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The riveting #1 international bestselling novel about the quest across centuries by two intrepid women in different eras to reunite the pieces of a powerful, ancient chess set
A fabulous, bejeweled chess set that belonged to Charlemagne has been buried in a Pyrenees abbey for a thousand years. As the bloody French Revolution rages in Paris, the nuns dig it up and scatter its pieces across the globe because, when united, the set contains a secret power that could topple civilizations. To keep the set from falling into the wrong hands, two novices, Valentine and Mireille, embark on an adventure that begins in the streets of Paris and leads to Russia, Egypt, Corsica, and into the heart of the Algerian Sahara.
Two hundred years later, while on assignment in Algeria, computer expert Catherine Velis finds herself drawn unwillingly into the deadly “Game” still swirling around the legendary chess set—a game that will require her to risk her life and match wits with diabolical forces.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Katherine Neville including rare images from her life and travels.
“A feminist answer to Raiders of the Lost Ark.” —TheWashington Post Book World
“With alchemical skill, Neville blends modern romance, historical fiction, and medieval mystery . . . and comes up with gold.” —People, critics’ choice review
“Daring, original, and moving . . . With two believable heroines, nonstop suspense, espionage, murder, and a puzzle that seems the key to the whole Western mystical tradition, this spellbinder soars above the level of first-rate escapist entertainment. . . . It seems destined to become a cult classic.” —Publishers Weekly
“A fascinating piece of entertainment that manages to be both vibrant and cerebral . . . Few will find it resistible.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review
“The female counterpart to Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose . . . Impossible to put down.” —Boston Herald
“Brimming over with magical formulas, mystical quests, Russian spies, resolute heroes, plucky heroines . . . and all that adventure, romance and intrigue are moves in the cosmic game of chess that is the novel’s plot.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Part Ludlum-esque thriller, part Borges-inspired historico-fantasy . . . Look forward to hours and hours of pure reading pleasure.” —Le Figaro
Katherine Neville is the New York Times–bestselling and #1 international bestselling author of spellbinding adventure novels. The Washington Post called her groundbreaking first novel The Eight “a feminist answer to Raiders of the Lost Ark.” In a national poll by the noted Spanish newspaper El País, it was voted one of the top ten books of all time. She has written three other novels: the New York Times Notable Book A Calculated Risk, The Magic Circle, and The Fire, the sequel to The Eight.
Neville’s novels, which have been published in more than eighty countries, have been enriched by her twenty-year career as an international computer executive and consultant, which took her to live in six countries on three continents and twenty-six of the United States. She has also worked as a portrait painter, a commercial photographer, and a model. To learn more, visit her at www.katherineneville.com.
From Publishers Weekly
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I read this book in 1988, I wish they had said it was a reissue.Oh well.It is fantastic, but you just really concentrate.It's worthy!
Great read. Originally read it in the 80s and another there times. Gifted it to friends and highly recommend it...my favorite!
The Eight is quite simply in a league of its own. Thoroughly absorbing from cover to cover. Utterly unforgettable!