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Katherine Neville's groundbreaking novel, The Eight, dazzled audiences more than twenty years ago and set the literary stage for the epic thriller. A quest for a mystical chess service that once belonged to Charlemagne, it spans two centuries and three continents, and intertwines historic and modern plots, archaeological treasure hunts, esoteric riddles, and puzzles encrypted with clues from the ancient past. Now the electrifying global adventure continues, in Neville's long anticipated sequel: The Fire

2003, Colorado: Alexandra Solarin is summoned home to her family's ancestral Rocky Mountain hideaway for her mother's birthday. Thirty years ago, her parents, Cat Velis and Alexander Solarin, believed that they had scattered the pieces of the Montglane Service around the world, burying with them the secrets of the power that comes with possessing it. But Alexandra arrives to find that her mother is missing and that a series of strategically placed clues, followed swiftly by the unexpected arrival of a mysterious assortment of houseguests, indicates that something sinister is afoot.

When she inadvertently discovers from her aunt, the chess grandmaster Lily Rad, that the most powerful piece of Charlemagne's service has suddenly resurfaced and the Game has begun again, Alexandra is swept into a journey that takes her from Colorado to the Russian wilderness and at last into the heart of her own hometown: Washington D.C.

1822, Albania: Thirty years after the French Revolution, when the chess service was unearthed, all of Europe hovers on the brink of the War of Greek Independence. Ali Pasha, the most powerful ruler in the Ottoman Empire, has angered the sultan and is about to be attacked by Turkish forces. Now he sends the only person he can rely upon-his young daughter, Haidee — on a dangerous mission to smuggle a valuable relic out of Albania, through the mountains and over the sea, to the hands of the one man who might be able to save it.

Haidee's journey from Albania to Morocco to Rome to Greece, and into the very heart of the Game, will result in revelations about the powerful chess set and its history that will lead at last to the spot where the service was first created more than one thousand years before: Baghdad.

Blending exquisite prose and captivating history with nonstop suspense, Neville again weaves an unforgettable story of peril, action, and intrigue.

Review:

"Fans of Neville's debut, The Eight(1988), which long before there was a Da Vinci Code featured a complex historical setting, ciphers, conspiracies, puzzles and a hunt for an object that could change the course of the world, will welcome this stellar sequel. Alexandra Solarin, child chess prodigy now grown, finds herself immersed in 'the Game,' searching for a legendary chess set, the Montglane Service, which when assembled spells out the formula for the secret of immortality. The quest for the set ranges from the harem of Ali Pasha in 19th-century Albania to present-day Baghdad and Washington, D.C., and involves such historic figures as Charlemagne, Isaac Newton, Lord Byron and Napoleon. Despite the staggering amount and quality of the research, nothing feels shoehorned or extraneous. The story's relentless pace is matched by characters both sympathetic and real. In the end, readers will be heartened to find signs pointing to the continuation of the Game in future novels." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Fans of Neville's debut, The Eight (1988), which long before there was a Da Vinci Code featured a complex historical setting, ciphers, conspiracies, puzzles and a hunt for an object that could change the course of the world, will welcome this stellar sequel. Alexandra Solarin, child chess prodigy now grown, finds herself immersed in 'the Game,' searching for a legendary chess set, the Montglane Service, which when assembled spells out the formula for the secret of immortality. The quest for the set ranges from the harem of Ali Pasha in 19th-century Albania to present-day Baghdad and Washington, D.C., and involves such historic figures as Charlemagne, Isaac Newton, Lord Byron and Napoleon. Despite the staggering amount and quality of the research, nothing feels shoehorned or extraneous. The story's relentless pace is matched by characters both sympathetic and real. In the end, readers will be heartened to find signs pointing to the continuation of the Game in future novels." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Ingenious puzzles, enthralling historical ambience, and masterful plot twists abound. More please! Highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"Fans of The Eight who have long awaited the rest of the story will be delighted with this entrancing blend of history, chess, and high adventure." Booklist

Review:

"Packed with the sort of bamboozling twaddle that should come with a warning: Belief in Alchemy Required. Still, fans of The Eight, Dan Brown, etc., will jump right in." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Katherine Neville is the author of The Eight, The Magic Circle (a USA Today bestseller), and A Calculated Risk (a New York Times Notable Book). The Eight has been translated into more than thirty languages. In a national poll in Spain by the noted journal El País, The Eight was voted one of the top ten books of all time. Neville lives in Virginia and Washington, D.C.

