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The Fire ❮Read❯ ➶ The Fire ➺ Author Katherine Neville – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk , 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 , 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, DC, 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 might be able to save itHaidee’s journey from Albania to Morocco to Rome to Greece, and into the very heart of the Game, will result in revelations about the powerful chess set and its history that will lead at last to the spot where the service was first created than one thousand years before: BaghdadBlending exquisite prose and captivating history with nonstop suspense, Neville again weaves in this sequel to The Eight an unforgettable story of peril, action, and intrigue.

10 thoughts on “The Fire

  1. James James says:

    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 she wrote more!

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  2. Linda Linda says:

    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 good book. We get a glimpse at some of our old favorite characters from the original book - Cat Velis, Alexander Solarin, Ladislaus Nim, Charlot, Tallirand. But mostly the book is about Cat and Alexander's daughter Alexandra and her friends. Its fun and adventurous, but nothing like the original.

    If someone can tell me why the two are so different, when they appear, on the surface, so much the same. I'd appreciate it.

    But for now, I'll just wait my usual 2-3 years to forget the details, then enjoy The Eight all over again.

  3. Nancy Nancy says:

    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 other books weren't). But maybe it will be. Plus, I got hold of an ARC! Frabjous day!]

  4. Leigh Statham Leigh Statham says:

    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 get them, somehow it all just fizzled out. Every single climax in the book just seemed to fizzle out. And isn't there a rule about how many oops.. I forgot my phone was bugged scenarios you can have in one book? or Ooops.. I forgot to check for listening devices before I told you all my secrets in this totally public place???

    I don't know.. maybe I just didn't get it. I've never been good at chess, but it seemed like her other book was a lot more exciting. This seemed to be a lot of crazy people sitting around talking about crazy things and drawing completely crazy conclusions totally out of thin air. Yah.. there was waaaaaay too much talking. At least there was some nice hot steamy bathroom boat sex *gag*gag*gag*

  5. Caroline Caroline says:


    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 this was the sequel. I loved that book (I read it in college) and I wonder if this one was really that different.

  6. Iowa City Public Library Iowa City Public Library says:

    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 Solarin, a former child chess prodigy who gave up the game after her father’s murder, summoned to her estranged mother’s home in Colorado. Her mother is missing, but carefully encoded clues, and the arrival of several other people place her smack dab in the middle of the Game’s newest round, forcing her to decipher both the rules and the roles of others (friend or foe?) as she goes. The action moves to Washington, DC, Jackson Hole, Kamchatka, and back in time to France, the Sahara, and the Greek islands where we find Lord Byron and Tallyrand, among others, involved in the intrigue.

    This sequel seems to me less successful than The Eight. Neville has done so much research that it slows the action, and I struggled to keep up. The rules of the Game remain unclear, and a half-resolved ending suggest that another volume might be in the works. Still, one could do worse than a book this brainy and ambitious. --John

    From ICPL Staff Picks Blog

  7. apple apple says:

    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 more 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 about...food, and not to mention total lack of chemistry whatsoever between Alexandra and her beau. Just compare that to the scene when Cat first met Solarin *sign* and hopefully you'll understand my reason for the one lonely star there.

    This book is supposed to be a two-tiers story...So where's the other tier? In The Eight, the story in the past (so-called the other tier) is even more mesmerizing than the present-day part.

    I've already blogged about how Katherine Neville out-Dan Brown before Dan Brown was even Dan Brown, but in The Fire there is not even a single element of mystique that made The Eight so ahead of its time.

    All in all, I don't want to be all whiney about how good The Eight was like I would whine about how I miss the 80's (and I DO miss the 80's) but taking The Fire as a stand-alone and not as a sequel...well, I still wouldn't recommend it. Now, let me crawl quietly into the corner with my battered copy of The Eight and cry..

  8. Jessica Jessica says:

    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 interesting enough to hold together a novel of this length and the mystery is literally talked out rather than hunted down. On more than one occasion people are sitting in a room when they suddenly discover the secret to it all. They look at each other and say some variation on Of course, why didn't we see it before! only it is completely impossible they could have figured it out by just sitting there saying the board is the key over and over again. There is far too much exposition to explain the secret clues and puzzles, especially since everyone who could answer these questions is alive and were only moments before embracing the adventurers. They could have just told them. Why the mystery? In fact, the larger question is what mystery, a big question since the mystery was supposed to be the driving force of this novel.

  9. megHan megHan says:

    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, adventures and secrets, danger and conspiracy. She is invited to a strange party and left even stranger clues by her mother which sets her off on an adventure to find the hidden pieces of the Montglane Service, a chess set once owned by Charlemagne, and on this adventure she's unsure who to trust as she finds out the truth about herself and her family. (You can always tell whether I've read a book by the sticky notes stuck inside the first cover - notes, quotes, thoughts I've had while reading it - and you know I've loved it when there are a lot. The whole inside of the front cover is full. Enough said.)

  10. Beth Beth says:

    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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