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The Great Book of Amber: The Complete Amber Chronicles, 1-10 (Chronicles of Amber) Paperback – March 30, 2010
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Corwin is a prince of Amber, the "immortal city from which every other city has taken its shape." All other worlds, including Earth, are shadows of that reality. Corwin has spent centuries on Earth as an amnesiac. But when someone in the family tries to kill him there, Corwin begins a search for his past. He quickly learns that his family has some very unusual powers. They can travel between Amber, its shadows, and Chaos by manipulating reality; use magical playing cards to communicate and travel instantaneously; and are able to walk the Pattern that created Amber. Corwin regains his memory, solves the mystery of his father Oberon's disappearance, and fulfills his destiny--only to disappear into Chaos.
Merlin searches for Corwin and his destiny as a son of both Amber and the Courts of Chaos. His story parallels Corwin's, answering many questions about Amber, Chaos, and the next generation in the family.
Many readers have complained that the series goes on too long and the ending is disappointing. None, however, would deny that it's filled with fascinating ideas, complex characters, and action-adventure. Don't miss a chance to make up your own mind. --Nona Vero
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If I told you that this is the best series of books that I've ever read (and I've read thousands of books), would you believe me? Probably not. But it's true. Zelazny captured lightning in a bottle when he wrote these 10 books--I only wish there were a hundred!
The 10 books of the Chronicles of Amber (collected here at last in a single volume!) are divided into two separate, interlocked series. The first tells the adventures of Corwin, Prince of Amber; the second, those of his son Merlin. If you twisted my arm, I'd say that the first series is better than the second. But read them yourself and you can decide.
Amber is one of the most intricate, original, and fascinating fantasy worlds you will ever find outside of Tolkien. It is a world of magic, science, illusions, and reality. The basic principle is that the universe consists of an infinite number of parallel worlds, all of which are echoes and reflections (called Shadows) of the one true city of Amber. The people, cultures, traditions, histories, even the physics of those Shadows exist in a multitude of varying degrees. Whatever kind of world or time or place you're looking for, it exists somewhere in Shadow. (Earth as we know it, for example, is merely one Shadow.Read more ›
This volume includes the original Amber series, in which Prince Corwin is the central character relearning his place in the monarchy and dissecting the politics and palace intrigues. The royal family draws its power from the Pattern in Amber, Amber being the original world from which all other universes are mere shadows and combinations.
The second Amber series is included as well, in which Corwin's son is the central character. He is a prince of both Amber and Chaos, and is a master of both Amber's powers (the Pattern) and the magical/wizardly powers of Chaos.
I love the magic and the epic nature of the adventures, and each individual novel within the series is a wonderful read. The volume as a whole builds a world and a saga that will stick with you for ages after you've read it.
If you like Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, you'll probably enjoy this volume as well.
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I first read most of the Amber books decades ago. Those original hardcovers have been long gone from my possession. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Brian P. Bilbrey
Loved this story years ago when I first read it, and was overjoyed to see the "Great Book", as I have had a difficult time finding this set of books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Meh. Compared to most Jack Vance novels, Amber is okay but not great by any means.Published 1 month ago by Travis Lee Warriner
In all of fantasy fiction there is really nothing comparable to this series- modern sensibility with magic and action and even some hints of kabbala thrown in. Read morePublished 1 month ago by thirdtwin
Totally enthralling series. Zelazny is vastly under appreciated. I rank him up there with Gene Wolfe and Jack Vance. Read morePublished 2 months ago by keith hull
Best book ever written. I recommend this for everyone, it really is amazing.Published 2 months ago by Angela K Rossiter