Thursday, September 15, 2016

October 2016 Puppy: Nine Princes in Amber, by Roger Zelazny

An amnesiac in a modern day hospital room wakes up to vague memories of a car wreck – and a hospital staff more intent on sedating him than treating his wounds.  Blustering his way past the needles and out the hospital door, he tracks down his sister Evelyn, who might have given the order to keep him sedated.  In a verbal game of bluff and feint, Evelyn tries to tease out her brother’s intentions, while he hides his amnesia.  Slowly, he recalls his name, Corwin, his family of intriguers, and Amber, the realm of his birth of which all other worlds are pale shadows, including our Earth.

Thus begins Nine Princes in Amber, by Roger Zelazny, the selection for October’s Puppy of the Month.   Zelazny earned a place in Appendix N, the list of works that inspired Dungeons and Dragons.  Nine Princes in Amber was also a common recommendation by various Puppies during the discussions around this year’s Campaign to End Puppy Related Sadness.  Fortunately, with the ebook revolution, this classic fantasy is easier to find than it has been for years.

To join the Puppy of the Month club, all you have to do is read Nine Princes in Amber in October, and submit a blog post detailing your thoughts on the book.  Alternatively, you can read along and join in the comments.


From the publisher: “Carl Corey wakes up in a secluded New York hospital with amnesia. He escapes and investigates, discovering the truth, piece by piece: he is really Prince Corwin, of Amber, the one true world of which our Earth is just a shadow. He is one of nine men who might rule Amber, if he can fight his way past the armies of his older brother Eric.

Nine Princes in Amber can be found in ebook format at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Readers who prefer the rustle of paper can find it in The Great Book of Amber (Amazon, B&N).


  1. This one's been on my radar for a while! Maybe I'll rearrange my queue a bit so I can get in on this..

  2. I may have read this a long time ago, but I can't recall anything about it. We'll find out.

  3. If you have never read Zelazny, this is a good place to start. If you prefer SF, try his book This Immortal; if you prefer standalone to a series, try Lord of Light. Whatever your choice, I don't think you will regret it.

    Zelazny is just that good.