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 arrives2003, 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 house guests, 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 mig
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Almost as good as the first one Definitely a good follow up I love the Neville s style and the way in which the world is turned upside down The books are similar to most historical adventure fiction, full of suspense and thrills Neville builds amazing characters, and she takes you to fantastic places I loved the start of this all being about the game of chess If you like mystery and intricate details, this is a good book to read but definitely read The Eight first it s a two book series I wish s [...]
I really, really wanted to love this book Really I liked it okay but the love just wasn t there It s a sequel to one of my favorite books ever The Eight and I had high hopes, but also reservations about whether the author could capture the magic of The Eight Unfortunately, she did not I can t even tell you what it is about The Eight that gives it that extra spark or that extra bonfire whatever it is that makes it one of the coolest books ever But The Eight has it, while The Fire does not.It s a [...]
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I am very disappointed to say that I had to give up on this book about halfway through See below to read what I had to say when I began it It s not awful, but it was way too easy to put it down and pick up other books Oh, well I wrote earlier I ve been waiting for this sequel to THE EIGHT for ever Hooray Okay, sure, I admit that in countless ways THE EIGHT was preposterous and silly I loved it Which makes me as frightened to read THE FIRE as I am eager what if it s not as fun and absorbing Her o [...]
Parte de este libro me ha encantado y parte la he aborrecido La primera parte me gust demasiado y eso quiz s ha hecho que mis expectativas estuvieran muy altas A n as la trama de Alexandra me atrap desde el principio y por suerte los cap tulos que hac an referencia al pasado son minor a.
Ok I really really really loved reading Katherine Neville s book The Eight several years ago I still think it s a great little book So I was super excited to hear that she wrote a sequel It was all down hill from there I struggled through the opening chapters full of obscure middle eastern names and theories but I hung in there because I thought it would pay off in the end Every corner that the story turned I thought I would finally get to the good part But every time the bad guy was going to ge [...]
Uch I didn t even finish the book, which is rare for me This was just so painful and tedious to read, I couldn t stand it There were parts where it seemed like Neville just took her historical research and put it into the mouths of the characters and I use that term loosely verbatim The whole book felt like an attempt to cash in on the DaVinci Code craze for powerful hidden conspiracies uncovered by deciphering clues novels I am dreading going back and taking another look at The Eight, to which [...]
It s been five years since The Da Vinci Code triggered an avalanche of imitators thrillers featuring codes and ciphers, arcane knowledge, and ancient conspiracies To me, the book that most resembled it was Katherine Neville s The Eight, which was actually written 15 years before the Code Positing a thousand year old chess set with alchemical powers, and a larger Game with geopolitical implications, the book acquired something of a cult, and, after 20 years, a sequel.The Fire finds Alexandra Sola [...]
I picked this book up at a local thrift store that sells as many books as you can fit into a Walmart esque bag for 4.99 and I can fit a lot of books into this bag So far, I have picked up books I have never heard of and have been extremely satisfied with my choices I did not, until after reading it, discover that it was the second book, and yet I really had no problem understanding the story, despite some of the chess talk I didn t quite understand A great book Full of action and intrigue, adven [...]
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I have very mixed feelings about this, it s the sequel to The Eight It s the kind of sequel where you very much have to have read the first book, it wouldn t stand alone very well at all Now, I almost always like a sequel AT LEAST in the sense that I like to know what happens to everyone after Sometimes I have heard people, when talking about a favorite book, claim that it s better NOT to know, that a sequel would only ruin things That, my friends, is the talk of crazy people So on the one hand, [...]
The author herself describes the predecessor to this book The Eight by saying there were no other books like it She goes on to say that she never intended to write any followups She really should have taken her own words of wisdom to heart as Key would say.This book had too many ideas, names, subnames and places and not nearly enough action There is literally one action scene, 15 pages from the end of the book and it is tied up nicely, ex machina, with no one getting hurt The characters are not [...]
Giving The Fire only one star might not be fair, but I just can t help it, having waited like FOREVER and even sounding like a Twilight Fangirl here for a sequel of the ingenious The Eight Since the predecessor was SO very very good it robs me of any creative adjectives, I had such a high expectation of The Fire.But it didn t really deliver What s with the lead character going on and on aboutod, and not to mention total lack of chemistry whatsoever between Alexandra and her beau Just compare th [...]
Empezar diciendo que termin de leer The Eight a pura fuerza de voluntad porque me pareci que la escritora alarg demasiado la historia y que por eso se hab a vuelto pesada Pero le di cr dito por crear misterio y drama.Pese a ese antecedente, compr el libro porque quer a saber el verdadero final de la historia Sin embargo, con esta secuela me he convencido de que no volver a leer m s los libros de esta autora La historia de Solarin y Cat se repite con su hija en muchas maneras La narraci n es conf [...]
I got an Advanced Reader s Edition of this title and was so excited as The Eight is a book I recommend to everyone This book was extremely difficult for me to be engaged with as there were too many characters and the plot seemed somewhat disjointed.
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Synopsis The Fire is actually a sequel to Katherine Neville s The Eight published some twenty years ago and reviewed by me last year The Fire, like The Eight, follows two timelines, one past in this case 1822 and one present 2003.Alexandra Solarin Xie was twelve years old in the autumn of 1993 She was being accompanied by her father, Aleksandr Solarin on a chess tournament in Zagorsk Monastery, Russia This young chess prodigy was to play against a similarly young boy from Ukraine named Vartan Az [...]
