Prince of Chaos (Chronicles of Amber Series #10)

Prince of Chaos (Chronicles of Amber Series #10)

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by Roger Zelazny, Jean Targete
     
 

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Having survived the blackest betrayal and a near assassination, Merle Corey, aka Merlin, discovers he is third in line to occupy the throne of Chaos. However, his ascension is aided by a series of conveniently fatal "accidents" engineered by Dana, his mother, and his uncle Mandor. But Merlin's trials are far from over. Deadly plots and dark enchantments await Merlin…  See more details below

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Having survived the blackest betrayal and a near assassination, Merle Corey, aka Merlin, discovers he is third in line to occupy the throne of Chaos. However, his ascension is aided by a series of conveniently fatal "accidents" engineered by Dana, his mother, and his uncle Mandor. But Merlin's trials are far from over. Deadly plots and dark enchantments await Merlin on the road to ultimate rule. Yet, he has determined to triumph and silence the murderous discord between Amber and Chaos...for the moment, at least. And at the end of his visionary quest lies an unsettling destiny: his father, Corwin, who was long believed to be dead, had been secretly imprisoned by a villain's magic.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Zelazny's latest Amber novel clears up many of the mysteries that made the last few books ( Sign of Chaos ; Knight of Shadows ; etc.) tantalizing and frustrating, but it still fails to capture the spirit that rendered the five original Amber novels so enjoyable. Merlin, son of Corwin of Amber and Dara of Chaos, returns to the Courts of Chaos for the funeral of King Swayvill. Though Merlin is not in line for the throne, he finds himself drawn into the deadly plotting that surrounds the succession. At the same time, conflict between the Pattern of Amber, sign of order in the universe, and the Logrus, sign of chaos, is heating up, and Merlin is caught in the middle. Trying to avoid both the succession dispute and the Pattern-Logrus struggle, Merlin decides that he needs his father's help, and sets out to find Corwin and free him from his hidden prison. Moments in this book recall the creative energy and the intricate plotting of previous work in the series, but where the twists and turns of the earlier tales came as a direct result of the needs and motives of the characters, the storyline of the later books works the characters like puppets. Much of the action seems random or contrived, and Zelanzy seems not to realize that he has pushed this series too far--the open ending of this book promises more Amber novels to come. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Merlin, whose blood unites the royal houses of the true world of Amber and the Courts of Chaos, becomes drawn deeper into the complex plots and counterplots of both worlds as forces conspire to place him on Chaos's throne--despite his own intentions. Zelazny's celebrated ``Amber'' chronicles (begun in 1970), of which this novel is the tenth, portrays the ultimate in virtual realities. With this volume, the author finds new grounds to explore and shows no sign of winding down to a conclusion. Filled with Zelazny's characteristically snappy prose, this title is recommended where the series has a following.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380755028
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/01/1992
Series:
Chronicles of Amber Series, #10
Pages:
241
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.89(h) x 0.74(d)

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