The fourth chapter of the Amber Chronicles has now
Title: The Hand Of Oberon
Author: Roger Zelazny
Original Publication Date: 1976
ISBN: 0380809060 (single volume of ten books)
Cover Price: $22.95 US for the complete series
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The source of several problems was found at the end
of the third
book. In this, the fourth novel, Corwin takes steps
to correct the
Once again, the cliffhanger ending.
The title reveals material meant to be revealed in
the last few pages.
Old series, new directions. This one delves more
deeply into the
metaphysics of Amber, and what an individual can
actually do with
Shadow. It also brings about more answers than
questions, a first for
the series. I give the originality 5 out of
The imagery starts moving back to the
language. Add that to the descriptions of locales,
and I give it 6
out of 6.
The story is one of the most interesting of
Zelazny’s through world-building, and is just moving
toward a conclusion. I give it 5 out of 6.
The characterization is starting to show
depth in characters,
particularly Brand, Random, and Ganelon.
Unfortunately, Corwin still
isn’t on that list. I give it 4 out of 6.
The emotional response is strong,
particularly through the
second half. There isn’t time spent on anything but
the action. I
give it 5 out of 6.
The editing is cleaned up a little. The
events works as well here as it did previously, but
problems were not around. I give it 5 out of 6.
Overall, it’s another solid entry in the
deserving of its placement one book before the entry
originally meant to be the finale. I give it 5 out
In total, The Hand Of Oberon recieves 35 out
Additional Notes and Comments
Next up: The Courts of Chaos, the original
end to a five part
series. After that, it’s onto the now thrice
Escher, Bach before I come back and finish the