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CHARACTERS Gemini The House of Niccolo #8

I brings to a dazzling conclusion Dorothy Dunnett's House of Niccolò series synopsized in this volume in which this peerless novelist has vividly re created the dramatic flamboyant world of the early Renaissance in historical writing of scrupulous authenticity and in the entrancing portrait of her visionary hero Now in a book infused with wit and poetry emotion and humor action and mystery she brings Nicholas de Fleury at last to choose his heart's home where he can exercise all his skills as an advisor to kings and statesmen as a husband a father and a leader of men and where perhaps we will discern a connection between him and that other remarkable personality Francis Crawford whose exploits Lady Dunnett recorded so memorably in The Lymond Chronicles From the Trade Paperback edition. Was and is and will be What could you want from the last book of a series if not a final like this During this long journey with Nicholas I always tried to imagine what would happen next how it would end up for this guy that from being a dyer makes his way in the world until he gets to own a bank a trade network and a dense array of friends and enemies Probably what made me fall in love with Dorothy Dunnett lies in her ability to surprise to let me open mouthed to contemplate the pages going back to look for those clues scattered nearly so well as to escape attention which in hindsight give a whole new meaning to the storySPOILER ALERTThe first half of the book runs slow preparatory we follow Nicholas in his attempts to remedy his past actions and eventually build a life together with Gelis his son and the ones that have always been close to him but the last half is a storm in full it hits you and overworks you and makes you almost lose your breath The death of Simon and Henry the revelation of who Julius really is and how he has always plotted and hampered Nicholas are the parts most exciting and loaded of the entire series The ending left me well a bit with a bitter taste and a bit with the joy of seeing Nicholas finally happy and find there among the pages another memorable character Francis Crawford of Lymond

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Gemini The House of Niccolo #8

Scotland House of Epub #223 Nicholas de Fleury former banker and merchant has re appeared in the land that four years earlier he had brought very close to ruin in the course of an intense commercial and personal war with secret enemies and indeed with his clever wife GelisNow the opportunity for redemption is at hand but Nicholas soon finds himself pursuing his objectives amid a complex corrosive power struggle centering on the Scottish royal family but closely involving Gemini The PDF or the powerful merchants of Edinburgh the gentry the clergy the English ever seeking an excuse to pounce on their neighbor to the north the French the Burgundians His presence soon draws Gelis and their son Jodi to Scotland as well as Nicholas's companions and subordinates in many a past endeavor Dr Tob. WHAT a family Good God Dorothy Dunnett is really uite the master of genetic complication What is it that Philippa says in The Ringed Castle I didn t know another permutation in breeding was possible Oh Philippa With Dorothy Dunnett it is always possibleThis is without uestion the best historical fiction I ve ever read Perhaps the narrative is less tight here in the final book than in some of the others but that s a trifling uibble only The twist alone makes me want to reread the entire series right now Which I could not because obviously I had to reread Lymond in familial context considering the family tree revealing payoff at the end I can t believe I didn t notice the lack of surname And what a perfect title I could go on and on about all the twinningOnto the reuisite comparison between Niccolo and Lymond Lymond s position in my heart is sacrosanct but I find Niccolo impressive as a literary achievement considering the sheer vastness extraordinary detail and the deftness with which she places him into so many real historical settings with real historical figures I mean just look at the character lists Niccolo s series long journey the building of his house the gaining of the high ground somehow feels substantial than Lymond s But the Lymond plots are not hampered by a silly crutch like Nicholas divining which I never considered than just a weak cliched device However the supporting characters both allies and enemies in Niccolo are much fully realized and interesting but then we have two books to get to know them There is one clear exception of course Philippa Somerville has got to be one of my favorite fictional characters of all time her character development through the 6 Lymond Chronicles is enormously well done Gelis and Katelinje only combine to approach what is best in her though I think that is part of the point Nicholas arc directs him toward many different forms of love and Lymond s toward one great all consuming Mon chois est fait aultre ne se fera love in Philippa

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Ias and his wife Clémence Mick Crackbene John le Grant and Andro Wodman among them Here too Nicholas meets again with others who have had an The House of eBook #180 influence for good or evil in his life King James III of Scotland and his rebellious siblings the St Pols Jordan Simon and young Henry Mistress Bel of Cuthilgurdy and David de Salmeton Anselm Adorne and Kathi his niece Caught up in and sometimes molding the course of great events Nicholas exhibits by turns the fierce silence with which he masks his secrets and the explosive willful gaiety that binds men women and children to him And as the secrets of his birth and heritage come to light Nicholas has to decide whether he desires to establish a future in Scotland for himself and his family and a home for his descendantsGemin. I have finished re reading The House of Niccolo series and now I am so sad I am going to miss ClausNiccoloNicholasNicoletc the brilliant tough resilient tender man who I have come to love as I love few characters in fiction This novel was so intense bringing to an end most of the mysteries of Nicholas and his life We find out who the ultimate betrayer of trust of these books how Nicholas comes to stay in Scotland with his family how the machinations of politics and war bring the Scots together The series built my knowledge of history time and place character development and the most brilliant set of novels I have ever readNow on to the Lymond Chronicles


10 thoughts on “Gemini The House of Niccolo #8

  1. says:

    WHAT a family Good God Dorothy Dunnett is really uite the master of genetic complication What is it that Philippa says in The Ringed Castle I didn't know another permutation in breeding was possible? Oh Philippa With Dorothy Dunnett it is always possibleThis is without uestion the best historical fiction I've ever read Perhaps the narrative is less tight here in the final book than in some of the others but that's a trif

  2. says:

    Ah You know that moment when you read the last page of a book and you gently close it or uh switch off your electronic read

  3. says:

    Wellthat's it The end of a rollicking good read and a cracker of a seriesThis book ties the eight novels together and brings closure to the indomitable Nicholas de Fleury I could write pages on the novel the ser

  4. says:

    I have finished re reading The House of Niccolo series and now I am so sad I am going to miss ClausNiccoloNicholasNicoletc the brillia

  5. says:

    Having visited Bruges in June I set myself to re read the entire House of Niccolo series from beginning to end They're long books and there are eight volumes so it took me six weeks to read them I was so swept along by the power and scope of the series that I didn't want it to end It takes us from Bruges all through the trading world of the 15th century the Black Sea and Trebizond last outpost of the Byzantin

  6. says:

    I'll make a proper review later on but right now I'm just wishing that another 8 volumes had been written because I'm fin

  7. says:

    This book finishes the eight volume House of Niccolo series Dunnett wraps up all the threads and conflicts beautifully often in sur

  8. says:

    As always when I finish a Dunnett book and particularly so with the last of the series I want to go back and read all the clues I missed immerse myself still in the world of the past that has now fallen into clearer detail with the revelations of the final few chapters But the books while absorbing are too large an undertaking to casually re read Dunnett's fondness for her native Scotland does bleed through this book and the links to Lymo

  9. says:

    Was; and is; and will be What could you want from the last book of a series if not a final like this? During this long journey with Nicholas I always tried to imagine what would happen next how it would end up for this guy that from being a dyer makes his way in the world until he gets to own a bank a trade network and a dense array of friends and enemies Probably what made ​​me fall in love with Dorothy Dunnett lies in her ability t

  10. says:

    A lot of people complain that this book is weaker than the rest of the series but I disagree It felt slightly 'kitchen sink'ish when it was first published but on reading it years later I appreciate the subtle way that Dunnett brought along the characters with some superb writing during some very emotional momentsI wasn't