By Dorothy Dunnett

With the bravura storytelling and stinky authenticity of aspect she dropped at her acclaimed Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnett offers 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 option to the helm of a mercantile empire.
      In 1462, Nicholas is a prosperous 21-year-old. His loved spouse has died. His stepchildren have locked him out of the relations company. He and his inner most 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 challenging his help. 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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What sugar? ’ ‘The sugar for Rhodes,’ stated the grasp. ‘You’re from Kolossi. you should comprehend. 8 hundred quintals of sugar, much less fourteen for using the Commander. They’re looking forward to it. It’s prepared for. They’ll have the surface off my again for now not bringing it. ’ Primaflora checked out Nicholas and Nicholas didn't go back the glance. He stated, ‘I idea the sugar harvest went to Episkopi to attend for the once a year Venetian galley. ’ The grasp shrugged. ‘Who is aware? In general instances, might be. ’ ‘I thought,’ Nicholas stated, ‘that the Venetians had paid upfront for the proper to promote the Kolossi sugar? for a few years upfront? ’ The grasp regarded Nicholas up and down. ‘Are you announcing Queen Carlotta should still undergo as the Venetians are grasping? If we had performed not anything, the sugar might have long gone to Episkopi, and immediately to the wallet of the Martini brothers. Of Venice. of these who secretly advertise James de Lusignan. this fashion, it is going the place it belongs. To Rhodes, to be offered by way of the Knights. The Knights on whom Queen Carlotta is based for her ships and her money. ’ ‘And what is going to the pirates do with it? ’ Nicholas acknowledged. ‘Who understands? devour it,’ acknowledged the grasp. ‘Drink the wine, devour the sugar and, if God is nice, die of the flux. Excuse me. i must arrange myself. i must organize myself to satisfy the Treasurer of the Order and clarify. ’ Later, pushing him shocked over her threshold, Primaflora faced Nicholas in her hitherto solitary cabin. ‘What do you're thinking that the pirates will do? ’ ‘Oh, I don’t understand. Sail to Crete, probably,’ Nicholas stated. He assumed the face of an owl. ‘The different Martini brother is there. ’ ‘So they knew the Order used to be going to cheat? ’ ‘It turns out likely,’ Nicholas acknowledged. He allowed his face to unpucker. ‘Carlotta’s consort cheated final yr with the royal crop. Smuggled it out from Kyrenia and attempted to promote it. That belonged to the Martini brothers besides. yet you recognize that. You have been with Queen Carlotta. ’ ‘The sugar she took to Bologna? ’ ‘The sugar she attempted to take to Bologna,’ he corrected musically. ‘She couldn’t promote it in Venice, since it belonged to the Martini. She came across Bologna had began refining, and went to promote it there. yet in fact Zacco’s males attempted to prevent her. Did they ever discover, i'm wondering, that the chests within the river held snow? And what occurred to your entire fantastic sweet males? ’ ‘She offered them to the Vatachino. Bologna refiners. They beat her down as the sugar used to be super impure. She left within the eyeballs and buttons. You went to Episkopi the day before today. ’ ‘Of path. I needed to locate John of Kinloch. ’ ‘Of path. And now we all know that what John de Kinloch stated used to be right. you selected the other aspect from the Queen for private purposes, now not since you imagine she is inaccurate. possibly, too, you're frightened of able ladies. ’ ‘I used to be married to one,’ Nicholas stated. ‘Yes. yet she was once no longer twenty-four. ’ ‘I think,’ Nicholas stated, ‘you have positioned your finger on it. I felt comfy with Cropnose right now. And, after all, with you; yet you're incapable. On current proof. good, with the door open.

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