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Checkmate

Book Six in the Legendary Lymond Chronicles
Narrated by: David Monteath
Series: Legendary Lymond Chronicles, Book 6
Length: 28 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Sixth in the legendary Lymond Chronicles, Checkmate takes place in 1557, 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.

©2010 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Exciting, dangerous, fascinating.” (The Boston Globe)

“[Dunnett’s] hero...is as polished and perceptive as Lord Peter Wimsey and as resourceful as James Bond.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“A masterpiece of historical fiction.” (The Washington Post)

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A brilliant conclusion to the legendary series

Another reviewer called this volume a "rollercoaster," and that seems an accurate description of the emotional and action-packed ride Dunnett takes us through in the final volume of the Lymond Chronicles. Characters are pushed to their physical and emotional limits. Political, family, and personal conflicts, both historical and fictional, drive the various plotlines. Two marriages teeter in the balance here: Lymond's and that of Mary, Queen of Scots.
David Monteath's narration is taxed somewhat by the extreme amount of French (including the archaic French prophecies of Nostradamus) interspersed throughout, but he is so good with everything else that I forgive his French and still give him five stars.