I'm making this post primarily so suffolkgirl and I have somewhere to record our thoughts on re-reading Niccolo Rising without spoiling those of you reading it for the first time.
One thing that I found so remarkable on re-read was how biased the point of view is in the early sections. We're in Julius's point of view in the first chapter! That's both creepy and wonderful. Dunnett was manipulating the reader right from the very start. And even though you can feel that she is doing so, you don't know how she's doing so, because you don't get all the reveals until the final book. Her plotting across 8 books is masterful!
I'm braindead tonight, so that's all I've got for now. But feel free to drop notes in the comments and I'll definitely come back and natter. *G*
ETA: Spoilers for the WHOLE SERIES in comments.
Wow, you're a fast reader, finishing the series that quickly. I was wondering how you would react to the Julius revelations in Gemini...I know it totally threw me for a loop (I was very fond of Julius in the first few books too, although he irritated me more in later books).
The main reason I've wanted to re-read the series is to see if there are clues about Julius in the earlier books - obviously there are as you've already found the Judas flowers.
I hate that Gemini left me with no clear impression of how Nicholas felt about Julius.
Yes, I agree there could have been a bit more exposition about how Nicholas had tried to stop Julius etc - must go and re-read the end of Gemini to see what DD said.
I think that Nicholas and even Gelis were ultimately responsible for more deaths and destruction than Julius (or Adelina) in the end. (throws out that controversial tidbit at random)
Interesting - another thing for me to consider on re-reading. I wouldn't be at all surprised if you were right, between Nicholas' plan to ruin Scotland and their private war with each other.
I must get on with the reading, I've had a busy few weeks and haven't managed to get to the end of Niccolo Rising yet.
and was getting older and her husband had died between Book VII and VIII.
*nods* That's true and I suspect she put herself under a lot of pressure to finish it. I must admit that in part my gratitude that she finished the series before she passed away (so sad! I wept that day!) outweighed my disappointment with the reductive end for Gelis.