The south of France, 1790: Mireille de Rémy and her cousin Valentine are young novices at the fortress-like Montglane Abbey. With France aflame in revolution, the two girls burn to rebel against constricted convent life - and their means of escape is at hand. Buried deep within the abbey are pieces of the Montglane Chess Service, once owned by Charlemagne. Whoever reassembles the pieces can play a game of unlimited power. But to keep the Game a secret from those who would abuse it, the two young women must scatter the pieces throughout the world.
And there's more to the story! Don't miss the sequel, The Fire.
©1988 Katherine Neville; (P)2007 Books on Tape
"Even readers with no interest in chess will be swept up into this astonishing fantasy-adventure....destined to become a cult classic." (Publishers Weekly)
I would listen to The Eight again, probably to pick up on things that I did not get the first time. The plot is very complex and cross generational, so it does care concentration to really follow along. I would recommend this to someone who want to dig deep into a book. Not for someone that is just looking for entertainment.
Mireille is my favorite for her rich descriptions and bold actions. She seems some what fearless and so smart at the same time.
No, you need to take it is doses over time.
I absolutely loved this book! Not only was it action packed, but the characters were well developed, and the structure was perfect. The plot was so creative and I love that it spanned both the globe and centuries. The use of historical figures and events was great! I'll be recommending this book to friends, for sure!
Somebody who is looking for romance and possibly thriller and not going to cringe every time some completely unrealistic twist comes on. Being of Eastern European origin with North African husband, there is so much under researched and unrealistic nonsence, that makes enjoying the book very difficult. Character are underdeveloped, plot is chaotic. Narrator actually did a good job with what she had.
It's a very good story, but I think that it would be better in print, rather than audio, not that the narrator was bad.
Yes, but I'd probably read it.
She did a good job, but as I said before, I think this story lends itsself to being read, rather than listened to.
I greatly enjoyed listening to the book. The plot line and pace kept me "glued" to the audible app for hours. Even though it may not be historically precise I did not mind hearing all the well known names from the 18-19th century. I like mysteries and historical fiction. This book has exceeded my expectations!!
I absolutely love this book. Katherine Neville has created a masterpiece of epic proportions: Action, humor, intrigue, politics, mystical mysteries, science, romance, historical re-imagining and one hell of a good ride. This may the best book I have ever read (and listened to)!
A clear plan for the book.
No terrible given what had to work with.
Half to two-thirds of the content.
Every popular historical figure that you can haul out? Really? Not a credit to the genre.
Didn't Grab me, entertain. Maybe I'm getting picky but there is so much better out there and I'm not wasting anymore time on it.
There is quite a bit of suspense in this story, but the huge amount of characters need full attention. The overdone accents used in most of the reading make it doubly difficult to listen to and keep up with.
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