Checkmate (The Lymond Chronicles, #6)

Checkmate (The Lymond Chronicles, #6)For The First Time Dunnett S Lymond Chronicles Are Available In The United States In Quality Paperback EditionsSixth In The Legendary Lymond Chronicles, Checkmate Takes Place In , Where Francis Crawford Of Lymond Is Once Again In France, Leading An Army Against England But Even As The Scots Adventurer Succeeds Brilliantly On The Battlefield, His Haunted Past Becomes A Subject Of Intense Interest To Forces On Both Sides

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  • Paperback
  • 581 pages
  • Checkmate (The Lymond Chronicles, #6)
  • Dorothy Dunnett
  • English
  • 10 August 2019
  • 9780679777489

10 thoughts on “Checkmate (The Lymond Chronicles, #6)

  1. says:

    A heady experience, for an only child accustomed to single thread happiness, and not to the moment of creation that occurs when the warp is interlocked with the weft When the singer is matched with the sounding board the dream with the poet When the sun and the fountain first meet one another.Side by side they were evading, she and Francis Crawford, a pack of men who intended to kill them About time we got to the romance part of this historical romance series Adventures and battles and journeys to distant lands we had aplenty But the hero s heart remained throughout uncommited A accurate description would be that his heart was the best kept secret of Lymond s life Understandably so, seeing as most of the people he cared deeply about had been removed from the board of these deadly chess games with human pawns we have witnessed in five sprawling volumes view spoiler Diccon and Salablanca, Tosh and Christian Stewart Oonagh Will Scott and his father Turkey Mat and Tom Erskine the dog Luadhas the child Khaireddin What shall I say to your son when I meet him Don t be surprised your sire loved me also is a bittersweet reminder of the characters I have come to care so much about, and who are missing from the final roll call hide spoiler

  2. says:

    Is it logical to be this sad about the happy ending of a book The very phrase sounds like a contradiction in itself, as happy endings are supposed to make you happy, and the sensitive ones might shed some tears too, but essentially tis supposed to make you feel satisfied, elated about the conclusion And yet Scratching your heads already There s a reason for this, not related to the ending proper Rather, it s about the voyage towards that ending, the harrowing path leading to that moment of happiness on the verge of the curtain s fall, that leaves a bittersweet taste with a slight prominence of the bitter part There s a satisfactory ending, and there s merriment, yet the price of victory has been so dizzyingly high to arrive there, the dues had to be paid sometimes in blood, other times in losing that which one wanted most To defeat Sauron, Frodo has to be broken To defeat his arch nemesis, Lymond has to sacrifice an innocent s life You get the point Sacrifice is perhaps the undercurrent theme in this final volume, in my opinion Not a new theme it s been there since the first book, when Lymond loses the first of his men in service and the first of his women The book opens with our hero in trouble once , for a woman that he has just rediscovered after years at the most unfortunate of timings, for all he wants now is to resume his job as Voevoda Bolshoia of Russia and thinks he needs no skirts round him Kings care nothing for those pesky trifles called other people s sentiments, however not when they have the whole of Spain and England happily crushing their armies and they happen to know the best general in Europe is in the dominions masquerading as what else a travelling singer One would think Francis would ve learnt that to impersonate bards in France won t be working a second time, but good Scotsman that he is, if somethin isna workin , by gods ye stick to it, lad Unsurprisingly, he is caught and persuaded with those so kingly methods of persuasion known as blackmail and threats to accept the job of Lieutenant General to Henri II for a year, in exchange for a pontifical solution to all his women issues Problem is, when your women issues are called Sybilla, Philippa and Marthe, you need the combined efforts of Dunnett and God instead of the King of France and the Pope Lymond is soon joined by his ladies at varying points in the timeline of his stay in France, and what ensues is the succession of events I hinted at, which will have the reader on edge Chief amongst those, the highlights would be the mystery of his parentage, so convoluted that I attempted many guesses at it, all failed, and that affects Lymond than expected Suffice to say that there s a reason for Dunnett s subtle and not so subtle stressing on the name Francis Crawford of Lymond and Sevigny, in all its variations Next would be that our Comte de Sevigny reveals a new layer we d not seen but that d been glimpsed in the two last books before this one I was hardly halfway through the whole series when I said in passing that Lymond s story was in need of three things a loyal friend to rely on, an arch rival to fight, and someone to love Sweet summer child that I was, didn t imagine it d develop this way, with Lymond feeling so unworthy and his deep seated self loathing Not that I blame him one whit, after the experiences he has had it s not that complicated to understand his reasons for valuing himself so low in this regard I too have had my Margaret Lennox, my Aga Morat, and my Joleta Reid Malett, as G zel so wisely put it With such a burden on, I suffered alongside him than in all the volumes combined, and many times the desire to curse heartily in all the languages I know was barely stifled by the presence of a casual audience round me Throughout the long plotline, the author spares Lymond no amount of pain, physical and emotional, pushing him over the cliff thrice yes, three times and all of them bound to shock Please, Dame Dorothy, for the love of the Almighty, if this is going to end in tragedy, at least give him an epic and painlessly quick death, yes But of course the brilliant lady isn t going to listen, and just when I had already abandoned all hope, resigned myself to the gloomiest of gloomy ends, and had the ice cream and paper tissues nearby, there this small ray of sunlight breaks through so unexpected and welcome Of course, I can t tell what it was, but I can tell that said scene is one I read, re read and read again after re reading Right now, as I write this review, I am re reading it Boy, does it compensate for belabouring across the previous five hundred pages Yes, it s bittersweet There are so many good friends fallen and dear characters missing, unfairness left unpunished, mistakes that can t be righted but accepted, needless sacrifices that could ve been avoided, and Francis Crawford of Lymond and Sevigny still carries the wounds on his body, and his mind will need adjusting after over fifteen years of reckless adventures But he has gained balance, and hope, and that which he most wanted, all that better expressed in his own words We have reached the open sea, with some charts and the firmament That s all a good sailor needs, after the turbulent sailing, and all the closure this little reader hoped for A satisfying conclusion to a grandiose series that is now pretty close to my heart, and so deserving of being read and appreciated by people.

