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By Dorothy Dunnett

With the bravura storytelling and smelly authenticity of element she dropped at her acclaimed Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnett provides the home of Niccolò sequence. The time is the fifteenth century, whilst intrepid retailers turned 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 method to the helm of a mercantile empire.
      In 1462, Nicholas is a prosperous 21-year-old. His liked spouse has died. His stepchildren have locked him out of the kin company. He and his deepest military are the objective of a number of conspiracies. And either contenders for the throne of Cyprus, the bright Queen Carlotta and her charismatic, sexually ambivalent brother James, are hard his aid. strolling a tightrope of intrigue, Dunnett's hero juggles adversaries and allies, from the delectable courtesan Primaflora to the Mameluke commander Tzani-Bey al Ablak, a guy of undiluted evil. Masterfully paced, alive with sensual delights, Race of Scorpions confirms Dorothy Dunnett because the grande dame of the style.

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He was once on a boat. He used to be on a boat as his enemy’s prisoner, and was once being taken anyplace the enemy sought after. If it used to be an Angevin send, he will be in Provence in an issue of days. He objected to that. He inspiration, if he may well locate the wits and the strength, he may perhaps wake up, discover a weapon, and take another individual prisoner as a substitute. He begun a few gradual events. He had already stopped while the door opened on sunlight, and a guy in a rubbed leather-based jerkin got here in. the man stated, ‘You’re unsleeping. And approximately time. I’ve introduced outfits. You’re to scrub. they wish to speak to you. ’ That was once all he acknowledged. surroundings to paintings, he paid no recognition to questions. Nicholas submitted. His wound ached, yet his senses have been clearing. Washed, dressed and fed, he used to be capable almost immediately to keep on with the fellow out of his cabin, his limbs doubtful yet his head swimming just a little. within the clean air on deck, he felt higher. He started to glance approximately him. He was once on a around send, crusing quick less than canvas, and excessive within the water. Haze avoided a view of the coast, however the sunlight used to be on his correct sector, which intended it was once overdue within the morning. If there have been infantrymen on board, he couldn't see them. He spotted seamen, yet couldn’t pass judgement on their nationality. Of picking banners and pennants there have been none. So just about Naples, the overwhelmed claimant of Naples could lie exceptionally low. His captor had, although, commandeered the easiest quarters. From the edge, Nicholas observed that the master’s cabin used to be as huge as his personal, yet greater painted. Ushered in, he came upon the standard settles and a wide relevant chair, upon which was once seated a middle-aged muscular guy in a straw hat speared and pinned with strong gemstones. Buttons of gold closed the skinny stuff of his doublet and a sequence of gold spanned his robust shoulders. The ringed arms at the knees of his hose have been however soldier’s palms, and below coarse brown hair, his gaze used to be peremptory. this would be Duke John of Calabria. it can be one in all his captains. Beside the chair, to 1 part, sat a tender guy and one plenty older. either have been additionally good dressed, within the Italian kind. at the different aspect, on a bench, sat Primaflora. Nicholas regarded nowhere else. She wore a crimson silk gown with its bodice calmly embroidered and her hair, threaded with laces and ribbons and pearls, was once stuck in difficult pleats around her head, within the method he remembered from Ghent. Her eyes on his have been like aquamarines less than water; her palms moved a bit, interlacing jointly. She spoke, him forever. ‘He is ailing. you shouldn't have introduced him right here. ’ She spoke Italian with the accessory of Savoy. the fellow within the chair replied in a purer model of an identical language. ‘Then permit him be seated beside you. Messer Niccolò? ’ Nicholas stayed the place he was once. ‘I don't know,’ he acknowledged, ‘in whose corporation I can be sitting? ’ the guy smiled. ‘Let us use French. My identify doesn't topic, nor that of my partners. yet you recognize the girl Primaflora, do you now not? Is that now not adequate? ’ ‘More than enough,’ Nicholas stated, ‘if she deliberate my abduction.

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