The Guns of Avalon

The Guns of Avalon

by Roger Zelazny

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One of the most revered names in sf and fantasy, the incomparable Roger Zelazny was honored with numerous prizes--including six Hugo and three Nebula Awards--over the course of his legendary career. Among his more than fifty books, arguably Zelazny's most popular literary creations were his extraordinary Amber novels. The Guns of Avalon is the second book of The Chronicles of Amber.

Across the worlds of Shadow, Corwin, Prince of blood royal, heir to the throne of Amber, gathers his forces for an assault that will yield up to him the crown that is rightfully his. But, a growing darkness of his own doing threatens his plans, an evil that stretches to the heart of the perfect kingdom itself where the demonic forces of Chaos mass to annihilate Amber and all who would rule there.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151184816
Publisher: Amber Ltd.
Publication date: 09/27/2015
Series: The Chronicles of Amber , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 56,819
File size: 339 KB

About the Author

Most famous for his science fiction series The Chronicles of Amber, Roger Zelazny (1937-1995) was a prolific sci-fi and fantasy writer. Zelazny’s books have won three Nebula Awards and six Hugo Awards. He frequently depicts mythic characters attempting to succeed in the modern world, and his stories often feature absent father figures.

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The Guns of Avalon (Chronicles of Amber Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
nesum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Superior to the first novel, Sign of the Unicorn takes the momentum of the series and turns it on its head and back the other way. There was depth in the first book, but in this one we realize that, before, we had only scratched the surface. There is much more to Amber to be explored, and more on the other side of the shadow as well.Nine Princes in Amber was only a prelude. This book gets the story started in earnest.
bjanecarp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With The Guns of Avalon, Roger Zelazny creates his second installment in his fantasy series, The Amber Chronicles. The main character, Corwin is still a tobacco-smoking muscled sumbitch, but I'll be darned if the guy isn't growing on me by inches. He doesn't say "dig" anymore, which I didn't dig. This helps. Corwin lived and ruled in Avalon, a shadow world, until a duel with his brother Eric left him incapacitated. Centuries later, the battle with Eric continues. At the moment of his supposed destruction, he unleashes a curse on Amber. Corwin has been imprisoned for five years in the dungeons of Amber. He escapes and plots his revenge, only to discover his own curse horrifyingly present in the world. Zelazny's work borrows from Arthurian tradition, and from the medieval French chansons de geste as he develops his characters. Those introduced to the Chronicles include his brother the warmaster Benedict (who is now the Protector of shadow-Avalon); and his exiled former councilor named Ganelon, now much older, and much changed. Two love interests, Lorraine the prophetess, and the mysterious Dara, provide romantic distraction and not a little confusion for Corwin. The concept of the shadow world of the Platonic forms still provides the force of Zelazny's theory of magic behind The Chronicles. It is a fascinating thought: if a person could manipulate the shadows, isn't that what we mere mortals would consider "magic"? Ganelon refers to Corwin as a sorcerer and a devil, and a god, probably for good reason. The Amberites (the name given Corwin and his siblings) still communicate, and occasionally move through the universe, using a deck of Tarot cards, presumably drawn by an insane old man called Dworkin. The writing is solid, with a few descriptive passages that stand out as truly excellent. The book is not embarrassing, as I found moments of his Nine Princes in Amber; still, it is a boilerplate fantasy novel with stock characters, and doesn't rise exceptionally above the genre in any way. I keep hoping for that moment of transcendence in Zelazny's writing. Guns of Avalon has me curious enough about the story read more, but still hoping for greater character development. I will continue to the third novel of the Chronicles, Sign of the Unicorn just for kicks, and let you know what I think.
Gilbert_M_Stack More than 1 year ago
If Nine Princes in Amber is a “Who Am I?” story, The Guns of Avalon is more of a straight adventure piece. Having escaped from his imprisonment in Amber, Corwin sets out to claim the throne he believes should be his. So he journeys into shadow to raise his new army, but along the way he discovers the consequences of his curse and comes to regret the rashness which led him to inflict it on that which he loves. In other words, Corwin begins to grow up a little. The novel also introduces Benedict, the most fearsome and possibly the most intriguing of the princes and princesses of Amber and sets the stage for the exploration of familial dysfunctionality that is the next book. The only problem you’ll have with this novel (even after multiple readings) is that you won’t want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth reading...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago