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Le cycle des Princes d'Ambre, tome 7 : Le Sang d'Ambre (original 1986; edition 2001)

by Roger Zelazny (Author), Jean-Pierre Pugi (Translator)

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Title:Le cycle des Princes d'Ambre, tome 7 : Le Sang d'Ambre
Authors:Roger Zelazny (Author)
Other authors:Jean-Pierre Pugi (Translator)
Info:Gallimard (2001), Poche, 312 pages
Collections:Your library, fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy
Rating:***1/2
Tags:fantasy, Amber, fairy tale, multiverse

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Blood of Amber by Roger Zelazny (1986)

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Book 7 in the Chronicles of Amber -- feels a bit like an "in between" chapter in the story. A lot of plot points are delivered via exposition, and the result is a less gripping read than some of the others have been. I also found the conclusion of this particular book to be unnecessarily silly. Oh, well -- it's a stepping stone to get the reader moving along to the next, hopefully stronger, book!
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  ksimon | Feb 6, 2014 |
Well - still definitely a piece of a series. The infodump at the beginning was rather annoying - too much info if you just read the previous book, and I suspect not enough if you hadn't. And at the end...whoopee, Merle's imprisoned again. Too similar to Trumps of Doom's ending for me. There's a lot of info added in the middle of the book, and quite a lot of action at various points. But overall, it feels a bit like a treadmill - or a Red Queen's Race; all that to end up in pretty much the same place he began. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Aug 2, 2011 |
Out Of The Frying Pan And Into The Pattern: Merlin starts this volume by breaking out of a locked cave, challenging a cave demon, and spending his rest period watching a battle at the Keep of the Four Worlds while chitchatting with a deserter. So much for idle relaxation - Merlin keeps frantically jumping from one death threat to another always avoiding the falling horde or slashing claws by a hairs breadth.

Blood of Amber reveals a layered series of plots all of which want Merlin either dead or under close control. Relatives, friends, and potential mates all are suspect while the fate of Amber hangs in the balance - and perhaps the fate of all that lies in shadow as well. For the alternate Pattern created by Corwin to stave off the advance of Chaos has begin to create reverberations of its own and shadow storms are beginning to wreak havoc.

At some point, the reader will realize that all the intricate moves that comprise the action in Blood of Amber are getting too rapid to keep good track of. At this point one must simply go along for the ride from wasteland to wonderland. It is the nature of Zelazny's writing that this remains fun, rather than dissolving in the same chaos that threatens Amber.
  iayork | Aug 9, 2009 |
See Trumps of Doom. ( )
  TadAD | May 16, 2008 |
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My life had been relatively peaceful for eight years-not counting April thirtieths, when someone invariably tried to kill me.
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Things fall apart; the center cannot hold. But what the hell, it's home.
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In the seventh Amber novel, Merle pursued by a fiendish enemy must battle through an intricate web of vengeance and murder that threatens the Bay area as well as the Royal House of Amber.

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