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Alternate cover for ISBNMerle Corey is a brilliant young computer designer in San Francisco, but, he is also Merlin, son of Corwin, vanished prince of Amber, and heir to his father s wonderous powers And, someone is determined to kill him Now he will begin a desperate race through Shadow, not only to escape the mysterious force that threatens his life, but to protect the deadly secret that could destroy both his worlds


10 thoughts on “Trumps of Doom

  1. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    Corwin s tale is over Here there is a new narrator, a new story, and lots of new faces Some people from the previous books make an appearance though A seemingly normal guy was leading a seemingly normal life when he suddenly realized something abnormal Every year on April 30 somebody was trying to kill him At first the attempts were innocent enough as far as murder attempts go , but when some supernatural forces appear our hero called Merle finally decided something was really off He had Corwin s tale is over Here there is a new narrator, a new story, and lots of new faces Some people from the previous books make an appearance though A seemingly normal guy was leading a seemingly normal life when he suddenly realized something abnormal Every year on April 30 somebody was trying to kill him At first the attempts were innocent enough as far as murder attempts go , but when some supernatural forces appear our hero called Merle finally decided something was really off He had no clue how much off something really was Unlike the start of Corwin s part this book jump in the middle of action practically from the beginning and does not stop until the end It also includes several interconnected mysteries with only some of them resolved at the end It was also nice to revisit some of the royal family of Amber at the time when they did not try to permanently remove their siblings out of the game What do you know they turned out to be nice enough and interesting people once you get to meet them close I already mentioned action Lots of things happened in a very limited number of pages in fact it took me two evenings of unhurried reading to finish the book Once again I was blown by Zelazny s ability to pack lots of thoughts, idea, action, and world building in such small space Dear aspiring writers read and learn A popular wisdom is that the second pentalogy is not as good as the first one To which I can only answer that in my opinion they are equality good and that haters gonna hate 5 stars


  2. Stjepan Cobets Stjepan Cobets says:

    My rating 4.5Trumps of Doom The Chronicles of Amber 6 by Roger Zelazny is a great sequel to the series As before, Zelazny leads us through the shadow world, only the characters have changed This time we follow the story of Corwin s son Merlin Every April 30 for several years, someone is trying to kill Merlin Although every attempt to kill him seems like a coincidence he is not quite convinced of it He will soon discover that behind all these attempts to kill him, conceals a hidden consp My rating 4.5Trumps of Doom The Chronicles of Amber 6 by Roger Zelazny is a great sequel to the series As before, Zelazny leads us through the shadow world, only the characters have changed This time we follow the story of Corwin s son Merlin Every April 30 for several years, someone is trying to kill Merlin Although every attempt to kill him seems like a coincidence he is not quite convinced of it He will soon discover that behind all these attempts to kill him, conceals a hidden conspiracy that will become a threat to Amber and the Court of Chaos As in the five book of the series so far, I enjoyed the style of writing and the story I would recommend a book to all fans of science fiction and fantasy


