Teaser Thursday (5): The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett
Yes, I know once again that this is not Thursday, but due to some unforeseen family drama, I decided I’d rather take a bubble bath than get on the computer and post this last night. Sorry!
This week’s tease is from Dorothy Dunnett’s The Game of Kings, the first book in the Lymond Chronicles. I heard quite a few recommendations for this series from readers of the Queen’s Thief series, so I decided to give it a try. I really want to like it, though I have run into a few difficulties thus far. You know there’s bound to be trouble figuring things out when the author provides a list of characters two pages long and they’re not only referred to by their given names or surnames, but by property names as well. It also doesn’t help that the main character starts spouting random phrases in French or Spanish or some other foreign language and no footnotes are provided to tell readers just what the heck he is saying. Nevertheless, I will prevail with this book. I am too stubborn to give up on it.
“Now, ” he said, putting thirteen generations of ice into his voice, “let uth thee what we have here.” And he fixed Scott with the kind of look linked with Assizes.
“You have not, of courthe, come from Roxthburgh?”
“I propothe to thend to Roxthburgh to do juht that.” He paused. “Do you know the penalty of arthon and attempted murder? . . . or wath it a kidnapping? In any cathe, you won’t dithpothe me to lenienthy thith way.”
Grey tried again. “I prethume you are a Thcotthman?”
His Lordship’s misfortune was Scott’s downfall as well. He couldn’t resist it.
“Yeth!” said Scott, and got his mouth shut for him by the buckle of his own belt. He tasted blood (108-109).