An Early Reviewer book return return Twenty years ago, Neville published The Eight, which I read around that time I reread The Eight recently, in order to prepare myself for the sequel, The Fire I didn t change my opinion of The Eight good but writing that struck me as almost juvenile The plot itself is hard to describe in terms of genre Chess forms the matrix of the story Puzzles a la The Da Vinci Code, which was published much later, in 2003 , murders, quests, history, two time frames present [...]
Given that I very much enjoyed The Eight, even on a re read, this one was disappointing, for a number of reasons.First, it was kind of confusing, particularly in terms of who was a player and what role they played and for which side or if sides even mattered The role of the White Queen in particular, seemed like it was passed around so much I got whiplash trying to keep track I m sure this is deliberate, and meant to mirror Alexandra s own confusion, but it just wasn t well handled I think there [...]
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I waited a long time for this book It s a sequel to The Eight, which was unlike anything else when it came out in the late 1980s It was based on this idea of a fabulous, ancient chess set endowed with power, which pulls the people around it into The Game The sequel, like the original, moves back and forth through time, and incorporates math, patterns, chess, urban planning, brainy heroines, romantic men, historic interpretation, and unusual settings What I liked best about both books is the sear [...]
This was not as enjoyable as The Eight , which this is a sequel to, but was an interesting continuation of the original storyline As a sequel I can t help but compare it to the first book, which was amazing in scope, originality, story and characters and found it not nearly as good While many of the book one characters appear, these are only cameo appearances and it was hard to understand their motives in The Fire The main character didn t seem to grasp anything until the very end, where she mir [...]
Like millions of readers around the world, I have eagerly awaited a sequel to The Eight Twenty years after publication of the original, Neville brings forth a work that is just as entertaining and delightful as its parent work.With plotlines taken directly from the headlines, The Fire focuses on Alexandra Solarin, daughter of Catherine and Aleksandr two of the main characters in The Eight On the verge of becoming the youngest grandmaster in the history of the game, she stops playing, at her moth [...]
The Fire, by Katherine Neville was such a huge disappointment I like many others, was mesmerized by The Eight, written twenty years ago I would often wonder what happened to the author I yearned, craved another book as an addict seeks his next high When The Fire was offered as part of the Early Reviewer program, I was naturally delirious Finally, the long drought from Ms Neville would be appeased Sadly, after reading The Fire, I cannot recommend this book with the same enthusiasm or promise retu [...]
The Eight fue un libro que disfrut mucho La trama me enganch Los personajes me atrajeron La doble narraci n, pasada y presente, me interes Fue un libro que me gust.El Fuego en cambio, e ir nicamente, me dej muy fr o Quiz el estilo del libro ya no era una novedad para m Igual se me pas el tiempo de este tipo de novelas, no lo s Ya el libro de la misma autora The Magic Circle me hab a dejado muy poco convencido Algo me fallaba que hab a encontrado en The Eight.Y eso que cog el libro con bastante i [...]
I have to admit I was a little disappointed in this sequel I absolutely loved The Eight I loved Cat, Solarin, Mordecai, Lily and the whole crew While we do see some of the old crew back this book covers the next generation which I was fine with but I felt like the secrets behind the numbers and puzzles just did not grab me as much The storyline was a little weak to me It was easy to predict how the relationship between Alexandra and Vartan would develop I also couldn t bring myself to like Alexa [...]
I absolutely LOVED The Eight by Katherine Neville I wouldn t say it was for everyone not everyone likes complex plots that have your head spinning at times, but I do I m sure people who understand and play chess enjoyed it even than I did return return However, I ve been reading The Fire, a sequel to The Eight, for over two weeks now I get drawn into the story in parts and then have no problem putting it down in the next chapter I find myself picking up other things to read rather than returnin [...]
I read Katherine Neville s The Eight at the urging of a friend when I was a teenager and was bowled over by it, so when the sequel came out I decided I had to re read the original first and then move on to The Fire Unfortunately, The Eight didn t stand up to a re read, and The Fire was much, much worse The Fire fails as a narrative, let alone as a mystery, adventure or thriller Neville has no notion of transition, and she wrenches the reader from place to place and from time period to time perio [...]
O Fogo a sequela de O Oito, uma sequela escrita cerca de 20 anos depois Com tanto tempo para escrever o livro, as minhas expectativas encontravam se um bocado elevadas.Tendo adorado o enredo do anterior livro, esperava um enredo igualmente bom, com uma melhoria significativa no desenrolar da ac o e defini o das personagens, acima de tudo, na pr pria escrita desorganizada da autora, mas nada disto aconteceu O enredo perdeu a originalidade, os dois momentos hist ricos est o pior definidos, o desen [...]
I tried very hard to read this without comparing it to The Eight, and I kinda succeeded, but it was hard I enjoyed it and found it to be a fun read That said, I did not think the characters, particularly the new ones introduced in the 19th century parts, were as well developed or engaging as those in The Eight Haidee, whom I thought from the dust jacket was going to play a major role, never appears much in the second half of the book and doesn t have much personality I thought the ending was rat [...]