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MACA Book Review
The Fire The Fire
by: Katherine Neville

Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-50067-0
Format: Book 464pp.
Publisher: Ballantine Books

Reviewed by: Chess Horizons Editor Mark Donlan
Recommendation: Recommended

This is the sequel to Neville’s novel, The Eight, which featured a quest for a mystical chess service that once belonged to Charlemagne that proved to be a key to immortality.

In The Fire, “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.”
While The Fire may not be quite as captivating as The Eight, it still stands as an enjoyable thriller that “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.”
You can read an excerpt here, or listen to an audio excerpt here.

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