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Roger Zelazny's The Dawn Of Amber
John Gregory Betancourt
iBooks paperback £10.99

review by Debbie Moon

First in a prequel trilogy, The Dawn Of Amber takes us back to the days when the Logrus in the Courts of Chaos was the only pattern, exiled Dworkin was sane (more or less), and Oberon was a young soldier in a distant shadow, unaware of his descent or his destiny. But Dworkin has dangerous enemies; there's a murderous traitor in the family, and Oberon soon discovers that he holds the key to a new magic that everyone wants to get their hands on...
   You either have no idea what I'm talking about - or you're already rushing to the bookshop to buy this. Roger Zelazny's Amber series, while hardly his most intellectual work, is one of the most popular series of science fantasy; and with a Sci-Fi Channel adaptation of the original books in the pipeline, this prequel's timing is faultless.
   Betancourt's imitation of Zelazny's casual, fast-moving prose is frighteningly accurate, and all the Amber staples are present and correct - family politics, swashbuckling swordfights, treachery, parallel universes, and destiny. Imagine I, Claudius with magic, and you're headed in the right direction. Though few of the characters here are familiar from the originals, those whom we do know are plausible younger versions of themselves, familiar and yet surprising. The plot moves along at a fair pace, blending action and political machinations into an absorbing mystery.
   No, it's not cutting-edge science fiction, but it delivers exactly what it promises - good, rollicking entertainment. Perhaps it lacks some of the wit of Zelazny's work, and the multiple siblings feel a little interchangeable when compared to their more familiar relatives. Certainly, the first volume feels a little short, barely introducing the situation before rushing ahead to a cliffhanger ending. But overall, if you enjoyed Zelazny, you'll definitely enjoy this - and what more can you ask from a prequel?
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