The Game Of Kings

The Game Of Kings: The Lymond Chronicles Book One

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 25/02/1999
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Discover the compelling and addictive adventure from one of the nation's favourite historical writers, perfect for fans of Game of Thrones

'A brilliant storyteller, The Lymond Chronicles will keep you reading late into the night' The Times Literary Supplement

'I despised men who accepted their fate. I shaped mine twenty times and had it broken twenty times in my hands'

1547. After five years imprisonment and exile far from his homeland, Francis Crawford of Lymond - scholar, soldier, rebel, nobleman, outlaw - returns to Edinburgh.

But for many in an already divided Scotland, where conspiracies swarm around the infant Queen Mary, he is not welcome.

Lymond is wanted for treason and murder, and he is accompanied by a band of killers and ruffians who will only bring further violence and strife.
Is he back to foment rebellion?
Does he seek revenge on those who banished him?
Or has he returned to clear his name?

No one but the enigmatic Lymond himself knows the truth - and no one will discover it until he is ready . . .

'A storyteller who could teach Scheherazade a thing or two about pace, suspense and imaginative invention' New York Times

'Melodrama of the most magnificent kind' Guardian


  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780140282399
  • Number of pages: 528
  • Weight: 362g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 31 mm

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The Game Of Kings
complex, confounding, mesmerising
The story opens with a man returning to his homeland from exile. He is a disgraced aristocrat with a terrible reputation, an outlaw, a traitor, “the devil ... READ MORE
Gillian Kirkland
The Game Of Kings
Everybody needs to read this series!
I was first put on to Dorothy Dunnett by my friend's mum. I picked up this book, not knowing what to expect other than a period novel. I was mind-blown, sp... READ MORE
Kathryn Hill
The Game Of Kings
a superlative adventure, romance set in a turbulent period of mediaeval European history, by a master storyteller., possibly the best I have ever read.
I bought the Game of KIngs for my teenage granddaughter, at Christmas. She had asked for a historical adventure, Romance , well written and absorbing.I had... READ MORE