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  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 the young ueen from an unknown person who is trying to assassinate her The Dowager ueen an experienced

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    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 and voyages of tragedies and adventures of cattle raids and preyings of forays hostings courtships and elopements hidings and destructions sieges and feasts and slaughters; and you'd rather listen to a man killing a pig than hear half of them through After the epic struggle to clear his name in Scotl

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    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

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    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 💖

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    I said on twitter that I am smart enough to read Dunnett but just barely She layers intrigue and action with some

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    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 B

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    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

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    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 as a member of the entourage of a Prince of Ireland and the game is on Thady Boy Ballagh nee' Lymond

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    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 p

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    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 brilliant word But there's a point in every book of this series where I feel like I'm strapped to the saddle of a runaway horse hurtling helplessly toward the conclusion with no chance of stopping or slowing until I've ar

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REVIEW Ò THECOLCHESTERCIRCLE.CO.UK Ö Dorothy Dunnett

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 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 the young ueen from an unknown person who is trying to assassinate her The Dowager ueen an experienced and canny old politician thinks she knows exactly how she wants to use Lymond and what she does and doesn t need or want him to do but events have a way of proving people in this series wrong in their comfortable assumptions Decisions tend to come back to bite you in the rear in this series and the ueen is no exception Lymond arrives in France in disguise if you want to be spoiler free and try to figure out the mystery be careful about which GR reviews you read since several give away this surprise and with a bang a shipwreck which may or may not have been an accident and he immediately begins turning the French court upside down with his antics while protecting the young ueen Mary And not too surprisingly the unknown assassin turns his or her attention to Lymond to try to kill him off and then take care of Mary laterDorothy Dunnett has a way of creating the craziest scenes in this book and making them seem not just reasonable but vividly real elephants madly rampage through the streets a cheetah is used to hunt rabbits and maybe something Lymond and the young French courtiers race across the rooftops of the town of Blois if you touch the ground or a floor you re disualified in a wildly exciting death defying race to be the first to assemble the clues to a puzzle And the puzzle of the plot against Mary unfolds bit by bit and managed to surprise me at every turn Given the exhaustive research that Dunnett put into her historical novels I have no doubt that elephants and cheetahs really did on occasion romp across France in the 16th century The rooftops of Blois France crammed together nice and tight for an ideal footrace ueen s Play the second book in the LYMOND CHRONICLES series isn t nearly as difficult to read as the first one The Game of Kings The plot is straightforward and there are far less obscure uotes from books long forgotten by everyone except the author There is however a lot of French language which Dunnett never bothers translating for you Google Translate and I became very good friends while I was reading this book although several of its translations left something to be desired By five hundred thousand million cartloads of devils Dunce you came mustachesLymond himself is a brilliant but flawed hero growing into his role as a mover and shaker and as a leader of men At one point another character tells him But he should have been in your mind He was your man True for you you had withdrawn the crutch from his sight but still it should have been there in your hand ready for him 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 This book has some great insights into life and human natureI want to see how Lymond grows and changes and see what adventures and hardships he experiences along the way And shoot I really want to watch a race across the rooftops now or preferably have Francis Crawford of Lymond chase me across a rooftop I m not normally much of a historical fiction reader unless you know there s either a major fantasy or romance component so huge thanks to Sherwood Misfit and Maruise for the promptings to read this series and the determination to stick with it when things got rough for a while

