The merchant Niccolo, soldier, banker to Kings; shunned by all who know him after revelations of his murderous mischief-making. But his talents are too great to be squandered, and a subtle political dance ensues as rivals in Poland, Venice, and Persia bid for his services in trade and war and diplomacy. He will discover a new purpose in life.
Meet Cola, otherwise Nicholas de Fleury, passing a tumultuous winter in the sparkling theatre that is Danzig, 1474. Soon he will be offered work for his dangerous talents- through the eastern envoys of Venice, or the Persian prince Uzum Hasan. Yet whatever he chooses to do, Nicholas has more private concerns- his personal enemies; the lure of lost gold; the family he is striving to protect. 'Her latest Niccolo novel, Caprice and Rondo, will not disappoint committed "Dunnittites" with its expansive European evocations, twisting narrative, and acclaimed protagonist entrepreneur, Nicholas de Fleury, reaching new heights.' Glasgow Herald
Dorothy Dunnett is the author of the world famous Lymond Chronicles set during the sixteenth century, as well as the on-going House of Niccolo series. She was awarded the OBE for her services to literature in 1992. She is married to Sir Alastair Dunnett; they live in Edinburgh.
Vivid, engaging, densely plotted - are almost certainly destined to be counted among the classics of popular fiction -- - New York Times One of the greatest tale-spinners since Dumas -- - Cleveland Plain Dealer Lashings of excitement, colour and subtlety -- - The Times A masterpiece of historical fiction -- - Washington Post Marvellous, breathtaking -- - The Times A storyteller who could teach Scheherazade a thing or two about pace, suspense and imaginative invention -- - The New York Times Praise for Dorothy Dunnett -- - -
The seventh book in the stunning House of Niccolo series, set in the colourful and cruel world of 15th-century Europe and the Middle East. It is January 1474, in the deep cold of ice-bound Danzig, where a man is spending a frivolous winter, avoiding his responsibilities. But merchant, diviner, soldier, banker to kings and man of many disguises, Nicholas de Fleury cannot escape the world for long. Soon he will have to choose a path, and there is certainly no end of offers, as Poland, Venice and Persia all vie for his services. A captivating read, with Dunnett's usual wit, excitement, intrigue, research and memorable characters. Crazy Think (Kirkus UK)
The seventh volume (To Lie with Lions, 1996; The Unicorn Hunt, 1994, etc,) chronicling the extraordinary adventures of Nicholas de Fleury, a Machiavellian 15th-century merchant who is, as this hefty installment opens, still locked in battle with greedy, incompetent kings, a shadowy rival trading empire, and his estranged wife, Gelis, one of a very few figures who have been a match for him in terms of wit, passion, and cunning. Since Nicholas's efforts to outwit those trying to destroy his influence have made much of Western Europe too hot for him, he turns eastward, toward Russia and the yet more mysterious lands beyond. Dunnett continues to demonstrate a distinctive ability to evoke not just the sights and sounds of the early Renaissance but, more importantly, its mindset; her characters are far more often moved by questions of respect, family (a particularly touchy subject for the mysterious Nicholas), and power than by more mundane emotional upheavals. By novel's end, de Fleury, an engaging mix of ruthlessness and honor, seems closer to winning Gelis back, has helped preserve yet another kingdom, and has, for the time being, once more outflanked his foes. Those devoted to this unique series will be relieved to hear that it has not yet reached its conclusion. (Kirkus Reviews)
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