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The best Zelazny fantasy ever
on 6 September 2001
I started reading the Amber series books in the early 1980s, and was instantly hooked. The image of the world as a shadow, among infinitely many others, of the archetypal Amber was and is a wonderful concept. While the impression is initially that Zelazny had no clear picture of where he was going with the story in the earliest books, the reader is carried along with his own enthusiasm to find out. The characters are well drawn and, despite their foibles, generally pretty likeable (Random was always my favourite after Corwin, the central character of the first five books, himself) and even Eric, the apparent "bad guy", resolves into a more complex and human character than one would initially expect.
The second series revolves around Merlin, Corwin's son, and I bought each title as it became available, hungry as I was for more. The second series has a quite different feel to the first, but is more intricately plotted and the detail of the Courts of Chaos (the other major "bad guy" of the first series) provides yet more depth and intrigue. I have read the entire series several times now, and find more to delight me every time. Zelazny was a genuine master of his craft; sadly, he died too soon for the sequels to the second series he almost certainly intended to materialise, but I can heartily recommend this title to any F&SF enthusiast seeking good reading material: Amber is solid gold!