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The Great Book of Amber: The Complete Amber Chronicles, 1-10 (Chronicles of Amber) Paperback
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first read this series as it came out, I remember some parts and realize that I might have only read 5 or 6 of the books originallyAn. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Charles Smith
I've been enjoying this book a great deal. The story is very original and the world is fantastic. I really grew to like the main character's dry straight narration, though at... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Nick
I have not read this series in over 30 years. I am really enjoying being back in the world of Amber and am devouring the books.Published 23 days ago by Ealifer
10 book series, If you've never read this or his Lord Of Light books, it may be alittle hard to grasp at first but stick with it I promise you wont be disappointed.Published 1 month ago by Philip Spillane
This series is incredible. Much of it was written before my time, and so I read a lot of other fantasy before I finally backtracked to Zelazny's Amber. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ross
This is one of my personal favorite fantasy series. I first read these books in 7th grade, they are great reads for a younger fantasy fan as they are not extremely graphic in any... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrew Christianson