The Fire: A Novel

By Katherine Neville

Katherine Neville’s groundbreaking novel, The 8, dazzled audiences greater than two decades in the past and set the literary level for the epic mystery. A quest for a magical chess carrier that after belonged to Charlemagne, it spans centuries and 3 continents, and intertwines historical and sleek plots, archaeological treasure hunts, esoteric riddles, and puzzles encrypted with clues from the traditional prior. Now the electrifying worldwide 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'd scattered the items of the Montglane carrier around the globe, burying with them the secrets and techniques of the ability that incorporates owning it. yet Alexandra arrives to discover that her mom is lacking and sequence of strategically positioned clues, rapidly by means of the unforeseen arrival of a mysterious collection of houseguests, shows 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 abruptly resurfaced and the sport has all started back, Alexandra is swept right into a trip that takes her from Colorado to the Russian barren region and finally into the guts of her personal fatherland: Washington D.C.

1822, Albania: Thirty years after the French Revolution, while the chess provider used to be unearthed, all of Europe hovers near to the struggle of Greek Independence. Ali Pasha, the main strong ruler within the Ottoman Empire, has angered the sultan and is ready to be attacked by means of Turkish forces. Now he sends the single individual he can depend upon–his younger daughter, Haidee–on a perilous project to smuggle a useful relic out of Albania, in the course of the mountains and over the ocean, to the palms of the only guy who could possibly store it.

Haidee’s trip from Albania to Morocco to Rome to Greece, and into the very center of the sport, will lead to revelations concerning the robust chess set and its heritage that may lead ultimately to the spot the place the provider was once first created a couple of thousand years earlier than: Baghdad.

Blending beautiful prose and fascinating historical past with nonstop suspense, Neville back weaves an unforgettable tale of peril, motion, and intrigue.

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Key wasn’t exaggerating while she’d pointed out at the telephone my aunt’s pile of clothier baggage: valises have been piled all over, even blockading the internal door. How had they ever healthy all this into one uncomplicated Aston Martin? “How did you carry all this over from London? The Queen Mary? ” Key was once asking Lily. “Some of those can’t move up the spiral stairs,” I mentioned. “But we can’t depart them the following. ” Vartan and Key agreed to haul purely those who Lily had distinctive as most important up the steps. They’d get rid of the surplus baggage to the spot of my identifying: below the billiard desk, the place nobody could journey over them. the instant they’d departed the mudroom with the 1st load, I crawled over the piles of baggage, pulled Lily and Zsa-Zsa inside of, and close the outer doorways. “Aunt Lily,” I acknowledged, “you informed us that not anyone yet my father knew the place all of the items used to be hidden. yet we do be aware of a number of issues. you recognize which items you buried or concealed your self, and Uncle Slava does, too, along with his personal. if you happen to may possibly take note which items your workforce was once lacking on the finish, then we’d merely need to determine my mom and dad’ components of the puzzle. ” “I was once simply given of the items myself to hide,” Lily admitted. “That leaves twenty-four items for the others. yet simply your mom is familiar with in the event that they every one bought 8. For the six lacking items, I’m uncertain finally those years that my reminiscence is ideal. yet i feel I remember that we have been lacking 4 White items: silver pawns, a Knight, and the White King. And the 2 Black items have been a gold pawn and a Bishop. ” I paused, no longer yes that I’d heard safely. “Then … the items that mom captured and that you simply all buried or concealed incorporated every thing else other than these six? ” I stated. If Vartan’s tale was once precise, there has been one piece that should have been lacking from the cache they’d buried thirty years in the past. He’d obvious it, along my father, at Zagorsk. Hadn’t he? Vartan and Key have been coming back off the spiral stairs on the finish of the room. I couldn’t wait—I needed to understand now. “Your staff possessed the Black Queen? ” I requested her. “Oh convinced, that used to be crucial piece of all of them, in line with Mireille’s diary,” stated Lily. “The Abbess of Montglane took it to Russia herself, in addition to the chessboard she’d reduce into elements. The Black Queen was once within the ownership of Catherine the nice, then seized by means of her son Paul at the empress’s dying. ultimately it was once handed to Mireille by means of Catherine’s grandson, Emperor Alexander of Russia. Cat and that i discovered it between Minnie’s cache in that Tassili cave. ” “Are you yes? ” I requested her, my voice weakening in addition to my grip at the state of affairs. “How may perhaps I disregard, with all these bats in that cave? ” stated Lily. “My reminiscence may not be excellent in regards to the lacking items, yet I held the Black Queen in my very own arms. It was once so vital, i think certain your mom should have buried that piece herself. ” My temples have been throbbing back, and that i felt that very same churning in my abdominal. yet Key and Vartan had simply arrived for an additional haul of baggage. “You glance as though you’ve simply visible the proverbial ghost,” Key acknowledged, concerning me unusually.

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