Only read the first 60 pages. When I dreaded having to pick it up again I knew it was time to move on to something enjoyable.
Part historical fiction, part mysticism, part modern day suspense thriller - this tale follows the discovery and disappearance of the powerful Montglane Chess Service. The task of hiding and protecting the chess pieces from abuse falls upon the novices of Montglane Abby in the year 1790. In 1972, modern day computer expert Catherine Velis is hired to recover the valuable chess pieces and soon finds herself entangled in a global plot. An engrossing read for anyone who enjoyed the 'Da Vinci Code'
Wow. An unputdownable page-turner that I finished in just 3 days despite the 598 pages. This a fun "Indiana Jones"-like quest. The perfect read for a rainy weekend!
My opinion: a tedious, un-entertaining story, tediously and un-entertainingly told. It's hours of your life you'll never get back.
Though rich with historic detail, I think it would have benefited from tougher editing. There is a lot of repetition of metaphors and descriptions, particularly in romantic ones. But the plot gripped me to the end, and even got me to peak to the excerpt for the sequel, for which I'm considering looking.
This book is an old friend. Love it!
At times I struggled with the number of characters, locations, plot twists, dates, etc. and felt it was a little convoluted. However, once things started to fall into place, it was quite satisfying. I learned an amazing amount of 'trivia' regarding the number 8--I had no idea of its significance in chess, science, the occult, nature, .... Although contrived, it was fun to imagine so many historical characters coming together and interacting. If you thought the DaVinci Code was the first of its kind, read The Eight and you'll believe otherwise.
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