The Spring of the Ram, by Dorothy Dunnett

springoftheramThe last book I read in 2017 was the second volume of Dorothy Dunnett’s House of Niccolo series, in which the young hero, or anti-hero depending what you think of him at this point, Nicholas, travels to the kingdom of Trebizond on a trading mission and, of course, becomes embroiled in intrigue and danger. This is typical Dunnett in that it’s brilliantly researched, dense, not a quick read by any means, and the main character remains as morally ambiguous and difficult to get a hold on as always. Watching Nicholas’s skills as a merchant, a fighter, and master of intrigue grow throughout this novel is a joy — but be prepared for a solid gut-punch of an ending. Six more books to go in this series and I am prepared for a long, twisting, and intriguing ride.

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