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YMMV: The Chronicles of Amber
  • Fridge Brilliance: The numerous clues foreshadowing Random's leadership role.
  • Fridge Horror: Some of the Early Installment Weirdness (the apparently greater violence and psychopathy of the Amberites in the earlier installments) may be due to Corwin being an Unreliable Narrator: as Corwin becomes an accepted "insider" again and the narrator shifts to someone with little experience outside the system (Merlin), everyone becomes increasingly logical and reasonable. If the original interpretation is closer to the truth, even minor gaps and comments in the later works become ominous.
    • There's a lot of Fridge Horror in the very notion of Shadow. No matter how bad a thing you can imagine, somewhere out there is a world where it's true. The hallucinogenic incident that Luke goes through really calls some of the worst possibilities to your attention.
  • Fridge Logic: Dara is responsible for setting in motion Brand's plans to obliterate the Pattern. Brand is responsible for setting in motion the invasion of Avalon by Lintra, who bears a child by Benedict who becomes Dara's grandmother. May be justified in that either a.) Chaos time is non-linear, or b.) Dara is a big fat liar.
    • Possibly Dara's faction was responsible - she does use the pronoun "we" a bit. Possibly she's a time traveller - about the only thing that doesn't happen in the series. Sadly, we'll never know.
    • Dara's conversation with the Logrus in the tenth book essentially states that she was in cahoots with the Logrus - and therefore presumably an adult - before Brand ever went to the Courts. Which means that the hellmaids' first emergence into Avalon predates the marring of the Pattern - Dara's existence being the consequence of the first while Brand's corruption or manipulation is the consequence of the second. The construction of the Black Road had apparently been going on for much, much longer than Corwin always assumed. Either Dara was an adult before she was conceived, or - and this is more likely - the invasion of Avalon was part of some earlier scheme in Chaos and the Dara-Brand connection was an attempt to exploit the success of that earlier established foothold.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Oberon, and several of his children try to match him in this. To the point where Corwin deduces Oberon's presence simply because no one else could pull off a Gambit Roulette that well.
  • Mary Tzu: Some might regard Benedict's proclaimed abilities as... over the top. Or at least regard Corwin's opinion of him as evidence that Benedict has his brother(s) completely psyched out.

alternative title(s): Book Of Amber
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