Roger Zelazny's Chaos and Amber (Dawn of Amber Series #2)

Roger Zelazny's Chaos and Amber (Dawn of Amber Series #2)

by John Gregory Betancourt

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Overview

In the nationally bestselling Roger Zelazny’s The Dawn of Amber, John Gregory Betancourt began the epic exploration into how the world of Amber and all of its shadow worlds came into existence. The young warrior named Oberon, who is destined to found a dynasty and rule over Amber, was rescued from attacking hell creatures by his father, Dworkin, and introduced to his brothers and sisters—and his heritage as a Prince of the Courts of Chaos.

But the shadow world called Juniper, the home of Dworkin and his kin, came under deadly attack by unknown and overwhelming forces. After sending the rest of the family to distant shadow worlds for their own safety, Dworkin and Oberon, and Oberon’s half-brother Aber, traveled to the center of the known universe and the lair of their enemies, the Courts of Chaos, to put an end to the undeclared blood feud.

In CHAOS AND AMBER, the story picks up with the arrival of the fleeing trio in the shadow world closest to the Courts, known as “the Beyond.”

The Courts of Chaos are hostile to Dworkin and his kin, and potentially deadly to Oberon—who barely survives several attempts on his life. Dworkin disappears after leaving for a meeting with King Uthor, ruler of the Courts. This leaves Oberon and Aber to uphold the family’s honor on their own. But with the Beyond so close to Chaos, they know that their enemies are nearby and probably spying on their every move.

Rumors are rampant the King Uthor is about to brand Dworkin a traitor, making it open season on him and his family. Oberon seeks allies among those family members who have political ties to the Courts, little realizing that every alliance comes with a price. In this case, it is a betrothal to a distant, monstrous cousin, and a knife fight to the death with one of the Courts most powerful princes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743474948
Publisher: ibooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2003
Series: Dawn of Amber Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 788,624
Product dimensions: 6.43(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.09(d)

About the Author

JOHN GREGORY BETANCOURT is an editor, publisher, and bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. He has had 36 books published, including the bestselling Star Trek novel, Infection, and three other Star Trek novels; a trilogy of mythic novels starring Hercules; the critically acclaimed Born of Elven Blood; Rememory; Johnny Zed; The Blind Archer; and many others. He is personally responsible for the revival of Weird Tales, the classic magazine of the fantastic, and has authored two critical works in conjunction with the Sci-Fi Channel: The Sci-Fi Channel Trivia Book and The Sci-Fi Channel Encyclopedia of TV Science Fiction.

ROGER ZELAZNY authored many science fiction and fantasy classics, and won three Nebula Awards and six Hugo Awards over the course of his long and distinguished career. While he is best known for his ten-volume Chronicles of Amber series of novels (beginning with 1970s Nine Princes in Amber), Zelazny also wrote many other novels, short stories, and novellas, including Psychoshop (with Alfred Bester), Damnation Alley, the award-winning The Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth and Isle of the Dead, and the stories "24 Views of Mount Fuji, by Hokusai," "Permafrost," and "Home is the Hangman." Zelazny died in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in June 1995.

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Roger Zelazny's Chaos and Amber (Dawn of Amber Series #2) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In what may be rose colored memories of the parent works, I feel that though he has caught the flavor, Betancourt's prose may not be quite as good. It makes little difference, as the work does its job well. We see a great deal of Corwin in this young Oberon, and Dwokin's later behavior is given new perspective. The cast of characters is broad and varied, and sufficient detail is given to the secondary players to give the whole a pleasant flavor. It was a fast read, and enjoyable. Lower criticism: I am not happy when typos distract me from a story. One or two, in most cases, aren't too much; there were many more than that here, as well as hundreds of inappropriate line breaks, and I found this distracting, and it sawed off at least a half star.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Betancourt himself said it best on July 26, 2002: 'Roger didn't want anymore Amber novels written.' I suspect Zelazny didn't want more Amber novels written because he loved the property and he was afraid someone would screw it up. He would have been right to be concerned. Betancourt has done poorly with the property. I will grant that it is an improvement over the first book. Improvement in the way that we in education tell students they have improved when they go from an 'F' to a 'D.' So it is with this book. Improvement, yes, but not enough. The strength of a sequel is that the author doesn't have to establish as much and get on with the story. At least Betancourt does this. There is even some decent imagery this time around in the appearance of Dworkin's home. I liked the rock corral and the door. This book has at least one decent name (Ulyanash.) The hell-creatures finally get a name, though Oberon continues to annoy me by referring to them as hell-creatures.. There are a few nice character descriptions, notably Aunt Lanara. There was a brief moment when I thought the politics of Chaos were interesting. Alas, the dinner parties and engagements and political maneuvering ended and the more predictable elements of the plot resumed. This is a pity as I found Oberon's introduction to Chaosian society far more interesting than the duels. The book does also resolve a few issues of the first book such as how there can be Shadows without the Pattern. I'm not saying I like the answer, but at least an answer was present in the book. There are problems of course. I still find Betancourt's Oberon to be even more annoying a narrator than Merlin and a whinier character than Anakin Skywalker. Most of Oberon's family is mercifully absent from this book so we are spared their utter lack of characterization. Naturally, there are a few names that make one groan. Notably having Dworkin's family estate lie in a place called Beyond. Ick. The primary problem, however, continues to lie in the plot. It doesn't track well with Zelazny's material. It doesn't work well with the history as established by Zelazny. Though we do see bits of Chaos and trisps and fandons make a brief appearance, we still have yet to see spikards (used to stabilize Shadow before the creation of the Pattern) or Suhuy (who knew Dworkin before his troubles) or Swayvill (Oberon's ancient nemesis). Lords of Chaos are still surprised by shape-shifters. As with the first novel, I have seen much better fan fiction. The book could also use an editor. There are many sentences that simply do not parse or are just incredibly awkward. My current favorite is, 'I tightening my grew.' Painful. This isn't Betancourt's fault really. But since this is a high profile publication, surely someone could have bothered to proofread it? The good news is that this is still only a trilogy. The series concludes next September with TO RULE IN AMBER. If the trend of minimal improvement continues with that book it might even be worth reading. But I'm not betting on it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Honestly It wasn't all bad. The storyline was a little dry and the characters were boring. In spite of that I enjoyed the story plot, 'the traitor in our midst'. I also think that ZELAZNY should have finished the series NOT Betancourt. It was HIS story!
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