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Queens' Play: Second in the Legendary Lymond Chronicles Paperback – April 29, 1997
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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.
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In this book, Lymond has rehabilitated his reputation in Scotland (at least to the point that his brother is no longer trying to kill him). Now Mary of Guise, the mother of the child queen Mary Queen of Scots, has asked him to go undercover in France to protect Mary from those who will try to end her life and thus change the political landscape in Europe. The problem is that there are far too many who might be advantaged by her death.
Lymond thus appears in the guise of Irishman accompanying an Irish prince. Needless to say, a million different things happen. Lymond's actions and motivations are, as usual, a bit unclear at times, but he's always focused on his task. So, we have fox hunts in which a cheetah plays a prominent role, the ultimate nighttime scavenger hunt on the rooftops of a French city, duels, near poisonings, and lots of drinking and singing in the French court.
Lymond is surrounded by marvelously drawn characters. Dunnett has the ability, like Dickens, to get you so focused on the complexity of her characters that often the plot becomes secondary. You just want to get to know some of the most interesting characters in historical fiction.
This is a great series.
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Another rereading of this classic series by Dame Dunnett. Once again I am delighted by the language, the allusions, the humor, and the wisdom. Read morePublished 3 months ago by pwmeek
The second book in the series, Lymond Chronicles, is a real page turner which the reader might not expect as it takes place in 16th century France. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tinkster
I liked this book, but it is for the reader with knowledge of 15th or 16th century Europe. The book is a detailed look at the early life and times of Mary Queen of Scots.Published 11 months ago by jane fox
I thought after the Lymond Chronicles, that was it. I was desolate. But here we go again!! Life is wonderful!Published 12 months ago by Maura Seyffer
Despite my obsession with the novels of Dorothy Dunnett, I must agree in some sense with the negative reviews of Queens' Play. Read morePublished 13 months ago by W. R. Downey
This is a gift for someone else who was very happy to get it.Published 13 months ago by Jacqueline J. Johnston
I tried really really hard to like this series. I got through 1 2/3 books before giving up. I just kept thinking "its gotta get better". Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amy S. Giarrusso