By Dorothy Dunnett
For the 1st time Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles come in the U.S. in caliber paperback editions.
Second within the mythical Lymond Chronicles, Queen's Play follows Frances Crawford of Lymond who has been by surprise referred to as into the provider of Mary Queen of Scots. notwithstanding she is just a bit lady, the Queen is already the item of malicious intrigues that stretch from her local kingdom to the court docket of France. it's to France that Lymond needs to trip, workout his sword hand and his agile wit whereas additionally venture the main not likely of masquerades, all to ensure that his charge's royal individual remains intact.
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