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Blood of Amber

(The Chronicles of Amber #7)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  12,074 ratings  ·  157 reviews
Alternate cover for ISBN 0380896362 / 9780380896363

Pursued by a fiendish enemy, Merle must battle through an intricate web of vengeance and murder that threatens more than the San Francisco Bay area. For Merle Corey of California is also Merlin, son of Corwin, vanished Prince of Amber; and the forces, seeking to destroy the royal house, have unleashed sorceries that can st
Mass Market Paperback, 215 pages
Published September 1995 by Avon Books (first published 1986)
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Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
A group read with Elena. Sadly we lost everybody else along the road.

Book 7 begins right where book 6 left. Merlin was trying to escape from his place of imprisonment. It turns out given enough time everything is possible.
Unfortunately in his case it appears he escaped from proverbial frying pan into the fire. Several people/groups made it their priority to rid the world off poor guy who strictly speaking did not do anything to deserve such attention. To make matters worse, Merlin began to susp
Dan Schwent
Dec 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zelazny
Picking up where Trumps of Doom left off, Merle continues trying to figure out who's trying to kill him. Along the way, he discovers more about his friend Luke Raynard, saves the family from being killed at the funeral of one of their own, learns of previously unknown members of the royal family, and discovers he has an ally of sorts that can switch bodies. But can he figure out how these clues fit together before he is killed and Amber is destroyed...

Blood of Amber has more than its share of tw
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Well, that took forever.
Merlin is boring. His life is boring; his problems are boring. And now he's in Wonderland. WTF Zelazny? How's the LSD?

Seriously. I will keep reading the series, because potential. And completion. But I miss Corwin I think more than Merlin does. I like the potential of sorcery, but I really think this thing is being dragged out for no damn reason. Why were the first five books so much more engaging and fantastical? Even the 900th trip through Shadow held my interest better
Stjepan Cobets
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My rating 4.5

I could write a lot about this book, but a lot has already been written. Mostly Merlin, as in previous books, discovers new enemies, old enemies come back, former enemies change, and you can expect a lot and be sure it isn't everything it looks like.
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was my favorite one of the series, and I loved the ending. Can't wait to see if Merlin and Renaldo make it back up the rabbit hole!
Ivana Books Are Magic
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blood of Amber is such a brilliant novel. It is well written, extremely eventful and interesting. In other words, a fine addition to the series. By introducing clever plot twists, this book creates not only fascinating mysteries and questions but it also does a great job of adding depth to the characters. I enjoyed it immensely and read on with great interest. Merlin in the first book wasn't easy to relate (for some reason), but once he find himself neck deep in problems, it's hard not to feel s ...more
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
One thing I noticed early on in the series that I've failed to mention is that when Zelazny moves his character through shadow it reads almost like poetry, not the forced trying to be like Tolkien poetry that once fantasy writer seemed to have to insert to have a "proper" fantasy. The descriptions aren't formatted like poetry it just sounds like a very poetic movement.
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I felt like this book was focusing more on thickening plots rather than action itself, and although it doesn't end with any kind of closure, it is my favorite book in the series so far. Just like the first 5 books, the plot progresses at a fascinating pace, you never really know who's a friend and who's the enemy, except this time there are twice as many characters to suspect, and a few who seem to be just sitting back and waiting to step into the action some time later. What I love most about t ...more
Pam Baddeley
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the seventh Amber novel by Zelazny, and the second in the follow-up five-book sequence about Corwin's son Merlin. In this book, Merlin, also called Merle, escapes the prison where his 'friend' Luke stowed him - at the end of previous book, Luke was revealed to be the son of Brand, the psychotic Amberite who tried to destroy the others in the original series. He is seeking revenge for his father, who the others had no choice but to kill, but it seems he's mixed-up because although he was ...more
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thought Zelazny really stepped it up on this one.

The previous book in the series, Trumps Of Doom, featured a new character as the protagonist/narrator; Merlin, the son of Corwin of Amber, who narrated the first five books. In Trumps, Merlin failed to live up to his father's sheer coolness, and thus that book excited me less than the first five. In fact, the Merlin we meet in Trumps came across as a bit of a chump, and we still see some of that in Blood Of Amber as well(seriously, he can't figu
Feb 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-series, reviewed
To be quite honest, I didn't find this installment to be interesting at all. It seemed to drag on forever and, like all the Amber books, has chapters that are far too long for their own good. The book just couldn't hold my attention or interest and is probably the weakest installment for Amber to date, in my personal opinion.
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
This part of the series is picking up again - now that I've adjusted to Merlin as a main character (even though he's oddly similar to Corwin), as well as the seemingly new rules surrounding magic (Marlin is just a spellslinger now?).

