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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Couldn't put it down!!

The story starts with the Eight. A magnificent chess set, that once belonged to Charlemagne, is the key to unlimited power. It travels through history touching Napoleon, Catherine the Great, and many other names you will recognize. At the end of the Eight the chess set,...
The story starts with the Eight. A magnificent chess set, that once belonged to Charlemagne, is the key to unlimited power. It travels through history touching Napoleon, Catherine the Great, and many other names you will recognize. At the end of the Eight the chess set, called the Montglane Service appears safe from evil hands, but in The Fire it will resurface in frightening new ways. New players will be brought into the game and the line between black and white will become gray....
I loved The Eight and for me The Fire scratched an itch I have been waiting to scratch for ten years. The Fire has it all romance, adventure, and history. It has brains and brawn and a funny bone to boot! It was fast-paced and surprising and the first book in a long time that I couldn't put down. I only hope that I don't have to wait ten more years for another book from Katherine Neville!

posted by Frisbeesage on October 20, 2008

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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

The whole book is a McGuffin

**Spoilers**

I read The Eight and thought it was a fine read.

When I saw The Fire in the store, and I thought this would be about as good a read. It isn't.

It follows a similar structure in the sense that one part is told in the present, and the other in the p...
**Spoilers**

I read The Eight and thought it was a fine read.

When I saw The Fire in the store, and I thought this would be about as good a read. It isn't.

It follows a similar structure in the sense that one part is told in the present, and the other in the past. The story of the past has almost no impact on the story at all. There are so many irrelevant characters introduced that they are distracting and take up your memory and brainpower trying to figure out their purpose. Name dropping is abundant. Characters like Byron, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Dumas are introduced, but are meaningless. I guess Neville thought this would be cool, but it has no bearing.

The same is true of the present. We are led down blind alley after blind alley that we become totally lost. Characters are constantly told that they are this chess piece, but later, are another piece, and later, even another.

Along with irrelevant characters are irrelevant plots. Hints are constantly dropped about how important fire is. It has something to do with alchemy; the main character is going to be a catalyst for something; she's going to have to use fire for something. It is obvious that the main character is somehow connected to fire. It is the title of the damn book. Half the quotes that begin the chapters are fire related. What does this have to do with anything? Zip.

Characters, and therefore the story, takes tremendous leaps in logic about who knows what and why who is doing what.

In the end, tons of stuff are not resolved. The pieces are not found; the chessboard (which we are constantly told is the key to everything) is not found; and the true climax, the choice that is supposed to face the main characters between immortality, and love, is never faced.

There's an old saying in movies and books (it goes something like this): if you show a shotgun above a mantle in chapter one, it better be used by the end of the book. Well, in The Fire, we are showed a room full of junk, told all about the junk, and none of it is used for anything or important. The whole book is one giant McGuffin (Hitchock reference)

posted by 1208211 on April 9, 2009

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  • Posted January 21, 2009

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    Disappointing after reading The Eight

    Far far too much detail which did not seem to add to the plot. You almost have to stop and try to diagram the who's who to keep track of the turns.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2014

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    nice follow up

    fun adventure

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  • Posted July 31, 2009

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    Not As Good As The Eight, But Readable

    I enjoyed this book, though I found it a bit confusing at times. The most interesting chapters were the ones that took place in the 19th century. The present-day characters were a little boring, without much character development.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

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    The Fires burns slowly

    I bought 'The Fire' with great anticipation, having read 'The Eight', (and reread it before I read The Fire). However the book did not satisfy me, the plot was transparent, the path the reader walked much too easy. The experience was not "oh lord, I cannot put this down", it was more, I will read one chapter a day, that being said, I still enjoyed reading it. The ending left me feeling "is that it?" which saddened me, because I cared about the characters. I wanted some closure, and I didn't get it, the ending was not left open rather it was just ambiguous, sadly, love does not conquer all, especially not in a suspense thriller, and I think Ms. Neville knows that. To sum up, after 'Magic Circle' and 'The Eight', I wanted a bright hot fire, instead I got smoke.

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