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Pawn in Frankincense - book 4 of The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett

Review by Alleandra

The World
This begins soon after tDK ends. The action takes place all over, beginning in Baden, moving throughout Europe, climaxing in Stamboul, before heading back in a westerly direction. It is 1552.

The Characters
Francis Crawford of Lymond & Sevigny, Jerott Blythe and Graham Reid-Malett, Philippa Somerville, the Dame de Doubtance, Marthe, Georges Gaultier, Leone Strozzi. Archie Abernathy, Oonagh O’Dwyer, Guzel, Mikel, the Aga Morat, amny others.

The Story
A child, barely more then an infant, has been hidden within the depths of the Ottoman Empire, and it is up to its father, Francis Crawford of Lymond & Sevigny, to try and find its location, save its mother and keep the balance of political favor between Turkey and France (whom he is representing as a Special Envoy) from being destroyed. Meanwhile, his greatest enemy has set a myriad of gruesome traps that prevent him from finding his son.

One of the most exciting and gut wrenching scenes ever takes place in this roller coaster ride of a book. In fact, when I was rereading this series, I actually considered not reading Pawn as I did not want to go through it again. I did, of course. Once you start, you really can’t put it down. The first time reading it, I stayed up until 4 am to finish, and the second time through was almost as bad. What is great about this book and the entire series in the depth of detail and nuances. One can read these books over and over and still find much to discover. The characters are so layered and complex that the reader is continually learning new things. Highly recommended.

5 amulets

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