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Amber is the one real world, casting infinite reflections of itself - shadow worlds, which can be manipulated by those of royal Amberite blood. But the royal family is torn apart by jealousies and suspicion; the disappearance of the patriarch Oberon has intensified the internal conflict by leaving the throne apparently for grabs; and amnesia has robbed Corwin, Crown Prince ...more
Paperback, Fantasy Masterworks #6, 772 pages
Published 2003 by Gollancz (first published January 1st 1978)
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طارق (Tarek)
Jul 28, 2015 طارق (Tarek) rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, unfinished
I recently tried to read this book because it gets recommended all the time on the internet as a classic of the fantasy genre. I can't express my disappointment. It was dreadful, complete dross. It baffled me that this book gets praised so highly to the extent that I keep going back to read reviews to try to find out how people could possibly like this. For reference, I stopped at page 200 after reading the first book. I wanted to like it so badly.

The book actually begins well. The premise is co
Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 22, 2009 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was amazing
I was actually introduced to this series in 1974, but didn't track the rest down for a couple of years. I love these books and have read them over and over, so.... These are wonderful reads and have a personality all their own.

This is a fantasy not to be missed. The first series is superior, but they are both good reads.

Should I give any details? Can I without spoilers? These are great.

The world building (multi-verse building?) here is not only superb but it's so well incorporated into the overa
David Dalglish
Feb 14, 2011 David Dalglish rated it it was amazing
I know people who say they like to read books because it takes them places. When you think of, say, Lord of the Rings, there's many awesome battles, but people also remember the sights themselves, from the quaint peaceful realms of Hobbiton, to the great city of Minas Tirith, to Sauron's tower rising out from a blackened land. Of course, it takes a lot of time to travel between them (and plenty of people are fond of complaining about it, too).

In Amber, characters travel between these majestic lo
Apr 16, 2009 Simon rated it it was amazing
This edition collects what was originally a series of five books into a single volume.

Looking at the other reviews of this book, I am surprised at how many people have reviewed each book separately. That really is a pointless exercise; in my opinion these books should be read as a whole or not at all. They do not stand alone and there is no point in reading any of them individually or out-of-order. It is one continuous story arc.

I have also noticed that many reviewers have included details of th
Feb 25, 2014 Wendy rated it really liked it
This book was fervently recommended by a friend, and, being an obsessive compulsive book shopper, I bought it almost immediately. When I started reading it, I was both surprised and impressed by the responses I got to my posts on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Google+ – all praising the Chronicles of Amber and/or Zelazny himself. Clearly I had missed out on something very important and my impulse shopping was not in vain.

Amber is a realm that casts hundreds of shadows of itself, each one easil
Alexandra Son
Aug 11, 2013 Alexandra Son rated it it was amazing
Let me just start by saying that I cannot remember how many times I have re-read these books. First I read it as a teenager on several occasions, then as a young adult and recently I have downloaded the audio books, and I am not bored yet. I actually remember being depressed for several days after I have finished the book for the first time because it was so good, I wished I could forget the plot to be able to read it as if for the first time… if that makes any sense.

As the series have been publ
Jan 17, 2013 Cassandra rated it really liked it
For me, this series started stronger than it finished. Zelazny set up quite a number of interesting conflicts, which then resolved much too suddenly. I wanted to spend more time with the other family members, see more of the inhabitants of the Courts of Chaos, know more about Dara and her motives. Also, where did Benedict go? I don't remember seeing him in the final conflict at all. I wanted a proper denouement for my favorite character. The dynamics in the scene when all the remaining siblings ...more
Andrew CS T
Nov 01, 2015 Andrew CS T rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I put that away before the last two books. I don't understand how such a boring, dull, sluggish, extremely protracted novel could get such positive reviews!?!? The whole story could have been shrinked into 300 pages but no, the whole Chronicles is like 1000 pages of boredom told in first person perspective which "per se" is boring!

