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The Game of Kings [PDF] The Game of Kings | by ✓ Dorothy Dunnett - The Game of Kings, The Game of Kings 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 Lymond is returning to

  • Title: The Game of Kings
  • Author: Dorothy Dunnett
  • ISBN: 9780679777434
  • Page: 139
  • Format: Paperback

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  1. Dorothy Dunnett OBE was a Scottish historical novelist She is best known for her six part series about Francis Crawford of Lymond, The Lymond Chronicles, which she followed with the eight part prequel The House of Niccol She also wrote a novel about the real Macbeth called King Hereafter 1982 , and a series of mystery novels centred around Johnson Johnson, a portrait painter spy.Excerpted from.Her New York times obituary is here.Dorothy Dunnett Society dorothydunnettFansite dorothydunnett

  2. Attention Please ignore the word romance in the description I would argue that classification.I spent years trying to get anyone I knew to read this book just so I could talk about it with someone other than myself I ve even given it as a gift half a dozen times or so Useless They all whine it s too hard to follow with the classical references, obscure poetry, and French quotes I say the story stands on its own without the reader being as well read as dear Dorothy Or you could look it up and lea [...]

  3. I despised men who accepted their fate I shaped mine twenty times and had it broken twenty times in my hands Bold words from a bold man Francis Crawford of Lymond has been accused of the most nefarious things deceit, treachery, rape, drunkenness, murder,and just so he will for sure hangeason He has the same problem as Prince Harry of Wales does today He is the spare son, the second son The one that will have to make his own way while the grand Crawford estate goes to his older brother Richard Du [...]

  4. Re read 2017 There was an Ewe had three lambs, and one of them was black What of it Sheep are commonly white does that make white unassailable, any than the pure light of the sun before the prism How may a breed freshen except under mutation How improve its whiteness except by admitting a rogue cobalt to its candid meadows I do not normally re read novels, because if I read it once I get the point, and there is no reason to return to it I only decided to re readPride and Prejudiceevery year, be [...]

  5. In the hands of a less skilled writer, this could have been a real page turnerThe Game of Kings has all the ingredients to make it an irresistible read a romantic, handsome, complex hero, an exciting historical setting and era, family drama and politics, well researched details and vivid descriptions, intrigue and mystery.But like the hero, Lymond, the novel itself is in turns brilliant and frustrating Scotland, 1547 Diplomacy having failed, England has used force to bring Scotland into an allia [...]

  6. If you ever feel like you need a seriously mentally challenging book, I have the solution right here.Game of Kings, first published in 1961, is an intricate, well plotted tale of the conflict between England and Scotland in 1547, when Mary Queen of Scots is a very young child, and the machinations of the various players in that conflict, especially Francis Crawford, called Lymond Lymond is a young man, exiled from Scotland for treason, who has now snuck back into the country and is busy making w [...]

  7. This book, and how I feeeeeel about this book They demand flights of eloquence and rhetorical brilliance that I just don t have right now Or probably ever, if I m honest, not for this.It s only the second time I ve read this cover to cover But pieces of this book are graven into me Particular turns of phrase from scenes I ve read over again I despised men who accepted their fate I shaped mine twenty times and had it broken twenty times in my hands And fundamental things I remembered the fact of [...]

  8. Six stars out of five for Dorothy Dunnett She s in class of her own when it comes to historical fiction and, while I continue to enjoy the epics told by Bernard Cornwell or Patrick O Brian the ones I m currently in the middle of , I have to admit that in a celebrity deathmatch they would come second place to the Lymond Niccolo series Fans of the author tend towards unbridled enthusiasm witness the 4,42 median rating here on the highest I ve come across so far, and the international conventions m [...]

  9. In order to clarify the situation with regard to said novel, let me first rehash what the two sides of the discussion have been saying Side What the fuck is this It s obscure Every time Lymond opens his mouth, I want to smack his face and make him eat his weird ancient references Side This book is brilliant Well if you were less lazy, now That s classics for you, lads You have to work a little to discover the gem Me chokes Now let s deconstruct something together, okay No classic needs to be obs [...]