  3. Ariel Hudnall Ariel Hudnall says:

    The Cycle of Corwin has ended Now come the adventures of his son, Merlin, born of Dara, holy terror of the Courts of Chaos You might remember her as the demon that disguised herself as Corwin s grand niece, in order to learn how to walk the Pattern and gain enough power to destroy Amber Yeah, her I didn t like Dara, but maybe this book would have beeninteresting if she d been the main antagonist, because the book certainly needed one.A sorcerer, artist, warrior, athlete, and technologi The Cycle of Corwin has ended Now come the adventures of his son, Merlin, born of Dara, holy terror of the Courts of Chaos You might remember her as the demon that disguised herself as Corwin s grand niece, in order to learn how to walk the Pattern and gain enough power to destroy Amber Yeah, her I didn t like Dara, but maybe this book would have beeninteresting if she d been the main antagonist, because the book certainly needed one.A sorcerer, artist, warrior, athlete, and technological genius, Merlin aka Merle lives a boring, uncomplicated life in one of his father s old Shadow haunts, trying to emulate the father he wishes he could have gotten to know better before he disappeared into Shadow However, the white rider Corwin met in the Courts of Chaos in the last book is a far cry from the Merle shown to us in this novel He is unquestioning, uncaring, and in general, unaffected by anything going on around him, which makes the narrative a boring trod through This happened , and then this also happened , and Wow, what a coincidence Very rarely does his humanity show through, and when it does, it is self serving While I didn t like Corwin overall, Corwin at least had real moments of questioning his motives, or feeling sincerely bad for the things he had done Merle has only one instance of this, but after what felt an obligatory whoops, my bad , he carries on without being truly affected for the rest of the story.The book begins on April 30th April 30th is an unlucky day for Merlin, and has been for the last seven years, on account of the reoccurring attempts on his life He has come to expect them now, and hopes to get to the bottom of it this time.Following the horrific death of one of his ex girlfriends, and his procurement of some very strange Trumps, Merlin jumps off to solve the mystery of the Trumps the title of the book, after all , but after the only real interesting scene of the first half in which he plays a riddle game with a Sphinx , this plotline is promptly forgotten and never picked up again Instead, it becomes another Who dunnit , without all the weight and skill of Sign of the Unicorn , or even a conclusion No real spoilers to give here Nothing happens The antagonist s name is revealed, but that is basically all Again, all a teaser for the next book, which I have no real inclination at present to read.Other things that really bothered me about this book it is clear that only a couple of decades have past, as there are still friends of Corwin alive on Earth Bill Roth, lawyer, and suddenly the only council to Amber, out of all of the infinite number of universes and people closer to the conflict This is the man Merle bounces ideas off of for most of the book, rather than contacting one of his aunts or uncles Suddenly everyone seems to have the ability to draw Trumps on a whim This was a skill that was heavily guarded, and for good reason, but now anyone who is related to Dworkin can do it, and it takes away all of the interest for that magic system for me.And speaking of the magic system, Merlin has the ability to do a backwards shadow walk , which means he can conjure anything he desires out of shadow, no harm, no foul It doesn t even seem to tire him Yet when it comes to the climax of the book, he decides to take the longest possible route, rather than pulling that thing to him, easily It s also just one of those ultra convenient abilities that makes things a little too easy.Frakir I m assuming that there is a short story somewhere out there in the universe that Zelazny wrote that explained things , but I do not know why Merlin is in possession of a half sentient, invisible thread whip, or what even its full abilities are More convenience, that was never really explained Ghostwheel I can not believe the willful ignorance on the part of Merle regarding his creation When Random thank goodness he was in the story for a few pages that s one of two reasons this book has a star at all, honestly the other being the conversation with the Sphinx brings up valid concerns about the latent power of Ghostwheel, Merle just pouts and says I don t care I do what I want to obvious calamity It was really disappointing to read this first book in the second cycle of Amber, and find basically everything from the first books that are still unanswered abandoned, and instead get led around by a shadow of a shadow of Corwin without the arrogant wit, or any real defining personality trait on a mostly mundane and speculative journey to well, I suppose it was less of a journey, andMerlin thrown in a whirpool of coincidences and events thrust on him by other characters trying to have a story.In short, I will keep reading, but only because I feel obligated to finish the omnibus But, if you are looking for a casual read to pick up, you can stop at book five, Courts of Chaos , and pick up something else on your to read


  4. Chris Chris says:

    I almost gave this four stars, but it falls short of the Corwin books in the series, so I can t quite give it the same rating.But that being said, Trumps was an enjoyable return to Amber Merlin s tale is intriguing, and I think I ll beinto it by the end I don t find myself being engaged as much as with the first set of Amber books, and I don t find Merlin himself as interesting as Corwin For one thing, Corwin was enjoyable as a smartass and his arrogance helped the character Merlin is I almost gave this four stars, but it falls short of the Corwin books in the series, so I can t quite give it the same rating.But that being said, Trumps was an enjoyable return to Amber Merlin s tale is intriguing, and I think I ll beinto it by the end I don t find myself being engaged as much as with the first set of Amber books, and I don t find Merlin himself as interesting as Corwin For one thing, Corwin was enjoyable as a smartass and his arrogance helped the character Merlin isreserved He s confident, but not as sure of his place in the family.Still, a fun story and I look forward to continuing with the next installment.ETA December 2011.Re read this for review before tackling the rest of the Amber series I listened to it on audio this time, with Roger Zelazny doing his own narration That added to the experience, and I m definitely looking forward to the others, now that I have them available