The characters are dull, there is no developement, and none of them became likeable. Hundreds of pages are about Corwin is thinking about something, well basically abo
Matt Williamson
Aug 25, 2014 Matt Williamson rated it it was amazing
This was the edition that unlocked my mind and utterly destroyed my sense of self. In the reading of these books I became Corwin and in many ways I never left Amber.
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I’ve just finished reading Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny. The Amber Chronicles is a series of ten books, which is actually comprised of two five book story arcs. This book I read contained the first five books in the series, which were originally published as: Nine Princes in Amber; The Guns of Avalon; Sign of the Unicorn; The Hand of Oberon; and The Courts of Chaos. However they are all very short books individually, so I am counting Chronicles of Amber as one complete book. It’s a littl ...more
Mar 04, 2012 Bbrown rated it liked it
On the plus side The Chronicles of Amber has an interesting universe and an epic scope, but on the other hand Zelazny's unimpressive writing and inability to breathe life into that universe means that the series becomes a slog.

Right off the bat the protagonist Corwin wakes up with amnesia- cliché to the extreme, but let's be charitable. From there the book introduces its setting, one where there is a central universe and numerous others that are mere shadows cast by that one- our universe being
Nebojša Petković
Ризикујући негодовање огромног броја љубитеља ове књиге, ипак јој дајем врло добру оцену. Моја су очекивања, ваљда због неподељеног мишљења свих које знам и не знам, а који су је прочитали, била превелика. Нисам разочаран, далеко од тога. Амбер је, ако ништа друго, посебан. Генијално поигравање савременим и митолошким уткано у један посебан свет, несличан уобичајеном епско-фантастичном стереотипу и све то приповедано у правом лицу. Сјајна динамика (мада на моменте се све успорава превише за мој ...more
Книжни Криле
Mar 19, 2017 Книжни Криле rated it it was amazing
Посетете отново Амбър, загадъчна земя на приключения и романтика. Амбър, единственият истински свят. Всички останали светове, дори и Земята, са само негови Сенки - „Хрониките на Амбър – том 1” от Роджър Зелазни! Прочетете ревюто на "Книжни Криле":
B.B. Shepherd
Aug 09, 2013 B.B. Shepherd rated it really liked it
I first read Nine Princes In Amber, the first book in the Amber Chronicles, when I was in my teens. I remember liking it immensely and loved the way the story began, but I think the ‘shifting’ confused me a little, which may be why I didn’t immediately pursue the rest of the series. It obviously left enough of an impression for me to remember the author’s name and promise myself to finish the day.

Nine Princes in Amber opens with the protagonist escaping from a hospital where he has
Radu Stanculescu
Jan 06, 2008 Radu Stanculescu rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, cluj
This is one of the most "realistic" fantasy series I've read - admittedly, I haven't read that much fantasy, but still. The power struggle that goes on throughout the series could easily be one from a more "down-to-earth" society, and the fantastic elements only serve to augment the story, without overwhelming it. The characters' actions and motivation are strikingly human, and you won't find the classical "good guy/bad guy" distinction you find in many fantasy books; everybody has their shade o ...more
Apr 30, 2011 Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Chronicles of Amber is a beautifully written fantasy series containing magic, epic battles, court politics and the occasional fratricide. However, this is not fantasy in the traditional sense; at times this reads as a crime thriller or murder mystery, where one has to solve the clues together to work out the culprit. Through this style of writing, Zelazny weaves together a complex narrative told from the perspective of Prince Corwin of Amber, one of nine brothers vying to claim the throne o ...more
Nov 30, 2008 Mark rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Read anything by Zelazny! His ability to craft a story that immediately draws the reader in is remarkable. He is one of the few authors who can not only get away with writing in the first person, but who excel at befriending the reader while doing so.

The Chronicles of Amber begins with the book, Nine Princes in Amber. It is a gripping mystery, and a contemporary fiction and fantasy novel all in one, and done very well. From the outset, the reader is pulled into action and intrigue.

