What a wonderful book. Once one gets used to Dunnett's flowers language (which absolutely suits the book)one is transported into a world that's a combination of Sir Walter Scott and every 1950's Hollywood costumed historical film one has ever seen. All the clichés are there: drinking contests, trial by combat, card playing contests to settle life-or-death situations, but written so naturally that they seem perfectly logical. Lymond himself, the main character, is the most human superman one could imagine, even attempting suicide at one point.
One would have thought some producer would have made a TV series from just this book, one a series of Lymonds, but there's no sex and no nudity :)
The book requires attention and dedication from the reader, but it is well worth it.