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The Chronicles of Amber: Amber is the one real world, casting infinite reflections of itself as Shadow worlds that can be manipulated by those of royal Amberite blood. But the royal family is torn apart by jealousies and suspicion; the disappearance of the Patriach Oberon has intensified the internal conflict by leaving the throne apparently up for grabs. In a hospital on the Shadow Earth, a young man is recovering from a freak car accident; amnesia has robbed him of all his memory, even the fact that he is Corwin, Crown Prince of Amber, rightful heir to the throne and he is in deadly peril.

The series is divided into two parts, and the first five books -- Nine Princes in Amber, The Guns of Avalon, Sign of the Unicorn, The Hand of Oberon, and The Courts of Chaos -- followed Corwin's story. An additional five books -- Trumps of Doom, Blood of Amber, Sign of Chaos, Knight of Shadows, and Prince of Chaos -- were published a number of years later and followed the story of Merlin, Corwin's son. Zelazny also wrote several short stories revolving around his Amber characters.


Born in 1937, Zelazny became one of the stars of Science Fiction in the 1960's. His short stories and novels combined wit and daring adventures to form characters and situations that one could readily feel much kinship with. Using the mythologies of several peoples, such as the ancient Egyptians, he preferred to think of his writing style as "Science-Fantasy," which seems quite apt. His style was and continues, at least in some circles, to be identified with the New Wave Movement, but that does not do him justice. Of all his writings, the Amber series of novels is perhaps best known. In a sense, the ten novel cycle displays many of the facets that he possessed. Sadly, he passed away on June 14, 1995, of complications resulting from cancer. He was a unique man, with both vision and grace, whose works stand as testament to the kind of human being he was. (from SFBookcase)

Whether you're a fan of the first part of the series, the second part, or both, I hope you'll add your name to the list.


Beyond Shadow was opened on 7/17/03 by Jai. I adopted the fanlisting from her on 02/27/04. The current layout uses cover art from a book published in 1999 by the Science Fiction Book Club (art credited to Ron Walotsky) that included the first arc of the Amber series. If you're new to the series or stumbled across this site by accident, please visit the Extras section for more info. Even if you're not new to the series, you still might want to check out the list of Amber links.

All things Amber © Roger Zelazny and his estate