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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Ringed Castle by Dorothy Dunnett, read by David Monteath.

Sixteen-year-old Philippa Somerville has left Constantinople intact. Returning to England as wife in name only to Francis Crawford of Lymond, she wastes no time in seeking the truth about her new spouse, even as she finds herself navigating the paranoid court of Queen Mary. 

Lymond, meanwhile, arrives in Moscow to assist its young Tsar Ivan to create a fledgling Russian army. But when he is tasked to visit London as Ivan's envoy, his path is bound to cross that of the wife he has sworn to divorce. 

Yet neither Lymond nor Philippa, caught up in their own scheming, can quite see the vast conspiracy enshrouding them....

©1971 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • 29-12-18

gripping

Dunnet at her best. l am looking forward to book six and will try not to finish it too soon

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  • 18-01-21

History, mystery and romance.

Historically accurate visits to far off places. Bold adventure, an invincible hero and romance. A classic Dorothy Dunnett.

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  • helen
  • 05-02-20

A Good Book

The Twist and Turns of the story continue and this makes it a good book. Narration is excellent.

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  • KalteStern
  • 31-08-19

Good book, but annoying protagonist

Dorothy Dunnett has a distinctive writing style, which I suspect that you will either love or hate - can be satisfyingly immersive when it comes to the historical settings, but the endlessly oblique and obscure dialogue between her characters can be very wearisome. And all her books basically feature versions of the same arrogant conceited main character, who frankly is a complete pain. Liked the Russian setting for this one, and quite well read, although I didn't like his characterisation of Philippa, who is meant to be intelligent, educated and self assured, not some modest mouse