  3. says:

    10 stars I shall harness thee a chariotof lapis lazuli and goldCome into our dwelling, in theperfume of the cedars.This fragment of poetry is laced through the chapters of this book, and for me, it evokes the emotions of longing and and finally, fulfillment to be found in the Lymond Chronicles.Masterfully woven, filled with tension, hope, despair, grief, violence and love Checkmate brings the saga of Francis Crawford of Culter, Comte de Sevigny to a close Alas, any story following this is bound to be a disappointment, with a few notable exceptions Dunnett is without question a master of historical fiction She challenges us with her French and literary quotations, her olde English, to join the journeys and adventures of the remarkable Lymond I promise you, if you accept the challenge, and wade into the depths of 16th century Europe with Lymond, his brother Richard, his mother Sybilla, his fellow armsmen, his women, and finally his love you will not be disappointed I join the ranks of people who say, Oh, I love these books, and sigh with poignant regret that they are now read.I will be rereading them, that is without doubt From racing through to find out what happens, to stopping to savor the beauty and terror along the way, I find myself even now returning to parts of the book to reread, to recall bits lost and to re savor the wealth.

  4. says:

    A wonderfully satisfying conclusion to an extremely convoluted and well plotted historical series The main character Francis Lymond was a tortured soul, an enigma but who lived by his own code of honour An unforgettable hero than capably matched by his young wife Philippa In fact the whole cast of characters whether heroes or villains were so well drawn.One had to wonder after following Francis Lymond through all of his trials and political intrigue and across so many continents if he would ever find peace or the answers that he sought In this final installment all is revealed and makes for very satisfying if exhausting reading.In summation of the final installment, the seriesfabulous,.absolutely fabulous.

