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‘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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In addition to their original characters, the novels feature a large number of historical figures, often in important roles. After five years in exile, Lymond has recently returned to Scotland, in defiance of Scottish charges against him dorotny pro-English treason and murder. I am sometimes hahah. Starting with volume I, you definitely want to be able to flip back to the opening pages, in which the many characters, both historical and fictional, are listed with their full names and titles.

This first book is not even romantic historical fiction. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. So the books fail as romance, but they definitely succeed as action adventure.

And it all goes down in a crash. Aug 20, Misfit rated it it was amazing Shelves: I felt expanded and moved by the scholarship of her writing. But I had no problem following the gist of the conversations and the more subtle putdowns or dunnrtt arrows of irony.

The Game of Kings (The Lymond Chronicles, #1) by Dorothy Dunnett

Random House,6 vols. As their journey continues the reader experiences the splendor and horror of life at the Ottoman court as Lymond undergoes degradation and humiliation, including an unwitting addiction to opium and the acquisition of a hitherto unknown half-sister whose origins remain obscure chronnicles the end of the book.

There is, oddly, a lot of romance in the book but pretty much zero sex. Fans of the author tend towards unbridled enthusiasm witness the 4,42 median rating here on Goodreads – the highest I’ve come across so far, and the international conventions dunnwtt in places of import from the books. Hell yes, or my five years in Uni would have been useless, and I can’t have that. At no moment did it change a thing. Other topics intrigued me even more: Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox—a royal cousin with claims to both the Scottish and English thrones.

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Apr 29, Pages. Complicating the issue is the deadly rivalry between Francis and his older brother, the heir to the Coulter castle and lands, his responsibility in the death of their beloved sister, a budding romance with a blind heiress and a disfunctional relationship with young and idealistic Will Scott, who wants to become an apprentice to the charysmatic outlaw leader.

This page was last edited on 27 Octoberat I am really thinking about learning Latin now. Her gift lies in piling detail upon rich detail to create the background against which her people move like characters in an dorotby.

I know some of my Goodreads friends would thrive in that environment. At the end of the volume Lymond marries Philippa Somerville, a surprising and unsuitable choice. I began to collect those books when they were out of print in this country; because I have always loved historical novels, and because chronivles author of these historical novels was so lauded.

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The Lymond Chronicles Series

It is adventurous, hilarious, exciting, and just damn confusing. This book, and vunnett I feeeeeel about this book. The build up and release with the sixth book broke my heart. Read the damn novel! Only at the ultimate moment is the real villain of the piece revealed: The first thing that should be said is that the books are not set exclusively in France, though France and its Renaissance form one of the major background themes of the series—a kind of literary continuo, as it were.

I haven’t quite finished, but feel the need to write some thoughts down. Lymond arrives at the semi-barbaric court of the Russian Tsar Chrknicles the Terrible, and begins the difficult task of transforming this backward country into a modern state. Yet first and foremost, they are storiesand the weight of references never becomes a burden the reader has to bear in order to unravel the layers and get to the fucking story.

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With the rest of the series already sitting on my shelf in the assumption that I would love it, imagine my surprise when I had to force myself to keep reading after the first 50 pages. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

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

Tough, ruthless, dazzlingly sarcastic, he is surrounded by a troop of mercenaries almost as hard-bitten as he. Somehow it works, though; the humor makes up for a lot, and the huge cast of characters has a lot of gems Christian Stewart, the Somervilles, and Richard, for starters. View all 16 comments. He quotes ancient philosophy, plays, poems and all types of dramatic prose. Even if I could ignore my annoyance and follow the story – which I could, it didn’t bode well for my love for the main character, Lymond.

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There is a lot to enjoy but quite frankly teasing out these pockets of bliss from amongst the other stuff is work. Next is Richard Coulter, blinded in his turn by his passions, by hatred as strong as his former love of his brother.

With the companion at my side, I could at least translate his words, but I often still didn’t know why the heck he was saying it. However, there are scenes and lines that are bursts of brilliance: Okay, some actual content.

Lymond is a true Renaissance man. You can find reading guides and discussion points for book groups at https: Is it possible to go beyond their first-glance easiness and extract well-hidden references with the help of some sharp expertise?