- Series: Amber Series (Book 8)
- Paperback: 217 pages
- Publisher: Avon Books (January 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380896370
- ISBN-13: 978-0380896370
- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.8 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,104,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sign of Chaos (Amber Series) Paperback – January 1, 1991
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As with both five book Amber series, Sign of Chaos does not stand on its own. It is, fittingly, just the middle of this very intricate series of mysteries and adventures.
Zelazny's writing continued to entertain in a way separate from the plot itself. For example, he gives Merlin very clever and amusing names for his spells. Merlin continues to be a fascinating combination of spunky and naive, taking great pains to follow his own agenda despite what those around him might prefer. Many of Zelazny's characters from the first Amber series play interesting roles, along with new, vibrant characters introduced here with Merlin's story.
I'm having a terrific time reading these books again. As I write this review I'm halfway done with the final book, and I'll be a bit sad to be done with them.
Fittingly enough, the book starts out with Merlin and Luke trapped in the Mad Hatter's Tea Party Bar, where the previous volume left them off. A psychedelic Mickey has turned Luke into a hallucination machine and it takes both ingenuity and chemistry for Merlin to take his leave. He makes it back to Amber only to discover that he has a new, and beautiful aunt. Who just as promptly disappears, leaving Merlin once again in the clutches of an old friend.
Along the way Merlin picks up Mandor, his older brother on the Chaos side, and Jasra, who is now a 'friendly' enemy instead of a coat rack. This is about where characters and plot get so intricate that you may wish you had been keeping score from the beginning. Zelazny is merciless, captivating his readers at the same time he is confusing them.
By way of personal history, I took a several year break from the series at this point, picking up the last two volumes when the appeared in paperback. You may feel like doing the same thing, but there are only two more quick volumes to go and you will be a member of the I Love Amber club, a very exclusive group of folks.