  5. says:

    WOW I would give this 6 stars if I could There are no words to adequately give praise to this final book in the Lymond Chronicles.Unwillingly brought to France by well meaning friends, Lymond reluctantly accepts a commission in the armies of King Henri II, while struggling with an array of challenges and complications in his personal life As passions flare and personalities clash, the mysteries of Lymond s character and origins become clear, forcing him to deal with his own tarnished past and ambiguous nature.I have to agree with the Washington Post which claimed that Dorothy Dunnett is the finest living writer of historical fiction She is now my favorite author and this book and it predecessors as my favorite novel s and blows all other books I ve read out of the water I feel sorry for the book that I ll be reading next because nothing will be as rich and rewarding as what I ve just experienced.I m buying the companion book so that I can reread all six books and hopefully understand all the references and languages that were so equivocal to my uneducated mind.Favorite lines You might, without my crediting it, fall deeply in love and forever, with some warped hunchback whelped in the gutter I should equally stop you from taking him P.353 Do I appear, she inquired, crazed with lust His eyes flicked wide open, Lymond considered her Then he bent his head, and she could not tell if he was smiling Very seldom, he said Or artless Or addled Or excitable She was getting angrier Is that why you keep recoiling as if I was a line of armed calvary He was not smiling He looked up slowly and met her gaze, his own level He said, I beg your pardon I didn t know I was giving quite such an insufferable impression P 81

  6. says:

    There is, I think, a line in one of Jane Austen s pieces of juvenilia which reads something like It was too pathetic for the feelings of Sophia and myself we fainted alternately upon a sofa.Yeah, that about sums it up.

  7. says:

    It s been exactly a week since I finished this book and I still don t know what to say about it besides something incoherent while flapping my hands about and sobbing THESE BOOKS, MY GOD So instead I ll just plot summarize a bit This book finds Lymond back in France after the events of book five He wants to get back to Russia but instead agrees to stay in France for a year to help their campaign against the newly united Spanish and English Thankfully, we re reunited with almost everyone I love right away Adam Blacklock, you are maybe the only reasonable person in these books Danny Archie Jerrott It was oddly comforting to yell at Jerrott again I missed your stupidity Jerrott Marthe Crawfords And obviously Phillipa, one of the coolest heroines ever In this last book Phillipa continues delving into the mystery of Lymond s birth until the whole thing unravels and blows up in their faces Lymond himself is basically held together with gum and duct tape in this book It gets than a bit depressing As with all the books, there are a number of TERRIBLE THINGS that happen The first section of Part Five might be the most oppressively terrible and tough to get through of all the books Something started in the hall of revels scene in the last book continues in this book and leads to some of the best and worst scenes of the book.Overall, I was pleased with how the book and the series wrapped up I cried quiet a bit, but I was expecting that Throughout the course of these books I managed to get so attached to all of the character, who felt like real people, with moments of brilliance and glaring flaws I ll miss the Crawfords and Phillipa and everyone I ll miss Francis Crawford of Lymond, who has become possibly my favorite fictional character I wish there were books to the series but I m looking forward to rereading the first two, as I feel my enjoyment will be much greater when I know what s happening than 20% of the time Everyone should read these books

  8. says:

    Checkmate is a rare book, a unique book It s the only romance novel come on, don t deny it You know it s at heart a romance novel that has thousands of pages of character development in the form of the previous 5 books in the series So the feels when everything comes together in CheckmateThe feels

  9. says:

    Early in this book, Lymond is cornered in the streets of Lyon by various people intent on murdering him With his companion Philippa Somerville he embarks on a high speed chase through the streets and over the rooftops, involving extreme physical danger, courage, agility and a healthy measure of quick witted verbal assaults on his attackers.It s a throwback to a similar episode in Queens Play , but it s also a fair metaphor for the whole Lymond series As a reader, I spent much of my time feeling rather like Philippa pitchforked into situations of which I had no experience forced to keep up by finding a mental toughness and agility I didn t know I possessed.This is the epitome of great historical fiction Dunnett doesn t stop to explain anything she makes few concessions to a modern readership s sensibilities but she invites us into the sparkling, complex, contradictory world of the mid sixteenth century, and shows us exactly what made that world tick And in the process, she shows us a lot about what we too are capable of achieving.I tend to read this book when I need to walk taller, when I need to achieve the impossible This is a summary review I will write a detailed one when I have finished my next reading.

  10. says:

    Oh, I LOVE this series And also hate it so much I never ever finish one of these books without coming away completely wrung out and gasping for air In the best possible way So of course they must be read over and over again Each time I find new things or find I ve forgotten things, so that events continue to strike me like a smack in the head In the best possible way.

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