Platonic ideal city that casts reflections into a multitude of alternate realities. Royalty like Corwin and his siblings can travel between these alternate realities and thus travel to alternate universes at different times and plac ...more
sologdin
More of the first volume, without the cumbersome amnesia device. Expressly Arthurian, but with guns. More family dramatics. More platonist wanderings, with the fake realities manifesting to the detriment of the Real. More grotesqueries. More surly siblings. Travel sections wrtten with heavy ellipsis in the style of Celine.

Great passage during the picaresque section regarding how "Half a dozen hairy, albino men, almost completely naked and continuing the process of undressing as they moved, shuf
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Bob R Bogle
What’s most striking to me about The Guns of Avalon is just how different it is from Nine Princes in Amber, which is such as headlong plunge into action and adventure, an endless chain of surprises that grabs the reader by the neck and won’t relinquish the grip until the last page. The Guns of Avalon is no slouch-read, but our first-person-singular hero, Corwin, is finally able to draw a breath and start reflecting on deeper meanings, both plot-wise and with respect to his own interpersonal rela ...more
Jim
I'll start this today at lunch. It's a re-read, but a wonderful one. I read Nine Princes in Amber for the Zelazny group & I can't just stop reading the series now, even if I do know how it turns out.

It was well worth the re-read. Even knowing basically what happens, it's still a great read. I get to pay more attention to how Zelazny uses words & that's always a pleasure.

This concentrates on Corwin getting back to his old self after many centuries. We learn more about his family & hi
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Ken
My review of the first book in Zelazny's Amber series was rather harsh. I gave Nine Princes in Amber two stars and concluded that the writing was distracting and the main character was hard to like -- and that I would only reluctantly give the next book in the series a try.

I am glad I did. I thought the writing here was much improved. I began to understand Corwin, his motivations and his world much more clearly. I was actually willing and able to suspend disbelief and ride along with this story,
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Joe
The story really starts to hit its stride. Perhaps it had been because I had not read this series in so long, but it feels as if the first novel was more or less an extended introduction. The pacing picks up greatly in this novel, and the plot starts to advance. Zelanzy introduces a the mystery which will propel the later books and does so effectively, despite his sometimes ill-conceived notion of blatantly having the narrator announce that he is writing from some time in the future (the strengt ...more
Books-treasureortrash
Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes

The First Chronicles of Amber, includes books 1 - 5

An interesting and compelling concept for a fantasy book and a very different kind of fantasy. Some elements of the story take place in modern times and some elements take place in medieval times. I found the writing to be imaginative and quite deep.

Amber is the only real place upon the real Earth. It is the substance from which all other realities are but a shadow, including the world that we now live in and there a
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Brad
Much better than the first book in the series, but still a pretty weak series so far. As before, the high reviews (and the improvement from book 1 to 2) are encouraging me to keep going. So far I probably wouldn't recommend the series, as there are so many other better books out there.

Corwin is planning his takeover of Amber, and does some good on his way back to the kingdom he left at the end of book 1. Apparently he has become a better person than he was before we knew him, and one of his old
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Carol
It was a perfect choice for my mood- quick, fairly short, and lots of adventure.

The Guns of Avalon picks up where Nine Princes in Amber left off. Corwin is determined to fight for the throne of Amber. He has some supplies he needs to collect which takes him to Avalon. While there, he must help fight the creatures of the Circle of Evil, a part of the Dark Road to Chaos that he unleashed on the world, both Amber and Shadow, by his curse.

Once again, Corwin doesn’t know who to trust and how far to t
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Matthew
I enjoyed this book more than the previous book and immediately read the following book without pause. Corwin's continuing adventures in his battle with his siblings are entertaining. They follow the classic formula where each subsequent book seems to get darker and more complicated. But there is something very superficial and simplistic about the writing that reminds me in some way of A Princess of Mars and the Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoom series. It feels dated and, at the same time, a bit chi ...more
Sara
This is a compelling story about a man who is trying to exact revenge upon his brother, who is living in another land.

