13 February 2007

Book Banter -- The Courts of Chaos

Title: The Courts of Chaos
Author: Roger Zelazny
Length: 208 pages (large print edition)
Genre: fantasy

King Oberon of Amber reappears, then leaves again, sending out orders to his kids -- Corwin included -- about how to save Amber. Corwin takes off on a journey after it seems Oberon has failed to do what needs to be done to save Amber. Corwin races time to recreate the Pattern, stop Chaos and save his family.
Banter Points: This book wraps up all the intrigue and plotting started in the first four books, answers some questions and again, is a great blend of swashbuckling and sorcery.
Bummer Points: This book is rather trippy. Corwin's journey to out run Chaos and make a new Pattern is a string of wild images and incomplete sentences. The setting is so wild that it's a bit hard to even imagine it and hard to follow the action through such strange locales.
Word Nerd recommendation: Word Nerd enjoyed the five book Corwin cycle... she may take some time off before delving back into Zelazny's world for the next five book cycle.

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