What's the best book you've read recently?
(Tell me you didn't see this one coming?)
It has to be The Eight by Katherine Neville. It wasn't in my TBR when I started hearing a lot of buzz about this book. I added it in my wishlist and hell-bent in finding a copy. Imagine my excitement when I found one in a second-hand bookshop!
New York City, 1972—A dabbler in mathematics and chess, Catherine Velis is also a computer expert for a Big Eight accounting firm. Before heading off to a new assignment in Algeria, Cat has her palm read by a fortune-teller. The woman warns Cat of danger. Then an antiques dealer approaches Cat with a mysterious offer: He has an anonymous client who is trying to collect the pieces of an ancient chess service, purported to be in Algeria. If Cat can bring the pieces back, there will be a generous reward.
The South of France, 1790—Mireille de Remy and her cousin Valentine are young novices at the fortresslike 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...
Anyway, I read it right away and finished it with much excitement. I could find fault with the characters, the lines, etc. But I totally love the plot! Very original. :)