Queens Play Viral Ebook I bumped my initial star rating to since this book was still making me think and shake my head in wonder several days after I finished reading it Francis Crawfor
Queens' Play Viral Ebook 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 it.Francis Crawford of Lymond has been summoned by the Dowager Queen of Scotland, who is temporarily living in France with the 7 year old Mary Queen of Scots, to come to France to protect the young queen from an unknown person who is trying to assassinate her. The Dowager Queen, 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 queen 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 Queen 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 later.Dorothy 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 more, 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 disqualified) 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)Queen'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 more straightforward and there are far less obscure quotes 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 mustaches").Lymond 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 nature.I 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 Marquise for the promptings to read this series and the determination to stick with it when things got rough for a while!. For the first time Dunnett s Lymond Chronicles are available in the United States in quality paperback editions.Second in the legendary Lymond Chronicles, Queen s Play 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 fFor the first time Dunnett s Lymond Chronicles are available in the United States in quality paperback editions.Second in the legendary Lymond Chronicles, Queen s Play 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.. The best Book Queens' Play It is funny that I know that there are four more books left, and I know some history about Scotland, but I am still chewing my finger nails off anticipating the worst outcome possible. Ahhh, it must be a great a book. Dorothy Dunnet, you have an amazing writing style.
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