Amber is the one real world, of which all others—including our own Earth—are but Shadows.
Merle Corey is a brilliant young computer designer in San Francisco, but, he is also Merlin, son of Corwin, vanished prince of Amber, and heir to his father's wonderous powers. And, someone is determined to kill him. Now he will begin a desperate race through Shadow, not only to escape the mysterious force that threatens his life, but to protect the deadly secret that could destroy both his worlds.
About the Author/Reader
Roger Zelazny – HUGO & NEBULA AWARD-WINNING author
Roger 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.
Praise for The Chronicles of Amber
“...these fantasy adventures are [Zelazny’s] best work, they have earned him a whole new audience by virtue of their elegance, humor, literacy, vivid action and lightly applied but complex background of tarot, alternate worlds, Olympian gods, and magic.”
Posted by Steve on 11th Aug 2014
I remember first "discovering" Zelazny shortly after I dropped out of law school when I first read Lord of Light. A few years later, shortly after dropping out of business school, I came across The Nine Princes in Amber. I stayed in Amber School all the way through, waiting for each subsequent Chronicle to be published, then got a second chance as the Merlin series followed. I loved then, as now, Zelazny's ability to integrate the mythic into the present and carry it on into the future.
I'm considerably older now, thus a little slower, and, unlike Zelany who moved on to sunnier places, still living in Northeast Ohio, but have been delighted to belatedly discover the audiobook CDs. I find it a joy to be led through the Chronicles by Zelazny, himself. It's not even a rediscovery, it's a different level of magic hearing him reading it as he sees it. I'm on my second listen-through of the whole series.
These recordings are a treasure. Thanks!
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