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.
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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Legendary Lymond Chronicles #0001: The Game of Kings
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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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