Fofo’s #CBR4 Review #45-54: The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny
Profile: Epic Fantasy, Modern Fantasy
Where have you been hiding you ask? No posts for two weeks? Nothing to report? Well here’s your answer. I was reading all 7000+ pages of Homestuck. Well, that was one week. The other week was spent devouring the 1200+ page omnibus of the Chronicles of Amber. It was actually the webcomic that prompted reading Amber top to bottom again. The two projects have a lot in common: an expansive multiverse, complex time travel shenanigans, protagonists tied to classic fortunetelling tropes. And they’re both more than a little confusing in the end.
The Chronicles of Amber span ten books in five book sets. The first five books deal with Corwin, exiled prince of Amber, and the second five tell the story of Merlin, Corwin’s son and scion of the combined houses of Amber and Chaos. I am going to segment the review a bit because the two stories are very different from one another. Corwin’s books feel like a classical fantasy, with some interesting modern elements added for shenanigans sake. Merlin’s is much more a coming of age story combined with some deep metaphysical conflicts.