Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny

The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1

Synopsis: Amber, the one real world, wherein all others, including our own Earth, are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin’s blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne. From Arden to the blood-slippery Stairway into the Sea, the air is electrified with the powers of Eric, Random, Bleys, Caine, and all the princes of Amber whom Corwin must overcome. Yet, his savage path is blocked and guarded by eerie structures beyond imagining; impossible realities forged by demonic assassins and staggering horrors to challenge the might of Corwin’s superhuman fury.’ to ‘Awakening in an Earth hospital unable to remember who he is or where he came from, Corwin is amazed to learn that he is one of the sons of Oberon, King of Amber, and is the rightful successor to the crown in a parallel world.

Review: I didn’t know this series at all, but when a friend gave me a lot of praise, I was curious to find out what it was like. He lent me the first volume and I gladly threw myself into the story.

Corwin wakes up in a hospital with amnesia. He has no idea what happened, let alone what is going on. Gradually he goes through the clues and meets people who claim to be his siblings, characters who talk about things he doesn’t understand. But Corwyn isn’t just anyone, he’s one of the nine brothers vying for the throne of Amber and he’s determined to see it through to the end, at any cost.

It was a very nice fantasy novel and I had a very good time. Besides, I’m very curious to find out what would happen next and see how our hero would manage everything. I’m also looking forward to meeting his family and learning more about them.

A very nice first volume!