By Dorothy Dunnett
For the 1st time Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles come in the USA in caliber paperback editions.
The first ebook within the mythical Lymond Chronicles, Game of Kings occurs in 1547. Scotland has been humiliated via an English invasion and is threatened by way of machinations somewhere else past its borders, however it continues to be loose. mockingly, her freedom may well rely on a guy who stands accused of treason: Francis Crawford of Lymond.
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