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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 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 Guise whose seven year old daughter Mary ueen of Scots is being raised at the French court alongside her intended husband the Dauphin supposedly to keep her safe from the hated English The little girl turns out to sorely need a guy like Lymond in her corner because someone is making some truly outlandish attempts on her life Elephants and cheetahs are used as would be murder weapons to give you some ideaAh but good thing there is Lymond the most accomplished and capable hero maybe ever I kid because I love but really there appears to be nothing this guy can t do He is simply the best at everything be it dialogue so subtle I m not even sure he really knows what s going on I sure never felt like I did and I supposedly had the third person omniscient narrator on my side as we already knew from The Game of Kings fighting and sword play ditto disguise ditto but also it turns out he can juggle better than a professional entertainer play all the musical instruments to a similar standard sing like an angel seriously even given that his milieu is Life Before TV and all who in the world ever had the time and energy to get that good at absolutely everything I mean the dude even competes brilliantly at what amounts to Renaissance parkourAll this and he spends most of the novel drunk out of his mind tooLymond in short is the guy everybody wants on his or her side but whom nobody can be sure actually is even when they re pretty sure he s said he would be As in the previous novel he spends a lot of his time concealing his identity from everyone including the reader who often thinks she knows which of the novel s other characters he s impersonating in a given scene but who turns out often to be wrong It makes for maddening reading but then this is a great part of the fun with Lymond whose mystiue Dunnett most carefully maintains by making sure his is the only point of view we never get to share to whose thoughts we are never privy Instead entire sometimes lengthy scenes come from the perspective of a throwaway character like say a nobleman s wife whose dinner is incommoded whose superficial impressions of Lymond s appearance and behavior are all we get to work with even as Dunnett adds an extra layer of opacity to it all by summarizing dialogue as obliuely as possible We are often told of for instance someone using a uniue and colorful phrase but I guess we are supposed to work out which phrase all on our own Based on our great erudition regarding all matters lexical continental and RenaissanceSighBut amid all the bafflement there is again some astonishingly good action writing Swordplay hunting horse racing through a tower the aforementioned Renaissance parkour all have an immediacy and a breakneck pace that few writers could eual in any age It s as though Umberto Eco were writing a script for Tony Scott or something And yes these scenes are well placed as if to wake up the reader who is getting a little weary of all the subtlety and archaic witBut speaking of wit or at least of its cousin humor tne thing that I missed this time around though was the entertaining array of supporting characters from the first novel No Jonathan Crouch types here everybody is in deadly and often dull earnest and while the figure of Prince O Liamroe seems to have been intended as a bit of comic relief in that vein he s just not as fun And no counterpart for Sybella or Lady Agnes appears at all This may be the fault of the setting and the higher stakes but I missed this element dreadfully and no amount of cheetah coursing really made up for the lackI m still in for the rest of the Lymond Chronicles though I just need some time to rest ze brain a little from this one

REVIEW Ò THECOLCHESTERCIRCLE.CO.UK Ö Dorothy Dunnett

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 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 unparalleled piece of art To succeed as you want you have to be precise you have to have polish you have to carry polish and precision into everything you do You have no time to sigh over seigneuries and begrudge other people their gifts Lack of genius never held anyone back said Lymond Only time wasted on resentment and daydreaming can do that You never did work with your whole brain and your whole body and you ended neither soldier nor seigneur but a dried out huddle of grudges strung cheek to cheek on a withy Yes Lymond s back and he s as merciless reckless and witty as always While The Game of Kings took place mostly in Scotland this one has moved over the channel the French court of Henri II gets to know our heroe who disguises himself as a clown to save the life of young Mary ueen of Scots He is poet singer musician and fool all in one and conuers the young court within days We are introduced to a world full of luxury decadence and reckless entertainment with elephants named Hughie and murderers who want to kill a child of eight years Once again Dunnett comes up with a set of characters both ficticious and historical who never cease to deliver irony fun and twists and Lymond s escapades and intrigues are the best of it And yet just as we remember him from the preuel even the brilliant Master of Culter makes mistakes For those of easy tongues she said Remember some live all their lives without discovering this truth that the noblest and most terrible power we possess is the power we have each of us over the chance met the stranger the passer by outside your life and your kin Speak she said as you would write as if your words were letters of lead graven there for all time for which you must take the conseuences And take the conseuences This is a lesson Lymond had to learn and he learns it the hard way in this one for the court of France is a place with poison murder and intrigue Of course Dunnett portrays all of this with her uniue brilliance with these dialogues sparkling of intelligence with precise love for detail and withbasically everything one could wish for in a novel By now I d give a recipe on how to boil eggs five stars if it was written by Dorothy Dunnett obviously this one also gets five stars