While I found the story really engrossing, there was one thing that really bugged me about this one. Lorraine is introduced as a love interest for Corwin. They meet, they talk, they supposedly develop some sort of connection, they (SPOILER ALERT) do it, then they are torn apart. Corwin feels sad about this, although I cannot understand why. The Lorraine character was barely deve
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Megan
I would give 3.5 stars, but it is closer to 3 than to 4, for all intents and purposes. Same style of writing (first person, ugh) as his first, Nine Princes in Amber, but a much better story line. More complex plot than the first, but still unimpressive.

Truly, this series needed an editor: this seems like the rough draft of a chronicle that never got a final polish. The style of writing (first person, narrated by the central character Corwin) means that any "danger" he gets into is moot, because
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Kristin
I don't think I would have considered myself a big fantasy reader, but Zelazny has an interesting compilation of themes in this series. I enjoy the medieval, Arthurian feel mixed with mythological characters (e.g. wyverns, manticora). I've always been drawn into stories pitting good and evil, but Zelazny nests evil within good and slowly unveils the bigger evils, which makes the reading all the more intriguing.

In this story, he seemed to get less imbued in his battle scenes. I appreciated that.
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Joseph Millo
The Guns of Avalon is the second book in the Roger Zelasny’s Chronicles of Amber series. While each book is a standalone novel, they are most rewarding when read in sequence. Understanding Zelasny’s world building in the first book is essential to the following stories. In this second installment, Corwin, a prince of Amber, continues his quest to acquire (by force) the crown of Amber, which his elder brother Eric won in the first story. Gunpowder is inert in Amber so battles in that realm are co ...more
Vira Motorko
Подобається, однозначно.
Я тільки не можу розібрати: чи то у цьому виданні шрифт великий і 320 сторінок стають чимось незначним за обсягом, якщо його зменшити, чи то у мене скорочений варіант. Чи то та кількість сторінок стосується геть усього циклу нараз, і прочитала я набагато менше — біс його знає :)
Але кажу ж, подобається. Правда, помилки персонажа впізнаю, такі дурниці уже і до нього робили. Ніщо не вічне під ...сонцем, місяцем чи чим там ще, було б воно на небі Ембера чи його віддзеркалень
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Jocelyn
Apr 17, 2014 Jocelyn rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like bad metaphors
This book takes the cake for some of the worst lines of writing I have ever laid eyes upon. A few examples are in order:

"The sky was brass and the sun was a mushy apple. The wind was a panting dog with bad breath."

"I sometimes think of us as a gang of mean little old ladies in a combination rest home and obstacle course."

"...While I had often said that I wanted to die in bed, what I really meant was that in my old age I wanted to be stepped on by an elephant while making love."


And the bit of dia
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Talyseon Talyseon
The Chronicles of Amber are among the best Fantasy Sagas ever written, right up there with Tolkein and Martin. This is the second book, where the story grows legs and really begins to take off. Check out my full review: The Guns of Avalon
Alex Hurst
And so continues the misadventures and quest of Corwin, Prince of Amber.

It's hard to pinpoint the main plot of this book, as it really just serves as a setup for the next novel in the series. It has several straggling, loose side-stories that barely keep interest and at times even come off as cheap attempts to force the story along or introduce more characters. I'll try anyway.

In The Guns of Avalon, Corwin has resolved to take on Eric (and Eric's claim to the throne) once more. He travels throug
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Petya
Още по-интересна от първата книга! На практика "Деветте принца на Амбър" играе ролята на въведение, в което се обясняват много от заложените в поредицата конценпции. А "Оръжията на Авалон" е с изключително интензивно действие. Намират се елементи и от рицърските времена - ценности и битки, и от рокаджийския мироглед, представен чрез изграждане образа на Коруин и докосването до вътрешния му мир.:) Неочаквани обрати, много екшън, съспенс, изключително добре написана книга! Супер е! Хареса ми майст ...more
Lynn Hardy
A great "guys" book. Action leads to action and more action. Fast paced and very fun.
Mayank Agarwal
Should have been a 5 Star but it's not as good as the first book (Nine Prince in Amber)as we don't really get anything significant with the world making. Still it's really fun seeing the protagonist Corwin preparing for the revenge, the side stories on his journey are entertaining but it's the ending which is the highlight and best part of the book. Full of intrigue, it's a page turner although the world making/changing by Corwin kind of becomes a drag for few pages.The narration is excellent sp ...more
Gonzalo
Not bad, the ending was pretty good. Had a good little twist.
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