Teen, YA or Older Reader Unicorn Book Feature – Sign of the Unicorn (The Chronicles of Amber Book 3) by Roger Zelazny
One of the most revered names in sf and fantasy, the incomparable Roger Zelazny was honored with numerous prizes—including six Hugo and three Nebula Awards—over the course of his legendary career. Among his more than fifty books, arguably Zelazny’s most popular literary creations were his extraordinary Amber novels.
Having now accepted the responsibilities as ruler to the world of Amber, Corwin finds himself the target of sibling treachery, and must seek guidance in a land of visions, where a sinister prediction foretells his doom.
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Dechen Karl Thurman5.0 out of 5 stars Master of Jazz age sci-fi pushes plots, develops characters. Stories within stories. The keystone of the great masterpi Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2015Verified Purchase
The original 5 chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny are really two long books split in half, and a hasty wrap up novella. Sign of the Unicorn is not my favorite of the 5, yet it sets up my favorite Hand of Oberon. For me in the Merlin chronicles which follow the Amber series the 4th volume is my favorite.
This book has a lot of intrigue and narration of events that happened before the beginning of the first book. This subtly reinforces the daring and risky exposures of the first novel in which the protagonist has no memory of himself of this vibrant sci-fi or fantasy (hotly debates which genre) universe. There could be criticism that there is not much action or danger. However the mystery and who-dun-it element of the Amber chronicles push this landmark work of fiction onto the mystery shelf as well as fantasy or sci-fi. Original 70’s cover art WAY COOLER than later covers including this edition. Please keep the Zelazny titles flowing into the Kindle as I am enjoying re-buying and rereading my favorite author of all time!
Graeme Rodaughan rated it it was amazing · review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a great fantasy series written by a master of the genre Shelves: fantasy, action, heroic-fantasy, sheer-genius, epic-fantasy, the-best
Read this over the last handful of nights, not the last handful of months… life and other interventions, etc, etc….
Zelazny wrote … 80% of this story in conversations between the characters. Past deeds of daring were related, punctured with a real life rescue followed immediately by a pair of assassination attempts … than more conversations, some filled with half-lies, mixed with half-truths. Followed by a journey to a tenuous land of moonlit dreams, the recovery of a magical artifact that echoes the hand of the Norse god Tyr, and the final discovery of the true and broken heart of Amber. And about all, a shimmering, emerald eyed unicorn with golden hooves, and whorled horn, guiding its champions to their quest.
A beautiful, intense, intriguing, and above all, seamlessly constructed work of an imagination at the upper end of story-telling mastery.
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