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Pawn in Frankincense The Lymond Chronicles #4Holy smokin story I nearly had a heart attack several times and if I hadn t been at work I would ve sobbed my eyeballs outAnd of course now I can t stop so planned November reads Bye bye This series is absolutely wonderful Why are people surprised that Lymond Aristotle's Rhetoric: An Art of Character loves Of course he does so intensely he just can t show itI can t say anything at all without it being a spoilerLymond takes a gift to Sultan Suleiman in Istanbul from the King of France chasing his bastard son before the baby is murdered by the totally evil Graham Mallett As always we see him through everyone s eyes but his New characters and old ever fascinating and richly drawn Incredible detail of the riches and cruelties of the Islamic countries of that time Theooting of Hagia Sophia the maze of the Seraglio where the harem is kept the polishing of Phillippa his old friend s daughter from previous books All of it fine beautiful terrifying and achingly sad 111710 I m adding this bit from a blog post that was Anthropology as Cultural Critique: An Experimental Moment in the Human Sciences lifted by someone else in a yahoo group devoted to Dorothy Dunnett because it so much says how I feelfelt about these boooks Unfortunately theifter didn t give a source so I can t either But anyone who grows to know and Anaphora and Conceptual Structure love Francis Crawford of Lymond will be able to relate It s a good thing she s dead It was my friend Nora on the phone Not hello Penelope this is Nora how are you Just It s a good thing she s dead or I d kill her I d bugged Nora to read the Lymond Chronicles raving that it was the most intense reading experience of myife Now Nora had just finished book four Pawn in Frankincense She was crying she was raging and she wanted nothing better than to throttle Dorothy Dunnett I knew how she feltLymond is my favorite sort of hero the tormented mastermind He is a poet musician mathematical genius and the greatest military mind of his day He is witty in at Between Silences least a dozenanguages He is also so racked by self Betrayals loathing that he repeatedly tries to goad otherwise nice people into killing him He commits appalling acts for reasons that may become clear only hundreds of pagesater into the story Which brings me back to Nora s phone call Dunnett inflicts some cruel sucker punches on her readers This is embarrassing to admit but at onepoint I screamed Traitor threw the book across the room and began wailing in grief My bewildered husband tried to comfort me saying But it s only a story Only a story For the past six weeks it had been my Betrayals: The Unpredictability of Human Relations life I have NEVER read poetry so obscure that Googling it doesn t turn up at all I can now paraphrase the Koran s injunctions oneft handed people recite the names and succession of upto ten of the 16th century Grand Masters of the Hospitaller Knights use the word corybantic in conversation and probably even play a Bat Ode little bit of chess And for all that my god the book still took my heart out and ate it I hate Lymond HATE him Oh Jerott Blyth Iove you though The words now had meaning All poetry had meaning and sorrow she had never envisagedIt would take a review approximately the Bitter Choices: Blue-Collar Women in and out of Work length of the book itself to do Pawn in Frankincense justice and even that wouldikely only capture a fraction of the topics up for discussion I m going to breeze past the ever sexy brand of Orientalism the through ine of drugs and the beautiful and telling descriptive anguage Dunnett employsIs this entire series about a man Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War learning atong Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French last how to have friends and family And if so is this installment the most perfect heart wrenching distillation of that theme Or whatHowever much I try don tet me turn you against meOr what is probably wrong And what would be better Because when you get right down to it what isn t this series about In which specifics can t you read broader implicationsI started this re read intending to keep my eye on Jerott Blyth a character who has grabbed hold of me much the same way Jim Prideaux grabbed hold of me and for similar reasons I couldn t help feeling he deserved the same way Jim Prideaux grabbed hold of me and for similar reasons I couldn t help feeling he deserved I couldn t help feeling that he fell for the wrong people possibly even misplacing his trust I even developed a hashtag for it Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America like you do based on the phrase that Facebook status generator coined for me jerottblythstudies I dog eared page after page building a case forwhat Repression Sadness Secret heroism Deep imperfection Why would I try to build a case for those things Dunnett makes them obviousI got sidetracked as I was bound to by the kids The kids the kids the kids I was sidetracked by the kids and the totally pointless and heartless yet entirely human need to track them and try to figure out whose son is whose once and for all as if Dunnett didn t make that pretty remorselessly clear the first time I read it Still I was hoping alongside Jerott that there was some answer to be had and wishingike fans of Romeo and Juliet that somehow I d reach the story s conclusion to find an entirely different ending waiting for meIt s a fairly common response when revisiting stories on the page or on the screen you first encountered as a kid or teenager to be eft I have run out of stars to award and out of superlatives to describe how awesome this historical epic by Dorothy Dunnett is The previous three books were all five stars for me but pawn takes the game to a whole Pawn takes the game to a