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You appear to have died at the age of seven. This book, and how I feeeeeel about this book. These are not bea Listen. So I’m taking a different approach. Just know that this is a book of secrets and lies.

I really enjoyed this aspect of the story as it made me root for pretty much all the sides at one point or another. Francis Crawford of Lymond could be infuriating, but he had such charisma that I had to follow his story.

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At the start of the novel Francis is an outlaw, hunted across the realm for betraying his side to the English, and at the most basic level the plot can be resumed as the struggle of Francis to clear his name and discover who and how he was framed. Lymond is a true Renaissance man. The six books together form a single story, told in chronological order.

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Read it Forward Read it first. It was fun and adventurous. The story displays the classic Dunnett elements of suspense, danger, personal challenge, expert knowledge and, of course, a double twist.

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This one is all about shades of gray. Don’t have a Kindle? Every chapter, or parts, I fell in love with a new character for their actions or intelligence. Nov 18, Phee rated it it was amazing Shelves: I could pick any of the major themes of the novel Patriotism is a fine hothouse for maggots.

Book Six in the Legendary Lymond Chronicles. One does not need a textbook to understand every fucking page, and you know what? Volume One and Captive Prince: He takes up life on the run and living off banditry with a colorful cast of followers.

I realized over and over again that a thrawness in the vitals of the body politic would either kill this story, or save it. However, it is so often mired dorotny French, Latin, Spanish and archaic English poems and texts with no translations, that it becomes a chore.

Coming back to Francis Lymond, the hero of the epic, I dunnert understand but I cannot subscribe to the theory that he is a Gary Stu, unrealistic, uberpowerful and infallible. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

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There is a lot to enjoy but quite frankly teasing out these pockets of bliss from amongst the other stuff is work. Books by Dorothy Dunnett. I am starting to think I should learn Latin and Sunnett. It’s historical fiction at its best–accurate, well drawn, witty, intelligent, perfectly researched, and intricately designed.


So the books fail as romance, but they definitely succeed as action adventure. Even if you arm yourself with a decent dictionary lymoond the one that my Nook uses you won’t find all the words Ms. Lymond’s adventures, as well as his problematic relationships with his dorotuy his second-in-command, Will Scott; a blind woman, Christian Stewart; and others make for incredible, sometimes humorous and often very exciting reading.

But chivalry hasn’t gone: If you have ever wanted to live in a different time period, this is as close as you’re going to get. Book Three in the legendary Lymond Chronicles. In addition to being a mistress of misdirection, she chroicles no concessions to potential ignorance, sprinkling her text with snatches of French, Spanish and Latin, obscure period references and classical allusions.

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There doroothy just so much I missed the first time around, and I could find the subtle, clever ways Dorothy Dunnett wrote her amazing first novel with.