  10. A massive BR with Alex, Amanda and great people in fab group for reading Dorothy Dunnett books Sigh IDK what happened for sure The Game of Kings has all I need for the historical treat, interesting historical spices, naughty and evil main character, some action, peculiar writing Hmm long as I read Riyria Revelations alongside it was ok, but when I ended up with Lymond and Lord Idiot Dragon Actually only, I felt that it was going to be a downfall for my reads After finishing Rise of Empire I coul [...]

  11. I ve never liked those books and TV shows in which the writers felt that the readers need to have it all spelt out for them for a variety of reasons, mainly the assumption that they will miss it otherwise And then I found Dorothy Dunnett and met the other extreme of the dumbing it down for the masses spectrum That I didn t like it either is evident, but my issue isn t that she employs language that most of humanity won t get It s what it does to the narrative.I won t include here a summary of th [...]

  12. My best effort at a response to this great read is to cheat and direct you to the fine reviews of Algernon and Jeffry Keeten They covers so well its themes of betrayal and loss, love and loyalty, its stimulating mix of humor and adventure, and richness in characters and language.As a brief orientation, we are treated to the capers, conflicts, and liaisons of a mysterious outlaw in Scotland in the 1540 s, a time when the British and French are competing to eventually take over Scotland by setting [...]

  13. Ever love a series of books so much that it is hard to describe just why you love them I love Lymond He is my all time favorite hero He s a 16th century polyglot scholar, soldier for hire, poet, musician, nobleman, and treasonous outlaw He s trying to clear his name as a traitor to Scotland his homeland , and yet his methods are so convoluted and often counter productive that everything he does is a muddle He is fascinating.I love the language that Dunnett uses to make Lymond and the rest of the [...]

  14. Listen I m not going to say much here and I m going to refer the other books in the series to this review This is my all time favorite series of books it goes with the Niccolo series and I don t think anything will ever even come close to topping it It s historical fiction at its best accurate, well drawn, witty, intelligent, perfectly researched, and intricately designed If you have ever wanted to live in a different time period, this is as close as you re going to get These are not beach books [...]

  15. Francis Crawford of Lymond, 16C s James Bond What fun Its 1547, Henry VIII is dead and his young son Edward VII sits on the throne, as does a very young Mary sit on the throne of Scotland Negotiations were made and broken to betroth young Mary to Edward and cement the two countries or will the Scots marry her off to the dauphin of France instead Francis Crawford of Lymond, a disgraced nobleman accused of treason sneaks back into Scotland and thus the game begins to clear his name is he working f [...]

  16. Wow.I hadn t done that in a while Staying up all night with a book is a pleasure when you have the morning to sleep in, not when your alarm rings before you ve read the last page and you still haven t gone to bed Last time I stayed up with a book to the last page of a book was in March, with who d have guessed Captive Prince Volume One and Captive Prince Volume Two.June is a busy month I should not be spending reading fiction, which is one reason I was keeping a moderate pace with this novel So, [...]

  17. Why fans of the Captive Prince should read Game of Kings.On numerous occasions, the author of the Captive Prince has cited Dorothy Dunnett as a major influence on her work In particular, Pacat has modeled her character Laurent on the hero of this book, Francis Crawford of Lymond For me, for Damen , and I think for many fans, Laurent is the center of our attention He captivates us, and though told through Damen s perspective, the story truly revolves around him The similarities between Lymond and [...]

  18. Ok, I don t say this lightly but if one can make it through these books it will change your life I won t try to explain a series of 6 books with this review It is an amazing historical fiction set during the 14th 15th century What I can say is the effect it had on me.The build up and release with the sixth book broke my heart I am not a cryier I don t cry very much, and if a movie or book brings a tear to my eye I consider it pretty moving When I finished the last book, I lost it I mean complete [...]

  19. Star Trek, deleted scene 674 McCoy He s dead, Jim Kirk Hey, what s that stuck in his belly McCoy The Game of Kings The Lymond Chronicles, Book 1 Poor bastard He must ve eaten the damn thing to end his suffering Kirk You re not gonna like what I brought along to read McCoy What is it with you Seriously, though this book is boring, choppy, overwritten, wooden, self congratulatory The flood of high ratings has me baffled DNF good riddance Edit Shout out to Robert McGinnis his lovely vintage covers [...]