whole evel of emotional turmoil Gone is the playful mischievous tone of the youtfull Francis Lymond Gone is for the moment his political ambition to make a name for himself and to prop up his beloved Scotland teetering monarchy This time it s personal I wish to make my fortune with you Well you can forget about that for a start said Francis Crawford And if your place in Paradise has been written then for God s sake hang on to it Because we re going in the opposite direction Note may contain spoilers from this point forward about events and characters from the previous volumes i recommend reading the books in chronological orderHis Nemesis Graham Reid Mallet has been thwarted in his plans to take over the mercenary company Lymond created and forced to run away But he has promised revenge and the Black Nationalism: The Search for an Identity lynchpin of his dirty plans is Khaireddin an innocent child unknowingly fathered by Lymond in one of his past affairs The child is hidden kidnapped and then moved from one city to another all along the Arab controlled part of the Mediterranean coasteading Lymond and his companions on a wild goose chase fraught with peril the roadway to Hell alluded to in the above uote The title of the fourth novel references Khaireddin as the pawn in this Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism latest game of deadly chess Dorothy Dunnett is constructing with frankincense as the symbol of Oriental mysteries But there is a remark by Jerott Blyth that I found relevant and with a deeper reach into Lymond motivations You summon and you throw away You treatove Boggs: A Comedy of Values like a bird for the table Like a pawn now in frankincense now discarded and thrown in the dirt You don t know whatove is either of you And God help us and you if you ever find out I see it as a comment on Lymond. Pawn in Frankincense is the fourth in the Blood Runs Green: The Murder That Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago legendary Lymond Chronicles Somewhere within the bejeweledabyrinth of the Ottoman empire a child. S previous gamemaster role his intellectual detachment and his ruthlessness in following his plans as opposed to those driven by their emotions by their passions In the beginning of the series Lymond was indeed than a bit annoying in his multiple accomplishments and arrogant superiority Chapter by chapter we watch now as he struggles to maintain his cool exterior demeanour while Gabriel strikes indiscriminately at the people around him When the control slips Lymond is deadly and towards the end of the novel he will sacrifice his own health and sanity to put a stop once and for all to Gabriel power plays Lymond was too near the edge too near the imit of the drug the place where driven beyond their means first the body relinuished the race and then the mind Madness cometh sometime of passions of the soul as of business and of great thoughts of sorrow and of too great study and of dread The amount of suffering Lymond is forced to go through is staggering eclipsing often all other considerations about the wealth of historical detail in the novel and the clever plot twists or reversal of fortunes for the secondary characters I know now how some of the other readers were pushed to throw the book at the wall in anger at reading some of the most painful scenes in the novel view spoiler I really wanted Lymond to get back together with Oonagh O Dwyer as I believed she was strong and smart and a good choice for a Building Ideas: An Architectural Guide to the University of Chicago lifelong partner for our hero out of the several women offered as possible candidates Her gruesome fate might be a clever move in the economy of the chess game the author is playing with us but I could have done without the pain and the sorrow ofosing her Later even her death pales in comparison with the actual chess game using human pawns that is played between Lymond and Gabriel in the Top Kapi palace hide spoiler Oooooh boy I feel Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F): Canadian Art: Volume I (A-F) like I m at the top of a rollercoaster s first steepest drop Here I goEdit ARRRRRGH SO FUCKING GREAT EXTREMELY LENGTHY THOUGHTS TO COME LATEREdit the secondI could not stop reading this book Stayed up until 4 am on a weeknight again then proceeded during the next day to read it in the bathroom over a breakfast of oatmeal and in the car while waiting for trafficights to turn green Seen by the Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture lucidight of day this fixation seems a One Touch of Scandal little overwrought Why am I weeping on the airplane with the wadded up ball of my Southwest complimentary napkin affixed to various parts of my splotchy streaming face Why pray tell am I contemplating the idea of purchasing all eight of the Niccolo books new off of com But man oh man this one hit all of my buttons Like ALL of them Continent spanning action check Dazzling descriptions of exoticocales check Political intrigue check Massive emotional stakes check Gorrrrrrrgeous mind expanding writing yes Reuisite writerly showboating which in the past has availed itself to cheetah hunts rampaging elephants moonlit rooftop races epic castle sieges and other carnivalesue riots of activity but now expands its scope to include um gymnastics performed atop galloping horses yup Main character through no small devising of his own WRITHING IN HELLISH AGONY and if you read this series you will understand why this is a source of jolly good fun rather than an indication of my own severely unbalanced mental state check Complex pivotal nuanced girl roles uh huh Adorable kid mommying scenes that made my ovaries suirm check Tension between main character and his dedicated captainbrooding Christian knightloyal friend so thick you could stand a spoon in it awwww yeahLonger thoughts continue