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Lymond is the second son of an aristocratic family but now reviled by his fellow Scots for betraying their forces chronidles the invading British army five years earlier, resulting in tragic losses, including a sister. I decided to go to three stars.

So if you gave up on Dunnett after Game of Kings, I encourage you to give the second one a shot.

Francis Crawford of Lymond returns to Scotland in despite a charge of treason hanging over his head and sets up a band of outlaws that runnett havoc for forces on both sides of the English-Scottish war. The book follows a path from Argyll and Perthshire, through Speyside and Inverness-shire to the islands of Skye, Mull, Gugha drothy the Outer Hebrides, and, finally, on to the wildness and captivating emptiness of the northern Highlands — the Summer Isles, Wester Ross, Sutherland and Caithness.

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This book is enchanting. At the end of the volume Lymond lympnd Philippa Somerville, a surprising and unsuitable choice. Moreover, Philippa, Sybilla, Marthe, and perhaps especially the villainous Margaret Douglas raise questions about the agency of early modern noblewomen that resonate with much modern scholarship. Each chapter is prefaced by a reference to the game, written in old English and usually related to the current developments in the plot.


A reader lacking background in the period might come away wondering what all the religious fuss was about. Other books in the series. I expect something to happen, or in a certain way, but what really happens is unexpected and much better.

Accused dunnet treason, Lymond leads a band of outlaws in a desperate race to redeem 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 Game of Kings

View all dunnet comments. I spent years trying to get anyone I knew to read this book just so I could talk about it with someone other than myself. First, I know it improves, and second, I can see how Dunnett sets the groundwork for later events in this book and the rest of the series. Aug 20, Misfit rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is very well-written, and a lot of the scenes really came to life for me.

Dunnett doesn’t hold your hand or make exceptions for one’s lack of languages, the classics, etc. Yes, there is melodrama and high romance but the Lymond Chronicles are far more than a standard romp with sex and swords. Ignore them and just go on, was their advice. Dunnett writes a plot complicated enough for any mystery fan, populated with characters vividly drawn down into the third and forth tier of importance.


Feb 19, Marquise rated it it was amazing Recommended to Marquise by: Fhronicles peculiar mental agility of yours has been no friend to you, has it? On a second or lymonf read, buy the guide and companions, join discussion forums, and dorithy back the layers of Lymond.

The unraveling of this complex character kept me hooked right to the end. He makes it impossible for anyone to remain lymodn in their regard for him. You are in for the literary ride of your life! At times I thought Lymond didn’t have as good control over people as I was being led to believe.

Read it Forward Read it first. Several people told me that you just need to let the parts that you don’t understand roll over you. An intensely private man with a very public persona, he is a non-conformist who is suspicious of political and religious causes. In a series filled with action, suspense and romance, they follow the life and career chronilces a Scottish nobleman, Francis Crawford of Lymond.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Like Lymond himself, the book is witty, complex, and occasionally hilariously caught up in its own tragedy and angst.