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Blood of Amber (Chronicles of Amber: The Merlin Cycle, Book II) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1987


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (July 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380896362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380896363
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,235,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Some fans of Zelazny's dense, brilliant writings from the '60s have been dismayed at the time and effort he has invested in his Amber series during the past 16 years. If these fantasy adventures are simple and formulaic compared with his best work, they have earned him a whole new audience by virtue of their elegance, humor, literacy, vivid action and lightly applied but complex background of tarot, alternate worlds, Olympian gods, and a magic so neat and clear that computers can learn it. In this seventh installment, the sorcerer Merlin of Amberaka Merle Corey of San Franciscolearns the identities of two would-be assassins but makes a truce with one to pursue the greater, more dangerous power beyond them. Once again, the limited plot is enlivened by Zelazny's irony, his bravura sequences (particularly a harbor visit that turns nasty in Death Alley) and his laconic sense of the incongruous (are magicians the ultimate surrealist artists?). Paperback rights to Avon; Science Fiction Book Club main selection.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
You asked for a great book and you got it! It's this one. (And the whole 10 books of the series). This book features Merlin, Lord of Chaos, and magician, who also happens to have a computer science degree from Berkeley. In this book, Merle is in the woods sleeping when he hears a threatening voice of an otherworldly creature that has appeared in the darkness that says "I am the enemy - the one you thought you would never come". Then there is a flashback while Merle remembers and philosophizes about several events in his life revolving around power. He then answers the voice in the woods, saying "It's about time". This is very Zelaznian humor which is one of the great features of these books. In addition, there is lots of great adventure. Zelazny really can write. His is an evolved writing form, far beyond his contemporaries.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brent Butler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the continuation of Merlin's story in the Amber saga ... book two of the five you will read to finish the tale of his adventures.

In the first book, Merlin survived multiple attempts on his life, and book two is no different. However, by this time Merlin is starting to get a handle on who some of the parties behind those attempts may be, and at least one of them is quite a surprise.

In this book, as in many, Zelazny shows a genius for making the mundane sound interesting. If he wants to give you the feel of a long and thought filled journey, he GIVES you a lengthy description of the long and though filled journey. The journey takes time for you as well as Merlin. Zelazny fills the description with tidbits of what fills Merlin's senses. He describes details both mundane and extraordinary and makes it all interesting to the reader. That's no easy task for a writer to accomplish, but it seems effortless for Zelazny.

The details of where this part of Merlin's story begins and ends is absolutely irrelevant, because you aren't going to be picking out this book apart from the rest of the series to read by itself. You MUST read all five books to get the complete story. None of the five stands on its own, and the first four generally end either on a cliffhanger or a startling revelation. So I'm not going to provide any more detail of the storyline than I've already hinted at.

After you read "The Trumps of Doom", just continue right along with this one and enjoy. Make sure you have all five books in the series at hand, because you won't want to wait even a minute from the end of one to the first chapter of the next. I feel for the people who had to wait two years to continue their read as these books were published.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grant Anderson on April 8, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Not much body to this review, but I just thought I'd say that the Amber series is one of my favourites, and I really like this book in particular. Scrof, the Dweller on the Threshold, is hilarious!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Merlin starts this volume by breaking out of a locked cave, challenging a cave demon, and spending his rest period watching a battle at the Keep of the Four Worlds while chitchatting with a deserter. So much for idle relaxation - Merlin keeps frantically jumping from one death threat to another always avoiding the falling horde or slashing claws by a hairs breadth.

Blood of Amber reveals a layered series of plots all of which want Merlin either dead or under close control. Relatives, friends, and potential mates all are suspect while the fate of Amber hangs in the balance - and perhaps the fate of all that lies in shadow as well. For the alternate Pattern created by Corwin to stave off the advance of Chaos has begin to create reverberations of its own and shadow storms are beginning to wreak havoc.

At some point, the reader will realize that all the intricate moves that comprise the action in Blood of Amber are getting too rapid to keep good track of. At this point one must simply go along for the ride from wasteland to wonderland. It is the nature of Zelazny's writing that this remains fun, rather than dissolving in the same chaos that threatens Amber.
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