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In the midst of the French Revolution, a young novice discovers that her abbey is the hiding place of a chess set, once owned by the great Charlemagne, which allows those who play it to tap into incredible powers beyond the imagination. She eventually comes into contact with the major historical figures of the day, from Robespierre to Napoleon, each of whom has an agenda.
The Eight is a non-stop ride that recalls the swashbuckling adventures of Indiana Jones as well as the historical puzzles of Umberto Eco which, since its first publication in 1988, has gone on to acquire a substantial cult following.
I originally read this book a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I've just finished re-reading it and was just as entertained by it this time as I was when I first read... Read more
I read this when it was first published, the 80s?. One of my all time favourites. You have to be on your toes to keep up with it but well worth it. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Arby
Very intriguing read. Great history lesson at the same time. I do love chess so that part thrilled me. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Nancy Whitlock
I love this book, but I was disappointed that it arrived bent and used looking, even though it was bought new.Published 28 days ago by Ann
I haven't read this for years, but it's one of my favorite books of all time. I bought the Kindle book because I leant my copy and never got it back, in spite of my pleas. Read morePublished 29 days ago by B. Nagy
I've read the recommendations, so decided to delver into the book.
The premise is good, the start is strong, but the author hasn't learned to write. Read more
One of my all time favorite books. If you like Dan Brown's books, you'll like this one, too.Published 1 month ago by Jill M