Prince of Chaos (The Chronicles of Amber #10)
Treacheries, trickeries, assassination attempts and bloody family intrigues have finally manoeuvred Merlin, aka Merle Corey, into the Courts of Chaos - where he is third in line to occupy the throne, thanks to a series of conventionally fatal "accidents" engineered by his mother Dara and uncle Mandor.
But Merlin's journey ...more
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
Overall, I'm glad I read The Chronicles of Amber - they were a refreshing change of p ...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
As I had mentioned before, something that was a tad irritating in this series was the way wor ...more
The first Amber pentology, a.k.a. the Corwin books, a.k.a. the part of the series that most sane people seem to care about, won me over with that certain je-ne-sais-quoi. The final five, a.k.a. the Merlin books, a.k.a. everything sucks in the 80s, lost me with je-really-freakin'-ne-sais-quoi. Not to give you the impression t ...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
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
The thing that really knocks the rating down, for me, is the lack of closure at the end. There were (probably on purpose, but *I* didn't like it) loose ends that were not wrapped up. I would like to know what happened with many chara ...more
I love the way that while Merlin fully trusts few (with g ...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