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Blood of Amber by Roger Zelazny

Blood of Amber (1986)

by Roger Zelazny

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turns out the assassin is Brand's son. Who is Merlin's best friend. But that is not all. More family and outer family rivalry. Corwin has disappeared and no one can walk the pattern he created. This is truly the 2nd Chronicles of Amber. More of the same keep the reader in the dark and guessing right up til the end and give lots of false, confusing info and trust no one, etc, etc" but with a new generation added to the mix." ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Things are getting quite interesting for Merlin son of Corwin. He's got a shapeshifting protector following him around keeping an eye on him. He needs the protection, though, because he's got friends like Luke - who either wants to kill him, or not. Then there's Luke's mother, who's already tried to kill him five or six times. Then there's his half-brother Jurt from the realm of Chaos who seems to want to mesh the Chaos succession ritual with a personal vendetta. Of course, there's always his sentient computer program, Ghostwheel, who's trying to figure out what he his while everyone else is trying to figure out how to use him to achieve even greater power and influence. Then there's this Mask fellow who appears to want to kill both Luke and Luke's mother (Jasra) AND Merlin. Oh, and there's also the usual intrigues of the Court of Amber. And that's chapter one.

The action is fast and furious. The plots are twisty and confusing. The fact that psychedelic drugs and shapeshifting seems about as common as the common cold make keeping track of the various characters a challenge. Motives are of the utmost importance to Merlin, but keeping track of changing alliances and the threads of motivations is difficult in the extreme. On the plus side, it's a quick read, very entertaining and things move quickly, so one's interest is fully engaged. ( )
  helver | Sep 3, 2014 |
Book 7 in the Chronicles of Amber -- feels a bit like an "in between" chapter in the story. A lot of plot points are delivered via exposition, and the result is a less gripping read than some of the others have been. I also found the conclusion of this particular book to be unnecessarily silly. Oh, well -- it's a stepping stone to get the reader moving along to the next, hopefully stronger, book!
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  ksimon | Feb 6, 2014 |
Well - still definitely a piece of a series. The infodump at the beginning was rather annoying - too much info if you just read the previous book, and I suspect not enough if you hadn't. And at the end...whoopee, Merle's imprisoned again. Too similar to Trumps of Doom's ending for me. There's a lot of info added in the middle of the book, and quite a lot of action at various points. But overall, it feels a bit like a treadmill - or a Red Queen's Race; all that to end up in pretty much the same place he began. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Aug 2, 2011 |
Out Of The Frying Pan And Into The Pattern: Merlin starts this volume by breaking out of a locked cave, challenging a cave demon, and spending his rest period watching a battle at the Keep of the Four Worlds while chitchatting with a deserter. So much for idle relaxation - Merlin keeps frantically jumping from one death threat to another always avoiding the falling horde or slashing claws by a hairs breadth.

Blood of Amber reveals a layered series of plots all of which want Merlin either dead or under close control. Relatives, friends, and potential mates all are suspect while the fate of Amber hangs in the balance - and perhaps the fate of all that lies in shadow as well. For the alternate Pattern created by Corwin to stave off the advance of Chaos has begin to create reverberations of its own and shadow storms are beginning to wreak havoc.

At some point, the reader will realize that all the intricate moves that comprise the action in Blood of Amber are getting too rapid to keep good track of. At this point one must simply go along for the ride from wasteland to wonderland. It is the nature of Zelazny's writing that this remains fun, rather than dissolving in the same chaos that threatens Amber.
  iayork | Aug 9, 2009 |
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Merle Corey, hero of Trumps of Doom (1985), escapes from prison with the help of a woman who has many shapes. Merle Corey escapes from prison into Amber, a world of wonders and confusions where friends and foes are sometimes indistinguishable, where a man is out to kill him and a woman to help him. This is the seventh Amber novel.… (more)

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