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The Unicorn Hunt by Dorothy Dunnett
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Apr 01, 09

bookshelves: 20th-century, british-fiction, historical-fiction
Read in April, 2009

A typically intricately plotted and dense offering from Dunnett; before I began this series, I would not have thought it possible to complicate one's life more than Lymond did, and yet Nicholas seems more than up to the task. This is the darkest of the 'Niccoló Rising' series so far—an echo of Pawn in Frankincense in the Lymond series, I think; there are certainly thematic and plot resonances, too—with Dunnett breaking Nicholas down as far as he can go before it's possible to make of him the kind of hero/protagonist we see in Lymond. There is one plot point that I intensely disliked, because it introduces an element which seems to jar with the incredibly realistic world which Dunnett has created, and is far too much of a deus ex machina. Everything else, however, rollicks along at a suitably fast pace, and ends on a typically Dunnettian (Dunnettish?) cliff-hanger. I'm glad I have the next book to hand.
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Shel I just finished this and I totally agree with you about the one jarring element. It really surprised me that Dunnett included something like that in her otherwise totally pragmatic story.

I still hang on her every word, though ;)


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