The Disorderly Knights is the third volume in The Lymond Chronicles following Queens' Play.
Dorothy Dunnett's series is cherished for its romance, adventure, and colorful historical scenes.The year is 1551, and Scottish nobleman Francis Crawford of Lymond has been called to fight with the Knights of Hospitallers to defend the island of Malta against the Turks.
©1994 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
Having anxiously waited for what seems to be forever, finally The Lymond Chronicles!
Audible, please make the The Game of Kings (Book 1) available as quickly as possible! These books should be savored in the order they were written and as I have read them in the "old-fashioned" way atleast once a year since they were originally released in print.
It is so wonderful to have the books currently available read by such an accomplished narrator. Beautiful inflexion; realistic and measured pace just as I would have imagined Ms. Dunnett to have meant.
So very pleased!! I will keep these books in "My Library" for always!
This was the hardest book of the series to read. To watch Lymond meet a man who is his match in all ways makes for an amazing story. The honorable and righteous knight of Malta is an older version of Lymond, and the younger man chafes against the perceived restraint. Listening to this book is a much more rewarding experience than reading it. To read it was difficult. I won't say why, as that would ruin the story, but in listening to it, once picks up the subtle nuisances and cues, and realizes how a scene can appear to have something happening, but in reality is totally different. I would suggest listening to it twice, if you aren't familiar with the story, in order to get the full impact.
This is a stunning story, as are all in this series, with the knowledge of the times, the geography, and all that makes a man great. Lymond, Gabriel, and his sister, the beautiful Jolletta, make for a compelling triangle, as Lymond contrives to not be mastered, when all around him wish him to have a steadying influence in the magnificent Garbriel, Knight of the Order of St. John.
As always, the mixture of humor (Lymond routing an army with 80 sheep in helmets sweeping down a hillside in the dark), to the arid landscape of Malta, and the amazing climax in the cathedral of Edinburgh, makes for a story that will keep you second guessing all the way until the very end.
this book and the series are simply brilliant. Dunnett is a genius without match among authors of the 20th and 21st centuries.
For me, the book was spoiled by the narration. Mr Napier is a Scot but he clearly isn't from the Borders. His pronunciation of many place names is shudderingly incorrect for instance Wauchope. I can quibble about the pronunciation of Cumbrian and Northumbrian place names but I'm surprised a Scotsman clearly does not know how to pronounce haugh in the Scottish manner (it is different again in
Northumbria but that isn't an issue in this story). I find his consistent referral to Kerrs as Carrs to be particularly grating (Kerr is somewhere between Cur and Care) The name/title Home is pronounced Hume The Somervilles are given pronounced Northern English accents but given their education and connections at court they most likely would have been bilingual in contemporary standard English and the local dialect. I am happy to report that from the next book in the series onwards, Lymond is not pronounced Limond.! It's a great story in a great series but it could have been so much better. I'm also left wondering how many other audiobook narrations are horribly flawed by mispronunciations but I don't realize it.
Loved it and the cjaracters, the reader and how enthralling it was.I MUST get the next book!!
Have read and re read all the Lymond books, but experiencing them on audio is like starting again, can't stop listening.
"Plodding predictable historically inaccurate wordy"
While the earlier books in this series were passable, they're showing their age now. The narrator does passably well with this wordy mess, but the creaking plot and predictable characters kill all enjoyment. An easy miss.
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