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Game of Kings
Game of Kings | Dorothy Dunnett
For the first time Dunnett's "Lymond Chronicles" are available in the United States in quality paperback editions.The first book in the legendary "Lymond Chronicles," Game of Kings takes place in 1547. Scotland has been humiliated by an English invasion and is threatened by machinations elsewhere beyond its borders, but it is still free. Paradoxically, her freedom may depend on a man who stands accused of treason: Francis Crawford of Lymond.
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MargaretPinardAuthor
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Still truckin‘...

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MargaretPinardAuthor
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Powering through...OMG, there are enjoyable patches but I am very overwhelmed with all the multiple name tracking and place references and multiple language dropping 🙁
#scotland #oscotlandmyscotland #histfic #classics

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MargaretPinardAuthor
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Finally reading this first book of the series set in 1547 #Scotland. The mental gymnastics are way over my head but I‘m persevering...
#histfic #roughwooing #borderwars #classics

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LeslieO
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Ooooo! New editions! #DorothyDunnett @LeahBergen

LeahBergen Ooooo, these look pretty! 😍😍 9mo
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Echos_of_light
Game of Kings | Dorothy Dunnett
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Our local library is having their semiannual book sale this week and I went a little wild with the historical fiction. I haven‘t read anything by this author yet, but it looks good!

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oonaghmoon
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Sometimes you need a secret garden of roses and quiet to retreat to with a book. I'm hoping @Litsy is that safe haven. I've just finished The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett and am now scouring every blog and online forum in order to decipher all its clues and mysteries 🖤

What are you reading?

#dorothydunnett #thelymondchronicles #lymond #thegameofkings #historicalfiction #historicalliterature #penguinbooks

emilyhaldi Pretty 🌹🤗 2y
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Oblomov26
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Wow.. despite the recommendations of many friends it took me three attempts to really get into this book/series. Why? I found myself really disliking the protagonist. At the start of this book he comes across as an insufferable bore who is ridiculous gifted in pretty much everything. It takes a while to discover his back story, why he assumes the stance that he does, the pain and loss which he seeks to conceal. Story wise? Well Lymond is a noble

Oblomov26 Outlaw in the time of Mary Queen of Scots minority, hated as a traitor by his countrymen but also despised by his English enemies, seeking to clear his name, reclaiming the life he has lost. 2y
LeahBergen It takes a while to get into but it‘s definitely worth it. Will you be reading the rest of the series? 2y
Oblomov26 @LeahBergen yep by the end I was enjoying it a lot, so will continue reading 2y
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Tove_Reads
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It‘s time to go back in time!

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Jdpalmer5
Game of Kings | Dorothy Dunnett

“Versatility is one of the few human traits which are universally intolerable. You may be good at Greek and good at painting and be popular. You may be good at Greek and good at sports, and be wildly popular. But try all three and you‘re a mountebank. Nothing arouses suspicion quicker than genuine, all-round proficiency.”

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Tove_Reads
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Could one of these end my book slump???

knittedgnome I have only read Crocodile on the Sandbank of these but it was a fun light adventure! Amelia's sass is so fun! 2y
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Traci1
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My Thriftbooks order came in this morning. I was kind of hoping they'd come tomorrow so I could count them on May's tally. This puts April's bought books count at 34. 😯 Shhh, let's just keep that between us...

Jess7 I didn‘t know there was a Book based on #gilmoregirls ?! 😍😍😍 2y
Traci1 @Jess7 I THINK there are 4. This was the only one I could track down that was less than $50... 2y
TrishB Your 34 made me feel slightly better 😁 2y
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Traci1 @TrishB lol glad I could help. 😆 2y
Jess7 Wow! This is pretty cool. 2y
StephanieGeiser Ooo I‘m interested to hear what you think about the Gilmore Girls book!! I‘ve toyed around with picking it up a few times myself. 2y
Kate.Braithwaite Game of kings (and the rest of the series) are in my list of very, very, very favorite books 😍 2y
monkeygirlsmama I couldn‘t get into Passenger. Hope you like it though. 🙃 2y
Traci1 @StephanieGeiser @Jess7 I was looking at the Gilmore Girls book this morning, and it doesn't list an author. It says "adapted by" which had me wondering if it's just an episode written out. I hadn't looked at reviews but now wish I had. Apparently it is just an episode written in diary form with word for word dialogue from the show. I'll still read it, but I thought I'd say something before y'all spent $ on these without knowing. 2y
Traci1 @Kate.Braithwaite I hadn't even heard of these until I joined Litsy. It sounds like a great series. I'm really looking forward to it. 2y
Jess7 Thanks for the heads up @Traci1 2y
Traci1 @monkeygirlsmama it was one I added just to get the free shipping so it's no big loss if it's not great. 😊 2y
StephanieGeiser @Traci1 Thanks for letting me know! I‘ll just rewatch some of my favorite episodes instead 😆 2y
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sprainedbrain
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Fun swap alert! The lovely @Captivatedbybooks is organizing, and I just signed up. Who else is in? 👑

