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Probably the best book in the series,
This review is from: The Ringed Castle: The Lymond Chronicles - Historical Fiction (Paperback)
Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles are an epic achievement, in terms of research, scope as well as gripping narrative. "The Ringed Castle", however, is one of the best books in the series (next to Game of Kings and Checkmate). This is due in part to her fabulous depiction of Russia, a fledgling nation in an all but fledgling environment. The humbling landscape of ice deserts and primeval forests is a superb backdrop to the struggles of these hearty, savage people and their tragic, gifted tsar. Then there is the continued mystery of Lymond himself. Although we feel we know most everything about him - his age, his haunted past - Dunnett still bewilders us with his behavior. We have to start over again as we try to understand the changes in his character. Parallel to to the swashbuckling and continent-sweeping intrigue, Dunnett sets the stage for the finale in this singular man's emotional odyssey. And she brings another character to maturity, whom we all have watched with interest; Phillippa comes into her own in this book, unconsciously wielding a power far greater than she or we anticipated.
This book has a certain place in the series, so don't read it out of hand - but look forward to it!