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The chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny; 7 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Amber (Imaginary Cover of: To Read (free ebooks). The Chronicles of Amber is a series of fantasy novels written by Roger Zelazny. The main series consists of two story arcs, each five novels in length. Amber is the one real world, casting infinite reflections of itself -- Shadow worlds, that can be manipulated by those of royal Amberite blood. But the royal family is.
To the north of Amber lie various estates, farms, and small villages and communities, as well as a small port Balyesport.
The great forest of Arden lies to the north, west and south of Kolvir. Also to the south is The Vale of Garnath.
It is also through Garnath that the forces of Chaos eventually come to attack Amber, using their Black Road. Another important southern location, within the Forest of Arden, is the Grove of the Unicorn. Since Amber "casts Shadow but is not of it," walking in Shadow was not possible in the immediate environs of the City or Kolvir.
It was necessary to gain some distance from these locations in order to walk in Shadow, traveling to or from other worlds. This usually meant traveling by sea, or through the Forest of Arden. This is why the sea patrols and Julian's force in Arden were effective.
Reflections of Amber Amber has two reflections or counterparts. The city of Rebma Amber spelled backwards lies under the sea off the coast.
Markers on the beach point the way to an underwater stairway named Faiella-Bionin which descends to the city. The stairway and city are magical, allowing normal breathing, talking, etc.
Leaving the areas of magic returns one to normal water, with the potential of drowning or being crushed by water pressure. Rebma is ruled by Queen Moire. Most inhabitants are a sea people, not shadows of Amberites, and are slightly different in form from humans. They can be resentful of Amber, particularly when strife in Amber causes ripples of trouble in their own home. In times of peace Amberites may visit freely.
It was during one such time that Random seduced and abandoned Moire's daughter Morganthe, leading her to commit suicide after she bore his son, Martin. Rebma contains a copy of the Pattern, a mirror image of the one in Amber. On moonlit nights, the ghostly city of Tir-na Nog'th cf. It is an imperfect reflection of the Amber, with inhabitants that are shadows and ghosts of people, including those who once, might have, or never existed.
Like Rebma, Tir-na Nog'th is reached by a stair, the bottom three steps of which are of stone rooted on Kolvir, with the rest of the stairs being of the same nature as the city itself. As long as the moon is not obscured, the stairway and the city are solid enough to stand on.
Amberites visit the ghost city to seek insights and portents of the future. The passage of time and spatial distances differ in Tir-na Nog'th, versus the world below. When doing visiting there, safety suggests staying in contact with someone via a Trump, since the city may disappear without warning if a cloud passes across the moon.
Again like Rebma, Tir-na Nog'th also contains a complete copy of the Pattern but this copy isn't reversed, as is Rebma's. Tir-na Nog'th is visited by Corwin in a crucial development of his story.
The cast of characters Ultimately, Amber focuses on a dysfunctional family that is at the center of a cosmic war between many powers. Nine princes and four princesses of Amber, including Prince Corwin as narrator of the first book series, try to deal with the disappearance of Oberon, their father, and an apparent need for succession of the throne.
No one trusts anyone, everyone appears to be ready to backstab anyone else often literally , and everyone seems genuinely interested in only one thing: himself or herself. In this respect, the Amber series could perhaps be best described as a philosophical , metaphysical , magical , mystical , fantasy soap opera. It has all those things, all wrapped around a cast of characters who are conniving, paranoid, dysfunctional, and often heartless.
All of the princes and princesses of Amber have super-human strength and regenerative capabilities. For example, Random and Corwin are able to pick up a car that had become stuck on a soft shoulder and place it back on the road, and Corwin is able to regenerate his eyes after they are burned out, although it takes him almost four years. Corwin seems to have the fastest regenerative capabilities in the royal family, something he contemplates after his escape from the dungeons of Amber.
Each, when negotiated, gives a person the ability to walk in shadow—across the different possible universes. The Pattern is a single, intertwined curve, laid out in a twisting maze-like design, in size larger than a football field. The Logrus is described as a shifting, three-dimensional obstacle course.
Amber's Pattern is located in caverns deep underneath the royal palace. Later, more become evident: e. These imperfect copies exist in shadows close to Amber, with the first three being the least dangerous to use, but with the danger increasing the further one is from the original.
Navigating a Broken Patterns can give an individual some access to magical energies, but it is "foolish" to attempt to use for such purposes any Broken Pattern further than the ninth one from Amber. Merlin's walking of the Logrus appears in a prologue to the initial hardcover edition of the book, which is sometimes available on-line the link provided includes typos that are not Zelazny's. We do not see any other instances of a character negotiating the Logrus. The Prologue has Merlin bleeding and experiencing odd sensory inputs.
Later we learn walking the Logrus can leave one mentally unstable for a while afterwards, but this "usually" passes. The Logrus is also described as containing the skeletal remains of those who tried to walk it, but failed. Readers learn more details about both the Pattern and the Logrus as the tale develops, but these are omitted here to avoid "spoilers.
As a noun, it properly refers to a type of specialized Tarot card. These original decks were created by Dworkin, and a deck was given to family members after they walked the Pattern.
Physically, these cards are cool to the touch. The decks may be used like normal tarots for divination, as Corwin does shortly after meeting one of his brothers.
However, their greatest attribute is altogether different: they can act as a means of instant communication, travel, or even of attack. Anyone may use a trump — i. By concentrating on a card depicting a person, the user tries to form a type of psychic link with that person.
The psychic contact also leaves open the possibility of an attack by one person on the other, an attempt to dominate by sheer force of ego and will.
This can result in immobilization or worse for the victim of the attack. If the Trump depicts a place, the user is able to transport themselves to that location. In Trumps of Doom, Merlin also mentions sensing a kind of electrical charge as Jasra trumps into a room where he waits. Trump contact between people may be blocked by the receiving party, if desired, by an act of concentration.
A variety of circumstances can also prevent trump contact from being made, ranging from sheer distance and time differences across shadows, to unconsciousness, amnesia, the particular location s where users are, and other factors. These are the basic attributes of the Trumps. Why unglue this book? Have your say. Rights Information Are you the author or publisher of this work?
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