The Game of Kings

Dunnett, Dorothy

Book - 1997
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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 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.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1997
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
ISBN: 0679777431
Branch Call Number: FICTION DUNNETT
Characteristics: 543 p. :,map ;,21 cm


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This is set in 16th century Scotland, when Mary Queen of Scots was only a child and her throne was the target of both England and France. A rebellious outlaw returns home from distant lands, determined to set in motion his own violent agenda that will upset the balance of power in Europe.

If the playful complexity of The Luminaries is what appeals to you, you’ll revel in the adventures of a Scottish nobleman as he travels to England, France, the Ottoman Empire, Malta, and Russia during the mid-1500s. Brilliant and accomplished, the late Ms. Dunnett has a wide cult following.

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Jun 11, 2011
  • becker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Those who enjoy a challenging read and an appreciation for language should sit up and take notice of this book. This is historical adventure that centres around the character of Crawford of Lymond who has been charged with treason and becomes an outlaw. The challenge of reading this book comes with the writing style. The use of foreign phrases, Scottish dialect, archaic vocabulary and unique sentence structure makes this book a bit difficult to get into, however you will be rewarded for your perseverance by discovering an intelligent author, some memorable characters and a great story with a subtle undercurrent of humour. The reading becomes easier as you get used to it and the story picks up steadily as it goes along. The vocabulary is very rich although somewhat defunct, and gives a real feel of 16th century Scotland to the story. I found it very enjoyable.


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