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These are not beach books. We are experiencing technical difficulties. I personally have never been on a more breathtaking, awe inspiring, emotional journey while reading in my 52 years.

Dunnett does both well enough to make her a lasting personage in literature.

The ever fractious nobility of Scotland turns itself inside out in seeking for familial advantage, often at the disadvantage of the nation as a whole. View all 26 comments.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Both are fair-haired, blue-eyed second sons; both are master swordsmen, intensely loyal, and sharp-tongued leaders; both have wretched reputations which their enemies abuse in heartbreaking fashion. ,ymond page was last edited on 27 Octoberat Whether Lymond is just a justifiable scoundrel in the face of all the brutal politics and personal guilt or has a secret noble cause is unclear for much of the book.

He is an actor who struggles to give up his mask and change the role Fate and the lords of the land have written for him, he tries to do right by his followers and by his friends, but more often than not the results are hurtful to guilty and innocents alike.


Small wonder then that the creators of Poldark have optioned the rights and a television series is planned. Dorothy Dunnett uses chess terms as chapter titles and Middle English quotes about chess at chronicels start of most chapters, and really this book is very much like one massive chess game, played by a master player.

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Do not use this button to join the Society or renew your membership! Okay, some actual content. Finally, I dare you not to fall in love with the protagonist. However, to fully appreciate this novel and series it needs to be studied.

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Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. I might just slog on my next reading; this time through, I mostly ignored the foreign language bits and felt smart when I could figure them out without looking them up. Want to Read saving….

Battle of Pinkie Cleugh Some years ago after I met and fell madly, deliriously and irrevocably in love with Jamie Fraser and the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, it was suggested that I go on and read The Lymond Chronicles, and that I would again fall madly, deliriously and irrevocably in love with one, Francis Crawford of Lymond. There are complex and complicated female characters, too: The Game of Kingsthe first story in The Lymond Chroniclessets the stage for what will be a sweeping saga filled with passion, courage, and the endless fight for freedom.

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Throughout, Francis’ brilliant wit, sarcasm and heroism keep the reader enthralled and at times laughing out loud. Read more Read less. Dunnett concerns herself with high culture and with high society dunhett its politics. The clothes, black and rich, were vaguely slovenly; the skin sun-glazed dorotht cracked; the fine eyes slackly lidded; the mouth insolent and self-indulgent.

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As the story progressed though, he seemed to become more mature, and I came to realise that his history had left him damaged and deeply troubled. Okay, sometimes I had to re-read things, because of language, but still it felt realistic. Book Two in the Legendary Lymond Chronicles. I cannot wait to read Queen’s Play.

Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles: far more than sex and swords

Besides, the quality of the writing itself rates shelving these volumes in your favorite spot. I know my limits and this was soaring above them. Lymond’s adventures, as well as his problematic relationships with his brother; his second-in-command, Will Scott; a blind woman, Christian Stewart; and others make for chroniccles, sometimes humorous and often very exciting reading.

And now where are we? Aug 27, Onyx rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Game of Kings is a must-have for the historical romance connoisseur. She and her husband Archibald Stewart play both sides of the conflict for their own benefit and the then sixteen-year-old Lymond fell victim to their plotting during his captivity in England after the battle chronicpes Solway Moss.