Nine Princes In Amber

Nine Princes In Amber

by Roger Zelazny

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Overview

One of the most revered names in sf and fantasy, the incomparable Roger Zelazny was honored with numerous prizes--including six Hugo and three Nebula Awards--over the course of his legendary career. Among his more than fifty books, arguably Zelazny's most popular literary creations were his extraordinary Amber novels.

Now officially licensed by Zelazny's estate, the first book in this legendary series is now finally available.

Carl Corey wakes up in a secluded New York hospital with amnesia. He escapes and investigates, discovering the truth, piece by piece: he is really Prince Corwin, of Amber, the one true world of which our Earth is just a shadow. He is one of nine men who might rule Amber, if he can fight his way past the armies of his older brother Eric.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150997967
Publisher: Amber Ltd.
Publication date: 07/14/2015
Series: The Chronicles of Amber , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 175
Sales rank: 49,257
File size: 299 KB

About the Author

Most famous for his science fiction series The Chronicles of Amber, Roger Zelazny (1937-1995) was a prolific sci-fi and fantasy writer. Zelazny’s books have won three Nebula Awards and six Hugo Awards. He frequently depicts mythic characters attempting to succeed in the modern world, and his stories often feature absent father figures.

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Nine Princes in Amber (Chronicles of Amber Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for YEARS for this series to be published on Nook. Zelazny was a brilliant writer; if you haven't read him yet, get ready for a master class on writing. This is a truly original work of imagination. And it's the first in a series that will keep you looking for the next book. I'm also waiting for his 'Lord of Light,' 'The Doors of His Face . ..' Please, B&N, bring them out asap. Bundle the Amber books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the great achievements in sci-fi/fantasy. Still ahead of it's time 45 years down the road. His ideas on the nature of objective reality are truly thought provoking and his influence on artists like the wachowskis of "The Matrix" fame have always been readily apparent to his many fans.
She_Who_Must_Read More than 1 year ago
First book of one of my absolute favorite series. PLEASE bring the entire series out as a bundle! I refuse to buy this book until I know for sure that the rest will also be available. It's just too frustrating to red a book this good without being able to read the sequels as well.
Anonymous 10 days ago
Amazing story... has you clenching your sit within seconds of reading. A must read for any fantasy lover!!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Unlike+stories+of+the+Forgotten+Realms+and+other+fantasy+worlds%2C+there+is+little+to+describe%2F+flesh-out+this+series+of+shadow+worlds+that+the+main+character+travels+through.+Even+the+%22prime%22+plane+called+Amber+is+only+minimally+described.+However%2C+if+for+no+other+reason+than+Sci-Fan+history%2C+I+would+still+recommend+the+series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beginning of Zelazny's fascinating masterpiece of the one true city of Amber and its shadows which make the universe. Complicated, fast moving and satisfying, it is completely recommended!
Frozeninja on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up on a whim, not really anything about Roger Zelazny and not knowing what to expect. Since I knew this was a series I expected the first book to be something of a slow build up, however I was hugely mistaken. Right from the start of the book we're thrown into the action, as the main character Corwin wakes up in a hospital not knowing who he is or why he's there. What looks at first like a simple case of amnesia becomes more sinister as Corwin escapes from the hospital and goes to seek refuge with his sister.The amount this book manages to cram into 200 pages is simply a phenomenal mix of action and politics. It starts off at a pace and doesn't slow down. From Corwin's escape from the hospital to his meeting of various siblings, to his eventual return to Amber, it's a fantastic read from start to finish and it leaves me thoroughly hungry to read 'Guns of Avalon'.The only universe that comes close to the blend of fantasy and science fiction found in here for me would be Gene Wolfe's ' Book of the New Sun', though Amber has less psychology and more politics. A thoroughly recommended read.
jmoncton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this series when I was in high school and picked it as a family read aloud. Great imaginative fantasy. In high school I really liked the creativity and plot of this series. Reading it aloud, I noticed how well written this story is - varied sentence structure, diverse choice of words - definitely not your typical trade SciFi paperback! My son is now hooked and is working on the other 9 books in this series. Mission accomplished!
llasram on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Chronicles of Amber is by far my favorite pulp SF series. Definitely worth a read if you're looking for some escapist diversion.
danconsiglio on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Impressive, imaginative plot. Amusing characters. Terrible, terrible, cliche-ridden writing. This is what I get for liking sci/fi so much. Read if you have always wanted a story about dimension-traveling super-heroes who fight over the lost throne of the medieval fantasy (dragonless) realm. Skip if you don't fit into this narrow category.
MorganGMac on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It took a while to get into the series, but Zelazny hit a nice stride with character development and plot pace in this novel. I"m definitely going on to #3.
bjanecarp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Roger Zelazny's novel, Nine Princes in Amber, begins exactly like a bad weekend in Las Vegas, only without all the exotic pleasure of hangovers, nudity, gambling and dubious marriages. Our hero, Corwin, is naked, hospitalized, and can't remember his name. He can't remember a thing, in fact. He quickly learns he has been in an car wreck, conveniently devised by his brother Eric. Eric has been picking on Corwin for centuries, we discover -- forcing him to live over the centuries through the Black Death, the Holocaust, Russian Internment camps, nuclear devastation. Corwin, with the help of a few of his siblings, goes after Eric, who's soon to crown himself king. the brothers' kingdom, Amber, is not unlike the Platonic ideal of a kingdom, or universe. Earth itself, and innumerable other "shadow worlds," must be navigated to reach Amber and Corwin and his family are the only beings with the ability to see through these worlds and move between them. Family members can communicate amongst themselves with a special Tarot deck with their likenesses painted on the trumps. OK. Let's be honest here. I