by Amy Moler
Roger Zelazny’s Chaos and Amber
John Gregory Betancourt
ibooks, 318 pp.
Having been rather pleased with the first of Betancourt’s prequels, I started reading the next shortly after it came out. The latest is, in many ways, true to Zelazny’s form—it picks up practically right in the middle of a thought and within days of the previous book, chronologically. This time we get to see more of the Courts of Chaos and learn a little about their dueling forms. I found it minorly annoying that a lot of time seemed to be spent repeating descriptions of how Oberon perceived things in Chaos. However, this did serve the purpose of reinforcing his inability to integrate with the Logrus, but it was overkill in a few places. In this book, Oberon’s brother Aber finally gets a bit of fleshing out as a character. Dworkin spends most of his time away from the action, but is referred to quite a few times as Oberon tries to fathom the motivations behind some of his father’s actions and non-actions. And he does make a notable appearance near the end of the book. I did find it somewhat frustrating that even though we are learning much about Oberon, so secretive in Zelazny’s classic Amber novels, the same sort of treatment is now being applied to Dworkin. But then I suppose that’s rather true to Zelazny’s style too, as is having the book end literally in the middle of a sentence. I won’t tell you exactly what comes to pass but the unicorn is involved. All in all, I found this book as enjoyable as the previous one, and look forward to To Rule in Amber, which is due out in the fall.