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The Guns of Avalon (The Chronicles of Amber #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  16,363 Ratings  ·  388 Reviews
Across the worlds of Shadow, Corwin, prince of blood royal, heir to the throne of Amber, gathers his forces for an assault that will yield up to him the crown that is rightfully his. But, a growing darkness of his own doing threatens his plans, an evil that stretches to the heart of the perfect kingdom itself where the demonic forces of Chaos mass to annihilate Amber and a ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 223 pages
Published April 1986 by Avon Books (first published 1972)
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Aug 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Corwin escapes after four years of blindness and imprisonment at the hand of his brother Eric who usurped the throne in Amber. His search for vengeance and restoration takes him on a journey through the Shadows that at last brings him to his former homeworld of Avalon, and makes him cross paths with a former servant who hates him with a burning passion and a brother thought long lost.

The Guns of Avalon is in many aspects a massive improvement on Nine Princes in Amber. Zelazny apparently learnt h
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Picks up right where the first novel ended and is just as fast moving. You learn a lot more about Amber, and Corwin's family
Jul 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
"Now I had to find a place, a place resembling another place -- one which no longer existed. I located the path. I took it."
- Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon


A missing father, siblings that aren't very filial, a dark road, dark circles, a contested thrown, faceless figures, flying daemons, etc. This book has a lot of action and a pretty clear arc. The protagonist has been cast low and is now fighting to regain what he lost (besides just weight) AND gain what he feels is his right (and not just
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.
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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.
Bob R Bogle
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars, same as the first book. I don't feel like I know enough about the characters or the world to fully appreciate it. Already 75% of the way through the third one and that's getting remedied slightly.
Dec 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vintage-fantasy
I really love the ideas of this vintage fantasy series. The best part about this series is the interesting ideas of alternate travel and the most-excellent main character. Corwin makes me think of Jorg in King of Thorns in some ways. The family interactions seem echoed in Idlewild, with their varied approaches to situations and each other. I love the travel through shadow and ideas of each shadow being slightly different and some objects working or not in each shadow. It seems similar to the ide ...more
Jul 13, 2013 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
Kimberley doruyter
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
Žanra klasika. Piedzīvojumu un ugunskuru laiks. :)
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, fantasy
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
Aug 01, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 15, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Carol Evans
Oct 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 17, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 28, 2007 rated it liked it
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,
Brian Allen
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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Jeremy R.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked Guns of Avalon quite as much as Nine Princes, but I had hoped for more poignant character evolution. I do not mind if a moral consequence is complex, so long as it is present; Corwin's morality, such as it is, seems brittle and superficial. His quest is devoid of any larger merit, or even any point beyond self-service. I would find it easier to care for him if his foremost redeeming quality were not that he is merely less vicious or more contemplative than his other royal siblings.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Corwin continues his attempt to win the throne of Amber.

His trump card is special gunpowder that would work in Amber (normal gunpowder does not). In the process he encounters many people, creatures and characters.

Comparing to the first book it is more of the same, and considering that this book does not have the special attraction of a new and special world, from my point of view it was too much of the same.
Sean Chick
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This volume was more uneven, a kind of wandering work without the tight plot or sharp dialogue of the first. That said, it starts and ends with a bang. Furthermore, this book makes it more clear that Corwin is not a good person, and therefore more interesting than the average fantasy hero.
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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 dea ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Chronicles of Amber (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • Nine Princes in Amber (The Chronicles of Amber #1)
  • Sign of the Unicorn (The Chronicles of Amber #3)
  • The Hand of Oberon (The Chronicles of Amber #4)
  • The Courts of Chaos (The Chronicles of Amber #5)
  • Trumps of Doom (The Chronicles of Amber, #6)
  • Blood of Amber (The Chronicles of Amber #7)
  • Sign of Chaos (The Chronicles of Amber #8)
  • Knight of Shadows (The Chronicles of Amber #9)
  • Prince of Chaos (The Chronicles of Amber #10)
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