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfkSu0vd-My5ee4A8vsnHEWOU21HCPBmj-hyj33...

#kingsandqueenswap

BethM I did it too! 2y
Captivatedbybooks Thank you!!!! 😻😻😻 2y
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LeslieO
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Chelsea Clinton and I have the same literary crush. (From this week's Entertainment Weekly)

rubyslippersreads I so need to move these books up my TBR list! 2y
LeslieO @rubyslippersreads You won't regret it! 2y
LeahBergen Whaaat? That‘s so cool! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
LeslieO @LeahBergen She also cites the Lymond Chronicles as some of the few books she re-reads 2y
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Tove_Reads
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I am totally addicted to historical fiction tomes at the moment! Anyone read and liked:
👁Dorothy Dunnett: The Game of Kings 👀C. McCullough: The First Man in Rome 👣S.K. Penman: Here Be Dragons?

Andrew65 Love the Welsh Princes Trilogy by Sharon Penman, one of my favourite trilogies! Although to be fair all her books are excellent. (edited) 2y
toofondofbooks I've read everything by Sharon Kay Penman. She is wonderful. McCullough's masters of time series is fantastic as well. I'd start with Here Be Dragons, the first of her Welsh Trilogy and For McCullough The First Man in Rome. 2y
toofondofbooks Masters of Rome, not time lol 2y
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DGRachel Penman is my absolute favorite historical fiction author. All of her books are phenomenal! 2y
LeahBergen I love Penman and Dunnett. If you want to read a stand-alone Penman, try 2y
drokka I struggled with this one, but many really enjoy her writing. This is stand-alone, she also wrote a series set in Egypt. 2y
Andrew65 @LeahBergen That is a great book too! 2y
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BarbaraJean
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If #HistoricalFiction is your jam, Dorothy Dunnett is definitely worth your while. She can be a bit heady at times, but so rewarding. These are the Lymond Chronicles, centered on the fictional Francis Crawford of Lymond—one of the most fascinating & maddening characters I‘ve ever read. They‘re set in the 1500s, traveling everywhere from Scotland, to the English court, to Constantinople & Russia. I can‘t recommend them highly enough. #ReindeerReads

MommyWantsToReadHerBook Never heard of her in my life! I like good historical fiction once in a while 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Ooo, will look them up. Thanks for sharing, sounds good 2y
BarbaraJean @MommyWantsToReadHerBook I feel that I failed you as a friend and a book-group leader! Never mind that I didn‘t finish the last half of the series until after I moved back to California. 😏 The series is so, so good—I do think you‘d enjoy them. They do require lots of attention, but it‘s so worth it. @erzascarletbookgasm You‘re welcome! Definitely check them out!! 2y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @BarbaraJean haha failed me as a friend! I'll see if I can get it here or maybe on kindle 2y
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ph9k
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Love to put book and place together.
#Scotland

RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Check put my post from today if you're interested, because I added a link back to an older post with all my Litsy Tips. 2y
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tracyrowanreads
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In the mail today: hard copy of Penumbra, and the latest Whispering Gallery from the Dorothy Dunnett Society, with an article on Lymond's library. Whee!!!

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jenniferw88
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#litsyreadingchallenge2017 Number 13 - based on a historical event ✅. This was very 'meh' for me - I'll probably continue the series but it wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be. 3 ⭐

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Yamich49
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Although it took me a while to get into this book, I really enjoyed it! There are too many names, quotations, literary references and other crazy smart things to keep track of - you have to pay very close attention while reading. However, once I got past the first hundred or so pages I could not put it down! This book is full of intrigue, plot twists and complex characters. And amazing writing. Starting the second one in this series immediately!

