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Nine Princes in Amber (1970)

af Roger Zelazny

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First novel in the Amber Series. Corwin returns to Amber, the one true world, to make a mad & desperate rush upon the vacant throne
  1. 30
    The Well-Favored Man af Elizabeth Willey (saturnine13, aqualectrix)
    saturnine13: Similar in that they both feature many different interconnected worlds, family drama, and first person perspective.
  2. 20
    Lyonesse: Suldrun's Garden af Jack Vance (corporate_clone)
    corporate_clone: another modern telling of fairy tales, Amber and Lyonnesse have quite a bit in common and may appeal the same readers.
  3. 20
    The maker of universes af Philip José Farmer (Amtep)
    Amtep: Those who are fascinated by the Amber universe may find the seeds of many of its ideas in Farmer's Maker of Universes and the other World of Tiers books.
  4. 00
    WebMage af Kelly McCullough (aqualectrix)
    aqualectrix: McCullough's world of cyberpunk-magic has a very similar feel to Zelazny's Amber series.
  5. 11
    Shadow & Claw: The First Half of The Book of the New Sun af Gene Wolfe (Frozeninja)
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    The Dark World af Henry Kuttner (bluetyson)
    bluetyson: Also the rest of the five Corwin books by Zelazny, especially The Guns Of Avalon.
  7. 13
    Roger Zelazny's The Dawn of Amber af John Gregory Betancourt (Patangel)
  8. 13
    To Rule in Amber af John Gregory Betancourt (Patangel)
  9. 13
    Chaos and Amber af John Gregory Betancourt (Patangel)
  10. 03
    Kampen om tronen af George R. R. Martin (ryvre)
    ryvre: Both are fantasy books with lots of politics and intrigue among the royal families.

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When I started The Chronicles of Amber, I'm not really sure what I expected. Probably a straight forward fantasy epic a la The Lord of the Rings.

Not exactly.

Nine Princes in Amber actually feels more like science fiction at times, with infinite parallel worlds that the protagonist(s) can travel freely between. The catch is that there's only one 'real' world: Amber, of which all others (including our Earth) are merely reflections.

We start with one of the Princes of Amber (Corwin) stuck on our Earth somewhat lacking in memory. He doesn't know anything about Amber or all this parallel world nonsense (yet). It's an interesting narrative structure to let the reader learn all about the world without dropping them in the deep end. I appreciate that and think it was done fairly well.

When we finally get moving into Shadows, into Amber's reflection Rebma (I see what you did there..) and finally into Amber itself, the worlds we travel through are fascinating. I could imagine spending a long time just traveling from world to world were I a Prince of Amber, just to see what all is possible.

That being said, if you're looking for a 'good' protagonist to root for, Corwin is not it. Neither really is any

Style wise, the book is odd. You get pure high fantasy writing chock full of thees and thous mixed in with bits like this:

“I walked among Shadows, and found a race of furry creatures, dark and clawed and fanged, reasonably manlike, and about as intelligent as a freshman in the high school of your choice-sorry, kids, but what I mean is they were loyal, devoted, honest, and too easily screwed by bastards like me and my brother. I felt like the dee-jay of your choice.”

To some extent, it makes sense. Corwin has spent centuries growing up in Amber and then centuries more living on our Earth up to the then present day of the 1970s. It's still jarring to read though.

Otherwise, there's something to be said about the inherent sexism more common in 70s literature. The men are the doers and shakers, the drivers of the story. The women are mostly background noise and sounding boards more than anything. From time to time, they seem involved in plots (like getting Corwin locked away just before the book begins), but even Corwin remarks from time that the battle for the throne is among the brothers, a Queen of Amber never even crosses his mind.

The final run up towards the end is interesting as well. They're assaulting Amber itself, over mountains and on the sea. It's an interesting choice to basically paint thumbnail sketches of their journeys: And then we fought a sea monster. Ten thousand men died.

They're really not much more detailed than that. I could have used more of the battles, they sound interesting, but I think it actually works. It drives up the tension right up to the climax... only for Corwin to be cast into the dungeons and blinded. I see why the book tends to be bound into a single volume as [b:The Chronicles of Amber|316876|The Chronicles of Amber (The Chronicles of Amber, #1-5 )|Roger Zelazny|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1415558522s/316876.jpg|6300301].

Overall, it's an interesting story. More than enough to get me to want to read the rest of the series, but probably not enough to want to re-read in the future. We shall see if any of the latter books changes my mind.

Aside/rant: What does it actually mean for Amber to be the only real world? What makes the others less real? I guess you can possibly manipulate the Shadow on other worlds to do interesting things, which wouldn't work on Amber? Other than that, why exactly does everyone want to bother with Amber? They have infinite universes to travel, in many (all?) of which, they are basically gods. Why not make a thousand kingdoms you can rule if that's what you're interested? Or travel forever? Or settle down somewhere interesting (but not too interesting)? ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
  mathomhaul | Apr 24, 2021 |
I wish there were more detaila in the story. It feels like the book was a summary of the events. 🙂 ( )
  FirstSpeaker | Apr 16, 2021 |
This was undoubtedly the most enjoyable novel I've read in a very long time. Maybe it strikes a cord with me because it's world view is so very close to my own. The pantheistic nature of creation as depicted here is one I've long held to.

The novel itself is well written, even though it's written in the first person, which doesn't often work as well as I'd like but seems to work extremely well here.

All in all a fantastic novel. I can't wait to continue the series now.

Excellent. ( )
  SFGale | Mar 23, 2021 |
So so. Well written, pointless quester. Probably won't read any more in this series. ( )
  frfeni | Jan 31, 2021 |
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Corwin verliest na een auto-ongeluk zijn geheugen en probeert beetje bij beetje zijn herinnering terug te winnen. Hij komt erachter dat hij acht broers en zussen heeft en dat zij prinsen zijn die strijden om de troon van Amber. Amber is een volmaakt koninkrijk dat slechts door de negen prinsen via een geestestoestand bereikt kan worden. De aarde en de vele andere parallelle werelden zijn slechts Schaduwen van Amber. Corwin verzamelt een leger om te voorkomen dat zijn broer Eric de troon bestijgt (deel 1). Corwin verliest en vervloekt zijn broer. Deze vervloeking bedreigt Amber als demonen van Chaos het koninkrijk binnenvallen. Corwin is genoodzaakt samen met Eric te strijden tegen deze Schaduwdemonen (deel 2). Als Corwin eenmaal heerser is, vindt hij via veel omwegen de legendarische eenhoorn (deel 3). Hoewel Zelazny veel heeft gepubliceerd, ligt zijn bloeiperiode toch in de late jaren zestig en de vroege jaren zeventig met de Amber-serie als hoogtepunt. Een SF-klassieker die gelezen moet worden. Normale druk.
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