  5. Mr. Windup Bird Mr. Windup Bird says:

    Our story resumes with Corwin s son, Merlin deciding that he s had it with working in the computer industry which sounds hauntingly familiar Someone is also trying to kill him once a year which, thankfully, does not sound hauntingly familiar.Merlin brings some interesting things to the story, and his character is just similar and different enough to make me believe he is Corwin s son Not that I was getting sick of Corwin, but it was a nice change of pace I m assuming all the rumors about Corw Our story resumes with Corwin s son, Merlin deciding that he s had it with working in the computer industry which sounds hauntingly familiar Someone is also trying to kill him once a year which, thankfully, does not sound hauntingly familiar.Merlin brings some interesting things to the story, and his character is just similar and different enough to make me believe he is Corwin s son Not that I was getting sick of Corwin, but it was a nice change of pace I m assuming all the rumors about Corwin are just hearsay and that we ll see him in the next book or the one after Merlin s story benefits from a much faster start since most of the setting details have already been established in previous books.One detail, in particular, I enjoy about this series is Zelazny s description of hell rides Hell rides are, as I understand it, a form of super fast travel Amberites and those from The Courts of Chaos can utilize by focusing all of their magical energy to bend time around them It s different from FTL or wormhole travel as I ve read it described in sci fi books because the traveler is acutely aware of their surroundings and still interacting with the space they are moving through What I love are Zelazny s descriptions of the exotic areas being passed through I love listening to these while I fall asleep and rewinding them a few times There are some great twists and turns in Trumps of Doom, and as usual, Zelazny was one step ahead of me, which I love.I m sure anyone still reading at this point doesn t need much urging to finish the series, so it s time for me to trump out to book 7, Blood of Amber


  6. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    Merle Corey s got several problems He s secretly Merlin, a Prince of Amber His father Corwin has been missing for years Oh, and someone tries to kill him every April 30th for reasons unknown The story starts with Merle getting ready to leave Shadow Earth behind and devote himself to working on his Ghostwheel when an old girlfriend he goes to say goodbye to winds up dead The trail leads Merle to a conjurer and then back to Amber, where he learns he isn t the only Amberite whose had attempts Merle Corey s got several problems He s secretly Merlin, a Prince of Amber His father Corwin has been missing for years Oh, and someone tries to kill him every April 30th for reasons unknown The story starts with Merle getting ready to leave Shadow Earth behind and devote himself to working on his Ghostwheel when an old girlfriend he goes to say goodbye to winds up dead The trail leads Merle to a conjurer and then back to Amber, where he learns he isn t the only Amberite whose had attempts on his life But what does his friend Luke have to do with things It took me almost a calendar year to finally start reading the second Amber seriers So far, I m liking it a lot Having read the first series, it s a little easier to follow due to knowing something of Amber s workings already The mystery of Luke was pretty well done I like that the bullets Corwin had created in Guns of Avalon came back into play I also like that Merlin isn t a Corwin duplicate.Like I said, so far I m enjoying the second chronicles of Amber It s like visiting with an old friend On to the next one


  7. Ivana Books Are Magic Ivana Books Are Magic says:

    It took me a bit to get used to Merle as the new narrator of The Chronicles of Amber, but soon I ve grown to like him The way that novel s starts off reminded me a bit of the Nine Princes in Amber If you remember, Corwin is trying to figure out who tried to kill him and the fact that he wakes up with amnesia doesn t help Merle, on the other hand, doesn t have amnesia but there is much he doesn t know either Who is trying to kill him and why Every year on his birthday, someone tries to kill It took me a bit to get used to Merle as the new narrator of The Chronicles of Amber, but soon I ve grown to like him The way that novel s starts off reminded me a bit of the Nine Princes in Amber If you remember, Corwin is trying to figure out who tried to kill him and the fact that he wakes up with amnesia doesn t help Merle, on the other hand, doesn t have amnesia but there is much he doesn t know either Who is trying to kill him and why Every year on his birthday, someone tries to kill Merle At the start of the novel, Merle is living on shadow Earth, being a brilliant computer expert and a student I actually like that Merlin is, in many way, different from his father If he was just a copy, this series would be far less interesting Unlike Corwin in the first novel, Merle is very much aware who he is, but you also get the vibe he is not entirely sure what it all means It is almost as Merle wants to forget about his true origins while he is playing the student part and really who could blame him His family life and relations are as hopelessly complicated as Corwin s, so in that Merle is his father s son.Trumps of Doom is the sixth book in The Chronicles of Amber series and the first book in the Merlin s series I liked it less than the other books in the series just because the plot wasn t as strong It s not because of Merlin, it didn t took me long to get used to him as a narrator It is possible that I enjoyed it a bit less because this first book isintroductory It seems a bit less dynamic You get to hear a lot of interesting conversations, see notable characters from the Amber chronicles make an appearance and get a chance to learnabout the book s protagonist


