The Chess Players of Brosen

The Chess Players of Brosen

by R.M. Burgess


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In a medieval city, a young courtesan risks everything to protect a female prodigy from the few who use her and the many who feel threatened by her extraordinary gifts.

This is the story of seven-year-old Nitya, a Yengar girl with exceptional abilities, persecuted for her faith while living on the streets of Brosen with her father. Arriving in the city as destitute refugees, they face constant abuse, for the Yengars are a small, scholarly community reviled as infidels by the mainstream Thermadan religion. Shunned by respectable folk, the city's public chess games offer them an intellectual escape from their daily travails. Nitya's acumen for the game attracts the attention of Grippus Terendor, an aristocratic chess master. It is a mixed blessing, for she simultaneously earns the hatred of Festerus, a senior Thermadan cleric.

Nitya and her father meet Grippus's mistress, Gianina, a teenage courtesan who works at an expensive house of pleasure called the Lace Garter. Friendship blossoms between the two girls, both outcasts for different reasons. As Grippus prepares to play in the grand chess tournament as the representative of Brosen, all of them are drawn into maneuverings that will change their lives forever.

When blind faith rules, knowledge is sin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643500225
Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 300,052
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

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The Chess Players of Brosen 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this short novel. The author has a talent for vivid prose and excellent storytelling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Dynamic plot, interesting characters, powerful messags. Totally recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Chess Players of Brosen Burgess lures you into his world of imagination with interesting characters frolicking around through their daily lives. There is little Nikita, wise beyond her years, Gianina, the conflicted beauty, Venaj, the wise-man with bad luck, Grippus Terendor, the self-centered aristocrat, Festerus, the sick fanatic, Saraika, the strategist, Yandharan, the gentleman, and many others. A parade of characters builds a scene that draws you into this imaginary world of East Brosia and its peoples. The lives of these characters intersect across time and space in fateful and magical ways; weaving an intricate web of treacheries and loyalties. There are glimmers of hope and humanity among depths of human depravity. It is a book that you will find hard to put down. I reflected upon what I felt when I had finished reading it (in a few hours!!) and the feeling was fascination! Although rife with imagery, imaginary it is not. The social-stratification, the religious persecution, the gender stereotyping, the psychological profiles of the actors speak to a deeper portrayal of human society since time immemorial. The Chess Players of Brosen is a story set among these characters, but it is also a multi-level generalization of human society; showing both what is good and bad among humans!