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Niccolo Rising: The First Book of the House of Niccolo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 1999

    A Fabulous Must-Read for Lovers of Historical Fiction!!!

    This book is amazing, and what's better, it's the first in an amazing series that follows about fifteen years in the life of a fictitious character named Nicholas Vander Poele, a man who lived in fifteenth century Europe--right on the cusp of a budding Renaissance. Dunnett is an incredible story-teller, and an historian of her own right, who handles the complex and many-layered stories with an agility that boggles. The characters are intriguing and likable, (some more than others), and the narrative really draws in the reader. I highly recommend this book--it's one of the more entertaining and well written books I've read in the last six years.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2007

    I am so angry at this book!!

    I am a lover of historical fiction. I love a fast moving story with well developed characters. I do not like descriptive novels...just get to the point. This book came highly recommended. After 200 frustrating pages I threw it in the trash. I really tried. I wanted to love this book but after several hours of trying to find something about this to hang on to I finally gave up. If you love a good fast moving story stick with Sharon Kaye Pennman.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2005

    Some of the best historical fiction ever

    How do I describe what I felt when I first discovered Dorothy Dunnett for myself? My first book of hers was Niccolo Rising, Book One in the House of Niccolo series. From the first page I felt my heart beat faster as the plot thickened and I put my personal life on hold for weeks while I plowed through the entire series. I continued my obsession with the Lymond Chronicles and wished she'd had time write more. I don't want to break down what these books are about, because so much of what is delightful lies in the discovery of each new adventure. True historical fiction afficionados will love Dorothy Dunnett, but I've had little success introducing the casual reader to her. While the Lymond Chronicles were wonderful, swashbuckling books, it is The House of Niccolo that captures my imagination and transports me to worlds that stay with me even years after I read of them.

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  • Posted February 24, 2014

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    Great Start to the Series

    Niccolo Rising is the first book of an eight book series. Some people may find it to be a tough read, because it contains a world of characters that are carried through the series. Nicholas (aka Niccolo) is a wonderfully smart character who embarks on many adventures in pursuit of wealth. It is an amazing series, if you can get through this first book.

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