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The Guns of Avalon by Roger Zelazny
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Apr 12, 11

bookshelves: fantasy, owned-copy, reviewed, series-completed
Read in February, 2005, read count: 3

Jumping on right where Nine Princes in Amber left off, we find Corwin still struggling against his brother Eric for the throne of Amber. In the second book, which is just as engrossing as the first, Corwin sets out among the shadows to find the ingredients he needs to assail Amber and win the crown that is rightly his this time.
As he travels, Corwin realizes the curse he let loose in Amber while attacking with Bleys (during the events of Nine Princes) has subverted part of every Shadow, and now dark things are on the loose everywhere, wreaking havoc and murder where ever they go.
The pacing in this novel is slower than the first, but it still has its moments of furious action and narrow, daring escapes.
The first book was fresh and engaging, the second just slightly less so. Still compelling, still interesting. Also added to the second book, we meet Ganelon, Corwin's old/new/friend/enemy who travels with him to Avalon and Amber.
It is a solid book. It is good without being great, but light easy reading that is well worth the time to finish. If you enjoyed the first novel, if you liked the story or the characters, stick with it. They're all pretty two-dimensional at first, but as you fly through the novels, you can appreciate them for what they become: pretty damn good unique fantasy filled with a vibrant world and unique, compelling and loathsome characters.
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