‘Lymond is back.” So begins The Game of Kings, the first book in my greatest literary love affair: Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles. The Game of Kings (Lymond Chronicles, 1) [Dorothy Dunnett] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In this first book in the legendary Lymond. The Lymond Chronicles (6 Book Series) by Dorothy Dunnett. All Formats Kindle Edition. From Book 1: In this first book in the legendary Lymond Chronicles.
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But then the last pages come. In his personal life, Lymond has an unusual ability to inspire intense loyalty and even love in those who are attracted to him. Lymond and his men help to delay the English so that the child queen can be smuggled to safety in France but he ends up on trial before a special court of the Scottish Parliament.
Does that seem like a lot to stuff into a single character?
Where Francis is practical and cynical, Will is idealistic and impulse driven. The teenaged daughter of an old friend, Philippa had appeared in the first book of the series as an angry ten-year-old coerced into helping Lymond. Lymond, an outlaw with every man’s hand against him, including the two strong hands of his elder brother, tries to stay alive, to help his country and to clear his name, fouled by the most heinous of false charges. Over the course of six books he is traitor and mercenary, seducer and spy, confidante of tricksy rulers and a target for powerful men and women, most of whom spend their time trying to murder him, some more extravagantly than others.
By the end of this book, which required that I also download a companion reference in order to understand it, I have to admit that it was not. Lymond has the fortune of being the second son of a middling family of the Scotts nobility.
So, marvelous book, but minus a star for being a little too obscure and difficult and making me all irritated and surly for the first pages, until I just got over it. Book Four in the Legendary Lymond Chronicles.
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May 14, Pages. She herself contributed much more to the second volume than the first, directly authoring many of the entries. May dew or none, my brown and tender diamonds don’t engender, they dissolve. View all 14 comments. Chronkcles I can say is the effect it had on me.
Ships from and sold by Amazon. The build up and release with the sixth book broke my heart. Topics Romance books Books blog. Other characters had interesting stories and some great one-liners, but it just wasn’t enough for me to say that I wholeheartedly enjoyed this novel.
Other books in the series. I am really thinking about learning Latin now. Checkmate is set against the last Hapsburg-Valois war. The Lymond Chronicles is a series of six novels written by Dorothy Dunnett and first published between and There are no superfluous facts here; everything is relevant.
Like Dumas, Dunnett has researched her settings and characters but reshaped them to focus on her protagonist and his cjronicles. This book was written when every educated dumnett could read Latin and French and another language or two as well.
He makes it impossible for anyone to remain neutral in their regard for him.
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Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Lymond is the second son of an aristocratic family but now reviled by his fellow Scots for betraying their forces to the invading British army five years earlier, resulting in tragic losses, including a sister.
Here’s a sample Lymond quote and no, this is not atypical: They covers so well its themes of betrayal and loss, love and loyalty, its stimulating mix of humor and adventure, and richness in characters and language. But and this is a fairly large “but” any book that reminds me of reading Ulysses in college, I’m going to have some issues with.
Is it possible to go beyond their first-glance easiness and extract well-hidden references with the help of some sharp expertise? The Lymond Chronicles are six novels set in and around 16th century Europe.
Dunnett had quite magically wound the story around my emotions, pulling them out and into a great knot in my stomach as I wondered how Lymond was going to survive; knowing he would as there are five more books, my heart torn asunder by his battle with his brother, Richard.
Because that’s what husband do – haha! I absolutely love it, and I am so glad I read it all over again. Paradoxically, her freedom may depend on a man who stands accused of treason. In addition to their original characters, the novels feature a large number of historical figures, often in important roles.
Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles: far more than sex and swords
There he is reunited with Philippa, now a lady-in waiting to Queen Mary. I gave up trying to look things up after page Why put yourself through all this?
There he hunts down the man who seeks to kill his queen; the would-be killer ultimately proves to be connected to Stewart and Douglas. The first third to half of this book is like wading through molasses in winter. Throughout the cjronicles Dunnett shows her range of reading and her understanding of classical literature.
The battle scenes are chfonicles the passages set at courts exhibit well both the splendid surface calm and the roiling behind-the-scenes plotting. Dorothy Dunnett is a literary genius, and her in-depth research, and writing are spectacular. There is so a wealth of detail that makes up the bigger picture, and I could see no flaw in it; everything felt real and everything felt right. It’s written in a sort of antique English doroty with frequent French and old English spellings that are hard to read.
Six stars out of five for Dorothy Dunnett.