Ninth in the Amber fantasy series (most recently Sign of Chaos, not
seen), a mega-yarn so hypercomplicated that Zelazny spends the
first 50 pages here explaining - not always convincingly - who's
been doing what to whom, and why. The preliminaries over, a
straightforward story emerges. Merle, whose heritage includes both
Amber and Chaos, becomes unwillingly involved in a strange magical
tussle: seems that the Logrus, source of magic at the Courts of
Chaos, is sentient, as is the Pattern that supplies Amber with its
magic; and, for unknown reasons, the two magical abstracts have
engaged in one-upmanship and are determined to force Merle to
participate - indeed, to choose sides - which he steadfastly
refuses to do. All this is packed with incident and handsomely
embroidered, though the scenery owes more to computer graphics than
genuine imagination. For the rest - well, by now Amber fans know
what to expect. Others will view the whole overextended Amber
series - once so fresh, magnetic, and enjoyable - as increasingly
detached and irrelevant. (Kirkus Reviews)
The latest in the series of Amber novels, in which Merlin, the son
of Prince Corwin, continues to claim his birthright, despite the
various people who wish to kill him.
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