thought the book stank. Without a doubt, Zelazny's Amber chronicles are classics. Many writers, including Neil Gaiman, heaped accolades on the man. His works have won 6 Hugo Awards, 3 Nebula Awards. three of the Amber novels have won, or been nominated for, Locus Fantasy Awards. Maybe it's "first of the series syndrome" and the novels will grow on me (I have the second novel in my coat pocket right now), but I found tedious Corwin and his tedious family to be tedious. Corwin is an intelligent stock run-of-the-mill superhero meatpuppet who smoked cigarettes so incessantly, I honestly thought of taking a shot of liquor every time Zelazny had the guy light up. I'd have been blind drunk by page 60. it reminded me of the old Thin Man movies, where, with each martini, William Powell and Myrna Loy killed yet another huge chunk of their liver. Corwin, of course, had superhuman lungs, and didn't really suffer from the surgeon general's dire warnings, (they were listed on United States cigarette packaging beginning in 1966). In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if it were Zelazny's not-so-gentle nod in that direction. Would Superman get lung cancer? I think not! Zelazny's language is sometimes anachronistic. I shook my head, disbelieving the text, the first time one of Zelazny's characters used the word "dig" in the 60s sense, you dig my meaning? Zelazny went on to use the term a handful of other times in the 180 page novel. I shook my head every other time, too. Now I need a neck massage. I liked the idea of navigating the platonic shadow worlds. I enjoyed the tarot deck communication. The writing was direct and interesting. Corwin had himself a very very bad couple of years at the hand of Eric. Ok. We don't like Eric now. We get the picture. On to book two. Yes, I'm plowing forward through the series. I like to complete these series, and I have all 10 books ready for reading. The first one underwhelmed me, but the rest of the series may prove to be something as memorable as LeGuin's Earthsea novels. I've got my fingers crossed.
nesum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Something strange happens when you read Zelazny. You enter this world of depth and history, with great characters and driving plot. You become absorbed in that wonderful imagination, and you feel at home there, like you have belonged there your whole life.And then you look back on it, and it was only 175 pages.I say it's strange because he seems able to weave masterfully more in 175 pages than most authors can in 500. And I certainly have nothing against long books. Heaven knows I like a thick Fantasy novel. But the reason I like them is because of their depth. If Zelazny can do the same thing in a short book, all the better!I am anxious to continue on into further Amber books now. Much like the Earthsea books, I almost feel a pull with this book. Very well worth the time.
jimmaclachlan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
currently reading for the September 2009 read for the Zelazny group. Wow! It's still a fantastic read after all these years. That's amazing.I re-read this every 5 years or so. It's the start to one of the best series I've ever read. Zelazny is a super writer & this book started a series that has spawned a lot of other books. There are 4 other books that follow this one with Corwin as the hero, then Zelazny did another 5 about Corwin's son, Merlin. Gregory Betancourt is up to book 4 (let's hope the last, #5, gets published since the publisher folded) on Corwin's dad, Oberon. Some don't like Betancourt's books, but I think he's done a great job. A lot better than most of the novels others have finished for Zelazny. He's kept to the story line & a similar writing style. Zelazny & some others worked out the Visual Guide to Amber & Zelazny wrote 6 more short stories that fill in some of the holes between the series. I think all of them are in 'Manna from Heaven'
lunaverse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the Amber series, there are many alternate universes -- and one real place called Amber. All other places (including Earth) are variations on Amber.In Amber, there is one king, Oberon, plus 9 princes and 9 princesses. These siblings compete for power.They also have the ability to travel between the parallel worlds.Even though there are 10 books in this series (two series of 5 books each), it's a quick read because the story is engaging and the books are so short.
Gilbert_M_Stack More than 1 year ago
When I was in ninth grade, I joined the Science Fiction Book Club and got a five-book-for-a-dollar deal as part of the introductory offer. I picked The Chronicles of Amber because it had a cool cover and the two volume set counted as one book. At the time I had never heard of Roger Zelazny, but after racing through the two volume set, I would try and get my hands on everything he’d ever written. Yet even as I devoured his other works, I kept coming back to Amber. I’ve read the books a dozen times, listened to the audio version narrated by Zelazny, himself, played the RPG both in person and in an extended email version, composed my own stories imagining what would come next, and finally happily bought the e-book versions so I can continue to enjoy them again and again. This is one of the greatest adventure stories in science fiction and fantasy and it all starts here with Nine Princes in Amber. On the off chance that you don’t already know what’s coming, I don’t want to risk spoiling anything. Enjoy it like I did the first time—totally fresh and without any foreknowledge. You won’t regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite series of all time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh this is one of the best fantasy series I have ever read. I reread it every year. I finally don't have to hoard my copies and hunt down new ones at bookstores.
Nathan479 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the first books I ever read as part of the Great Book of Amber. It has inspired a lifetime love of reading and inspired my own attempts at becoming an author.  Roger Zelazny has such a unique way of writing, of painting a world where the impossible seem possible and the fantastically improbable mere extensions of one's will.
Boks More than 1 year ago
Brilliant intrigue, great fantasy.
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Annie-Pannie More than 1 year ago
In my opinion there has never been another book written that is more original, intriguing or had more colorful characters. I have read this book and the others in the series so many times and my enjoyment never wanes. I spent a great deal of my younger teen years being in love with Corwin of Amber. Excellent.
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this book is fasinating. a real fantasy world by roger zelazney the greatest!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
AMBER is the 1 true world and the 1 truly awesome book! I love this book more than any other!!! Corwin in powerful,ingenous, and one of the best book charachters ive ever known!