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Die Gewehre von Avalon (The Chronicles of Amber #2)

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,291 Ratings  ·  291 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, 219 pages
Published 1977 by Heyne Verlag (first published January 1st 1972)
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Jul 22, 2013 Pietro rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 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.
Jan 15, 2012 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
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
Sep 19, 2012 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
Jan 07, 2009 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
Nov 07, 2015 Ann-lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nonäe, otsustasin ikkagi sellelegi viis tärni anda, ma ei teagi enam, miks ma arvasin, et see mulle kõige vähem meeldis, kui mäletan igasuguseid põnevaid asju. Vist Bleysi plaanid? Lõpp? Kes teab.

Igatahes meenus täna - mis mind üldse siia tõi - kuidas ma umbes 12-aastasena ühel kostüümipeol Corwin olin. Leidsin oma pitskaeluse ja -käistega särgi, printsibareti ja musta mantli. Vanaema oli ka täiesti poolt, et ma prints tahtsin olla, tema mulle vajaliku varustuse õmbleski. Olin enesega väga rahul
Apr 21, 2011 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Aug 01, 2008 Jamie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Bob R Bogle
Jun 03, 2013 Bob R Bogle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zelazny
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
Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 29, 2007 Ken rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Kimberley doruyter
a very very small part of the book made me drift of but other then that it is just as good as the first.
Aug 30, 2015 Sibilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Žanra klasika. Piedzīvojumu un ugunskuru laiks. :)
May 13, 2015 Joel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
When I first read Nine Princes in Amber over 2 years ago, I wasn't all that enthralled. I found it a bit confusing, and the shorter book lead to a breakneck pace, which threw me off more than it should have. I gave it a 4-star rating with no review, as I felt like I should have liked it more than I did.

I decided, based on recommendations and reviews, that I should continue with the series, and I'm extremely glad I did. I read a quick synopsis on the first book as a refresher, then dove headlong
Mar 13, 2010 Joe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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
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
Jan 16, 2012 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Getting a little deeper into the Amber Chronicles, I continue to be struck by how it seems like concepts here were repeated by other authors in later years. The whole "all roads lead to Amber" thing is kind of reminiscent of the Dark Tower, the infinite shadow-worlds makes me think of the Wheel of Time. I get a kick out of this stuff. Corwin's all the more entertaining because he can mention in random asides about how he was told so-and-so by Napoleon and how he was told something else by Freud. ...more
Mar 18, 2012 Brad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, z-2012
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
Oct 28, 2009 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jul 04, 2013 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
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
Brian Allen
Sep 07, 2015 Brian Allen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Jul 12, 2010 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 07, 2015 Karl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This first hardcover edition is signed by Roger Zelazny.
Jan 27, 2016 Ethan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in Zelazny's Chronicle's of Amber series picks up right where the first book left off, Corwin has escaped from Amber and is on the run, planning his next attempt to take the crown from his brother Eric. His plan is to bring guns to Amber, as he discovered a compound that will function as gunpowder in the world of Amber. Along the way he discovers that his death-curse against Eric and Amber has had wide ranging consequences in all the shadow realms close to Amber, and a mysterious ...more
Like the first book, this shows a lot of potential but never lives up to it. This is definitely less enjoyable than the first book, almost certainly because the novelty has worn off.
The plot is less coherent and the main character receives no further development. However, their is one significant improvement over the first book, and it goes by the name of Benedict.
Benedict is the only one of the nine brothers to differ significantly from his kin. Whereas they are ambitious egomaniacs, he is cold
Jan 13, 2015 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Sometimes a title makes or breaks the book. Other times it just elevates the work to a new level. I'll put The Guns of Avalon in the second category.

It's an excellent book, a tremendously worthy sequel to Nine Princes in Amber, but it's also one of my favorite titles as well. It's just incredibly well-suited to the book.

But it also ramps up nicely from the first book. Here comes Corwin's revenge plot against Eric! Benedict arrives on the scene! More trailing threads for the series on the threat
Dec 28, 2014 Andrewcharles420 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf12
Corwin knows a secret of how to get guns into Amber, so he makes way to a Shadow world of Avalon, and then to (Shadow) Earth, before raising an army to head back with. Along the way he befriends some old frenemies and dallies with a girl who he assumes to be his great-grand-niece. He gets to Amber in the nick of time... (view spoiler)

Lots of action again, and a good hook for the
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Roger Zelazny made his name with a group of novellas which demonstrated just how intense an emotional charge could be generated by the stock imagery of sf; the most famous of these is 'A Rose for Ecclesiastes' in which a poet struggles to convince dying and sterile Martians that life is worth continuing. Zelazny continued to write excellent short stories throughout his career. Most of his novels d ...more
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The Chronicles of Amber (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • Nine Princes in Amber
  • Sign of the Unicorn
  • The Hand of Oberon
  • The Courts of Chaos
  • Trumps of Doom (The Chronicles of Amber, #6)
  • Blood of Amber
  • Sign of Chaos
  • Knight of Shadows
  • Prince of Chaos
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