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In this fourth book in the legendary Lymond Chronicles, Francis Crawford of Lymond desperately searches the Ottoman empire for his kidnapped child. 

Somewhere within the bejeweled labyrinth of the Ottoman empire, a child is hidden. Now his father, Francis Crawford of Lymond, soldier of fortune and the exiled heir of Scottish nobility, is searching for him while ostensibly engaged on a mission to the Turkish sultan. At stake is the political order of three continents, for Lymond's child is a pawn in a cutthroat game whose gambits include treason, enslavement, and murder. In that game's final move, which is played inside the harem of the Topkapi palace, Lymond will come face to face with his most implacable enemy and the dreadful ambiguities of his own nature.

With a foreword by the author.

©2010 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

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

“Vivid, engaging, densely plotted.... Dunnett is a master of suspense and misdirection.” (The New York Times)

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

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The best historical novelist meets the best voice

The Dunnett/Monteath (writer/narrator) killer duo continues in this jaw-droppingly great historical novel. Pawn in Frankincense (fourth in the Lymond Chronicles - it's best to read the books in order) will take you on a mind-boggling journey from the France of Henri II, along the Mediterranean to Turkey in the age of Suleiman the Magnificent. Then it'll rip your heart out and leave you glad that it did. This novel is a great one in any form, but listening to David Monteath's masterful narration brings new levels of understanding and suspense to the experience. Highest recommendation.

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What an emotional roller coaster!

This book, so far, is the best one in the series. I read the last four chapters in one breathe! As someone who came to the series because I was promised an epic love story, I'm finally starting to get my payoff. I'm here for the slowest of slow burn love stories! By now, I'm completely obsessed with Lymond, as flawed as he is. And Philippa is an icon, I have no choice but to stan. Thank God, there are two more books!

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Have you noticed the chess-themed titles?

Every volume in Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles is suspenseful, action-packed, and gorgeously described. Pawn in Frankincense, directly following events in the previous novel (The Disorderly Knights) follows an intense pursuit throughout the Mediterranean to Istanbul, with a diverse and quarrelsome cast of characters. Our hero (or antihero?) is brought to a breaking point, and Dunnett develops two--or three--remarkable female characters who will continue to play significant roles.

I can't say much more without spoilers, but a certain event in this novel caused at least one reader to stop reading and give up on the series. There will be tears. Please don't give up.

David Monteath continues to perform outstanding narration with distinctive characterization and accents.