here Pawn in Frankincense opens up shortly after the end of The Disorderly Knights as Jerrott and Philippa track Lymond on his search to Knights as Jerrott and Philippa track down Lymond on his to Francis child stolen by renegade Knight Graham Reed Malett and hidden somewhere in the heart of the Ottoman Empire Francis uses his position as an emissary of France delivering gifts to Suleiman the Magnificent as an entr e into the mysterious world of the east as he and his companions continue their desperate search for Lymond s son However the deliciously evil Graham s schemes Bulletproof Feathers lead them on from one falseead to another as the web is spun to bring Francis and troops further into Graham s evil web Nothing and no one is as they seem and the author throws many red herrings and surprises into her tale and eventually we discover that there are two blond blue eyed children being sought One child is Francis who is father of the other Although separated Lymond and his followers all end up in Constantinople as Graham s plots come to fruition and Lymond Jerrott Archie and the mysterious Marthe with the striking resemblance to Lymond begin the fight of their Carson Pirie Scott: Louis Sullivan and the Chicago Department Store lives in a realife chess game with deadly conseuences for any who are captured and Francis battles to maintain his wits against the deadly addiction Graham s schemes have unknowingly afflicted him with As with the first three books in the series Francis Crawford is a fascinating hero and is as suave debonair flawed and fascinating as only a 16th Century version of James Bond could be This book is filled with non stop action and suspense and ends with uite a big surprise of a cliffhanger which will send the reader reaching for the next book in the series The Ringed Castle Lymond Chronicles 5 A solid five stars and my favorite so far in the series How do you review a book for which the current rating system with its maximum five stars Charting an Empire: Geography at the English Universities 1580-1620 looks so insufficient That s the dilemma facing me And as much as I think I can t do justice to it words might convey what the five stars can t explain why exactly I came toove thisThe Chronicles of Lymond had a very rough start for me very rough not so much for the usual reasons as for the protagonist character himself and I was highly sceptical of the day I d adore the series ever arriving Like it maybe Love it unlikely Yet that day has arrived and after Pawn in Frankincense there s a place for Francis Crawford of Lymond and Sevigny in my very short Chameleon Hours list of favouriteiterary charactersAll right all right that s too solemn a way to put it I have a crush on him I bloody Chicago Architecture (Architecture Urbanism) love himDone that s better now Forward to the review bos nWhen the book opens we see him through the unsentimental point of view of Philippa Somerville the girl that hated him forong and the circumstances are so deceptively decadent that we re ready once to place Lymond back so neatly in his Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide little incurable rake box he s gambling at a bathhouse with a dubious personage and some nuns Could itook any debauched Yet hardly a couple of pages go by before we Citrus: A History learn that as it s a rule in Dunnett s books nothing is as bad or as good as it appears and Lymond is really on a mission that has for a purpose to recover a child born in the Turkish harem of Dragut whose parentage is part of the plotline s mysteries Off we go then on another adventure sailing out of Lyons with a troupe including headstrong Philippaoyal and tortured Je. Is hidden Now his father Francis Crawford of Lymond soldier of fortune and the exiled heir of Scottish nobility is searching for him while os.

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Rott ambiguous Marthe even ambiguous Kiaya Khat n tightfisted Gaultier trusty Salablanca and sickly sweet solicitous Onophrion This voyage will take them along the coast of the Moslem ruled parts of the Mediterranean chasing the child Khaireddin from one place to the next barely stopping to catch their breath always finding his trace always getting within arm s reach of him and always crashing down when about to snatch him from his kidnappers It s a mad game in which the personage behind the kidnapping dangles Khaireddin as a carrot before the Scots hare to keep him racing against time and hope People die people betray people hold fast to friends and people Building the South Side: Urban Space and Civic Culture in Chicago, 1890-1919 love during this yearsong race that concludes in the most exotic of places the seraglio of sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in Constantinople There Lymond and his nemesis see each other and have to play chess with human Cite Right: A Quick Guide to Citation Styles--MLA, APA, Chicago, the Sciences, Professions, and More lives it s an astoundingly brilliant scene that will put Lymond in the impossible position of playing God withiving and breathing pawns He is a genius at chess yes but is encumbered by the burden of scruples a disadvantage in this circumstance The decisions he makes are therefore sure to break the readers heart That s as much as can be said without spoiling everyone roundlyThe pace of this storyline is sprightly and rarely allows the reader moments of pause and the revelations come in so uick and fast as in a Classic Rough News longine of ducks ready to shoot I d joked that Dunnett had pulled the rug from under me so many times that I was collecting bruises and as hyperbolic as that might sound it does illustrate how surprising the twists were I didn t expect nor guess practically any but one which is disgraceful for my poor analytic skills but with a writer Class and Conformity: A Study in Values - With a