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175 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published June 1, 1970
A guy wakes up in a hospital, sure he doesn’t belong there but unable to remember anything about himself. A combination of luck and sharp thinking brings him back into contact with his family -- a group of backstabbing double-crossers all in competition for the throne of Amber, the only Real city in the universe. (Everywhere else, including Earth as we know it, is but Shadow.) Naturally our hero wants the crown for himself. But getting it is going to require real struggle, real sacrifice, and all-too-real pain.The first 50 pages of this book and the last 5 pages were absolutely brilliant 5-star storytelling.