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T travel exercising his sword hand and his agile wit while also undertaking the most unlikely of masuerades all to make sure that his charge's royal person stays intac. Frustrating absorbing and intensely emotional I can t stop thinking about this bookLymond is back this time in France hanging out in disguise in the most extravagant and decadent court in 16 c Europe trying to protect the young Mary ueen of scots The story starts with a bang there are many twists and turns and Dorothy Dunnett had me wrong footed right form the start Fans of the main character may be a little disappointed with the first half of the book as Lymond is deep in disguise and not uite himself It is a little lighter than a game of kings on the what the hell is he talking about factor for that very reason There is plenty of adventure though as his alter ego lurches from one madcap set piece escapade to another in fine style his true motivations often not fully understood until much later in the book The writing is fantastic thrilling and complex well worth reading out loud the lynx hunt was one stand out episode for me This is a book to read slowly to think about keep your focus and it will reward you The authentic historical detail is fantasticThe plot unravels slowly as does the still mysterious main character you never uite know where you are with Lymond I found this an intensely emotional book triumph and tragedy go hand in hand I can t wait to dive into the next book I feel I should give myself a bit of a rest first For you are a leader don t you know it I don t surely need to tell you And that is what leadership means It means fortifying the fainthearted and giving them the two sides of your tongue while you are at it It means suffering weak love and schooling it till it matures It means giving up your privacies your follies and your leisure It means you can love nothing and no one too much or you are no longer a leader you are the led

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ueens' Play

Is only a little girl the ueen is already the object of malicious intrigues that extend from her native country to the court of France It is to France that Lymond mus. I said on twitter that I am smart enough to read Dunnett but just barely She layers intrigue and action with some beautiful language but I was often forced to go back and reread several pages because i missed something vital she doesn t hold your hand and warn you when something major is coming upI still can t help but seeing Lymond as a historical Bugs Bunny with at stake He is in and out of every situation changes personas like hats and is good at everything More importantly he never REALLY seems to be in trouble and through two books I never doubt his eventual victory Perhaps depth will come of his character though the seven book series Great series so far Historical Fiction is rarely my thing but I will continue working through Dunnett s

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Second in the legendary Lymond Chronicles ueens' Play follows Francis Crawford of Lymond who has been abruptly called into the service of Mary ueen of Scots Though she. Me after A Game of Kings Can I shoot him preferably with a haruebus please Lymond is so insufferable Me after ueen s Play Can I have him preferably scantily dressed please Lymond is so entertaining That could comprise my whole review of Dunnett s series in a nutshell were it not for a I am bound to a compromise to review and b I m likely to regret this fangirly statement in a few years when old and toothless I don t believe I ve had a sharp turnaround of this sort before going from having a poor opinion of a character in one book and liking the same character in the next and if I have it mustn t have stayed with me for later recalling The first of the reasons to point out would be that my three major complaints about the debut book are toned down in the second Not only is the plot better fleshed out following a less confusing plotline keeping it still in the traditional swashbuckling mould and that the author doesn t spell all out for the reader at the end as before Instead the surprises ambush the reader at every turn and the head scratching comes from trying to figure out the solution to mysteries that drive the story rather than interpreting the obscure uotes The atmosphere of court intrigue as opposed to the insane castle to fortress to countryside adventure route of the previous volume also helps in following the narrative with ease for me at least as I tend to like that settingThose who complained about the language and foreign phrases in Game of Kings will be pleased to know that this time Dunnett doesn t overuse this techniue and not only does the language become clearer but also flows better because of it True the foreign uotations and the unknown allusions are still there but both because the reader would already be familiar with the author s style as well as for the lesser uantities to be found Lymond can now speak in prose like everyone else to paraphrase an exasperated characterLymond his character had such an aura of immaturity and preciousness that didn t uite do it for me and when I don t warm up to the main character it s not easy for me to appreciate a book as it would deserve And it was him out of all my issues with the first book what had left me hesitant to ever pick up the next I didn t like Lymond Didn t like him in the first book But persistence paid off Dunnett is slowly starting to pan out the personal growth of her young character that wasn t evident before and we start to see glimpses of Lymond s inner demons and doubts and the regrets he seemed incapable of having We witness that he does carry a cross in the form of the memory of the people that died in his service like Christian Stewart that manifests itself in his reluctance to risk his men or women and his preference for jeopardising his own life by attracting the would be assassins unto himself to spare his men any risks It s said that Dunnett s been too heavy handed with Lymond s physical safety this time and whilst it s true that in this book he gets broken bones wounds and poisonings than one can count they aren t gratuitous and within the context of his reasons for that behaviour I wouldn t be inclined to consider all that excessive whatsoever To me it makes sense and does add to his character growth and there s also that he for the first time that I can recall expresses hopelessness when confronted by a well meaning appeal to keep on living he blurts out For what And then there is the guilt over the archer in whose demise he has his share of responsibility In sum two years haven t passed without a mark on the carefree Scottish adventurer s personality he is maturing yet still delightfully childish He is better at his job and cautious yet still insanely daring A side of him that will likely emerge in its full glory later is also glimpsed here he has a great capacity to love unlike what a certain embittered lady tells of him and when it s time he is going to fall hard Can t wait to see it personallyNow what about the storyline Oh the storyline I fear you all are going to have to read the book to find out exactly why I m giving this five big shiny stars All I can promise you is lots of adventure so make sure not to read it in the night once you re close to the ending


