The Kindle Edition:
I found a grand total of one typo in the Kindle conversion. This is so rare that I can't speak highly enough of it. The cover is another fine image by Gary McCluskey. Bravo to the publisher on another excellent Kindle edition.
If you have followed the Corwin Chronicles to this point there is no reason to stop now.
Much is revealed about the plot against Amber; much is learned about the basic foundations of the reality of Amber; and at long last we can put a name to the true architect of evil. The latent plot becomes manifest as cards hit the table and we approach the final showdown for all the chips in the universe. Who has a seat at the table and who holds high trump? Well, that would be telling.
Beside the obvious advancement of the plot, this book showcases character development. We see obvious growth in Corwin, Fiona, Julian, and Random. This is not something, sadly, that happens in every series of books, and it is most welcome here. As is to be expected in a book by Mr. Zelazny, the dialog is as tight as a miser’s purse strings. And while some, but not me, might criticize the previous book as lacking action, the same could never be said of this volume. Everything and everyone is in motion as we approach the climax of the series.
Of the book’s final page reveal I can only say that my jaw is still hanging agape from my initial reading back in the early 1980’s.
Roger Zelazny’s narratives are compact and potent. I don’t think any volume in the series cracks 300 pages, yet the volume of ideas and intrigue will absorb your brain in a way few other series can. For me, the only series worthy of mention in the same breath are Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ and Herbert’s ‘Dune'. The first Chronicles of Amber stand head and shoulders above all fantasy series written since 1970. The series is a touchstone of 20th-century fantasy and not to be missed.