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Ronald Gould, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Ronald Gould)
The long awaited sequel to The Eight was just outstanding. Some say waiting twenty years for the sequel is a long wait, but not me. I read The Eight every five years in the interim. On reading The Fire: A Novel, I immediately went back and read The Eight and then reread The Fire: A Novel. She was exquisite in maintaining all the characters and the story line was excellent. Somehow, everyone grew up in the twenty year gap between the books. Enjoy The Fire: A Novel.
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Ronald Gould, February 17, 2009 (view all comments by Ronald Gould)
Having read The Eight every year for 10 years after it was published, I relished a sequel. In the meantime, I read all the other novels written by Ms. Neville. Just this last weekend, I finished The Fire and reflected on it. The Fire was a worthy sequel to The Eight. There was enough carry forward of characters still in The Game along with a host of new characters willing to survive the checkmate status of The Game. Thank you Katherine Neville for a sequel well worth the wait of 20 years and an original novel published in 40 languages. Great novel.
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Laurel Barton, January 17, 2009 (view all comments by Laurel Barton)
This sequel to "The Eight" is as thrilling as the first book. Steeped in history, mysticism, and intrigue, "The Fire" is loaded with colorful intelligent characters. Even if you haven't read "The Eight," or read it so long ago you forgot the plot details, Neville does a terrific job of making "The Fire" a readable story in it's own right.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345500670
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Neville, Katherine
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Puzzles
Subject:
Chess sets.
Subject:
Quests (Expeditions)
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20081014
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.55 x 6.2 x 1.4 in 1.55 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Fans of Neville's debut, The Eight(1988), which long before there was a Da Vinci Code featured a complex historical setting, ciphers, conspiracies, puzzles and a hunt for an object that could change the course of the world, will welcome this stellar sequel. Alexandra Solarin, child chess prodigy now grown, finds herself immersed in 'the Game,' searching for a legendary chess set, the Montglane Service, which when assembled spells out the formula for the secret of immortality. The quest for the set ranges from the harem of Ali Pasha in 19th-century Albania to present-day Baghdad and Washington, D.C., and involves such historic figures as Charlemagne, Isaac Newton, Lord Byron and Napoleon. Despite the staggering amount and quality of the research, nothing feels shoehorned or extraneous. The story's relentless pace is matched by characters both sympathetic and real. In the end, readers will be heartened to find signs pointing to the continuation of the Game in future novels." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Fans of Neville's debut, The Eight (1988), which long before there was a Da Vinci Code featured a complex historical setting, ciphers, conspiracies, puzzles and a hunt for an object that could change the course of the world, will welcome this stellar sequel. Alexandra Solarin, child chess prodigy now grown, finds herself immersed in 'the Game,' searching for a legendary chess set, the Montglane Service, which when assembled spells out the formula for the secret of immortality. The quest for the set ranges from the harem of Ali Pasha in 19th-century Albania to present-day Baghdad and Washington, D.C., and involves such historic figures as Charlemagne, Isaac Newton, Lord Byron and Napoleon. Despite the staggering amount and quality of the research, nothing feels shoehorned or extraneous. The story's relentless pace is matched by characters both sympathetic and real. In the end, readers will be heartened to find signs pointing to the continuation of the Game in future novels." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Ingenious puzzles, enthralling historical ambience, and masterful plot twists abound. More please! Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "Fans of The Eight who have long awaited the rest of the story will be delighted with this entrancing blend of history, chess, and high adventure."
"Review" by , "Packed with the sort of bamboozling twaddle that should come with a warning: Belief in Alchemy Required. Still, fans of The Eight, Dan Brown, etc., will jump right in."
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