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Trumps of Doom (Amber Chronicles, #6) - Roger Zelazny, Tim White

It's been awhile since I've read the first Chronicles Of Amber, but I remember enjoying them more than I did this one. Not to say it was bad, it's just that Merlin son of Corwin is a much less compelling and more bumbling character in this book than his father Corwin was at even the lowest point of the previous series. Also, I felt that the whole "amnesiac rediscovering his family and powers" was a great device, which Zelazny used to be able to both tell convincingly the story of Corwin while not being too cheesy about his moments of exposition. The Merlin point-of-view in this book lacked that, and thus I feel that if one were to have picked up this book without having read the previous five Amber novels, one would have been quite lost. This was not the case with me, but still.

Having said all that, I still found the plot engaging and fast-moving, and the dialogue snappy and realistic in a late-'70s/early-'80s kind of way. I think the second Chronicles shows a lot of promise, but will they live up to the legacy of the first Chronicles? I could go read reviews or synopses to find out, but that would spoil my read...