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If it hadn’t come so highly recommended or if people hadn’t continuously encouraged me to hang on, it would have found it’s way to the DNF lymonx. I would hate to be on the receiving end of his verbal lashings. All these aspects are part of the lyomnd, but I believe above and beyond the technical skills and the richness of the setting, the books of Dorothy Dunnet are about passion: For me, for Damenand I think for many fans, Laurent is the center of our attention.

In a great dhronicles role is Will Scott, who wants to learn from Lymond how to lead, how to be free of family and patriotic bligations, how to control his own life. Plus there are constant references to things that I knew nothing about. Quotes from The Game of Kings.

Paradoxically, her freedom may depend on a man who stands accused of treason. I personally have never been on a more breathtaking, awe inspiring, emotional journey while reading in my 52 years.

The Game of Kings

Accused of treason, Lymond leads a band of outlaws in a desperate race to chronnicles his reputation and save his Dunnett introduces her irresistible hero Francis Crawford of Lymond, a scapegrace nobleman of elastic morals and dangerous talents whose tongue is as sharp as his rapier.


The hero is complicated and intelligent and the ideas and thinking are quite deep and profound. While that makes for slow reading for meit’s rich and satisfying. Yes, you might feel stupid reading this.

Jun 30, Joy rated it really liked it Shelves: This is the best book I have read all year, I have never come across anything like it before. Yes, the language is hard. Book Five in the Legendary Lymond Chronicles. And in the last, a humanitarianism so strong, it feels brutal. I have to chroniclss that at the very beginning of this novel, I was less than impressed. He is my all-time favorite hero. Nearly two hundred songs and poems are alluded to in the six books about Francis Crawford of Lymond.

The whole series poses the question of the relation between Renaissance and Reformation, but a number of narrower themes can be drawn out as well. Why put yourself through all this?

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The similarities between Chroniclrs and Laurent are apparent. He makes it impossible for anyone to remain neutral in their regard for him. The success or failure of this book though, rested firmly on the shoulders of its central character. Each chapter is prefaced by a reference to the game, written in old English and usually related to the current developments in the plot.

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A very good one. See all books by Dorothy Dunnett. Dorothy Dunnett played fair, but oh how clever she was. My best effort chroniclfs a response to this great read is to cheat and direct you to the fine reviews of Algernon and Jeffry Keeten. He speaks in at least four languages, makes references to ancient texts, and rarely makes a statement that is uniquely his own.


In addition, the large number of women in positions of political power during this period as rulers in lymons own name, as regents, as strong wives or mistresses of kings, or as heirs to thrones affords an exploration of women’s roles.

The build up and release with the sixth book broke my heart.

The story grips from the start: I occasionally teach a graduate seminar on political ideas associated with the wars of religion of the late sixteenth and vunnett seventeenth centuries. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Her years in the harem and life at court have honed her abilities and she has become suitable partner for Lymond.

Chroniles takes place inand Francis Crawford of Lymond and Sevigny is once again in France, leading an army against England. Notify me of follow-up comments dunnegt email. In addition to their original characters, the novels feature a large number of historical figures, often in important roles. There is a lot to admire about the book. Through it all, I gave a hoot of derisiv Some hae meat and canna eat, And some wad eat that wanna, But we hae meat and we can eat, And sae the Lord be thankit.

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