Queens' Play (Lymond Chronicles #2)

Queens' Play (Lymond Chronicles #2)

by Dorothy Dunnett
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Queens' Play (Lymond Chronicles #2) by Dorothy Dunnett

This second book in the legendary Lymond Chronicles follows Frances Crawford of Lymond who has been abruptly called into the service of Mary Queen of Scots.

Though she is only a little girl, the Queen is already the object of malicious intrigues that extend from her native country to the court of France. It is to France that Lymond must travel, exercising his sword hand and his agile wit while also undertaking the most unlikely of masquerades, all to make sure that his charge's royal person stays intact.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307762375
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/11/2010
Series: Lymond Chronicles Series , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 184,747
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Dorothy Dunnett was born in 1923 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. Her time at Gillespie's High School for Girls overlapped with that of the novelist Muriel Spark. From 1940-1955, she worked for the Civil Service as a press officer. In 1946, she married Alastair Dunnett, later editor of The Scotsman.

Dunnett started writing in the late 1950s. Her first novel, The Game of Kings, was published in the United States in 1961, and in the United Kingdom the year after. She published 22 books in total, including the six-part Lymond Chronicles and the eight-part Niccolo Series, and co-authored another volume with her husband. Also an accomplished professional portrait painter, Dunnett exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy on many occasions and had portraits commissioned by a number of prominent public figures in Scotland.

She also led a busy life in public service, as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Library of Scotland, a Trustee of the Scottish National War Memorial, and Director of the Edinburgh Book Festival. She served on numerous cultural committees, and was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 1992 she was awarded the Office of the British Empire for services to literature. She died on November 9, 2001, at the age of 78.

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Queen's Play (Lymond Chronicles #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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I feel fairly inarticulate and incompetent to review a Dorothy Dunnett book except to say that they are complex, difficult reading, rich, fantastic, funny, sad, lovable and thoroughly worth the effort. An example of her rich and original prose: It had been a sharp night; but now the early sun, glaring cross grained through the branches, laid fresh black contours, thinly prowling, over the people below. And a blurb from a book jacket: "Her hero, the enigmatic Lymond, [is] ...more I feel fairly inarticulate and incompetent to review a Dorothy Dunnett book except to say that they are complex, difficult reading, rich, fantastic, funny, sad, lovable and thoroughly worth the effort. An example of her rich and original prose: It had been a sharp night; but now the early sun, glaring cross grained through the branches, laid fresh black contours, thinly prowling, over the people below. And a blurb from a book jacket: "Her hero, the enigmatic Lymond, [is] Byron crossed with Lawrence of Arabia... He moves in an aura of intrigue, hidden menace and sheer physical daring." ---Times Literary Supplement (London) How could I improve on that? He's also utterly handsome, blonde, artistic, thoroughly accomplished, brilliant (much more so than I), and a gentleman. Her books are romance literature in the original sense - a style of heroic prose and verse narrative current in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Although there is a love story in this one, it is not the kind of 'romance' that is lately popularized. Far from it, thank God. Although I can enjoy a cheesy romance novel at times, a steady diet of them has turned me into a voracious reader of novels with some meat, some deeper meaning, some difficulty, and that make me think. In this episode of Lymond's career, he learns a bitter lesson about what his ability to influence and inspire people can do when he is careless of their vulnerability and weakness. (less)
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This is even better than the first book ('Game of Kings'). I struggled a little with 'Game of Kings' but 'Queen's Play' realy got me hooked on the series. First-rate action, story-telling, and historical accuracy.
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I loved this book. It was full of action and adventure nonstop. Laymond once again comes through and amazes the reader.