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The Chronicles of Amber, Vol 1: Nine Princes in Amber / The Guns of Avalon
The Chronicles of Amber Vol 1 Nine Princes in Amber / The Guns of Avalon Author:Roger Zelazny THIS OMNIBUS COLLECTION CONTAINS "Nine Princes in Amber" and "Guns of Avalon" — Amber is the one real world, casting infinite reflections of itself -- Shadow worlds that can be manipulated by those of royal Amberite blood. Unfortunately, the royal family is torn by jealousies and suspicions. And the disappearance of the clan p... more »atriarch, Oberon, has intensified the conflicts by leaving Amber's throne up for grabs.
The CHRONICLES begin in a hospital on the Shadow Earth, where a man is recovering from a freak auto accident. Since he is also suffering from amnesia, he has no idea that he's Prince Corwin of Amber -- until his memory receives a series of jolts:
He meets a sister who speaks in riddles of plots and counterplots... and a brother who abruptly involves him in a life-and-death battle against pursuers from a fearful Shadow world.
He discovers a deck of tarot-like cards, with himself, his sister, and strangers whom he guesses to be other relatives, pictured on their faces. Only lingering amnesia keeps him from grasping the full significance of the find: the cards are the Greater Trumps of Amber, used by his family to communicate across vast distances, and transport one another through Shadows in an instant.
Then comes the most shattering jolt of all...Corwin's confrontation with an intricate design created by a master manipulator of reality -- the Pattern. By walking the Pattern, those of the royal blood gain the ability to control the Shadows. But the slightest misstep during the trial means death.
As Corwin sets foot upon that coldly glowing inscription, memories come flowing back to him...more and more with each step. And finally, knowing his true ambition, he acknowledges his true ambition -- and resolves that the crown of Amber will be his.
But unknown to Corwin, there are dark forces massing against Amber...and before too long he will discover just how great a burden a king's crown can be...« less