The Chamber of Ten: A Novel of the Hidden Cities
Written by Christopher Golden & Tim Lebbon
Every big city has a soul, and every soul has a dark, secret side. The Hidden Cities books are set in places we all know very well - places which hold secrets almost beyond belief.
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.
The Chamber is Ten is the third book in the mesmerizing books of The Hidden Cities. Each volume is a self-contained story, so the books may be read out of order if you insist. The first book, Mind the Gap, takes place in London. The second, The Map of Moments, is set in New Orleans. The authors are planning a fourth book as well. Stay tuned.
Published by Spectra
July 27th, 2010