The Guns of Avalon by Roger Zelazny
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I gave this novel 4 stars, but, if I was able to, I think I would have given it 4.5 stars as I really enjoyed Roger Zelazny’s second novel in the Amber Chronicles. I actually thought it was a little stronger than the first novel, which I thought was excellent.
Like the first novel, The Guns of Avalon follows Corwin, one of the lords of Amber, as he attempts to dethrone his brother, Eric. It picks up right where the first novel leaves off, which I was happy to see, because I thought Nine Princes ended pretty abruptly, my only real complaint about the novel. But Corwin’s path is not straightforward as he is unable to avoid the blight that he brought into the world with the curse that he cast in the first novel.
In this novel, we also get a deeper look at some of the lords that we only glimpsed previously. The lords of Amber are varied, but all interesting in their own ways. They have such a strange relationship with each other. They are often in competition and, yet, are still brothers with intimate memories of days long past.
I don’t want to give anything away, but I really liked how the novel ended. It was a nice bit of writing and definitely makes me eager to pick up the next in the series.