The Game of Kings
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... show more
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.
Publish date: April 29th 1997
Publisher: Vintage Books
Pages no: 543
Edition language: English
Series: The Lymond Chronicles (#1)
This was really something of a tour de force by Dunnett. I'm still certain that I missed a significant percentage of the plot, and even more of the literary, historical and linguistic allusions. I really did enjoy this book, and will definitely read on in the series. Dunnett is a fearless writer ...
Series: The Lymond Chronicles #1 How to describe Game of Kings? The main character Lymond, aka Francis Crawford, is nastier than a rogue: he’s an outlaw with his own band of men who steal from the rich and give it to themselves, more or less. These are unsettled times, to put it mildly, with Engla...
3.5 stars, and, yes, I wish that I could justify more.I wanted to love this book. With the rest of the series already sitting on my shelf in the assumption that I would love it, imagine my surprise when I had to force myself to keep reading after the first 50 pages. If it hadn't come so highly recom...
What a wonderful book. Once one gets used to Dunnett's flowers language (which absolutely suits the book)one is transported into a world that's a combination of Sir Walter Scott and every 1950's Hollywood costumed historical film one has ever seen. All the clichés are there: drinking contests, trial...
It took me a while to warm to this novel of 16th Century Scotland, the first in a series, but one that could stand alone. I wouldn't call it a slog exactly--it's never dull, but it is at times difficult. It's written in omniscient with a lot of archaic vocabulary and spelling, Scottish dialect, snat...