Hello! I'm new to the series as well..I'm on page 355 of the Random House "The Game of Kings" and loving it. Unfortunately, I have also an essay due tomorrow and the book is proving to be an effective distraction. Having been forewarned by numerous people, I was prepared not to understand a lot of what Lymond says. Haha. Must get my hands on the companion books. The enjoyment of the book isn't taken away by not understanding everything, but I'm sure that it would be much more enjoyable if the reader caught what they are really saying. Still! Am very excited to continue the series.And I must say, I thought that Christian's prisoner was Will Scott too! Dunnett's tricks that you mentioned were exactly what made me think it was Will. So interesting! I told my friend that I thought it was Will at first and she disagreed, saying that no matter what guise Lymond is in, you can always tell that it's him from the way he talks. Anyway, I think this community is great! Especially for people like me who want to discuss the books (must talk to someone about it!) but are afraid of spoilers. =)
Welcome to the community! Sorry I'm so late in replying!I think, this early in the series, the reader doesn't KNOW Lymond well enough to recognize him as Christian's prisoner. Especially when we haven't seen him act so charming and open before. So I think it's vague who the prisoner is, purposefully, and an easy deceit. Has your friend read the series before? Reading it now, I think "Of COURSE it's Lymond!" but that's only because I know him so well this time around.