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.
Overall, I'm glad I read The Chronicles of Amber - they were a refreshing change of p ...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
That said, there w ...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
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
As I had mentioned before, something that was a tad irritating in this series was the way wor ...more
i'm kinda disappointed that Merlin didn't destroy both Chaos and Order, collect all the 9 rings and ruled by himself along with Ghostwheel. Now that would be a great ending, but nontheless it was a good journey.
Rereading the books now I realized that Ghost never fulfilled its potential. I think it could have been much more interesting for it to be a main character instead of a device used to get people out of trouble when the going got tough.
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
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
What a strange ending. This one starts out back with the "things are happening without any prior explanation or set-up", followed by another healthy dose of "everyone who was my enemy and was set us as the main bad guys turns out to be friends now or was helping me all along", ending up with "people I thought were friends turn out to be the surprise ending bad guys".
This is seriously the soap opera of epic fantasy...
the keep of four worlds is never explained which makes me sad ( ie: where it's power comes from seems to be vitally important! ), but the rest of the story comes to a fitting conclusion.
wandering around chaos and learning the world there is incredibly fun.