LeahBergen Yay! ❤❤ 3y
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jenniferw88
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Anything about ducks tends to make me laugh, especially if I'm not expecting the sentence to end this way!
Also, my GCSE Spanish should be helping here - but I can only translate 6 words! ☹️

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When I started, I didn't realize this was written in '64. This impressed me because there were scenarios in this book written in 1964 about people in 1548 that were relatable to me, a reader in 2017. It was a reminder that problems of love and family don't really change from one century to the next.

Lymond is fantastic. I missed him when the story focused on others. I'll definitely continue this series to see what other tomfoolery he gets into.

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LeslieO
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Day 3 #feistyfeb #mostreread I post Dunnett stuff a lot, but this is my most re-read. I've read the series 5 times!

rubyslippersreads I need to read these. 3y
LeahBergen Five times? Wow! I've only read the series once. 3y
LeslieO @LeahBergen Well it's 5 times over 40 years! 3y
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Yamich49
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My #whereiread for #Riotgrams day two! 90% of my reading time is spent in my bed and it's been that way since I was a kid. The other 10% of the time I spend reading is in the bath, at the kitchen table and outside when the weather permits!

[DELETED] 1409720085 I am definitely a bed reader as well. I love getting all cozy with my blankets and pillows. My husband thinks I'm crazy because I use flannel blankets year round but I love the snuggly feeling. 3y
LeahBergen I see a $5 off Book Outlet bookmark. 😂 3y
LeeRHarry Love the bedlinen! 😄 3y
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LitHousewife I love your bed set!!! I'm more likely to read in my bed than any other place. If I'm in my living room, chances are someone in my family is, too. Not much reading happens. 3y
Shortstack I am also a bed reader 3y
Yamich49 @emilydecato @Shortstack @LitHousewife Right? Nothing better than snuggling up in a comfy bed and reading! 3y
Yamich49 @LeahBergen Haha don't remind me! I'm trying to restrain myself this month! 😂😂 3y
Yamich49 @LeeRHarry Thank you! It's new and a lot more colorful and pretty than my previous set. I love it! 3y
charloteemilyjane Love your bed sheets and the layout! Looks cosy! 3y
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Yamich49
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#bookmail! So I may have been on ThriftBooks last week and I may have ordered this entire series. 😬 I remember someone commenting on one of the C.S. Pacat book posts and mentioning that those books are a m/m reimagining of these books so I've had them on my list to get for a long time. But I refuse to start a series unless I have at least the next one ready to start. This choice was easy because these were so cheap on there!

LeahBergen I love this series!! ❤❤❤ 3y
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I'm not even 50 pages into this book and I am loving it. While it's intense with it's literary references (many that I know are going over my head), Lymond is positively hilarious and smart and sarcastic and quite the antihero, and I really like him already and can't wait to see where this goes.

LeahBergen I LOVE this series. There is a companion book (actually 2 volumes) to her work that helps with all of the literary references (and poems and quotes in other languages). I didn't find it until AFTER I read the Lymond Chronicles 😒but I will use them when I get around to reading her House of Niccolo series. 3y
LeahBergen They aren't necessary ... just so you know they're out there. 🙂 3y
CaitlinSiem Oh! Thank you, @LeahBergen! I found something like it online just now. I'll use it as I go, for sure. I am already in love with it, too. I just got to the scene where we meet Will and I was laughing out loud so much I was in tears. The snark is strong with these boys. 3y
LeahBergen You're making me want to start a Dunnett! 3y
Yamich49 Ahhhhh I just ordered these on thrift books last week and am waiting for this one to come in so I can start it (but every other one in the series has come in already). 😆 3y
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KatieMM
Game of Kings | Dorothy Dunnett
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I have read these all digitally but I want to reread them and I felt like physical books would be better, despite the snow they arrived this weekend! At some point this year I'm doing a full reread!

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krismlars
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A recommendation from my good friend, Bonnie, who is celebrating a birthday today! To be read in 2017...

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jessplummer
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Honestly, I could barely follow this book, it was so convoluted, and I disliked so many of the characters that it hardly seemed worth the effort. I know so many people who love it but I'm not one of them.

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nitalibrarian
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My fiction/non-fiction pairing for #seasonsreadings2016 is a historical fiction that takes place in Scotland and a history of Scotland.

Otherworld_Library I have Game of Kings and still have not got around to it! 3y
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rabbitprincess
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For #booktober and Unforgettable Women, I nominate the ensemble of women in The Game of Kings, namely Sybilla, Mariotta, Christian, and Philippa. Looking forward to reading more about them in Queens' Play, whenever I find a copy.

