The Guns of Avalon by Roger ZelaznyPosted on the 28 June 2011 by Jimblack78
Part two of the original Chronicles of Amber is a good continuation of the classic “Nine Princes in Amber”. Corwin’s story follows his journey to Avalon, a shadow realm that he once ruled. Many years have passed since he left and now he is remembered as a demon prince. People do not named their children after this ruler from the past. He pretends to be someone else. He meets up with and befriends a soldier from his old army. Another one of the main characters is Daria (the granddaughter of one of Corwin’s brothers). Daria is a kindred spirit to Corwin. He sees many of his traits in her. All she wants to do is go to Amber, walk the Pattern, and gain the abilities that her family possesses.
Guns cannot fire in Amber. What Corwin’s family does not know is that a substance in Avalon can be used as gunpowder in Amber. Corwin plans to build and arm a group of soldiers who will help him take out his brother Eric. Corwin can then take the throne.
The problems this time around are presented by the Black Road. It is a gateway that allows demons to enter Avalon.
The Guns of Avalon was very good but it was a step down from the first story. Part of that is due to the first book introducing many new ideas. The second book in a series always suffers in comparison.
Zelazny does plant some clues to the true identity of some of the characters. I missed them the first time I read the series but, in retrospect, one of the clues is definitely in the book. He draws on his love of Raymond Chandler’s mysteries with the clue about his missing father. Zelazny continues to write this as a pulp noir type of story. Corwin narrates “The Guns of Avalon” in a style that is reminiscent of Chandler. He also uses similar pulp tools to keep the action moving to drive the story to it’s conclusion.
Another author who wrote a similar type fantasy series is Michael Moorcock with his Eternal Champion series. It also features parallel worlds and a battle between order and chaos. I am considering re-reading and reviewing at least some of the arcs in his series when I am done with the Amber books. In the seventies, the Elric books were second only to the Amber books in my opinion.
Is this the end of Corwin’s tale? No. Three more books continue the quest to answer many of the questions left at the end of this book. What happened to Oberon(Corwin’s father)? Will Corwin be able to stop the demon creatures’ invasion? What really happened to Brand? Will Corwin be able to unite Amber and find a way to stop the forces of Chaos? Books three through five address these questions. Corwin’s son, Merlin, is the focus of books six through ten. I also plan on reviewing the short stories that Zelazny wrote in this universe.
Next up on my Amber reading list will be “Sign of the Unicorn”. This was my introduction to the writing of Roger Zelazny. I originally read it as a serial in the Jim Baen edited Galaxy Magazine.
These articles might interest you :
It is no secret that Roger Zelazny is one of my favorite writers. "Nine Princes in Amber" is one of the most read books in my collection. So I began an... Read moreThe 27 May 2011 by Jimblack78
Book four of The Chronicles of Amber features Corwin on a trip to the true Amber. He discovers the source of the Black Road and finds out what it will take to... Read moreThe 05 December 2012 by Jimblack78
BOOKS, TV & VIDEO
If you are the proud owner of a Pug then you want to take your faithful companion everywhere with you, so people are always coming up with all sorts of differen... Read moreThe 13 May 2015 by Russell Deasley
Texts flew through cyberspace…So, last night, I was getting a train from my home in Borehamwood to see Joel Sanders’ Angry Boater show by the Grand Union Canal... Read moreThe 13 May 2015 by Thejohnfleming
Fairy Nice to Meet yo u! < p style="font-weight:bold;text-align:start;"> What is the one thing most little girls dream of?, dream of meeting and dream... Read moreThe 13 May 2015 by Evette Garside
Jen Wilkin is a Bible teacher of women who has also recently authored a book called Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds. Read moreThe 13 May 2015 by Elizabethprata
If you're looking for an indication of just how powerful the earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25 truly was, than look no further than this story. According... Read moreThe 14 May 2015 by Kungfujedi
MOST POPULAR FROM BOOKS
- US REFUSES BRITISH MUSEUM’S IVORY ART by Garry Rogers
- Switch On Joy With A New Generation Of Water Heaters From hindware by Jaideep Khanduja
- Deep, Sandy Thoughts by Stephsscribe
- What are your Africans Books to Inspire? by Bookshy
MOST RECOMMENDED IN BOOKS
- Guest Author – Jon Teckman on being Published but Unagented (via Open Submissions) by Isabel Costello
- Plants, Poisons, and Political Murder by Dplylemd
- Muscle Proteins and the Time of Death by Dplylemd
- Here's Blue Tomatoes For You by Ashleylister