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Prince of Chaos (The Chronicles of Amber #10)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  7,077 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
Alternate cover for ISBN 0380755025 / 9780380755028

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
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Paperback, 241 pages
Published December 1995 by Avon Books (first published November 1991)
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Dan Schwent
Feb 16, 2011 Dan Schwent rated it liked it
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
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Joel
May 17, 2016 Joel rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Started and finished in one sitting - the second half of this series (The Merlin Cycle) were definitely inferior to the first 5, which were good, and exceptional at times. The writing itself wasn't quite as good either, though it kept the same snappy, realistic feel that was so refreshing in all the previous books. The ending itself was fitting, and I enjoyed the return of Corwin as a major piece in this novel.

Overall, I'm glad I read The Chronicles of Amber - they were a refreshing change of p
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Jake McCrary
Jan 14, 2013 Jake McCrary rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-tech, read_2013
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.
Cameron
May 14, 2014 Cameron rated it liked it
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
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David
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
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Kimberley doruyter
Feb 22, 2015 Kimberley doruyter rated it it was amazing
a anti-climax but still a wonderful series.
will reread this in future.
Marian
Sep 09, 2008 Marian rated it it was ok
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
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

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Cathy
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
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Ken
Mar 17, 2008 Ken rated it liked it
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
Wise_owl
Feb 20, 2012 Wise_owl rated it really liked it
And so the Amber series rounds itself out with this tenth installment? What did I think? That's really hard to say. I think my ultimately opinion reflects much of what other people hav esaid; good series, but the Corwin cycle, that is the first 5, are superior to the Merlin Cycle of the last Five. The later are still emminately enjoyable, but they lack alot of the 'oomph' that carried the others through.

As I had mentioned before, something that was a tad irritating in this series was the way wor
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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?!?
Michael
Jan 15, 2011 Michael rated it liked it
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
Yve
Apr 07, 2016 Yve rated it it was ok
Shelves: sff, 20th-century, 1990s
At last! I am done with this godforsaken series, I have braved ten volumes of the most dizzying brain-jigs of my arch nemesis Mr. Roger Zelazny and have emerged - alive yet!

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
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Alex Hurst
Sep 22, 2014 Alex Hurst rated it it was amazing
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.
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Rusty
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
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
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Leah
Dec 21, 2014 Leah rated it it was ok
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
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Gail Talvi
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Bob
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
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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.
Chris
Apr 26, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: all-time-faves, 2016
The rabbit hole still continued to grow, although, by this last book the trails should have been receding back to a resolution, IMO. I still loved the story and the direction it took, but overall this last book started getting a little too busy and harder to follow.

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
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Mira
Apr 11, 2010 Mira rated it it was ok
I expected that the end would reveal something more...
Jonathan
Sep 11, 2008 Jonathan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gone
A meandering affair, compleatists only.
Chris
Jul 04, 2009 Chris rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
See "Trumps of Doom."
Alfred Haplo
Aug 07, 2016 Alfred Haplo rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-f
As they say, all good things must come to an end. Except that in Prince of Chaos, final book of series, I am hesitant to call it “good” or that it actually ended. More like it… just stopped. After faithfully following all ten books in Chronicles of Amber (COA), albeit only 200+ pages each, I wanted an exciting closure. Like fireworks after the parade. Or the relay runner grabbing the baton for a mad sprint to the finishing line. Not this fizzle or leisure stroll. It should be noted that Zelazny ...more
Anita
May 15, 2016 Anita rated it really liked it
A long and complicated story comes, not to an end, but to a natural place to pause. Not all loose ends are tied up; Zelazny surely had plans to write more Amber and Chaos stories, with all the promising story threads he established in the course of the Merlin series. That was not to be, however, and ending where we are is not unsatisfactory. There are hints of possible love, of growing wisdom, and of much work ahead for several characters.

I love the way that while Merlin fully trusts few (with g
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Josh
Apr 13, 2015 Josh rated it liked it
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
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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 dea ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Chronicles of Amber (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • Nine Princes in Amber (The Chronicles of Amber #1)
  • The Guns of Avalon (The Chronicles of Amber #2)
  • Sign of the Unicorn (The Chronicles of Amber #3)
  • The Hand of Oberon (The Chronicles of Amber #4)
  • The Courts of Chaos (The Chronicles of Amber #5)
  • Trumps of Doom (The Chronicles of Amber, #6)
  • Blood of Amber (The Chronicles of Amber #7)
  • Sign of Chaos (The Chronicles of Amber #8)
  • Knight of Shadows (The Chronicles of Amber #9)
  • Manna from Heaven

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