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The Unicorn Hunt by Dorothy Dunnett
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Jul 14, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: beach-2010

After the intensity of Scales of Gold, this book is much more discursive (not to say long). Niccolo is in search of his child with Gelis - or is it his child? And it is said to be born, but where is it, and where is Gelis? The hunt that ensues is a game between Niccolo and Gelis, as she withholds the child and he pursues her in hopes of finding him. Katelinje is one of Dunnett's young, smart, skinny girls who adds comic relief as well as wisdom. Otherwise, we revisit a number of characters and settings from the earlier books, including Cyprus. The set piece at the end, during Carnivale in Venice, brings this 600+ page book to its climax, which annoyed me so much that I had to throw the book across the room. I felt manipulated for the first time reading Dunnett. Here's hoping that the sixth book in the series is more tightly written. But even a less-than-stellar Dunnett is head and shoulders above most books I've read.
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