The Fire

A Novel

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Publisher Description

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.

Mysteries & Thrillers
October 14
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

transient-and-incendiary ,

What about the "The Eight"???

Not nearly the match to it's predecessor. In all honesty, I would not read this if you loved The Eight.

I see that "The Eight" is available from iBooks... in two languages... But Not English!!! Really? I wanted to make it the first purchase on my new iPad last year and have been patiently waiting. Still waiting. Can we PLEASE have The Eight? Please?

vharrison1984 ,

Great book!

As many people have asked before, Why isn't "The Eight" in english on the iTunes store? We have the sequel, and I love it, but the first book that started the series should be available for digital distribution. The Eight is on iTunes in other languages in Spanish, French, etc… please make "The Eight" available in english.

orionSquared ,

The Eight??!

Seriously, we STILL don't have a copy of The Eight in the iBook store?? How stupid is it to have a sequel but not have the original book?!?

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