I still am not enjoying this arc as much as the initial 5, but they move fast and are still very entertaining. I look forward to finishing out the entire arc.
Pinko Palest
Dec 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
the violence keeps getting too graphic and a little too gratuitous here for my liking. Plus the saga seems to be spinning out of control for no particular reason. Sadly, this seems more like HP Lovecraft than what has gone before. One thing that is tiring in Zelazny is his elaborate descriptions of duels with fantastic weapons, and this one has one too many of these
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Dec 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
I like these books even better than the original Amber series. Not quite the same magic of originality, but a much tighter and more suspenseful story. With nice touches of humor.
Chris Gager
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Full review under "The Great Book of Amber."
Florin Pitea
Oct 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Quite good, but it reads less like a novel and more like a section from a larger novel.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Turning the last page in the Blood of Amber, the 7th of 10 books in the Chronicles of Amber, I find myself asking the same question that has dogged me throughout the series so far: Did Zelazny have an editor?

While the obvious answer lay somewhere in the "It was early fantasy, give the guy a break" realm, it still boggles my mind that these books are considered some of the best written in the genre. Sadly, for me, this doesn't stand up to many of it's contemporaries, and certainly fades when vie
Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Going into Blood of Amber and tens of pages into it, it felt like this was going to bring the second five book set back on track and move towards answering the various questions the series was bringing up. For a quite a while the story was really good, with less of the 'filler pages' that plague some of the books in the series and more interesting ideas. It carried itself well, resolving one of the big mystery characters in a good solid reveal.

And then ... I don't know. Somewhere in this book it
Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2010
Book 7 of 10 of the Amber Chronicles. These books just keep getting better. The story structure is much better in books 6 and 7 than the previous installments. It seems that Zelazny finally got in the zone. Lots of mystery in the last two and it leaves questions unanswered at the end. Fortunately, I don't have to wait in order to read the next one.

One thing I am concerned about are the endings. They just don't quite satisfy. Book 5 in the series was the end of Corwin as the protagonist in the f
Aug 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-fantasy, fantasy
I wholeheartedly recommend all the books from the Amber Chronicles. Once you read the first novel you'll stop only after you'll have read them all. I've re-read this book and the whole series at least three-times. Even after all these years I still rate it as one of the best series I've ever read.
Kat  Hooper
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
re-read in audio format. Will review soon at ...more
Peter Christian
Jul 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Very much a filler book. Boring and slow. Protagonist has a cool weapon, but is otherwise rather bland: makes me miss Corwin.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-read
Disappointed, though not as fractured a story as its predecessor in this Merlin cycle, Trumps Of Doom [1985], which was really only a set-up for this cycle, this story. But a novel has to have a beginning, a middle and an ending, and not merely an end, which can lead onto the next, if a series. Yet if it doesn't complete or even round off the action and events of its own structure, it is not a standalone novel; it is incomplete; it is deficient in what the novel as form promises. Since Blood Of ...more
Chip Hunter
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
While preparing to write my review I was surprised to see a lot of harsh criticism for this book. I thought it showed great improvement over the first in the Merlin Cycle. While I still find Merlin a little too much like Corwin (but not as likeable), I am getting used to him and don’t find myself as irritated as I did in the first book. The plot in BLOOD OF AMBER picks up the pace, with Merlin aggressively pursuing his would-be murderer and finding himself embroiled in a multi-realm-spanning plo ...more
Oct 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Well, I've lost track of all the new setting elements Zelazny is adding to the series. There's only so much magic you can fit into a world and still have it follow any comprehensible rules; not that the author seems interested in writing a rules-based story, but at this point he couldn't if he tried.

And when the world has no rules it can only draw us in by emotional attachment, either to the strong characters or the engaging plot.

Characterwise, we're stuck with Merlin. In the original series he
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi, zelazny
After publishing his first novel in 1966 (This Immortal), Zelazny put out more than 30 books in the next 20 years. By the mid-'80s his output started to slow a bit. In re-reading Zelazny's canon in publication order, this is the first time I've read two Amber novels in a row. And Blood of Amber picks up right where Trumps of Doom left off - in fact, there's a five-page summary of the previous book before this one takes off, written under the conceit that Merlin is reflecting on the events that l ...more
George Hipp
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review it for The Chronicles of Amber Series, books 1-10.

I had a good run of technical and management books and needed a break with some fun, fantastic reading. This series easily met the mark! It had been on my list of SciFi books to read for quite a while, but was waiting until all 10 were available. Luckily, they are all together for purchase now.

The whole series is swashbuckling, swords, magic, politics, family drama, murder, alternative reality fun! It was like popcorn, finished them
Matthew Bane
Oct 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
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