The Courts of Chaos (Chronicles of Amber Series #5)

The Courts of Chaos (Chronicles of Amber Series #5)

by Roger Zelazny

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The Courts of Chaos (Chronicles of Amber Series #5) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 16 days ago
Favorite series, amazing writing and a good escape when you need it.
nesum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A satisfying conclusion to the first Amber series. In a short 140 pages, Zelazny wraps up the war and family relations without the reader feeling rushed or cheated. That is probably the best part about this series. The books are not at all long (the 5 books could very easily fit into a single hardcover collection), but there is so much in them. Zelazny has tackled many characters, settings, problems, etc in these pages, and he works them all well. There is more in 200 pages by Zelazny than in 1000 from many other writers.
MorganGMac on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nice finish to the series, and a good beginning to the next. The books progressed surprisingly neatly to the finish (I had my doubts in book one), although Zelazny still did get a few surprises in at the end.
bjanecarp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a sad, thin little book The Courts of Chaos turned out to be. Roger Zelazny's fifth installment in the Chronicles of Amber weighs in at a barely-a-novella 142 pages (in my Avon mass market paperback edition). Our hero Corwin spends about 100 pages running through a veritable Through The Looking Glass hellride to the Courts of Chaos, to stop the villain from doing an Insane Bad Guy thing. I won't ruin it for anybody by spoiling the name of this Insane Bad Guy; suffice it to say that he's not very nice, and is chasing and harassing Corwin every step of the way.Corwin encounters leprechauns, a talking tree named Ygg, and an obnoxious bird called Hugi (with whom he has an extended dialog about the nature and futility of reality). I'll give Zelazny this much: he's not afraid to borrow from Western European lore, or to twist the neck off a bird. Yggdrasil and Huginn/Muninn are pulled directly from the Icelandic sagas.Corwin no longer wants to be king. He realizes that after we have been stuck with the chain-smoking meathead for four and a half books. Eric's death, he has very little desire to occupy the throne, despite his love for Amber. He must repair the Pattern, and stop The Insane Bad Guy. The Unicorn (who happens to be his Grandmother--don't ask. Really.) will crown the new monarch. I'll let the reader guess which of the obnoxious siblings will get the crown.I make light of the series probably because after five books, Amber had no effect on my psyche. Like most adventures, I rooted for the good guy, and wondered at the motives of the bad guy. I sort of gagged a bit at the idea of Dworkin having Unicorn sex (insert appropriate joke about "good piece of ass" here).I wanted the five Corwin novels to work: really, I did. Of them all, I found myself wishing they were better with every passing book. The writing was good; the ideas were fair, but poorly executed. The characters were weak at best, and abhorrent at worst. I am still hoping for the mystique, but I never caught it. The books are simply not on a par with Bujold, or LeGuin or McCaffrey; certainly not as strong as Herbert, Heinlein or Card. What was Zelazny doing? He must have had something better up his sleeve, or maybe (yuk yuk) frozen in Amber somewhere.
Gilbert_M_Stack More than 1 year ago
Roger Zelazny has always had a gift for poetic imagery and his extraordinary talents are on full display in The Courts of Chaos as Corwin hell-rides from one end of the sprawling multiverse of shadows to the other. It’s beautiful to read and he adeptly uses the journey to build tension and foreshadow the key elements of the conclusion of the series. When it finally becomes impossible for our hero to stay ahead of the wave of chaos coming out of Oberon’s possibly failed attempt to fix the Pattern, Zelazny gives us a glimpse of what it must have been like when Dworkin first inscribed the source of all order. From there, the pace of the story springs forward at lightning speed to the conclusion of the struggle among the princes and princesses of Amber. It would have been very easy for these final scenes to disappoint the reader. Anticipation for them had been building over five books and expectations were high. But Zelazny outdid himself and provides a totally satisfying conclusion as the children of Oberon finally mature enough to put their squabbles behind them and place their lives on the line for all of shadow. The final ending, on the horn of the unicorn, was the perfect outcome to a superior tale.
Patrick58 More than 1 year ago
These are GREAT books. This is the last of FIVE great books - the Amber novels - Corwin cycle. FOUR of these books are on Nook. This one is paperback and unavailable. Please, please put Courts of Chaos on Nook. Please.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago