Prince of Chaos (The Chronicles of Amber #10)
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
That said, there w ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more