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Legendary Lymond Chronicles #0001: The Game of Kings

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ISBN10: 0679777431
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Dorothy 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.

In 1547 Lymond returns to his native Scotland, which is threatened by an English invasion and the bloody rivalries of its nobles. Accused of treason, hunted by friend and enemy alike, he leads a company of outlaws in a desperate race to redeem his reputation, even at the cost of his life.

Synopsis:

For the first time Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles are available in the United States in quality paperback editions.

The first book in the legendary Lymond Chronicles, Game of Kings takes place in 1547. Scotland has been humiliated by an English invasion and is threatened by machinations elsewhere beyond its borders, but it is still free. Paradoxically, her freedom may depend on a man who stands accused of treason: Francis Crawford of Lymond.

About the Author

Dorothy Dunnett was born in 1923 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. Her time at Gillespie's High School for Girls overlapped with that of the novelist Muriel Spark. From 1940-1955, she worked for the Civil Service as a press officer. In 1946, she married Alastair Dunnett, later editor of The Scotsman.

Dunnett started writing in the late 1950s. Her first novel, The Game of Kings, was published in the United States in 1961, and in the United Kingdom the year after. She published 22 books in total, including the six-part Lymond Chronicles and the eight-part Niccolo Series, and co-authored another volume with her husband. Also an accomplished professional portrait painter, Dunnett exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy on many occasions and had portraits commissioned by a number of prominent public figures in Scotland.

She also led a busy life in public service, as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Library of Scotland, a Trustee of the Scottish National War Memorial, and Director of the Edinburgh Book Festival. She served on numerous cultural committees, and was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 1992 she was awarded the Office of the British Empire for services to literature. She died on November 9, 2001, at the age of 78.

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Bryn, December 4, 2012 (view all comments by Bryn)
Dunnett's writing style isn't the easiest to get into, but once you do, this book is a gem. The characters are brilliant and complex; Lymond's motivation (once revealed) is sympathetic, but doesn't erase the fact that he's a flawed and fascinating man. The plot itself, with all its ramifications into real-world history, is incredibly detailed, and puts to shame most of the childish antics that pass for "political maneuvering" in most novels. This is a book that repays both attention and re-reading, in spades.
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Gold Gato, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
I'll be honest...this was a very difficult book to read. I think it was the edition, which looks photocopied, which is just horrible for a trade paperback version (for shame, Vintage Books). If publishers are going to be shoddy, then just release it as an ebook, for god's sake.

But I just couldn't get into the so-called dashing antihero. Also, the character expositions are explained via dialogue, which means you really have no clue who these people are. Then, the lines of dialogue are not separated, so you don't know when one character stops speaking and another has begun. Again, this could be the shoddy printing, but really badly done.

I am a big fan of historical fiction, so I could barely wait to get my hands on this volume, but it simply wasn't worth it. If I want a teleplay with dialogue, I can watch TV. These historical figures did exist and deserve so much better.

Book Season = Summer (you might want to leave it in the sand)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679777434
Author:
Dunnett, Dorothy
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Scotland
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Adventure stories
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Nobility
Subject:
Soldiers of fortune
Subject:
Nobility -- Scotland -- Fiction.
Subject:
Soldiers of fortune -- Scotland -- Fiction.
Subject:
Crawford, Francis
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
0001
Publication Date:
19970431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
8.02x5.18x.92 in. .88 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , For the first time Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles are available in the United States in quality paperback editions.

The first book in the legendary Lymond Chronicles, Game of Kings takes place in 1547. Scotland has been humiliated by an English invasion and is threatened by machinations elsewhere beyond its borders, but it is still free. Paradoxically, her freedom may depend on a man who stands accused of treason: Francis Crawford of Lymond.

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