  8. Jason Jason says:

    The first time I read this, I remember being so disappointed that this second series set in the Amber universe featured a different protagonist from the first series I also remember being told that the second series didn t really hold up compared to the first and that the critics viewed it far less favorably Despite that, I still absolutely love this book.The first series focused on Order and was muchabout that protagonist s single minded journey toward capturing a throne that he felt wa The first time I read this, I remember being so disappointed that this second series set in the Amber universe featured a different protagonist from the first series I also remember being told that the second series didn t really hold up compared to the first and that the critics viewed it far less favorably Despite that, I still absolutely love this book.The first series focused on Order and was muchabout that protagonist s single minded journey toward capturing a throne that he felt was rightfully his He is a man of action so the universe as presented through his first person perspective is a backdrop to his tale of intrigue and revenge The protagonist of this second series is a muchcerebral character He is a representative of Chaos and is a student of the magical workings of the universe, therefore his tale naturally includes the fleshing out and explanation of the actual underpinnings of the universe that are only hinted at in the first series I highly enjoy a well constructed fantasy universe, and I think a lot of the detractors of this series are put off by the relatively larger focus on the hows and the smaller focus on the whos as compared to the first series.The structure of this opening book is a nice rhyme to the opening book in the first series We start on the shadow Earth with our main character trying to figure out who is attempting to kill him His father is missing and presumed dead There are family members nearby keeping an eye on him The parallels continue but for the sake of remaining spoiler free I ll simply say that I enjoyed the poetry of the symmetry, especially since being inside a new character s head was quite a jarring transition after following an entirely different character for five previous books.Zelazny again crafts a compelling mystery and it s quite obvious that he did some serious planning for this series with all of the hints he plants so early on His requisite cliffhanger ending makes its usual appearance, and it s a testament to his skill as a writer that this new narrator s voice doesn t sound like his old narrator s voice This younger narrator is far less cynical,naive, less droll, but still as compelling because of his unique background The only thing I m not really a fan of is the name of the book since it s never really seemed to be a good fit with the rest of the titles, but that s a quibble so minor that it s not even really a quibble.I probably still prefer the first book in the first seriesthan this one, but they re both extremely satisfying beginnings for entirely different reasons I m glad that this one has held up for me no matter how many times I ve read it and I ll be forever sad that Zelazny died before he could write his third series that would have featured both of his main protagonists working together


  9. Kevin Kevin says:

    Kinda of a steampunk fantasy, the second arc of Amber series starts off strong with Corwin s son Merlin the main character The series is getting stronger, andinteresting as it progresses.


  10. Mir Mir says:

    For some reason the person who wrote the GR blurb for this made it sound like an entry in the ordinary guy gal discovers they are special genre this is not the case Merlin, the main character, knows perfectly well who his parents are and what powers his family has He is just hanging out being a computer geek and doing some experiments for fun The mysterious part is why someone attacks him on the same day every year.This is the beginning of the second cycle in the Chronicles of Amber It For some reason the person who wrote the GR blurb for this made it sound like an entry in the ordinary guy gal discovers they are special genre this is not the case Merlin, the main character, knows perfectly well who his parents are and what powers his family has He is just hanging out being a computer geek and doing some experiments for fun The mysterious part is why someone attacks him on the same day every year.This is the beginning of the second cycle in the Chronicles of Amber It is not 100% necessary to have read the first five books but it will definitely give you a richer background Also that series is really good