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Publisher's Summary

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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Glorious end to a saga

The last book of the Lymond Chronicles is so satisfying!! I love this series and this book so much. My only disappointment is how David Monteath manages—or doesn’t— the French and Italian, of which there is lots. Is he using the British approach to French? Is he trying to use 16th century pronunciation as for the Old English quotes and songs? It is extremely distracting. It’s hard yo imagine he or the company recording him did not do a thorough investigation of how to pronounce things.

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Checkmate great book!

The last book in the Lymond series. It was great, as are all the other books in the series.

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Outstanding Series!

I loved every minute of this epic series! So glad I finally met Lymond Crawford. Will revisit this series again many times. So much more to glean from the text. Dorothy Dunnett is unsurpassed!

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the brilliant conclusion to the brilliant story

listen to every Dorothy Dunnett novel. This piece is a fantastic romance as well as a strong work of philosophy and politics.

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outstanding

Start at the beginning of the series, but read it. Best historical fiction I have ever read.

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Great series

Dunnett has written one of the greatest historical novels of all time, spanning 6 books and to boot an unforgettable love story. Monteath is a fabulous narrator.

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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.