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- Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (28 Jan. 1999)
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The Ringed Castle: The Lymond Chronicles Book Five Kindle Edition
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Melodrama of the most magnificent kind (The Guardian)
Praise for Dorothy Dunnett (-)
A storyteller who could teach Scheherazade a thing or two about pace, suspense and imaginative invention (New York Times)
Marvellous, breathtaking (The Times)
A masterpiece of historical fiction (Washington Post)
One of the greatest tale-spinners since Dumas (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Lashings of excitement, colour and subtlety (The Times)
Vivid, engaging, densely plotted - are almost certainly destined to be counted among the classics of popular fiction (New York Times) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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The end of the previous book – Pawn in Frankincense – was pretty shattering, Lymond had to be kind of complicit in the murder of what may or may not have been his own child and then detox cold turkey off opium. How do you get over that? Run off to Russia with the Ottoman empire's top courtesan apparently.
With the hindsight of history, helping Ivan the terrible to form the region's most powerful army might not be the most socially responsible course of action, but to be fair Lymond's options are limited.
Guzel and he are a pretty formidable team. They are both political shaggers as she points out in language more delicate than mine, before going on to list some of his more horrific conquests. But they don't let it wear them down, having a heated roof garden stocked with exotic birds with flutes tied to their wings would soften the blow.
Guzel makes me feel a little nauseous, every inch of her oiled and highly perfumed, she is just a little too sickly sweet and fake.
Fortunately, there is also Philippa, glorious Philippa, quick of wit, firm of resolve and possessor of uncommon good sense, thousands of miles away in the English court she is cutting a swathe of her own.
A couple of St Mary's favorites and new faces join Lymond in Russia, but no Jerott. I like to think he is off somewhere learning to be his own man unless he is with Marthe, in which case he will no doubt be trotting obediently at her heel.
Dorothy Dunnett creates such wonderful characters, in a few pages she can make you love and understand them, make them infuriate and frustrate you. And then kill then off in the blink of an eye, just to keep you on your toes.
We learn a lot about trading conditions for the English in Russia in the mid 16th century, what can be bought, for what price, and where, and what the political consequences might be, the author thinks it is important we should know this, either that or she wants us to suffer before we get to the good stuff.
And there is loads of good stuff, but I can't talk about it, because SPOILERS, and I don't do spoilers, so you will have to read the book.
So erudite, educational with superb plotting and wonderful characters.. way ahead of its time in the historical fiction stakes.
knocks other more recent historical fiction authors into a cocked hat.
Love ALL of her work.
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I always think book 5 is my least favorite (the Russian court got a little wearing), but then I re-read it and realize that no, it's not wearing, it's just emotionally exhausting. And this book has some of my favorite character interactions of the entire series.
When living in a frozen wasteland, internally and externally, is the only way you can bear reality.
Densely researched, meticulously written, and a great deal of good reading fun.
P.S. you can read any of Dorothy's books out of order, but I can guarantee that you will end up reading them IN order once you get started!
But damnit, I will probably purchase the next volume to see what becomes of Lymond and Phillipa.
This is a wonderful book in it's own right. Worthy characters, a convoluted and intriguing plot. Perhaps more subdued than previous books, certainly not as "swashbuckling" in action but well suited to the events portrayed within the pages. A keeper.
The story is very well researched and written; the characters are so well written, I feel like they are truly alive, and not fictional.
I recommend all of Dorothy Dunnett's books. If you're a fan of historical fiction, you won't be disappointed.
These books are my guilty pleasure.
I could go on and on about all the different times and places I've read Dorothy DUnnett's books but this one stood out due to the mix of characters and the times and places we visit.
Other people can decribe the wealth of information and intricacy of Dorothy's plots much better than I can. All I can sayis that over the last 20 years I've read this series about once every 18 months. When I read through the current books I have to "catch up" and I get tired of weak plots and characters, I always go to the Lymond Chronicles for my mental recreation. I can't say enough good things about the series. So I'll stop.