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3.0 out of 5 starsAlmost Nothing Tied Up
Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2020
Roger Zelazny's 1991 novel "
Chronicles of Amber, Book 10: Prince of Chaos
" is the 5th (and last) book in the Merlin sub-series of the Chronicles of Amber. Unfortunately, I've got issues with it. First and foremost, the book ties almost nothing up. Merlin's "status" gets upgraded, but almost none of the questions left hanging throughout the series (or posed in this very book) get answered. Second, the ending feels rushed. And finally, an awful lot of the writing consists of fairly trite conversations instead of actions and discovery. My official integer rating is an OK 3 stars out of 5. But, since I'm not that happy with the book and how it ends the series, I'd really like to drop it half a star to 2-1/2 stars.
5.0 out of 5 starsA Scintillating Conclusion to an Outstanding Series
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2020
At last, Amazon has delivered the final volume in the great Chronicles of Amber. This is a wonderful and long-overdue volume. It is a bittersweet journey with its clever/naive main character. Join him as he completes the saga. Good-bye and hello, as always.
4.0 out of 5 starsClimax to the second arc of the series.
Reviewed in the United States on October 25, 2020
The first give books of the Amber series focused on Corwin, while the second five books focused on his son Merlin. Each arc was different but good in their own way. I think my biggest issue with this final book is that it leaves so much unresolved. I think this is not the authors fault, but due to his untimely death that we never saw more books in the seties.
What I love the most about the ten books of Amber is even though the various stories are disparate and they are told from the perspective of two different people, they still have the same feel and tone throughout. And while the ending of books five and ten left more questions than they answered, I still feel like I've experienced something magical by having read the two connected series.
It was like he had hit his quota for words and needed to wrap up the story quickly. Not very satisfying of an ending and a lot of loose ends. He should have just wrote another book and gave a better ending, but it was like he felt compelled to stop at a certain word count and a certain number of books.
4.0 out of 5 starsA great story read by a decent voice actor.
Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2017
There are two things about this that keep it from being perfect. First, it is abridged. In this book what was left out was mostly unneeded, but one of my favorite scenes from the book has been altered significantly. The second is that the audio quality is not quite as good as the ones read by the author. The up side is that Will Weaton (yes, Wesley Crusher) does a better job of differentiating the voices the Roger Zelazny, the author.
5.0 out of 5 starsWhile my main conclusion is that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading his books
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 16, 2015
Zelazny's exotic but understandable creations manage to make the increasingly dramatic and bizarre plot coherent and logical. This, the last of the Amber series answers the outstanding questions, but manages to leave the reader thinking. While my main conclusion is that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading his books, my main thought was that I shall now read the entire sequence again. With the passing of time, the thoughts provoked by the books and my own development, I am no longer the same person as started it. One of the few authors I regret not meeting.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 20, 2016
This is the final part in the Amber saga - I've had the first 5 for over 30 years and have revisited the story many times. Never got round to buying this last book which ends the saga. Some of Zelazny's best work.