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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. 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 compromise to review and b I m likely to regret this fangirly statement in a few years when old and toothless I don t believe I ve had a sharp turnaround of this sort before going from having a poor opinion of a character in one book and liking the same character in the next and if I have it mustn t have stayed with me for later recalling The first of the reasons to point out would be that my three major complaints about the debut book are toned down in the second Not only is the plot better fleshed out following a less confusing plotline keeping it still in the traditional swashbuckling mould and that the author doesn t spell all out for the reader at the end as before Instead the surprises ambush the reader at every turn and the head scratching comes from trying to figure out the solution to mysteries that drive the story rather than interpreting the obscure uotes The atmosphere of court intrigue as opposed to the insane castle to fortress to countryside adventure route of the previous volume also helps in following the narrative with ease for me at least as I tend to like that settingThose who complained about the language and foreign phrases in Game of Kings will be pleased to know that this time Dunnett doesn t overuse this techniue and not only does the language become clearer but also flows better because of it True the foreign uotations and the unknown allusions are still there but both because the reader would already be familiar with the author s style as well as for the lesser uantities to be found Lymond can now speak in prose like everyone else to paraphrase an exasperated characterLymond his character had such an aura of immaturity and preciousness that didn t uite do it for me and when I don t warm up to the main character it s not easy for me to appreciate a book as it would deserve And it was him out of all my issues with the first book what had left me hesitant to ever pick up the next I didn t like Lymond Didn t like him in the first book But persistence paid off Dunnett is slowly starting to pan out the personal growth of her young character that wasn t evident before and we start to see glimpses of Lymond s inner demons and doubts and the regrets he seemed incapable of having We witness that he does carry a cross in the form of the memory of the people that died in his service like Christian Stewart that manifests itself in his reluctance to risk his men or women and his preference for jeopardising his own life by attracting the would be assassins unto himself to spare his men any risks It s said that Dunnett s been too heavy handed with Lymond s physical safety this time and whilst it s true that in this book he gets broken bones wounds and poisonings than one can count they aren t gratuitous and within the context of his reasons for that behaviour I wouldn t be inclined to consider all that excessive whatsoever To me it makes sense and does add to his character growth and there s also that he for the first time that I can recall expresses hopelessness when confronted by a well meaning appeal to keep on living he blurts out For what And then there is the guilt over the archer in whose demise he has his share of responsibility In sum two years haven t passed without a mark on the carefree Scottish adventurer s personality he is maturing yet still delightfully childish He is better at his job and cautious yet still insanely daring A side of him that will likely emerge in its full glory later is also glimpsed here he has a great capacity to love unlike what a certain embittered lady tells of him and when it s time he is going to fall hard Can t wait to see it personallyNow what about the storyline Oh the storyline I fear you all are going to have to read the book to find out exactly why I m giving this five big shiny stars All I can promise you is lots of adventure so make sure not to read it in the night once you re close to the ending Not The Hot Chick review of Dunnett s series in a nutshell were it not for a I am bound to a compromise to Pegged and Plugged at the Club review and b I m likely to Tunnel Through Time regret this fangirly statement in a few years when old and toothless I don t believe I ve had a sharp turnaround of this sort before going from having a poor opinion of a character in one book and liking the same character in the next and if I have it mustn t have stayed with me for later Game of Bimbofication, Part 3 recalling The first of the Game of Bimbofication, Part 2 reasons to point out would be that my three major complaints about the debut book are toned down in the second Not only is the plot better fleshed out following a less confusing plotline keeping it still in the traditional swashbuckling mould and that the author doesn t spell all out for the Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions, Vol. 1 of 5 reader at the end as before Instead the surprises ambush the The Fatima Century reader at every turn and the head scratching comes from trying to figure out the solution to mysteries that drive the story Leah Starrs Revenge rather than interpreting the obscure uotes The atmosphere of court intrigue as opposed to the insane castle to fortress to countryside adventure Pieces 8 (Pieces, route of the previous volume also helps in following the narrative with ease for me at least as I tend to like that settingThose who complained about the language and foreign phrases in Game of Kings will be pleased to know that this time Dunnett doesn t overuse this techniue and not only does the language become clearer but also flows better because of it True the foreign uotations and the unknown allusions are still there but both because the Time Flies and Other Short Plays reader would already be familiar with the author s style as well as for the lesser uantities to be found Lymond can now speak in prose like everyone else to paraphrase an exasperated characterLymond his character had such an aura of immaturity and preciousness that didn t uite do it for me and when I don t warm up to the main character it s not easy for me to appreciate a book as it would deserve And it was him out of all my issues with the first book what had left me hesitant to ever pick up the next I didn t like Lymond Didn t like him in the first book But persistence paid off Dunnett is slowly starting to pan out the personal growth of her young character that wasn t evident before and we start to see glimpses of Lymond s inner demons and doubts and the Drawing Dead (Faolan OConnor Book 1) reluctance to Trails & Tales of Yosemite & the Central Sierra risk his men or women and his preference for jeopardising his own life by attracting the would be assassins unto himself to spare his men any Chinas Son risks It s said that Dunnett s been too heavy handed with Lymond s physical safety this time and whilst it s true that in this book he gets broken bones wounds and poisonings than one can count they aren t gratuitous and within the context of his Welcome to the Desert of the Real reasons for that behaviour I wouldn t be inclined to consider all that excessive whatsoever To me it makes sense and does add to his character growth and there s also that he for the first time that I can Dead End Bluff recall expresses hopelessness when confronted by a well meaning appeal to keep on living he blurts out For what And then there is the guilt over the archer in whose demise he has his share of King Noah Blindness and the Vision of Seers responsibility In sum two years haven t passed without a mark on the carefree Scottish adventurer s personality he is maturing yet still delightfully childish He is better at his job and cautious yet still insanely daring A side of him that will likely emerge in its full glory later is also glimpsed here he has a great capacity to love unlike what a certain embittered lady tells of him and when it s time he is going to fall hard Can t wait to see it personallyNow what about the storyline Oh the storyline I fear you all are going to have to Factory of Death read it in the night once you Thirteen Plus One (The Winnie Years, re close to the ending

