Originally published in 1962, a reissue of a historical novel from the LYMOND CHRONICLES, in which Francis Crawford of Lymond, Scottish soldier of fortune, returns to Edinburgh in 1547 to hunt down the men who condemned him to the life of an outlawed rebel. From the author of QUEENS' PLAY.Originally published in 1962, a reissue of a historical novel from the LYMOND CHRONICLES, in which Francis Crawford of Lymond, Scottish soldier of fortune, returns to Edinburgh in 1547 to hunt down the men who condemned him to the life of an outlawed rebel. From the author of QUEENS' PLAY.Read Less
This is the first book in the most complicated historical romance (and it's rather light on the romance) ever. If you can stick with the first book you will be rewarded with the story of an incredible man's life, inner haunting, love, and success.
Jul 10, 2007
Wow! This book gave my mind quite a workout. I have seldom come across a novel that is so erudite and so much fun at the same time. Light reading it is not, but it is fantastic literary, historical fiction. Set in the 16th century with Scotland and England at each other?s throats, Dunnett masterfully interweaves her characters with historical ones. Lymond is one of those great complex characters. In this novel, he is trying to find proof that he is indeed innocent to the charges of treason that have been leveled against him, but he goes about it in the most unorthodox ways. I spent the majority of the novel trying to figure out what he was after and why he did what he did, all the while admiring his incredible wit and style. Included in his verbal sparring, with friends and enemies alike, are many quotations in Latin, French, Spanish, and some German which may prove irritating for some readers although you can follow the plot perfectly well without understanding them. It can also be difficult to keep track of all of the characters, who is related to whom, and which side they?re on, so it might be a good idea to start a list if your edition of the book doesn?t provide one.
With a constantly twisting plot rife with intrigue, this is definitely not a book where you catch everything the first time around. It definitely warrants a second reading. I must admit, however, that it did take me awhile to really get into the story, but once I did I was hooked! I now look forward to reading the rest of this series.
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