Fifth in the legendary Lymond Chronicles, The Ringed Castle leaps from Mary Tudor's England to the barbaric Russia of Ivan the Terrible.
Francis Crawford of Lymond moves to Muscovy, where he becomes advisor and general to the half-mad Tsar. Yet even as Lymond tries to civilize a court that is still frozen in the attitudes of the Middle Ages, forces in England conspire to enlist this infinitely useful man in their own schemes.
©1971 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2002 W F Howes
I first read the Dorothy Dunnett books at 18 and have re-read them every few years since, devouring them every time, seeing new details and threads each time. It's a beautiful tapestry that spans all six Lymonds books and extends into the Niccolo series.Andrew Napier, however, fails to excite. Besides mispronouncing Lymond (should be 'Lie-mond', as Dunnett pronounces on her Desert Island Discs), it is clear that Napier has never come across some of the words in Dunnett's rich vocabulary and that no-one on the production crew bothered to correct his sloppy pronunciation. He pauses partway through sentences, sometimes where there is no punctuation and thus changes the meaning or impact of certain beautiful turns of phrases (e.g. in 'Queen's Play' he pronounces 'embassage' in a way that adds a monstrous stress to the second syllable). It grated on me, ruining what I had looked forward as a treat.
My favourite characters are Lymond and Jerrott - Lymond because he's Lymond, and Jerrott because he isn't. They are a wonderful contrast.
I'll listen to the Lymond books and I'd be loathe to listen to another Andrew Napier again.
"Lymond's back but where's THE GAME OF KINGS BOOK 1"
If I had never read in print, I don't think I could have appreciated the audio as the work of audio art that it is.
However, Having anxiously waited for what seems to be forever, finally The Lymond Chronicles!
Audible, please make the The Game of Kings (Book 1) available as quickly as possible! These books should be savored in the order they were written and as I have read them in the "old-fashioned" way atleast once a year since they were originally released in print.
It is so wonderful to have the books currently available read by such an accomplished narrator. Beautiful inflexion; realistic and measured pace just as I would have imagined Ms. Dunnett to have meant.
So very pleased!! I will keep these books in "My Library" for always!
"On to "Checkmate""
Five down and one to go😟. Where the hell's the audiobook of "King Hereafter"? & Niccolo still to come.
"An underappreciated entry to the series"
Over the many times that I have read this series, this particular entry has never really stayed with me, or honestly, seemed all that interesting. This book focuses on Lymond and his time in Russia. There is very little of his family here. I think that's why I always felt that the series could have gone without it.
However, now, having listened to it, narrated perfectly by Andrew Napier, I feel differently. This story is crucial in the development of the man Lymond is to become. As always, he tends to extremes, and nearly destroys himself in the process - a man burning so brightly in his talents that he nearly incinerates himself. But the progression is fascinating, from his confidence in his abilities, and his choice to ignore the weaknesses.
Also, in this book, Philippa grows and develops into an amazing character. Her time at the English Court of Queen Mary, and the people she meets and the things she learns make her into a formidable character.
This book may seem quiet, and a placeholder, but it is important in the development of the characters, and although many of the supporting characters play no role here, the story is rich and as much of a banquet for the reader as the others. And as always, the humor is there, and the rollicking scene in the revels with all the 'Ls', is the best yet. "Gentleman, please!" Lymond is at his best here.
Don't skip this book or think of it as unimportant. It's as rich as the others, and although a placeholder to allow time to move on and the characters to grow up, it's as rewarding as all of the others.
"The use of language, to spin a tail is amazing!"
love these stories so much, I find TV so insulting to the mind these days, Dorothy ' ability to tell these stories keeps them on my mind though my day, with the story telling from my phone where ever I go!
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