I just finished the first Chronicles of Amber series (Corwin cycle). I felt that the books started off slowly, but just got fantastic near the middle to end. Zelazny is my favorite author by far. By the time Corwin is walking to the end of reality, I felt like I was there with them. Which brings me to the themes of the novels. It seems that Corwin has to find a way to save Amber, but that requires faith and hope. He does not know if Oberon has failed in repairing the pattern, if Amber can be saved, if Brand is still a threat, and if the Courts of Chaos are going to win the battle. Every single thing tells him not move on with his quest, that he has failed, that it's all over. Before he leaves with the jewel, Oberon's hand orchestrates all these events. Oberon is like an invisible God-like hand, moving events, in order to save the world. And finally, Corwin must trust him. Oberon's orders and methods don't seem logical, but Corwin has no choice. The end is coming. He simply must act on faith. He leaves with the jewel, with no real information, and not knowing what is going to happen. But he stays true to his course, all the way to the end. And even when everything is gone, and there's nothing left, and the storm is threatening to sweep him away, he decides to create a new world right where he is standing. He puts the staff in the ground and creates a new primal pattern, having no idea what the results will be. I had actually just gotten home from the gym and was dead tired and dehydrated, but I stayed up for 2 hours finishing The Courts of Chaos and I felt like I was with him the entire time. Just crazy how into it I got. The ending was very open, it appears the original pattern held, and Oberon succeeded, but sacrificed himself to do so. I feel that the series is too complex for me to really break down right now, this is just my initial impression now that I done. I loved it as much as Lord of Light.