The Unicorn Hunt: The Fifth Book of the House of Niccolo

By Dorothy Dunnett

With the bravura storytelling and stinky authenticity of element she dropped at her acclaimed Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnett, grande dame of the historic novel, provides the home of Niccolo sequence. The time is the fifteenth century, whilst intrepid retailers grew to become the recent 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 approach to the helm of a mercantile empire.

Scotland, 1468: a state on the fringe of Europe, a civilization at the threshold of the trendy Age. retailers, musicians, politicians, and pageantry fill the court docket of King James III. In its midst, Nicholas seeks to avenge his bride's declare that she incorporates the bastard of his archenemy, Simon St. Pol. while she flees ahead of Nicholas can make sure even if the rumored baby is his own—or exists at all—Nicholas offers chase. So starts off the lethal online game of cat and mouse that would lead him from the infested cisterns of Cairo to the misted canals of Venice at carnival. Breathlessly paced, glowing with wit. The Unicorn Hunt confirms Dorothy Dunnett because the genre's most interesting practitioner.

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Do you think that i would like him in Scotland? ’ In a flurry of circulate, Henry plunged to the sting of the mattress. His eyes have been wild. Bel acknowledged, ‘Well, i would like him in Scotland. He can come to me, or to Lucia. ’ ‘Really? ’ acknowledged Simon. ‘Well, why don’t you're taking him? See for those who can teach him to maintain his position in a mêlée and chorus from reducing up princes who take place to rile him. I’ve been losing my time. ’ ‘No! ’ stated Henry. He thudded right down to the ground. His epidermis was once so white, the crimson weals of Simon’s blows might be counted, in addition to the darker abrasions of the struggle. He stated, ‘I killed him. the opposite boy’s father. ’ Simon stared at him. Bel acknowledged speedy, ‘See, you’ve scared him out of his wits. cross on. visit mattress. depart him to me. ’ ‘You’ve killed who? ’ acknowledged Simon. underneath his complete consciousness, the boy all started respiring deeply eventually. ‘The different boy’s father. Claes,’ acknowledged Henry. ‘The guy with the spouse you were given lower than you. The spouse that’s birthing my brother. Now he can’t be a knight, can he, my brother? Now that child won’t have a father like i've got? ’ ‘Oh, my hinny! ’ acknowledged Bel, and located tears of heartbreak and laughter creeping down her cheeks. Simon acknowledged, ‘What is he asserting? ’ She may have lied. She may have pretended to not recognize. yet Henry used to be unlikely to depart it. Bel acknowledged, ‘He ability he stabbed Nicholas de Fleury. He turns out to have had numerous purposes. ’ ‘Stabbed …’ Simon stared on the boy. you may see the anger leaving him. ‘I killed him,’ acknowledged Henry. ‘No,’ stated Bel. Simon checked out her. She acknowledged, ‘He was once harm, I’m afraid, yet now not mortally. And he saved quiet approximately it. You owe Nicholas anything this time. ’ ‘Good God! Henry stabbed Nicholas? ’ Simon acknowledged. shock and delight dawned on his face. Henry’s face, too, slowly lit up. ‘You’re happy? ’ Bel acknowledged. ‘Well,’ stated Simon. He checked out Henry. ‘But no longer lifeless? ’ Bel acknowledged, ‘Your son will be within the Tolbooth if Nicholas de Fleury have been lifeless. ’ Henry acknowledged, ‘The different boy wouldn’t do this. ’ Bel acknowledged, ‘For Christ’s sake … There isn't any different boy, Henry. Your father wishes you, now not a toddler by means of a person else. It’s now not even born but. ’ She rounded on Simon. ‘How may you do that to him? ’ ‘What? ’ acknowledged Simon. He hadn’t even been listening. He stated, ‘Should i am getting Henry away? Who else is familiar with what he did? ’ ‘No one that will inform. Don’t worry,’ acknowledged Bel with heavy irony. ‘You and Henry are secure. ’ ‘But de Fleury will desire a expense for his silence? ’ ‘Such as funds? ’ acknowledged Bel. ‘Or perhaps a superb go well with of armour? i feel de Fleury, being general, used to be keen to spare a foolish younger baby. He took the blow, and he didn’t cry homicide. for those who owe him a go back, it’s one among perpetual gratitude. ’ ‘Yes,’ stated Simon absently. He appeared the boy, after which stretched out to ruffle his hair. ‘So what have you ever to assert for your self? My God! Stabbing apprentices! ’ ‘I didn’t kill him,’ stated Henry. aid stuffed the painful chasm in Bel’s abundant chest. ‘Well, you tried,’ Simon stated. ‘I’ve reared a monster. And now i assume I’ve acquired to conceal you at Kilmirren. I count on you’ll attempt to stab the master-at-arms subsequent, or your aunt Lucia.

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