A few months ago, I took a photo of The Great Book of Amber in a store because I have this very self-centered LARP character named Amber, and there should totally be a great book about her. Like, duh! I posted the image on Facebook to be met with comments like, “I love those books!” and “Chronicles of Amber is so good!” Apparently, I had stumbled upon a great fantasy series and didn’t even realize it. I purchased The Great Book of Amber a week later, but I haven’t read it yet. I will. I promise. I swear on my autographed James Marsters photo. It’s on my shelf between Clive Barker’s The Thief of Always and The Complete Works of Gilbert & Sullivan.
In an exclusive with The Hollywood Reporter, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman revealed that he will be adapting Roger Zelazny’s series for TV along with his Skybound Entertainment partner Dave Alpert. Currently, they are looking for a writer to adapt the books into script form and plan to launch the show on a cable network. Which one? That remains to be seen. If I had to wager a guess, I’d go for AMC.
The 10-book series consists of two sets of 5 books each known as the “Corwin Cycle” and the “Merlin Cycle.” The basic concept is that there are two main worlds: Amber and the Courts of Chaos. Between these two worlds are alternate realities called shadows, which include our own version of Earth. Royals from Amber and the Courts of Chaos have the ability to travel between shadows and even alter their reality.
The Chronicles of Amber was first published in 1970 and has sold over 15 million copies. It’s said to be one of the main inspirations for George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels. Plus Alpert is a huge fan, deeming this project “the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.” If you like Game of Thrones as much as we do, then this show will definitely be one to watch.
Have you read The Chronicles of Amber? What do you enjoy about them? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Image credits: Harper Voyager