The Game Of Kings : The Lymond Chronicles Book One, Paperback Book

The Game Of Kings : The Lymond Chronicles Book One Paperback

Part of the The Lymond Chronicles series

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


'I despised men who accepted their fate. I shaped mine twenty times and had it broken twenty times in my hands'It is 1547 and, after five years imprisonment and exile far from his homeland, Francis Crawford of Lymond - scholar, soldier, rebel, nobleman, outlaw - has at last come back to Edinburgh.

But for many in an already divided Scotland, where conspiracies swarm around the infant Queen Mary like clouds of midges, he is not welcome.

Lymond is wanted for treason and murder, and he is accompanied by a band of killers and ruffians who will only bring further violence and strife.Is he back to foment rebellion?Does he seek revenge on those who banished him? Or has he returned to clear his name?No one but the enigmatic Lymond himself knows the truth - and no one will discover it until he is ready . . .'A storyteller who could teach Scheherazade a thing or two about pace, suspense and imaginative invention' New York Times


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9780140282399

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A wonderful book, and I was entranced from the first page. I myself have tagged this one a Whodunnit, for there is a mysterey and a crime, of a sort, to solve. Mind you, I wouldn't class the rest of the series that way, but in this book it is accurate. Set in mid 16th century Scotland this is a book of war and politics and intrigue, but there is also a quite lovely love story that threads its way through. Some great characters, not least Lymond himself, and an excellent antagonist.

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Okay, this is a difficult review for me to write. On the one hand I loved Lymond. I thought his character was a perfect anti-hero. On the other hand as a story I found it for the most part boring and difficult to follow. I would quite often sit down to read it and either fall asleep or I would realize a half hour later that I had no idea what I had just read and have to go back and read it again. I did purchase the companion to read along with it but I didn't find the translations of any of the poems or quotes added anything to the story. Quite honestly if you were to ask me to tell you what happened in the story I would have a hard time as most of it didn't register as I was reading it.As difficult as the story was to follow as I said before I did really really like Lymond and may check the second book out of the library if I'm feeling particularly adventurous as I've heard its easier to follow.

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