Sign of the Unicorn (Chronicles of Amber Series #3)

Sign of the Unicorn (Chronicles of Amber Series #3)

by Roger Zelazny


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Amber is the one real world, of which all others—including our own Earth—are but Shadows. A traitor has revealed the royal family's greatest secret: the ability to manipulate Shadow and travel through all possible worlds, enabling a plot towards Amber's destruction. Corwin, Prince of the Blood, must risk everything in a deadly assault on evil's stronghold. Now, beset by demonic powers beyond imagination and betrayed by a bizarre conspiracy among his own kin, Corwin walks a perilous path toward ultimate knowledge and terrifying discovery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380008315
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/01/1986
Series: Chronicles of Amber Series , #3
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 4.17(w) x 6.89(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Roger Zelazny burst onto the SF scene in the early 1960s with a series of dazzling and groundbreaking short stories. He won his first of six Hugo Awards for Lord of Light, and soon after produced the first book of his enormously popular Amber series, Nine Princes in Amber. In addition to his Hugos, he went on to win three Nebula Awards over the course of a long and distinguished career. He died on June 14, 1995.

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Frozeninja on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sign of the Unicorn is a very different read to the previous two books in the Amber series. The two previous volumes were filled to the brim with action and politics, where as the third takes the emphasis off the action. The story almost becomes a whodunnit? style murder mystery.The tale begins a week into Corwin's reign as regent of Amber, and one of his brothers has been found dead. Furthermore it is clear that someone has tried to frame him for it, and suspicion becomes rife as to who has set him up. This leads Corwin to demand the tale as to how Random came to end up in his company at the start of the first book, and further revelations are unveiled as the story moves on, including the discovery of the fate of one of the missing brothers; Brand. We also get to know a lot more about the characterizations and motivations of the princes of amber, and the princesses to a lesser extent.I found this a nice change of scenery, an unexpected direction but not an unwelcome one. It felt slightly weaker in some aspects, possibly because all of the intrigue sometimes got a bit too much. It does however set up the final two books quite nicely, so I suppose it serves its purpose fairly well. The ending confused the hell out of me, but I suspect it was somewhat supposed to. Now onwards to the fourth....
jimmaclachlan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third book of the Chronicles of Amber which feature Corwin as the hero. It was excellent. The Amber universe is further revealed, mysteries abound & deepen. The book does end on a cliff hanger. If you get this far into the 5 book series, you simply have to finish it out now.The writing style is still the same & Corwin is still a most likable hero. He's not perfect, but he is tough & pragmatic. He's facing a lot of tough decisions, but takes them in stride. Can't wait to read the next!
MorganGMac on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed getting a deeper look into the Pattern, the Shadows, and the political games for the throne, as well as the characters themselves. Here, Zelazny does a good job of playing with characters' motivations to reveal or conceal information, and as the author, he tells you just enough to let you derive your own conjectures. My favorite of the series so far.
bjanecarp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sign of the Unicorn is the the third installment in Roger Zelazny's The Chronicles of Amber The hero of the first five books finds himself thrust suddenly into familial intrigue when a royal brother of the first family of Amber is murdered and another is stabbed. The book reads like an Agatha Christie novel, as we spend lots of time locked in a room, with several murder suspects, each a sibling, and each with the motive to destroy the Royal family, capture the throne, and possibly destroy Amber itself. Corwin suddenly finds himself in his cabin, on old Shadow Earth, wounded, and is offered a healthy dose of information from an old friend. I've noticed that Zelazny, at least in this series, relies heavily on visual input, and makes very slight use of any other of the senses in his descriptive passages. We often know what Corwin sees, but seldom what he smells, tastes, or hears. Thus, when the cast is moving through the Shadow worlds, it becomes vaguely sight-heavy, like reading a description of a late-era Monet. This happens especially when Zelazny describes the uglier passages among the shadows, called hellrides. Passages like the following paragraph: "Silence and silver... Walking away from the rail, leaning on my stick, passing through the fog-spun,mist-woven, moonlight-brushed fabric of vision within the troubling city... ghosts... Shadows of shadows... Images of probability... Might-bes and might-have-beens... Probability lost... Probability regained." Huh? I found his use of ellipses tiresome, and the passages visually ugly and thus difficult to focus on his words. Lots of this writing occurs in the last 40 pages of the novel, when Zelazny wraps up this installment of the tale with a three-man horseback ride through Tir-na Nog'th, the world of ghosts, might-bes, and might-have beens. Corwin is experiencing the deepening mystery of Amber's gradual crumbling. The story is compelling, though; probably the best of the three novels so far. Three of the hero's brothers--Random, Brand, and Gérard--are fleshed out during the telling of the story, as well as a few of the sisters we'd yet to encounter. This was the first novel of the series I have liked. Zelazny is a gifted storyteller; so far into the series, he hasn't adequately proven himself as a gifted character-builder. Maybe the lead character is too single-faceted for my mind. I'll let you know what I think when I've read the fourth book in the series.
Gilbert_M_Stack More than 1 year ago
In the first two books of this series, the action was relatively straight forward. First Corwin is trying to discover who he is; second he is trying to conquer Amber. In The Sign of the Unicorn Corwin begins to learn just how little he truly understands of what has been going on in Amber since he began his lengthy sojourn on earth. This is a novel of intrigue and family politics and it begins to reshape Corwin’s view of his brother, Eric’s, short reign. Amber is threatened by a force King Oberon did not understanding and it quickly becomes apparent that it is Oberon’s children—the princes and princesses of Amber—who are responsible for the kingdom’s danger. This book will keep you spellbound as each new revelation forces you to reexamine what you—and Corwin—thank you know about who actually has the best interests of Amber at heart. Two factions are vying for power and there’s nothing they won’t risk to get what they want.