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Checkmate: Sixth in the Legendary Lymond Chronicles Paperback – September 2, 1997
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Sixth in the legendary "Lymond Chronicles, Checkmate takes place in 1557, where Francis Crawford of Lymond is once again in France, leading an army against England. But even as the Scots adventurer succeeds brilliantly on the battlefield, his haunted past becomes a subject of intense interest to forces on both sides.
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
They, and perhaps particularly this last installment, aren't going to be for everyone. Readers who dislike sentiment and who get bored with long expository passages won't find this is their favorite book. Even I, who love melodrama, found myself tempted at some points during CHECKMATE to shake the characters violently and yell, "Get over it!"
But it's gorgeous stuff nonetheless. Dunnett's whole six-book series is the story of one outstanding character, only rarely told from his point of view, and aided by a vivid supporting cast. She spares him few agonies (even if at times one feels he overreacts just a tad) and gives him great beauty and great talents. Writing in impeccable omniscient point of view, she captures the 1500's beautifully with only a tiny hint of an anachronism here and there. I recommend these books to readers who enjoy character-driven historical fiction with considerable action as well as considerable emotion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ah, the final installment of this magnificent series was my favorite. We saw Lymond at his most vulnerable and his resilience. Read morePublished 3 months ago by E. Bobrow
The first time I read it in 1975, I couldn't put it down, even though I was spoke to by my manager. It is still fantastic after reading it five or six times. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
OMG. What can I say. I LOVED THIS SERIES!!! This is the last book of the Lymond chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett. Read morePublished 10 months ago by herta bonet
I couldn't put it down. It was a great ending, but I am sorry to see the end of this series.Published 11 months ago by Margaret W. Ericson
Dorothy Dunnett knows how to write a good book. This series has always been one of my favorites.Published 12 months ago by Janet M.
The perfect ending for the trilogy. The characters seem alive. I'll be reading the entire trilogy again.Published 15 months ago by Alison Imbriaco