Niccolo Rising: Book One of the House of Niccolo
In this first book of The House of Niccolò series, the author of the Lymond Chronicles introduces a new hero, Nicholas vander Poele of Bruges, the good-natured dyer's apprentice who schemes and swashbuckles his way to the helm of a mercantile empire.
With the bravura storytelling and pungent authenticity of detail she brought to her acclaimed Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnett, grande dame of the historical novel, presents The House of Niccolò series. The time is the 15th century, when intrepid merchants became the new knighthood of Europe. Among them, none is bolder or more cunning than Nicholas vander Poele of Bruges.
Niccolò Rising, Book One of the series, finds us in Bruges, 1460. Jousting is the genteel pastime, and successful merchants are, of necessity, polyglot. Street smart, brilliant at figures, adept at the subtleties of diplomacy and the well-timed untruth, Dunnett's hero rises from wastrel to prodigy in a breathless adventure that wins him the hand of the strongest woman in Bruges and the hatred of two powerful enemies. From a riotous and potentially murderous carnival in Flanders, to an avalanche in the Alps and a pitched battle on the outskirts of Naples, Niccolò Rising combines history, adventure, and high romance in the tradition stretching from Alexandre Dumas to Mary Renault.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Kirstie_Innes-Will - LibraryThing
The first in the incomparable Niccolo series. Stands alone as a masterful piece of historical fiction, but has so much more resonance once you've read to the end of this series - a masterwork of plotting! Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - stuart10er - LibraryThing
I also struggled with the first book of the Lymond series. It seems like it is necessary to set up the vast array of characters and (more importantly) outline what their motives or goals might be ... Read full review
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THE HOUSE OF NICCOLÒ SERIESBY DOROTHY DUNNETT