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Prince of Chaos (The Chronicles of Amber #10)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,634 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
Since the publication of Nine Princes in Amber in 1970, Zelazny's tales of adventure in this intriguing world have achieved international renown and enduring popularity. Now he has written the tenth book of the series, giving readers their first look at the mysterious Courts of Chaos from the inside and answering many questions raised in the previous novels.
Mass Market Paperback, 241 pages
Published June 24th 1993 by Orbit (first published November 1991)
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Dan Schwent
Feb 16, 2011 Dan Schwent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zelazny, 2010
Merlin's quest comes to a conclusion of sorts. That's all the summary I can give without divulging plot points.

Well, I've finished the Second Chronicles of Amber. About a year ago, I was putting the finishing touches on my review of the First Chronicles of Amber, saying that the anticipation built to an amazing level toward the end, and that the ending was right up there with Stormbringer and The Dark Tower. How does Prince of Chaos stack up?

I guess the best way to sum it up is that I should hav
Jake McCrary
Finished this series and I'm looking forward to reading something else. Luckily these are quick books to read so it doesn't take too much time.

This book finished the series and I found the ending to be unsatisfactory. This book basically was composed of characters jumping between locations powered by newly found power/energy. Jump to some spot, some conflict happens, jump away, some conflict happens, jump away.

I'd just stick to the first five Amber Chronicle books, leave 6 through 10 closed.
The second 5 books of the Amber Chronicles were subpar compared to the first.

These books focus on Merlin (Corwin's son) and to begin with I enjoyed the first couple of books as much as I enjoyed Corwin's story. However... Luke, Merlin, and the T'yiga are really the only intersting characters throughout the novels and around book 9 the plot really lost its focus. The trial/quest that Merlin had to go through reminded me of the hellrides that went on... and on... and on in previous books. (view s
Oct 11, 2012 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, having read the whole of the "second series" of Amber books (#6-10, starting with Trumps of Doom, I can now say conclusively, "Don't bother."

In the first series, Zelazny had an awesome hero, an awesome universe, and an awesome plot that spanned five (albeit short, by today's standards) books. In this follow-up series, the hero is--if not dumb, at least ignorant and incapable, the universe is made up as he goes (including none of what was awesome about Amber and Shadow), and the plot is dev
Kimberley doruyter
a anti-climax but still a wonderful series.
will reread this in future.
Sep 09, 2008 Marian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
the second Amber series is so mediocre compared to the first. apparently Zelazny did not think the plot through to the end, given the ridiculous number of dropped storylines that didn't amount to anything.
Ian Banks
Oct 03, 2015 Ian Banks rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

Well, it finished up raising more questions than it answered, but it was an enjoyable way of passing the time. The status quo in Chaos has been altered, there's a couple of surprises, but...

... everything just goes so fast and, as a consequence, you don't really feel that it's properly over. It felt like a conclusion, what with a couple of mirrored moments from the first series, but there's a few bits and pieces left hanging. Just like real life. But it felt unsatisfactory. Again, just like rea

I almost entirely loved it. Overall I liked the Merlin saga even better than Corwin's stories. There was a much tighter and faster pace. Corwin's had more "magic" for me as a newly-discovered concept, but this series was more developed and exciting. I many ways it felt like book one and book two of a series, rather than the two sets of five books each, where the first book introduced a new concept and story and the second took it further, developing additional layers and ideas.

That said, there w
Mar 17, 2008 Ken rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final book in Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber is enjoyable, but alas, not among the best in the series. I found that the vivid, interesting characters, normally one of the author's strong suites, were overshadowed here by an overly elaborate plot. I understand why so much had to happen in this book: Zelazny was wrapping up this second part of the Amber series, taking care of all the loose ends built up around Merle in the previous few books. The author does a serviceable job in bringing everyt ...more
Evelin Haljas
May 02, 2015 Evelin Haljas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
....ja nüüd, kui see läbi on, ei oska ma enam midagi peale hakata. Aga ülejäänu? Zelazny, kuhu jäi ülejäänu?!?
Jan 15, 2011 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2011
I had to finish this series against my persistent urge of not wanting to after reading mixed reviews with some of them being terrible. Not to mention the 1-star rating I gave the previous book in the series, but this one somewhat delivers, same as the rest of the series. Every ending has left me somewhat dissatisfied, including this one. I liked it, but I wouldn't recommend this series to anyone. Well, maybe someone who had read all the other better books in the prison library and these were sti ...more
Alex Hurst
Sep 22, 2014 Alex Hurst rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prince of Chaos is the tenth and final book in The Great Book of Amber, and man, what a closer.

I’ve had a lot of gripes with this series, ranging from stunted character growth to mediocre motivations and waffling plots, but I knew by Chapter Two of this book that they would all be forgiven. In fact, events in that chapter would have resolved me to a five-star rating, even if the rest of the book turned out to be more of the same. The rest of the book just kept getting better and better, however.
Aug 29, 2014 Rusty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have long wanted to read a book by Roger Zelazny but somehow just never got around to it until this novel landed on my shelves. I don't even recall where or when I obtained it. Nevertheless, it deserves comment. I love it when authors create a complex imaginative environment for their tales. It takes so much thought and creativity on the part of the writer to create as well as the reader to visualize and understand. I'm still thinking about this one. And, while I haven't read the earlier novel ...more
Eloise Stone
Oct 06, 2014 Eloise Stone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mulle näib, et kuigi autor on Merlinit mõnikord teenimatult liiga taipamatu udupeana kujutanud, meeldib ta mulle isegi rohkem, kui Corwin. Ja kuigi mõnes vahepealses episoodis selles sarjas kiskus asi kuidagi väga imelikuks ja käest ära, siis siinsetest seiklustest tulev lisainformatsioon nii Amberi, Kaose kui ka vahepealsete varjusüsteemide ning ka Mustri ja Logruse kohta andis kokkuvõttes kuidagi palju parema taustasüsteemi ka esimeses sarjas toimunule. Peaks vist uuesti alustama otsast... :P
Thomas Fackler
Feb 14, 2015 Thomas Fackler rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy Enthusiasts
The second set of books from the Amber trilogy starts well, wanders to a catharsis, and then gives up. As we begin reading we awaken to Merlin, through whose story we learn of additional powers held by Amberites who are really Chaosites in the Yin and Yang that marauds us during the final three books.