The original
Ian Zimmerman
May 23, 2013 Ian Zimmerman rated it really liked it
Excellent series with infinite universes, quarreling Gods, and crazy plot twists. The writing is minimalistic and reads sort of like Hemingway crossed with a 1940s detective novel, except with random Shakespeare quotations thrown everywhere. The character of Corwin really grows on the reader and shifts from a machiavellian royal to an enjoyable protagonist. At first Corwin is someone who is willing to kill his own sibling and send thousands of men he has duped to their deaths in order to get the ...more
Caroline Berg
My only regret is that I didn't read these books sooner. These first five books are wonderful - I would rate them five stars each. The action is non-stop. The intrigue changes so many times it is hard to keep track of who is allied with whom. It can be fatal to trust the wrong person - but who can you trust when your entire family is locked in a battle for the throne? Relatives pop out of the woodwork like termites - but do they want the throne, revenge or something else? Nothing is ever what it ...more
Zack Stackurski
Mar 28, 2013 Zack Stackurski rated it really liked it
I think the Chronicles of Amber are a lot of fun... and certainly very different. Zelazny's schtik is explaining how magic works in an almost science fictiony sort of way. He doesn't go that far in this one... but the reality bending powers of the Amberites are fun and different all the same. Even better, the series starts out almost like a mystery as the amnesiatic character tries to figure out who and what the heck he really is. This leads to a pretty epic tale of betrayal and family infightin ...more
Mar 03, 2015 Anna rated it it was ok
Ach co zrobię, że duże rozczarowanie. Facet i ja mamy to samo nazwisko, więc myślałam- Żelazny- pisarz na pewno się zachwycę.
Chociaż może to nie jego wina tylko moja, że przeczytałam wszystkie tomy na raz, miałam zbyt duże oczekiwania i jestem na takie książki za stara.
W każdym razie zaczyna się nieźle główny bohater ma amnezję, a jego rodzeństwo chce go zabić.
Cykl się broni w pierwszym tomie „Dziewięciu książąt Amberu”. Dobrze się czyta, jest tragicznie, cierpiąco, ale główny bohater nie pod
Oct 12, 2010 Halei rated it it was amazing
I've finished the first 3 titles of this series. My dad gave me his copies to read about two years ago. It took me a very long time to sit down and start it, but that happens with most of the books I read as a rule it seems. He gave it to me with the promise that these books changed his life. As of this point, I find them AMAZING! the descriptions are beautiful and the plot is enticing. It continues to build and draw you in in what I suspect as a calculated way. I've also suggested the series to ...more
Floora De
Jan 29, 2014 Floora De rated it it was amazing
This book is one of my favorites. The story intrigues the reader immediately. Easy to read (apart from the thickness of the 5-in-1 novel). I would recommend getting all five books at the same time as you won't want to stop between stories.
Jul 17, 2009 Felix rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
German edition – German review:

Corwin von Amber:
Liest man den ersten Roman der Chroniken von Amber, so fragt man sich, wie daraus jemals ein solcher Klassiker geworden ist und was den Verlag bewogen haben mag, weitere Bände hinterher zu schieben. Stilistisch ist "Corwin von Amber" ziemlich hölzern, was nicht nur an der Übersetzung liegen kann. Die Schilderung der Innenwelt und der Motivationen des titelgebenden Ich-Erzählers vermag kaum zu überzeugen, wenn einerseits auf seine starke emotionale
Jim Barnabee
Mar 23, 2017 Jim Barnabee rated it really liked it
I think I'm doubling up reviews, oh well. Love everything Zelazny. The Amber series is worth the read. Odd mix of fantasy and realistic fiction, really a precursor to all the books that are like this now.
Jun 13, 2017 Arquero rated it really liked it
Easy to read, attractive, Machiavellian.

I. The humor initially reminded me of Max Frei, but it was much better.
V. The long journey through the shadows was like a dark tale

Mar 17, 2017 Nekia rated it it was ok
It was okay. It did not hold my interest like I thought it would have.
Mar 16, 2017 ZouZou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 28, 2015 Tim rated it really liked it
Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber fits well into a string of ambivalent fantasies from the 70's.

[mild spoilers ahead]

Amber's distrust of heroism - and the collateral damage it causes - places Zelazny (like contemporaries such as Donaldson, Harrison and Moorcock) in dialogue with the newly-minted tropes of the genre after the Tolkien boom.

It being Zelazny - it's also at least superficially about a load of superhuman magnificent b**tards having a right old barney (see also Lord Of Light and Th
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The Chronicles of Amber (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • Nine Princes in Amber (The Chronicles of Amber #1)
  • The Guns of Avalon (The Chronicles of Amber #2)
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“Beyond the River of the Blessed, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Avalon. Our swords were shattered in our hands and we hung our shields on the oak tree. The silver towers were fallen, into a sea of blood. How many miles to Avalon? None, I say, and all. The silver towers are fallen.
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