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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 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 patriarch, Oberon, has intensified the conflicts by leaving Amber's throne apparently up for gra... more »bs.
The CHRONICLES begin in a hospital on Shadow Earth, where a man is recovering from a freak auto accident. Since he is also suffering from amnesia, and has been for some time, he has no idea that he's Prince Corwin of Amber -- until his memory receives a succession 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.
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 blood royal gain the ability to control Shadows. But the slightest misstep during the trial means death. As Corwin sets foot upon that coldly glowing inscription, memories come flooding back to him....
But unknown to Corwin, there are forces massing against Amber... and before too long he will discover just how great a burden a King's crown can be...« less