It seems that the story is intended to be a coming of age story set in an infinite universe where the only reason to come of age is to not die. Merlin does the latter very well, and so we find that
Dec 21, 2014 Leah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I've now read all of the Amber books. I read them all at once (with a few breaks) -- which was a good plan, since the series wasn't compelling enough that I would have felt the need to go back to it had I stopped. I know it's a classic, but it just wasn't very fun, and if I'm reading non-literary fantasy than it damn well better be fun.

Too much of the plot in all of the books depended on a character saying something like, "I can't tell you this important fact right now," and or, Something ha
Shannon Appelcline
Apr 26, 2014 Shannon Appelcline rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
An OK ending to the Merlin books.

Generally, I quite liked the Merlin series, however I think it was these last two books were the series went wrong. My biggest problem with the last two books is the decision to anthropomorphize the Pattern and the Logrus. In this book, it becomes so obviously ridiculous that Zelazny even mocks the personifications at times. However, having these entities walking around, talking, and offering people tea feels to me like it strikes a very wrong note for Amber. I w
Gail Talvi
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Sep 21, 2015 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First things first. I enjoyed the hell out of this, the final book of the second series of Amber books concerning Merlin, son of Corwin.

I read this and it's predecessors years ago. In my recent review of Trumps of Doom, the first of this second Amber series, I recalled some memories of disappointment back in the day but couldn't remember why as I have had a great time rereading these books. But now I have an idea of why I had that long ago impression. Still, this is very much worth the read. How
Brenda ╰☆╮
Oh ....Roger....
The world must miss you. I know these particular books are not for everyone, but the imagery in these, make me want more.
More of your stories and imagination.
Apr 11, 2010 Mira rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I expected that the end would reveal something more...
Sep 11, 2008 Jonathan rated it it was ok
Shelves: gone
A meandering affair, compleatists only.
Jul 04, 2009 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
See "Trumps of Doom."
Apr 13, 2015 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
A satisfying ending to a worthwhile 10-book series. Sure, the last 5 books didn't pack as good a punch as the first 5, but it's hard not to get swallowed up in this multiverse that Zelazny cooked up more than 20 years ago.

As an ending to the Merlin cycle, this book was more enjoyable than the last. The plot for Merlin's succession to the throne is finally revealed and while it could have been pulled off with more finesse, the idea of so much plotting and (literal) backstabbing to get Merlin righ
Jan 20, 2010 Felix rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Michael R.
Sep 05, 2013 Michael R. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The grand finale of the second Amber series featuring Merlin son of Corwin, instead of Corwin. I was hoping for a big payoff after all of the time investing in reading the first four of this series especially the last two which seemed to just add more threads and convoluted storylines, reminding me of the middle seasons of 'Lost'.

And like 'Lost', I was fairly disappointed with the ending. After all of the buildup of the growing battle for power between Order and Chaos, it ended with a puff.

I th
Darya Conmigo
Mar 25, 2012 Darya Conmigo rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Done. Sad on finishing it, as usual. I guess it's only now, on this rereading, that I begin realizing what a profound impact this series made on me as a reader. And as a person. (If nothing else, it partly accounts for my appreciation of drinking, swearing, and use of sarcasm. And no, I wouldn't be better off without it.)

Whatever might have been lacking in some books of the second pentalogy, Zelazny has totally made up for with this last one. It does have an air of incompleteness to it, maybe su
May 14, 2013 Bryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book almost got a one- or two-star rating from me, saved only by the comparatively frantic and action-driven second half. There was a really terrific fight scene between Dalt and Pattern-ghost-Eric that helped out a lot in warming me up to the book, but overall I felt like the Pattern-ghost device was rather cheap and overused. Zelazny thankfully did away with four-page descriptions of Shadow-walking in this, the last of the (true)Amber novels, but unfortunately he replaced this with an ext ...more
Mar 07, 2013 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Publisher's Summary

Prince of Chaos is the tenth and final installment of The Chronicles of Amber; an epic fantasy series written by six-time Hugo Award winning and three-time Nebula Award winning author, Roger Zelazny.

The ten books that make up the series are told in two story arcs: The Corwin Cycle and the Merlin Cycle.

Narrator Wil Wheaton, who won the 2012 Audie Award for his engaging performance of Fuzzy Nation, brings this classic series to a stunning close by giving voice to Merlin, Corwin
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Roger Zelazny made his name with a group of novellas which demonstrated just how intense an emotional charge could be generated by the stock imagery of sf; the most famous of these is 'A Rose for Ecclesiastes' in which a poet struggles to convince dying and sterile Martians that life is worth continuing. Zelazny continued to write excellent short stories throughout his career. Most of his novels d ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Chronicles of Amber (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • Nine Princes in Amber
  • The Guns of Avalon
  • Sign of the Unicorn
  • The Hand of Oberon
  • The Courts of Chaos
  • Trumps of Doom (The Chronicles of Amber, #6)
  • Blood of Amber
  • Sign of Chaos
  • Knight of Shadows
  • Manna from Heaven

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