  20. Back in the late 1950 s the book was published in 1961 Dorothy Dunnett confided to her husband that she could find nothing to read Said husband suggested that she write a book that she herself would like to read Because that s what husband do haha But, THANK YOU THANK YOU Sir Alastair Dunnett, because without your suggestion there might never have been written The Game of Kings the first book in a series of 6 books jointly referred to as the Lymond Chronicles In my opinion THE BEST BOOKS ever wr [...]

  21. I knew absolutely nothing about the period of history this book is set in, the 1540s in Scotland, when I first started and I was quite lost even when I was enjoying myself reading it very much The wit The intrigue The utter perfectness of Lymond Though sometimes I felt like strangling him I ll admit to struggling with this book at the start It s not an easy book to get into, I guess, with all the literary references in many languages and the history and language in general This book abused my po [...]

  22. Do you have a book or a series of books that you keep in a box marked I want to read, it, I know I ll love it, but I have to wait for the perfect moment I did I still do.And I say that because Dorothy Dunnett s books used to live in that box, but they don t live there any .I began to collect those books when they were out of print in this country because I have always loved historical novels, and because the author of these historical novels was so lauded I have come across many readers who read [...]

  23. I have to confess that at the very beginning of this novel, I was less than impressed The true nature of the conflict and the motivations of the characters were well hidden, and the reader was left somewhat puzzled as to where this story was going This confusion was complicated by the multiple names titles each individual had At times the same character would be referred to by his given name, by his family name, by the name of his manor, or by his title After this slow start, however, the reader [...]

  24. Re read 8 3 08 Historical novel set in 16th century Scotland and England later books in the series range farther afield Francis Crawford of Lymond returns to Scotland in despite a charge of treason hanging over his head and sets up a band of outlaws that causes havoc for forces on both sides of the English Scottish war The first 100 pages or so are a bit slow, though things get much better after that Like Lymond himself, the book is witty, complex, and occasionally hilariously caught up in its o [...]

  25. 3.5 stars, and, yes, I wish that I could justify .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 recommended or if people hadn t continuously encouraged me to hang on, it would have found it s way to the DNF pile.If you are adventurous enough to begin this book, you will be encouraged with comments from pre [...]

  26. I haven t quite finished, but feel the need to write some thoughts down Will finish later At first, I didn t quite know what to make of this book It s written in a sort of antique English brogue with frequent French and old English spellings that are hard to read I have mostly skimmed the parts I don t understand, being basically lazy, but when something was necessary for me to understand what was being said, I used Google, the ubiquitous explainer without which I could not live I frequently won [...]

  27. Some hae meat and canna eat,And some wad eat that wanna,But we hae meat and we can eat,And sae the Lord be thankit.I submitted with as much tranquility as I could muster, to the superfluous Dowagers, the sarcastic sires, the cowed servitors, to see if out of the dark and disastrous muddle, a fragment of pattern would assert itself I realized over and over again that a thrawness in the vitals of the body politic would either kill this story, or save it Through it all, I gave a hoot of derisive la [...]

  28. Have you read the reviews for this book It is almost universally loved So I m taking a different approach Five reasons NOT to read The Game Of Kings 1 The author is clearly looking for intelligent readers who are willing to invest a little sweat for the big payoff If you don t like to work for your entertainment, DON T READ THIS If you don t mind a little elbow grease, however, you will be well rewarded for your effort Note Even if you arm yourself with a decent dictionary like the one that my N [...]

  29. THE GAME OF KINGS Historical Novel non mystery ExDorothy Dunnett 1st of seriesIn 1547 Francis Crawford of 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 This is a superb series filled with action, intrigue, humor, tragedy, war, romance and, yes, a bit of mystery Dunn [...]

  30. Complex, confounding, mesmerising.The story opens with a man returning to his homeland from exile He is a disgraced aristocrat with a terrible reputation, an outlaw, a traitor, the devil incarnate Other than that we know little about him We have no idea what he is done or what is motivation might be but he quickly sets about causing havoc Breaking into noble homes in broad daylight, intimidating the occupants and stealing their valuables, even callously attacking his own mother in her home He pu [...]

  31. I m no slacker in understanding when it comes to books with much political warfare and maneuvering with fierce battles but this book was hard to follow at times Trying to keep up with the border lords on either side of the Scotland England border with all of their double dealing some for mere survival due to proximity to said border and other malicious mercenary purposes was confusing at best Add to that the fact that I am not fluent in French, Spanish and Latin, not conversant in ancient poetr [...]