Scales of Gold (The House of Niccolo, #4)

Scales of Gold (The House of Niccolo, #4)This feels like the turning point of the House of Niccolo series, much as Checkmate was in the Lymond Chronicles There s the long, slow build up of character development throughout the book for all that much of it takes place in West Africa, in places where Europeans would so rarely have ventured in the fifteenth century, or even in the present day, there is relatively little description of the environment in which Nicholas and his group find themselves It s much introverted, about the ways in which going there changes them In a way, yes, which does ping a little on the enigmatic black folks mystically empowering the white people scale.A leisurely, engaging, if unsurprising read until, of course, you get to the last ten pages or so, when in classic Dunnett style your eyebrows are made to rise higher and higher until you squeak What very loudly Not as bad as Checkmate, of course what ever could be but still What. Dorothy Dunnett never fails to take my breath away with her historical fiction In this, the fourth book of the House of Niccolo series, our hero travels to Portugal, Madeira, and Timbuktu He is accompanied by his friend who is also his conscience , Father Godscalc Godscalc is on a mission to find the Kingdom of the famous Prester John in Ethiopia.Tagging along and not entirely welcome are his young cousin, Diniz Vasquez, and his ex s sister, Gelis van Borselen Diniz now idolizes Nicholas after hating and fearing him in the prior book and Gelis is out to get revenge for the death of her sister Both cause him no small amount of trouble, but help keep the adventure and excitement up in this book.The descriptions of 15th Century Timbuktu and the society of the scholars there are wonderful Nicholas is shocked to find that his friend, Loppe his slave name Umar his real name , was an important scholar citizen of this fabled city We see much of the culture there through Loppe Umar s eyes As always, there is money to be made in trade for Nicholas, but the life lessons he learns are the most important We see Nicholas maturing he s now 26 and conquering the dark parts of his nature I hate each of these books to end because I feel I am living these times, along with Nicholas and his band of brothers who are his real family Life is incredibly full but incredibly brutal I am moving on to Book Five, The Unicorn Hunt, set in Edinburgh, Scotland I can t wait to see what Nicholas will make of that. 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 Niccol Series The Time Is The Th Century, When Intrepid Merchants Became The New Knighthood Of Europe Among Them, None Is Bolder Or Cunning Than Nicholas Vander Poele Of Bruges, The Good Natured Dyer S Apprentice Who Schemes And Swashbuckles His Way To The Helm Of A Mercantile Empire The Year Finds Nicholas Back In Venice Plagued By Enemies Bent On Dissolving His Assets And Smearing His Character, He Sets Sail For Africa, Legendary Location Of The Fountain Of Youth, Home To A Descendant Of Sheba And Solomon, And The Source Of Gold In Such Abundance That Men Prefer To Barter In Shells He Will Learn Firsthand The Brutality And Grandeur Of The Dark Continent, From The Horror Of The Slave Trade To The Austere Nobility Of Islamic Timbuktu He Will Discover, Too, The Charms Of The Beautiful Gelis Van Borselen A Woman Whose Passion For Nicholas Is Rivaled Only By Her Desire To Punish Him For His Role In Her Sister S Death Erotic And Lush With Detail, Scales Of Gold Embraces The Complexity Of The Renaissance, Where Mercantile Adventure Couples With Personal Quests Behind The Silken Curtains Of The Age Of Discovery This volume finds yet another hard headed determined female in pursuit of Niccolo but Niccolo is definitely playing hard to get by embarking on a highly ambitious and secretive trip to Africa Death appears to await him as he chooses to pursue his goal, but he survives and finds himself anew with a new old friend Returning home in a mix of relief and triumphhe is greeted with deserved happiness and an undeserved twist of a knife he thought had been sheathed with his surrender. Second time through, it s a 5 It s only a 5, though, if you read it slow enough to pick up the dozen nuances on each page that let you know what is really going on Fascinating how Dunnett conveys character motives and feelings. Found the first 350 pages stretched on for way too long, but, from there, the rest of the book was really interesting The insights into the characters and the setting were back to Dunnett s form and I couldn t put it down I just think it s a shame that those first 350 pages weren t edited down to around a hundred If I could rate the book in halves, I d give one star to the first and five stars to the second.One word to the wise, don t get to the end of this book without having book five, Unicorn Hunt, on hand Trust me. Dorothy Dunnett really is the master of genetic angst. This is the fourth volume in the eight part House of Niccolo series The House of Niccolo is definitely a series best read in order the history, the intricate plotting and the characters develop throughout the series and the connections between the books can only be appreciated if read in sequence.In this volume covering 1464 to 1468 , Nicholas returns to Venice from Cyprus and is met by a watchful reception and an attack Nicholas s company is threatened with bankruptcy and those for whom he cares are also in danger Nicholas embarks on a mission of his own he will journey to the heart of Africa, to the fabled land of Prester John in search of the River of Gold Nicholas is accompanied by some of the characters we have met in earlier novels and his life is, of course, complicated by various events along the way From Venice to Timbuktu and all manner of places in between, Nicholas is acquiring wealth in all its forms, but will it be enough As is the case in earlier novels, the pages are action filled, the research is impeccable and the journey is fraught with danger and discovery As a first time reader, reading these books as they were published, I agonised over the choices Nicholas had to make and wondered what would happen next As a serial re reader I confess , I find new aspects to enjoy and admire in every read. It is, as always, a crime to give Dunnett less than five stars, and I am not feeling in a criminal mind today This one has the starting hints of what I recall annoying me about the later stages of this series constant allusions to grand plans without ever revealing what those are Perhaps they become clear in future novels I would assume that they do , but I don t need multiple references to Nicholas 25 close written pages of instructions to infuriate me She wouldn t keep talking about it if it weren t important, but we never have a clue what it is Character is well developed, as par for the course, with the one major exception I don t totally understand view spoiler Gelis apparently hates Nicholas with a fiery passion of doom I mean, I get that love hate are razor thin sides of the same coin sometimes, but it strains my credulity that the loving relationship they developed towards the end of the novel was apparently a front the entire time to set him up and screw him at his wedding hide spoiler My favorite of the Niccolo books so far couldn t put it down

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  • Hardcover
  • 519 pages
  • Scales of Gold (The House of Niccolo, #4)
  • Dorothy Dunnett
  • English
  • 13 December 2019
  • 9780394586274

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