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Checkmate (Lymond Chronicles) by Dorothy…

Checkmate (Lymond Chronicles) (original 1975; edition 1999)

by Dorothy Dunnett

Series: Lymond Chronicles (6)

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Before George R. R. Martin there was Dorothy Dunnett . . . THE PERFECT GIFT for fans of A Game of Thrones. 'She is a brilliant story teller, The Lymond Chronicles will keep you reading late into the night, desperate to know the fate of the characters you have come to care deeply about.' The Times Literary Supplement Checkmate is the sixth and final book in the series ----------------------------- 'If they place the sun in my right hand and the moon in my left and ask me to give up my mission, I will not give it up until the truth prevails or I myself perish in the attempt . . .' It is 1557 and legendary Scottish warrior Francis Crawford of Lymond is once more in France. There he is leading an army to rout the hated English from Calais. Yet while Lymond seeks victory on the battlefield he is haunted by his troubled past - chiefly the truth about his origins and his marriage (in name only) to young Englishwoman Philippa Somerville. As the French offer him a way out of his marriage and his wife appears in France on a mission of her own, the final moves are made in a great game that has been playing out over an extraordinary decade of war, love and struggle - bringing the Lymond Chronicles to a spellbinding close. 'A masterpiece of historical fiction' Washington Post 'Melodrama of the most magnificent kind' The Guardian… (more)
Title:Checkmate (Lymond Chronicles)
Authors:Dorothy Dunnett
Info:Penguin Books (1999), Paperback, 688 pages
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Checkmate by Dorothy Dunnett (1975)

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Full review, complete with famous Sideshow Bob scene, over at my blog. ( )
  KateSherrod | Aug 1, 2016 |
And so, this series comes to an end, Lymond and Philippa are in France ostensibly pursuing their divorce, and Philippa was pursuing the truth of Lymonds birth. Painful in places, with familial confrontations, and loving the wrong, or the right people.
Oh, there's a story about the French campaign to retake Calais, Lymond hoping to get back to Russia, but the personal comes very much to the fore here.
High romance, thwarted love, high ideals and low consequences. a fitting end Beuatiful. ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
If you have been keeping track, by the end of The Ringed Castle Francis Crawford of Lymond had returned to Scotland from Russia and it had been revealed he had actually killed his own son. Also at the end of Ringed Castle Lymond was trying to return to Russia while still married to Philippa, but by the end of Ringed Castle it was obvious (at least to me) the relationship between them was changing. There were even hints of romance blossoming for Philippa. Maybe that was a spoiler alert for Checkmate?
Anyway, when we begin Checkmate the year is 1557. Francis Crawford of Lymond is back in France, now as the comte de Sevigny, leading an army against England. Despite his best efforts to divorce Philippa, their marriage continues to used as political leverage and control his inability to return to Russia. He is ordered to fight for the French for one year before his marriage can be annulled. Philippa's feelings for her husband continue to evolve slowly as she is still insistent on learning the truth of his parentage. It's this dark secret that introduces the character of astrologer ("yon pisse-pot prophet") Nostradamus to the plot. Note: Each chapter starts with a prophesy of Nostradamus in old French. It isn't necessary to have them translated to enjoy the story. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Jan 20, 2016 |
Unbelievably tense and brilliant, full of plot twists and drama, ending to Lymond! Very hard to resist skipping ahead to see what happens, but try to, as the payoff is fantastic. ( )
  lxydis | May 11, 2013 |
Not as grim as some, but still has gross moments, notably the death of a villain while in the act of raping the heroine ( )
  antiquary | Jan 24, 2013 |
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