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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