Great Book of AmberThe Guns of Avalon by Roger Zelazny

I picked up The Great Book of Amber a while ago. It has the entire series in one book, but I’m reading them one at a time.I read this book during the read-a-thon last weekend. It was a perfect choice, actually- quick, fairly short, and lots of adventure.

The Guns of Avalon picks up where Nine Princes in Amber left off. Corwin is determined to fight for the throne of Amber. He has some supplies he needs to collect which takes him to Avalon. While there, he must help fight the creatures of the Circle of Evil, a part of the Dark Road to Chaos that he unleashed on the world, both Amber and Shadow, by his curse.

Guns of AvalonOnce again, Corwin doesn’t know who to trust and how far to trust them. I enjoy the action in these. they’re just fun. Traveling through Shadow plays a big part in this one, with some really interesting descriptions of the terrain changing around them. It’s an easy read. This time around, Corwin knows who he is, what he’s fighting for, so we can get straight to it. We don’t need any explanation of the importance of Amber and that the royal family can travel through Shadow. Reading the first is necessary though, otherwise you’d be lost.

During this adventure, he also meets Dara, who claims to be the granddaughter of one of his brothers. Needless to say, she isn’t. I’m not quite sure what she is though, which is the cliff-hanger ending in this episode. Corwin gets the crown, but now he has to defend it.

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  • Michael Kizzia

    Nine Princes, Guns of Avalon, Sign of the Unicorn, Hand of Oberon, Courts of Chaos. This is how they are sitting on my bookshelf, and I am retentive enough that they are probably in order; but it has been a long time since I read them.

  • Susan – Yes this is the second in the series. Definitely one you need to read in order.

    Michael – I’m lucky having them all in one collection. I don’t have to worry about figuring out the order.

  • I’ve read the book for the first time twenty years ago, and the part where Corwin sees the moon clearly for the first time still gives me a shiver after all these years.

    Zelazny was one of the best authors of all time.

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