The Hand of Oberon

The Hand of Oberon

by Roger Zelazny

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The fourth in the Amber series reveals two surprising answers...

Family blood has been spilled on the Pattern that created Amber, throwing the entire kingdom in chaos. In a desperate effort to save themselves, the princes and princesses of Amber--led by Lord Corwin--search for answers. Where has their father, Oberon, has disappeared to, and what evil has created the black road that unites Amber and that multidimensional world called Shadow? Most importantly, there is a traitor in their midst.


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.

"He was a storyteller without peer. He created worlds as colorful and exotic and memorable as any our genre has ever seen..." --George R.R. Martin

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157098421
Publisher: Amber Ltd.
Publication date: 09/05/2016
Series: The Chronicles of Amber , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 181
Sales rank: 63,698
File size: 278 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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The Hand of Oberon (Chronicles of Amber Series #4) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MorganGMac on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great suspense, and a well-planned twist of the plot. Corwin's character is developing very nicely, as are some of the supporting characters. Zelazny hit his stride in this one. Looking forward to the next (and the last).
bjanecarp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Those who have been following the Amber chronicles will be aware now that Oberon (apart from being King of the Fairies in Shakespeare's _Midsummer Night's Dream_) is the father of the gaggle of backstabbing miscreants that comprise the Amberites. Oberon of Amber bears no resemblance to his Shakespearean namesake. In fact, following the course of the first four novels of the Amber series, Oberon has been missing (presumably kidnapped by nefarious so-and-sos). Yet, the novel is called The Hand of Oberon. The title itself is a major spoiler alert, for the alert mind. Corwin and his siblings are once again immersed in plot-within-plots, while missing Oberon seemingly directs matters, while avoiding a head-on-collision with the Courts of Chaos, on the other end of the spectrum of the Shadows.The novel opens with Corwin exploring the blood-stained destroyed Pattern with his brother Random, and his old enemy-turned-friend Ganelon. Ganelon is another name taken from legend: history marks him as as the betrayer of Charlemagne to the Muslims in 9th century France. In this series, he is the betrayer of Corwin, and exiled for misdeeds against Avalon, where Corwin ruled.I barely remember a thing from the novel, and I read it less than two weeks ago: this speaks not well for its staying power. I am glancing through each chapter to see the memorable touches, and find, well, hardly anything at all. The Pattern must be repaired. We are finally honing in on the series villain. There is a surprise relative (Or two. Or three). Random's wife Vialle is a nice touch, and a pleasant counterpoint to Corwin's scheming sisters. She seems to know the truth in the same way literature almost always paints blind seers. In truth, I find myself increasingly annoyed with Zelazny's Amber series. So far, it's obvious it would have held together better as a single volume; each book begins precisely where the previous novel ended. The main character, Corwin, is nothing but a placeholder that offers very little of interest, except to move an entertaining what-if scenario that smacks of Platonism. If you want to _really_ see this hypothesis handled well, I'd propose reading Neal Stephenson's _Anathem_.Sorry folks. Really. I'm trying to like these novels but find precious little to remember so far, much less enjoy.
Gilbert_M_Stack More than 1 year ago
In the fourth book, Corwin finally begins to uncover answers that look like they will hold up over time. Surviving conspirators from both factions put their spin on what has been happening and the reader finally has the opportunity to figure out who the traitor in the family really is—just before Zelazny himself reveals the traitor’s hand. Family members like Julian and Fiona who have been all too enigmatic to this point come out of the shadows, revealing motivations that make you reconsider who is a hero and who is a villain. The tension soars as the traitor acts and we take the penultimate step toward the end game that will decide whether the Pattern and the realm of Amber will survive or be destroyed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago