This book was written in the 80's possibly. The book opened with the male antagonist having amnesia and a broken leg. The family can travel upon the "road" and it changes. They can contact each-other using cards, like the ace or the queen. Who wrote this, I must know.

  • I assume you're using 'antagonist' correctly- often meaning 'the bad guy'?
    – Solemnity
    Apr 18, 2013 at 0:21
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    It sounds a little like Zelazny's Nine Princes in Amber, but the protagonist woke up basically fit, and the cards were tarot cards, not standard playing cards.
    – Beta
    Apr 18, 2013 at 1:45
  • I agree with Beta. Amber was my first thought as well.
    – beichst
    Apr 18, 2013 at 1:52
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    @Beta Actually, he woke up in a hospital, after an accident, and the only reason he didn't have a broken leg was his accelerated healing. And he had amnesia. This is a perfect fit. Apr 18, 2013 at 7:06
  • probable duplicate of scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/157562/…
    – Otis
    Apr 30, 2017 at 15:23

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Yes, that's going to be Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny, the first in a series of five, later followed by a second series of five. Corwin (the protagonist, not the antagonist) wakes up with amnesia and a cast on his leg, but immediately removes the cast and finds that his leg has already healed.

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