10 thoughts on “ueens' Play

  1. says:

    I bumped my initial 4 star rating to 5 since this book was still making me think and shake my head in wonder several days after I finished reading itFrancis Crawford of Lymond has been summoned by the Dowager ueen of Scotland who is temporarily living in France with the 7 year old Mary ueen of Scots to come to France to protect t

  2. says:

    new word I've learned from this book An ollave of the highest grade is professor singer poet all in the one His songs and tales are of battles

  3. says:

    Me after A Game of Kings “Can I shoot him preferably with a haruebus please? Lymond is so insufferable”Me after ueen’s Play “Can I have him preferably scantily dressed please? Lymond is so entertaining

  4. says:

    c'est vraiment magnifiuePS Lymond was his usual spectacular self one expects no less from him but the star of the show was Phelim O'LiamRoe 💖

  5. says:

    I said on twitter that I am smart enough to read Dunnett but just barely She layers intrigue and action with some beautiful language but I was often forced to go back and reread several pages because i missed something vital; she doesn't hold your hand and warn you when something major is coming upI still can't help but se

  6. says:

    Second reading June 2016 via audio book as with TGoK made me love it even original reviewI still think Francis Crawford of Lymond the Master of Culter is basically Lord Flashheart from Blackadder in subtler guise But now now he actually seems even over the top than thatIn ueens' Play the second of the six Lymond Chronicles Lymond is amuck in France at the behest of the Scottish Dowager ueen Mother Mary de Guis

  7. says:

    To say that Dorothy Dunnett's writing is in a league of its own would be a huge understatement because it's far better than that It's basically a sport of its own played after rules no one else can ever understand played with such excellence and brilliance that no one else ever dares to pick up the ball and give it a try 'ueen's Play' is once again an embodiment of perfection a book without a fault and an un

  8. says:

    It is two years since the close of The Game of Kings and someone is planning the murder of young Mary ueen of Scots and Mary of Guise summons Francis Crawford of Lymond to France to stop the murderous plot Francis comes in disguise

  9. says:

    Frustrating absorbing and intensely emotional I can't stop thinking about this bookLymond is back this time in France hanging out in disguise in the most extravagant and decadent court in 16 c Europe trying to protect the young Mary ueen of scots The story starts with a bang there are many twists and turns and Dorothy Dunnett had me wrong footed right form the start Fans of the main character may be a little disappointed with the first hal

  10. says:

    I didn't need to swallow this whole It was a reread for Pete's sake I could have taken my time and savored every delicious b

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