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A series of fantasy novels by Roger Zelazny, dealing with the Princes of the eponymous realm of Amber, who can navigate between parallel worlds, called Shadows, one of which is our own Earth. The series comprises ten novels divided into two five-novel arcs and several short stories and accompanying works.

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Amber series. Merlin’s higher initiation (twice?)

So, in the beginning of Prince of Chaos, Merlin is using the Spikard to examine the Jewel of Judgment in Coral's eye. He pushes through a void and ends up finding what he believes to be the entrance ...
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Can the Logrus move under someone trying to walk it?

All the descriptions that I remember of the Logrus describe it as "constantly moving" or similar, does this mean that someone walking it has to move fast before the area they're standing on moves out ...
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What is the name of the place where ghost/clone Corwin bested ghost/clone (chaos lord swordsmaster) Berel?

Merlin went to a place where he met something to which he said "you are me, with a lobotomy and orders to kill". In that place there was a "pattern ghost" Corwin who fought the logrus ghost Borel (...
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What is the significance of 'The Road Less Travelled' and the real Amber?

The very last paragraphs of 'The Age Of The Unicorn': "On that shadow Earth we visited-where you had spent so many years- I heard a poem about two roads that diverged in a wood," [Ganelon] said. "...
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What does a 'shadow walker' look like to an outside observer?

In the Chronicles of Amber, they explain 'shadow walking' fairly well. The pattern casts shadows from Amber to the Courts of Chaos, and every possible combination of events and laws of physics are ...
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Why do matches work but guns don't fire in the city of Amber?

In the home dimension of Amber, normal gunpowder is inert, but you can use matches. Why is this possible?
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What is the life expectancy of an Amber prince/king?

In The Chronicles Of Amber series, Corwin states that he lived for 300+ years on Earth, and Oberon, his father, lived for thousands of years. How long do the Amber nobility live? Do they die of old ...
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Why not to simply take some guns from the Shadow Earth and kill Eric?

I’ve just read the first book from The Chronicles of Amber. I’m wondering, why didn’t Corwin or his brother Random take a machine gun, or just a gun, maybe some grenades, maybe some other weapons like ...
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What did the Pattern of Amber look like?

In a comment on a Man at Arms: Reforged video I’ve learned that [Roger Zelazny] did draw [Corwin’s sword Grayswandir] for a fan that lives here in Maryland. He drew it as a saber with a ships sail ...
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How exactly do shadows work in The Chronicles of Amber?

I’m still reading the first book and what I don’t understand is how the shadows are created. Do they work like parallel universes, or are all of them created by the princes of Amber trying to get to a ...
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What happened to Corwin's Avalon?

Before his long period of amnesia on Earth, Corwin spent much of his time as lord of a shadow called Avalon. I think the first reference to this is in Nine Princes in Amber, when Bleys says: "It is ...
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What is the nature of the Keye?

In To Rule In Amber, one of Betancourt's prequels of Nine Princes in Amber, references are made to a third culture (different from Amber or the Chaos), namely the Feynims. They do not use the Logrus ...
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Time error in Roger Zelazny Amber Chronicles

I do not believe I'm first to notice this, but my google search returned no relevant links. It seems that there is a serious time related error in Chronicles of Amber. It has been said (in Chronicles ...
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Is the Archangel Corwin passage a reference?

In The Courts of Chaos, as Corwin hellrides through Shadow, he stops to rest in a cave. When he awakens, a man there asks him whether his name is Corwin, mentioning a holy book. The passage in ...
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How did Corwin recover his sword?

In the first book of the Amber series, when Random and Corwin travel to Amber, Random "adds" Corwin's sword when travelling through Shadow. The same thing happens in the second book, Guns of Avalon, ...
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Did Zelazny give a reason for using the name “Amber”?

Did Roger Zelazny ever give a reason for using the name "Amber" in the Chronicles of Amber series? I'm looking for his out-of-universe thinking. If anyone can find the in-universe history of the ...
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In “The Courts of Chaos”, to whom is Corwin speaking when he addresses Carmen?

In the very last page of "The Courts of Chaos", after mentally addressing his family, Corwin says, and pardon my poor french, "Carmen, voulez vous avec moi?" To whom is he speaking, the reader? And ...
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Did the Pattern and the Logrus come from the same source?

I can't find my Amber books and I'm in a discussion about the relationship between the Pattern and the Logrus. I seem to remember the implication that both the Pattern and the Logrus both came from ...
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In Amber, what makes a drawing magical that it becomes a trump?

In the Amber series, several characters had the ability to draw a picture that then would be a trump, and enable communications and even teleportation. What is it in the drawing that gives it such ...