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SIGN OF THE UNICORN [amb3]
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Sign of the Unicorn (serialized in Galaxy January through March 1975.)
We start with another murdered sibling - and Corwin is set up to take the fall: notified to arrive too late, just in time to kill the killer, but have no witnesses to back his story. He has seen the killer before, or at least someone like him: chasing Random when he met him in the first Amber book. To clear his name, among other things, Corwin investigates the circumstances and reasons leading to Caine's death - not an easy thing in a family of powerful plotters, all with their own agenda. He attunes himself to the Jewel of Judgement, keeps digging into the past, and deals with one thing after another… not the least of which is Dara's threat to "destroy Amber" and various succession theories since Oberon is still missing… and finally ends up in a place that is the true Amber, as Amber is the source from which all other realities reflect.