‘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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This, the first book, is a bit difficult to get into, which is why I obtained the unabridged audiobook from my library and listened to it while commuting, but well worth the effort.
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Indeed, love of country seems to be the only general passion Dunnett admits, and its existence in the mid-sixteenth century is to say the least problematic. So, assuming I had have, it’s morning already lots to study, I decided to go to bed last night relatively early and read just a scene – sort of a chapter.
Throughout, Francis’ brilliant wit, sarcasm and heroism keep the dorotht enthralled and at times laughing out loud. The Game of Kingsthe first story in The Lymond Chroniclessets the stage dunjett what will be a sweeping saga filled with passion, courage, and the endless fight for freedom. My best effort at a lyjond to this great read is to cheat and direct you to the fine reviews of Algernon and Jeffry Keeten.
And I think that though we may not experience explicit sex, we are certainly party to love: Side ‘This book is brilliant’: You may be good at Greek and good at sport, and be wildly popular.
Orpheus wriggling rump first out of Hades with his chivalry ashine like a ten-thread twill.
A very good one. And we are enthralled. Feb 26, SamuraiKitty dknnett it it was amazing Shelves: Some do good things for selfish motives and bad things for noble causes. Order by newest oldest recommendations.
The Game of Kings
The success or failure of this book though, rested firmly on the shoulders of its central character. Then, vice is so costly: Yes, he is super smart, good looking, proficient with bow and sword, rorothy read and a musical prodigy, but he is not supposed to be an ordinary Joe or a farmboy with a secret identity and a prophecy to fulfill, he is a Renaissance man, a natural born leader, a hero of hcronicles time period.
His despicable reputation makes all his interactions seem poised in shadow. His clever words, riddles can be harsh to his men and women. 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. And what of the uneasy relationship with his older brother, Richard?
Her works exemplify the swashbuckling genre he helped to invent. Lymond arrives at the semi-barbaric court of the Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible, and begins the difficult task of transforming this backward country into a modern state. It is almost universally loved. I have never read a series of books that each time they’re re-read brings to me more detail, scope, understanding, and LAYERS of the story. 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.
I love the language that Dunnett uses to make Lymond and the rest Ever love a series of books so much that it is hard to describe just why you love them?
Sir Alastair Dunnett, because without your suggestion there might never have been written The Game of Kings; the first book in a series of 6 books jointly referred to as the Lymond Chronicles.
Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The book practically begs for a re-read, both for spotting the later developments as they are first introduced Lymond is always thinking and responding to his adversaries with several moves ahead of the game, like a true chess grandmaster and for taking a breather from the frantic pacing and spend some leisure time with Wikipedia and with the adnotated reference books, savouring the more obscure points of the text.
In the end though, the arguments for reading became overwhelming. Lymond’s escapades take him up and down the breadth of Scotland as Dunnett slowly peels back the layers of her story and keeps the reader guessing until the very end, finishing in a trial of ups and downs, twists and turns ala Perry Mason. Will Lymond prove himself innocent, die in the attempt, or be captured and hanged? Don’t have a Kindle?
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While that makes for slow reading for meit’s rich and satisfying. Ok, I don’t say this lightly but if one can make it through these books it will change your life. I mean c Ok, I don’t say this lightly but if one can make it through these books it will change your life. There is no attribution for the apparently old-English verses at the head of each chapter.
The best novels surprise me at every turn. I love Lymond and I’m almost indecently pleased that I changed my mind on this. Do not use this button to join the Society or renew your membership! Yes, the main character, Francis Lymond, spoke in damn riddles majority of the book. Line of life — hullo! Dangerous, quick-witted, and utterly irresistible, Lymond is pure pleasure to watch as he traverses 16th-century Scotland in search of freedom.
I am not a cryier. Be mistrustful, and you will live happy and die hated and be much more useful to me in between. I was sure that I would love them, but I hesitated to start reading because there were so many thick books, because I heard they were filled with complex plots, and a wealth of abstruse literary and historical allusions.
In fact, he was much more forgiving and compassionate than I would have been.
Here’s a sample Lymond quote and no, this is not atypical: Now, on the cusp of being finished, I am already sad that this sometimes exasperating and exhausting journey is almost at an end. It gradually became clear that he was on a mission to prove himself innocent of a six-year-old charge of treason, that he believed that one of three distinguished Englishmen held the key to the success or failure of that mission, but that to have any chance of success he must avoid a great many interested parties who want to take him captive — or worse.