The Chamber of Ten [NOOK Book]

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From two masters of dark fantasy comes a chilling tale of magic and possession, set in—and beneath—fabulous Venice, a city slowly being swallowed by the very waters that have made it one of the wonders of the world. 
 
Geena Hodge is an American archaeologist working to salvage Venice’s past from the encroaching Adriatic Sea. When she and her lover, Nico, discover the lost library of Petrarch under the Piazza San Marco, they rejoice ...
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The Chamber of Ten

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Overview

From two masters of dark fantasy comes a chilling tale of magic and possession, set in—and beneath—fabulous Venice, a city slowly being swallowed by the very waters that have made it one of the wonders of the world. 
 
Geena Hodge is an American archaeologist working to salvage Venice’s past from the encroaching Adriatic Sea. When she and her lover, Nico, discover the lost library of Petrarch under the Piazza San Marco, they rejoice not only at the historical significance of the find but at the opportunity to bring worldwide attention—and much-needed funding—to their endeavors.

But that find soon leads to another, a room buried more deeply still: the fabled Chamber of Ten, where centuries ago the secret rulers of Venice, in their quest for absolute power, met to plot betrayals and murders. After entering the Chamber, Geena and Nico are thrust into the midst of an ancient feud, a deadly battle of wills and black magic that threatens to poison the city’s future with the evils of its past.


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Golden and Lebbon pair up once again for the clumsy third "Hidden Cities" installment (after 2009's The Map of Moments), this time with the sinking city of Venice as the setting. Geena Hodge, a hotshot archaeologist, has traveled abroad with her boyfriend, semi-telepath Nico, and a BBC documentary film crew to find and document the city's ancient architecture before it disappears forever. The discovery of a hidden door inside the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana quickly leads to the uncovering of the Chamber of Ten, a possible meeting place for the Council of Ten, an organization that secretly gained control of Venice in the mid-15th century. What follows is a somewhat rambling account of Hodge's foray into the covert-and magical-history of one of Italy's most renowned cities. Chock-full of tortured prose ("his voice was level, though his eyes were full of questions and mystery") and flat characters, this book will appeal to few other than hardcore fans of the series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345521675
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/27/2010
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 954,507
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Christopher Golden is the award-winning, Los Angeles Times bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters and The Boys Are Back in Town. There are more than eight million copies of his books in print. 
 
Tim Lebbon is the critically acclaimed, bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels. He has won four British Fantasy Awards and a Bram Stoker Award, and several of his books and short stories are in development as movies. 
 


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  • Posted July 25, 2010

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    exciting thriller

    As Venice is sinking under the sea, residents have already shut down the bottom floors of their homes. American archaeologist Geena Hodge and her assistant lover Nico Lombardi have gotten Italian government permission to save as much of the heritage from the encroaching Adriatic in what is the Bibliotheca project that has BBC filming praying not another Capone vault.

    Digging in Piazza San Marco, Geena, assisted by Nico and some students, finds Petrarch's library. Beyond the famous lost library, they uncover the fabled Chamber of Ten. However, nothing goes smoothly as the walls collapse allowing flood waters to inundate the chamber. Soon afterward Nico acts insane as he has become possessed by a Renaissance Era mage battling three evil immortals with the city at stake.

    This is more an exciting thriller than a horror tale. The story line starts off as fast-paced as any tale this year and as vivid (with its dank damp picture of the city), but never quite keeps the accelerator at that incredible opening rate of speed. Still readers will enjoy the Chamber of Ten as the archeologist and her team is caught up in the middle of a centuries old Magical war in which Venice is at stake.

    Harriet Klausner

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