It’s another Tuesday and another Top Ten, so my TTT is books to try if you like the epic historical fiction series the Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett( in my humble opinion!).
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Even if f you haven’t read the Lymond Chronicles ( review here) by Dorothy Dunnett, you may have read books influenced by them.
Lymond, the slender,blond,intriguing,seductive,alluring,infuriating.funny,clever and of course tortured with a complicated past is a type of hero I’ve come across many times. This historical fiction series features an overriding arc, political intrigue, mystery, twists, betrayal, romance and was perhaps ahead of its time in its references to Lymond’s sexuality ( these books were written in the 60’s and 70’s).Read more: Top Ten Tuesday- Top Ten Books to read if you enjoyed Dorothy Dunnett’s epic historical fiction series, the Lymond Chronicles.
I would love to read more books like this but here are the ones that I think would appeal to fans of this amazing series and of course please leave your suggestions in the comments.
Captive Prince Trilogy by C. S. Pacat
The only fantastical element of the Captive Prince trilogy is the fact it is set up in a made-up country but these books has all of the elements I love from the Lymond Chronicles- a twisty, unreadable character, political intrigue and plenty of twists despite its problematic themes in the first book.
The Burning Chambers series by Kate Mosse
This incomplete series set in Europe 1562 follows Minou and her family dealing with persecution of the Hugenots. The story spans generations and I can’t wait to see how this story continues.
The Burning Chambers ( review here) and The City of Tears ( review here)
St Mary Chronicles by Jodi Taylor
This hilarious science-fiction series featuring a time traveling agency found of tea may seem like an odd choice but this series features an unpredictable heroine who would do anything for the people she loves and the cause she believes ( like Lymond) and has a mysterious background, plot twists that are truly inspired .The descriptions of places and society in the past reminds of Dunnett.
The Burning Kingdoms by Tasha Suri
This Indian inspired fantasy series features morally grey women who would do anything to get what they want. The books also feature a complicated romance and political manipulation.
( The Jasmine Throne ( review here) / Oleander Throne-review here)
Tarot Sequence by K D Edwards ( series review here)
An urban fantasy series set in a fictional Atlanta. Rune St John is the last of the House of Sun but why did his family have to fall and who was behind it. The overall mystery arc reminds me of Lymond’s quest to find out who his family are.
Chorus of Dragons by Jenna Lyons( series review here)
Kirin, the hero, is slight and blond, like Lymond and plays a complicated game to beat his brother. There is so many stories, plotlines, mysteries, family trees and characters packed into this series, it could give the Lymond Chronicles a run for its money.
The Expanse by James S A Corey ( series review here)
This science-fiction series has it all space battles, politics, action, betrayal, a glorious arc that last through all of the books of the series and the crew of The Rociante- a literal rag tag group of people who somehow finds themselves having to save the universe.
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R Martin
I don’t think I have to say why this reminds me of the Lymond articles but even through the series is incomplete, these books are worth reading just for the sheer drama of its plots.
House of Niccolo by Dorothy Dunnett
The prequel series to Lymond can be read by itself and of course has all the elements of the Lymond chronicles. Niccolo is a more relatable hero compared to Lymond despite his frightening intelligence and his ability to hold a grudge.
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