By Dorothy Dunnett
With the bravura storytelling and stinky authenticity of aspect she delivered to her acclaimed Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnett, grande dame of the historic novel, provides the home of Niccolò sequence. The time is the fifteenth century, whilst intrepid retailers turned the hot knighthood of Europe. between them, none is bolder or extra crafty than Nicholas vander Poele of Bruges, the good-natured dyer's apprentice who schemes and swashbuckles his solution to the helm of a mercantile empire.
Winter 1474 reveals Nicholas exiled within the frozen port of Danzig, Poland. His Machiavellian exploits in Scotland have price him buddies and family--not to say numerous riches. because the ice melts, temptations come up. Will he help the Muslim Prince Uzum Hasan opposed to the Turks? Will he lose himself one of the mystery, scented gardens of the Crimea within the fingers of an in depth friend's bride? As Nicholas pursues his destiny, his estranged spouse, Gelis, seeks the reality approximately his previous, in simple terms to find the key identification of his most recent comrade in arms--a tantalizing ghost from the previous poised to deal him the crowning demise blow.
Shimmering with aspect, alive with intrigue, Caprice and Rondo is Dorothy Dunnett's quicksilver evocation of an international the place pleasure is fleeting, love is unforeseen, and fact the rarest commodity of all.
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Sooner than Nicholas spoke, Robin have been going to do exactly what he steered: puncture the throat of an subconscious individual; kill the prey one other guy had brought. Now, slowly, he placed his dagger away. His eyes ached, and his physique. He grew to become. underneath white clouds of steam, the final of the fires crackled and hissed at the raft, and water flowed out and in, the place the coaming had long gone. The odor of toasted rye and burnt wooden was once chokingly robust: at the very least the bastard might pay via his handbag. The bastard. The bastards. Kathi was once half-sleeping nonetheless at the financial institution, yet Elzbiete used to be now kneeling beside her. Elzbiete stated, ‘She used to be raped. Are they lifeless? ’ ‘I haven’t been raped,’ Kathi stated, with over the top gentility. ‘I don’t recognize who it used to be. ’ ‘They drugged her wine,’ Elzbiete defined. ‘He has performed it prior to. and feature you killed your buddy, Colà? ’ She used to be addressing Nicholas, who had seemed from the darkness and was once status having a look down, as he had checked out the felled physique of Benecke. He didn’t resolution. It used to be now not noticeable how he had stumbled on them, except through a few primitive intuition: he seemed indifferent from mankind. Elzbiete spoke back, with higher distinctness. ‘Colà? Is my father useless? ’ He heard that. ‘He should be. i believe no longer. ’ ‘Now you should struggle me,’ Robin remarked. ‘Or clarify precisely what occurred. ’ Kathi frowned. She acknowledged, ‘Nicholas didn’t contact me. He wouldn’t. ’ ‘Well? ’ acknowledged Robin. He, too, needed to lookup to Nicholas. His voice used to be regular; the tears of outrage long gone. Nicholas acknowledged, ‘Are you asking me to disclaim it? you may have an extended wait. ’ Elzbiete stated, ‘Tell him, Colà. inform them either. Katarzynka, it was once Colà who despatched to your husband, and for Gerta and her buddies. It didn't prevent, yet not anyone can ever be sure to have been there. ’ ‘And the struggle? ’ Robin acknowledged. ‘Over Gerta, they claimed. males might commit it to memory. She was once flattered. ’ Gerta had now not been flattered, Robin idea. She had watched the 2 males as he had, and had anticipated certainly one of them, as he had, to die. The dying of Paúel; the loss of life of a witness. Kathi sat, having a look up at him as he appeared down on her. Her face was once clearing: she had all started to appreciate what was once taking place. She used to be going to be okay. there has been a trampling at the back of: the captain’s males have been taking Paúel off, doubtless to be tended at Gerta’s. Kathi spoke to Elzbiete. ‘Go along with your father. ’ Elzbiete checked out her in shock, then pressed her fingertips, in welcome, on her shoulder. ‘He deserved it,’ she stated. ‘You may possibly get back to the home. i do know my tatko. he'll recognize Colà, even if in fact he'll hate him in addition. ’ She eyed Nicholas. ‘You may still sit down. I shall cross and spot that Gerta is familiar with what's wanted. The raft will take time to fix. ’ Robin stated, ‘We aren't staying lower than an identical roof as Paúel Benecke. ’ ‘Then I shall locate you someplace else,’ Elzbiete acknowledged. She walked away, and Robin and stopped her. Kathi might listen his voice, asking cautious questions: approximately Gerta, without doubt; approximately Nicholas. Nicholas used to be nonetheless right here. Kathi shivered. Above her, Nicholas all at once swayed and instinctively, Kathi shifted apart, until eventually she observed he had regained his stability.