Pawn in Frankincense

Pawn in Frankincense

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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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1997
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
ISBN: 9780679777465
Branch Call Number: F Dun


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Apr 26, 2017

Fourth of the Lymond Chronicles, and my favorite so far. With Gabriel having escaped a duel with Lymond, and Lymond finally learns of the existence of his son. Now he chases that child. If he doesn't, he knows Gabriel will kill him. But he does it out of duty, not love for a baby he's never met, and his temper gets worse and worse, as the trip becomes more and more dangerous. Philippa has followed him, "to take care of the baby," giving him another burden. In France, they meet Marthe, a beautiful woman who looks exactly like Lymond. Are they related? They learn there are 2 babies, who look alike, and in a terrible "chess game," Lymond has to choose between them, and is finally able to revenge himself on Gabriel. He sends Philippa, Archie with his son back to his mother in Scotland, and goes on another adventure after Marthe saves his own life. Most satisfactory.


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