Prince of Chaos - Amber, Bk 10 Author:Roger Zelazny Treacheries, trickeries, assassination attempts and bloody family intrigues have finally maneuvered Merlin, aka Merle Corey, into the Courts of Chaos - where he is third in line to occupy the throne, thanks to a series of conventionally fatal "accidents" engineered by his mother Dara and uncle Mandor. But Merlin's journey to the ul... more »timate rule will not be easy. For dark enchantments still await him. There is murderous discord between Amber and Chaos to be silenced. And a captive royal father, long believed dead, must first be freed from a villain's magic before a beleaguered Prince can deem his triumph complete.« less
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 novels in this series I intend to do so. This novel is that good.
Prince of Chaos is a good ethical character who cares about those who revolve around him. He does not want to be king but when everyone else in line for the throne dies does he have a choice? He is strong magically and can cope with most beings but sometimes he must really struggle or rely on others to help out. In this case, his opponent appears to be his mother. Thus, he reaches for his father but only finds his ghost who helps as best he can to maintain the balance of these alternate worlds. Where is his father? Has his mother imprisoned him or has he died and she has hidden his body? Will you find the answers in this novel?