Read the House of Niccolo series when I was in high school and now re-reading (along with the Lymond series). I highly recommend Dorothy Dunnett's historical fiction for anyone interested in a story deeply embedded in the history of the time, with nuance, rich detail and a fascinating, multi-faceted plot.
I'm having a hard time getting into this book. I loved the Outlander series by Gabaldon, Phillipa Gregory's series. But after 14 pages I still can't figure out what's going on. I don't care about the characters. Lots of words used in archaic ways makes reading this heavy work.
Since the other review is 5 stars, maybe I'll give it another try.
I must be missing something.
This is the first in the series of the House of Niccolo. I have read all 7 books three times. The characters are deep and very interesting. The setting is Europe just before the Renaissance. Huge changes were taking place all across Europe and the Middle East at this time. Dorothy Dunnett brings history alive without making it tedious. The main character Niccolo is a fascinating Renaissance man, in the true sense of the word.
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