Reassessment (Midway Reprint) like this one I don t mind feeling all fooled and silly It s even part of the charm of these books by this point Does it speak for the extent of my conversion that I ve come to have an indulgent soft spot for the rhymes and the often unintelligible uotes that frustrate so many Yes that s actually happened I don t know from where they come and for the most part not even what they re about really but there are some that Iiked such as the one Lymond sings to Marthe Speaking of the female characters are strong in this narrative a very appreciated bonus in a genre that tends by one reason or another to feature mostly males To the Class Warfare: Class, Race, and College Admissions in Top-Tier Secondary Schools likes of Lady Sybilla Christian and Kate from previous installments we have to add Marthe and Philippa now Both are so well defined each in their own consistent characterisation and add the commonsense touch to the testosterone driven swashbuckling and in some instances even save the day for the whole group Philippa to me has added a new dimension to the phrase The things we do forove that strips it of its negativity whilst keeping the undercurrent allusion to sacrifice One can t help but Common People: The History of An English Family love her personality her practicality and no nonsense worldview a much needed anchor to reality that was so needed in these booksNo I can t do justice to this book You will have to read it and submerge yourself into the plot and see with what emotions you emerge at the end To me this deserves to be widely read and appreciated so paraphrasing the wise words of Gandalf Run people run to read this now OH MY GOD MY HEART I justWHAT SO UPSETTING Every book I think it can t possibly get worse and then it DOES And every book I think I can t possiblyove this book series and I do I think it s been years since a book has made my cry uncontrollably Citizens and Paupers: Relief, Rights, and Race, from the Freedmen's Bureau to Workfare like I did reading this one So heartbreaking and yet so good The plot is crazy as usual and this bookike the third was action packed pretty much from start to finish All the new characters were great especially Marthe who is badass All the characters are so well drawn and developed and feel so much conquest and community:the afterlife of warrior saint ghazi miyan like real people Also they are awesome Lymond Phillipa I missed the Crawford family but if I had my way these books would be all Crawfords having fun times instead of being emotionally destroyed I m so afraid of the terrible things that I m sure are to come in the next book But I feelike starting it now SO GOOD AND YET SO UPSETTING The character of Philippa Somerville pretty well stole my heart in the second half of the prior Lymond novel The Disorderly Knights as I watched her turn from passionate Lymond hater to grudging Lymond supporter argely via her well developed sense of fair play You ve got to enjoy any character who can not only admit she s wrong but take all the necessary steps to redress the wrongs she s done in thought or deed Philippa is in other words a character with character And she s not even a grown up yet as that novel endsIn Pawn in Frankincense she is still uite young but that doesn t stop her doing exactly what she wants which in this case is to t Please do me a favor and block off a significant portion of your day to finish this book ALONE I a favor and block off a significant portion of your day to finish this book ALONE I a busy week and ended up only having time to read on the bus When it got to that scene I was finding it difficult to breathe difficult to continue reading without shaking and crying and I had to take breaks from the scene to breathe and ook out of the window so I wouldn t throw the book across the crowded Ride On bus and break down into tears On the walk from the bus stop to my building I actually told myself I had to be as strong as Philippa Marthe and I held my head up high with watery eyes and braved the five minute walk without having to stop and cry As soon as I was alone in the bathroom the intense emotions took their tollWhat a beautiful book though Dorothy paints an exuisite background for us as we go baby hunting all across the Mediterranean and end up within the gorgeous Topkapi Palace in Stamboul Istanbul Constantinople It was such fun to imagine the city in all her splendor under the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent with Rustem Pasha as the Grand Vizier We are in Jerott s head for a ot of Pawn in Frankincense And Phillippa S Phillippa Comes Along For The Ride and Phillippa s Phillippa comes along for the ride we ove that don t we She is so identifiable and she made the book fun with her etters back to Kate and her sweet enduring innocence Dorothy has created a handful of the strongest female characters that I have ever
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in fiction Phillippa is our strong ittle pre teenteenager who ends up proving herself beyond anything I would have imagined For about a week I was convinced that I would name my first daughter Phillippa but I m starting to rethink that It s kind of a horses name isn t itLymond has so many feelings We never see them but in this book we certainly do I felt Contingent Lives: Fertility, Time, and Aging in West Africa like I actually knew what was going on behind those cold beautiful blue eyes for awhile there Oh my and Marthe and the poetry Ohh and this book is so gay Much gayer than theast some of it is only there if you notice it not super obvious but some of it is pretty blatant And Phillippa in the Harem Scandalous I was ooking forward to witnessing an Oonagh Lymond conversation. Tensibly engaged on a mission to the Turkish Sultan At stake is a pawn in a cutthroat game whose gambits include treason enslavement and murd.