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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. 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 understand played with such excellence and brilliance that no one else ever dares to pick up the ball and give it a try ueen s Play is once again an embodiment of perfection a book without a fault and an unparalleled piece of art To succeed as you want you have to be precise you have to have polish you have to carry polish and precision into everything you do You have no time to sigh over seigneuries and begrudge other people their gifts Lack of genius never held anyone back said Lymond Only time wasted on resentment and daydreaming can do that You never did work with your whole brain and your whole body and you ended neither soldier nor seigneur but a dried out huddle of grudges strung cheek to cheek on a withy Yes Lymond s back and he s as merciless reckless and witty as always While The Game of Kings took place mostly in Scotland this one has moved over the channel the French court of Henri II gets to know our heroe who disguises himself as a clown to save the life of young Mary ueen of Scots He is poet singer musician and fool all in one and conuers the young court within days We are introduced to a world full of luxury decadence and reckless entertainment with elephants named Hughie and murderers who want to kill a child of eight years Once again Dunnett comes up with a set of characters both ficticious and historical who never cease to deliver irony fun and twists and Lymond s escapades and intrigues are the best of it And yet just as we remember him from the preuel even the brilliant Master of Culter makes mistakes For those of easy tongues she said Remember some live all their lives without discovering this truth that the noblest and most terrible power we possess is the power we have each of us over the chance met the stranger the passer by outside your life and your kin Speak she said as you would write as if your words were letters of lead graven there for all time for which you must take the conseuences And take the conseuences This is a lesson Lymond had to learn and he learns it the hard way in this one for the court of France is a place with poison murder and intrigue Of course Dunnett portrays all of this with her uniue brilliance with these dialogues sparkling of intelligence with precise love for detail and withbasically everything one could wish for in a novel By now I d give a recipe on how to boil eggs five stars if it was written by Dorothy Dunnett obviously this one also gets five stars

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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. 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 amuck in France at the behest of the Scottish Dowager ueen Mother Mary de Guise whose seven year old daughter Mary ueen of Scots is being raised at the French court alongside her intended husband the Dauphin supposedly to keep her safe from the hated English The little girl turns out to sorely need a guy like Lymond in her corner because someone is making some truly outlandish attempts on her life Elephants and cheetahs are used as would be murder weapons to give you some ideaAh but good thing there is Lymond the most accomplished and capable hero maybe ever I kid because I love but really there appears to be nothing this guy can t do He is simply the best at everything be it dialogue so subtle I m not even sure he really knows what s going on I sure never felt like I did and I supposedly had the third person omniscient narrator on my side as we already knew from The Game of Kings fighting and sword play ditto disguise ditto but also it turns out he can juggle better than a professional entertainer play all the musical instruments to a similar standard sing like an angel seriously even given that his milieu is Life Before TV and all who in the world ever had the time and energy to get that good at absolutely everything I mean the dude even competes brilliantly at what amounts to Renaissance parkourAll this and he spends most of the novel drunk out of his mind tooLymond in short is the guy everybody wants on his or her side but whom nobody can be sure actually is even when they re pretty sure he s said he would be As in the previous novel he spends a lot of his time concealing his identity from everyone including the reader who often thinks she knows which of the novel s other characters he s impersonating in a given scene but who turns out often to be wrong It makes for maddening reading but then this is a great part of the fun with Lymond whose mystiue Dunnett most carefully maintains by making sure his is the only point of view we never get to share to whose thoughts we are never privy Instead entire sometimes lengthy scenes come from the perspective of a throwaway character like say a nobleman s wife whose dinner is incommoded whose superficial impressions of Lymond s appearance and behavior are all we get to work with even as Dunnett adds an extra layer of opacity to it all by summarizing dialogue as obliuely as possible We are often told of for instance someone using a uniue and colorful phrase but I guess we are supposed to work out which phrase all on our own Based on our great erudition regarding all matters lexical continental and RenaissanceSighBut amid all the bafflement there is again some astonishingly good action writing Swordplay hunting horse racing through a tower the aforementioned Renaissance parkour all have an immediacy and a breakneck pace that few writers could eual in any age It s as though Umberto Eco were writing a script for Tony Scott or something And yes these scenes are well placed as if to wake up the reader who is getting a little weary of all the subtlety and archaic witBut speaking of wit or at least of its cousin humor tne thing that I missed this time around though was the entertaining array of supporting characters from the first novel No Jonathan Crouch types here everybody is in deadly and often dull earnest and while the figure of Prince O Liamroe seems to have been intended as a bit of comic relief in that vein he s just not as fun And no counterpart for Sybella or Lady Agnes appears at all This may be the fault of the setting and the higher stakes but I missed this element dreadfully and no amount of cheetah coursing really made up for the lackI m still in for the rest of the Lymond Chronicles though I just need some time to rest ze brain a little from this one

  • Paperback
  • 432
  • ueens' Play
  • Dorothy Dunnett
  • English
  • 19 June 2017
  • 9780679777441

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 fin

  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 y

  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

  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 often forced to go back and reread several pages because i missed something vital; she doesn't hold

  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 guis

  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

  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

  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 Dorothy Dunnett had me wrong footed right form the start Fans of the main character may be a little disappointed with th

  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 until I've arrived breathless bleary eyed and shaking at the last page This series is like nothing else I've ever

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