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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. 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. 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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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


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 fini

  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 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

  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”That could comprise my whole review of Dunnett’s series in a nutshell were it not for a I am bound to a compro

  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 o

  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

  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 understan

  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 as a member of the entourage of a Prince of Ireland and the game is on Thady Boy Ballagh nee' Lymond charms the decadent French court with his wit sarcasm and music as Dunnett slowly unpeel

  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

  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 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

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