LeahBergen Brilliant series. 3y
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rabbitprincess
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Really good. Best when read for large chunks of time. Looking forward to reading more of the series and about this period in Scottish history!

GinaAnderson Lymond 😍😍😍 3y
rabbitprincess @GinaAnderson It took me a while to figure him out, but I am more on his side now 😊 3y
LeahBergen Yes!!! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 3y
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rabbitprincess @LeahBergen Nothing better than a new series to discover! 3y
GinaAnderson How I wish I could read this series again for the first time. 3y
rabbitprincess @GinaAnderson My library just ordered this book. Perhaps it might be worth checking out as well? 3y
GinaAnderson @rabbit princess I definitely will! Thank you. 3y
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GinaAnderson
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Best #antihero? Lymond. Obviously. #octphotochallenge

LeahBergen Yep! 👍🏼👍🏼 3y
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rabbitprincess
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Tea, shortbread, and Lymond.

LeahBergen Sheer perfection. 3y
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rabbitprincess
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Weird... TODAY is Saturday, September 10!

shawnmooney I just reviewed some of the bare outlines of this history the other day in 3y
LeahBergen I love when stuff like this happens! 3y
rabbitprincess @shawnmooney That looks like a useful book! @LeahBergen Me too! 3y
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rabbitprincess

Weird... TODAY is Saturday, September 10!

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rabbitprincess
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Got this book out for my September pile and went to add a bookmark, only to find there was already one there! What must have happened was I had the bookmark in another book when I went home for Christmas, and then I stashed the bookmark in one of my Christmas presents once the book was finished. But yay, "free" bookmark! ?

LeahBergen LOVE this series. 3y
rabbitprincess @LeahBergen Looking forward to reading it! 😄 3y
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GinaAnderson
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This series is rife with poetry--always untranslated and often just a snippet. Dunnett counts on her readers to know her poetic references. In an early scene, Lymond sees his mother for the first time after being exiled for five years. By one offhand line of Spanish poetry the reader is meant to understand how deeply Lymond cares for his mother and how emotionally adrift he is even as he's robbing her guests and setting her house on fire.

Marchpane Sounds intriguing! I hadn't heard of this author/ series before now. 3y
GinaAnderson I should also warn you that I'm nuts about these books and have been known to bully friends into reading them. The first book can be tough sledding but once you get the hang of Dunnett's writing, the series is just incredible. There are entire yahoo groups (now mostly inactive) dedicated to discussing these books. The people who love Dunnett REALLY love Dunnett. 3y
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LeahBergen I LOVE this series. 3y
GinaAnderson @LeahBergen Then you know! I put Game of Kings back on my shelf this morning through sheer force of will. I realize I sound certifiable. 3y
LeahBergen I DO know. But, oddly enough, I haven't started The House of Niccolo series. 😳 Have you read them? 3y
GinaAnderson I have, but I wasn't hooked like I was with Lymond. Which isn't to say they aren't incredible books but I didn't lose my heart to Nicholas. 3y
LeslieO Oh my, I love Francis and Nicholas! 3y
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LeslieO
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#Augustofpages My all time favorite book stack: Dorothy Dunnett's The Lymond Chronicles.

GinaAnderson Oh @LeslieO, you are my people. 3y
LeslieO @GinaAnderson oh my! Are you a Dunnett fan?? 3y
GinaAnderson @LeslieO Huge Dunnett fan! I've foisted these books on all my sisters and several friends just to have someone to discuss them with. Much to my surprise, I couldn't get anyone to swoon over Lymond like I do. 3y
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LeslieO @GinaAnderson I started reading them in high school with 2 friends so we have been discussing for years! But I keep trying to get others to read them and it's worked twice. I consider that a job well done. 3y
LeahBergen Squee! Big Dunnett fan here! 3y
LeslieO Dunnett fans unite in Litsy! 3y
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GinaAnderson
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Lymond. Always and forever.

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GinaAnderson
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The beginning of one of the best series I've ever read. It takes some effort, but the payoff is huge. If you're a fan of impeccably-researched, beautifully-written historical fiction with gorgeous, angst-ridden heroes, look no further.

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BarbaraRose
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My favorite - if you can get through all the poetry it's really funny and the end is emotional torture in the best way every time I reread it.

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MRStoddard
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Imagine All the inscrutable sexiness of James Bond minus the gadgets and state support. Francis Crawford sets the standard for spies/mercenaries, a beautiful anti-hero that you won't be able to get enough of. Dunnett's meaty prose is a meal in itself.