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Caprice and Rondo by Dorothy Dunnett
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May 21, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: british-fiction, 20th-century, historical-fiction
Read in June, 2009

This gets five stars just for the sheer, bonkers brilliance of it. Caprice and Rondo sees the redemption of Nicholas, and the culmination of the psychological and emotional build-up that's been six books in the making. It's got Dunnett's trademark mix of complex, elliptical prose, political and economic intrigue, and a vast array of characters—but also an array of revelations and intrigues that makes the Lymond books seem almost tame in comparison. The first couple of secrets revealed made my eyebrows rise, but after a while you just have to go with it, because it's so entertaining. I mean, what other historical fiction series is going to display this command of pre-Renaissance literature while still having one of the villains try to assassinate the hero using a swarm of vicious attack bees? Wonderful.
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