By Katherine Neville
Katherine Neville’s groundbreaking novel, The 8, dazzled audiences greater than 20 years in the past and set the literary degree for the epic mystery. A quest for a paranormal chess carrier that after belonged to Charlemagne, it spans centuries and 3 continents, and intertwines old and sleek plots, archaeological treasure hunts, esoteric riddles, and puzzles encrypted with clues from the traditional prior. Now the electrifying international experience keeps, in Neville’s lengthy expected sequel: THE FIRE
2003, Colorado: Alexandra Solarin is summoned domestic to her family’s ancestral Rocky Mountain hideaway for her mother’s birthday. Thirty years in the past, her mom and dad, Cat Velis and Alexander Solarin, believed they had scattered the items of the Montglane carrier around the globe, burying with them the secrets and techniques of the facility that includes owning it. yet Alexandra arrives to discover that her mom is lacking and sequence of strategically positioned clues, quickly via the unforeseen arrival of a mysterious collection of houseguests, exhibits that anything sinister is afoot.
When she inadvertently discovers from her aunt, the chess grandmaster Lily Rad, that the main robust piece of Charlemagne’s provider has by surprise resurfaced and the sport has all started back, Alexandra is swept right into a trip that takes her from Colorado to the Russian wasteland and eventually into the center of her personal place of birth: Washington D.C.
1822, Albania: Thirty years after the French Revolution, while the chess provider was once unearthed, all of Europe hovers near to the struggle of Greek Independence. Ali Pasha, the main robust ruler within the Ottoman Empire, has angered the sultan and is ready to be attacked by means of Turkish forces. Now he sends the one individual he can count upon–his younger daughter, Haidee–on a deadly venture to smuggle a useful relic out of Albania, throughout the mountains and over the ocean, to the arms of the single guy who may be able to store it.
Haidee’s trip from Albania to Morocco to Rome to Greece, and into the very middle of the sport, will bring about revelations concerning the robust chess set and its historical past that would lead finally to the spot the place the provider used to be first created multiple thousand years prior to: Baghdad.
Blending beautiful prose and eye-catching historical past with nonstop suspense, Neville back weaves an unforgettable tale of peril, motion, and intrigue.
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