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Prince of Chaos (The Chronicles of Amber #10)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  8,022 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
Since the publication of Nine Princes in Amber in 1970, Zelazny's tales of adventure in this intriguing world have achieved international renown and enduring popularity. Now he has written the tenth book of the series, giving readers their first look at the mysterious Courts of Chaos from the inside and answering many questions raised in the previous novels.
Mass Market Paperback, 241 pages
Published June 24th 1993 by Orbit (first published November 1991)
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Dan Schwent
Dec 11, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jake McCrary
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.
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 11, 2012 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
Sep 05, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kimberley doruyter
a anti-climax but still a wonderful series.
will reread this in future.
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
Ian Banks
Oct 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

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
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
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.
Radu Stanculescu
A long time ago when I read the Merlin books I really liked them, mostly because of the combination between the classic fantasy of the Amber series, and the computer geek that was Merlin. Ghost seemed such a cool idea back then.

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.
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a terrific series, lots of weird and wonderful ideas and images. I was very sorry to finish as that is the end of the Zelazny Amber novels, someday soon I'll head back to Amber and read some of the handful of short stories he set there.
Ariel Hudnall
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
An end to Merlin's tale, this book mostly takes place in the Courts of Chaos. While it brings most plot lines to an end, it leaves some questions unanswered, especially around Corwin, Amber, and Ghostwheel.
Alfred Haplo
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 17, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I loved the entire Amber/Chaos series. The ending of this book left me wanting though. The ending felt too sudden As if there should have been more. It almost felt like the author got tired of writing and just did a quick wrap up. A little disappointing for such an amazingly detailed series.
Aug 29, 2014 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
Sep 21, 2015 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
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-time-faves
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
Jan 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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...
Eloise Sunshine
Jun 13, 2014 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
Pie Pie
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book reels you back in to somewhat normalcy. it still takes place in "Chaos" but it is way more normal than the last two books.

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.
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Amber novels were good companions when I was (sadly...much) younger and it was fun to visit Zelazny's classic fantasies again these long decades later. Still complex in plot with strong, likable characters. Though Zelazny is gone many years now, I hope his tales will enchant generations of coming "tweeners" as much as they did me...
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Вече за 10-ти път пиша за "Хрониките на Амбър" и не искам да се повтарям:) Затова ще бъда кратка. Супер са всичките книги! "Принц на Хаоса" е книгата с развръзката на историята. Достоен финал. Очаквано добър. Зелазни просто поставя летвата високо от първата книга и съвсем естествено не я сваля до края. Хареса ми много цялата поредица. 5/5! С голямо удоволствие я прочетох. И я препоръчвам!:)
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read. Excellent prose, sometime superlative. Solid story line. A bit frenetic and wild. Many scenes comparable to an acid trip (not that I would know anything about that). Characters and plots twist wildly and the energy poured into the plot(s) is somewhat overwhelming. But it did prove to be a welcome distraction from reality.
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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 14 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)
  • Roger Zelazny's The Dawn of Amber (Amber: The Oberon Cycle, #1)
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