''The Eight'' is a novel by American author Katherine Neville. Amateur chess player Catherine becomes involved in the search for a legendary chess set, the Montglane Service, once owned by Charlemagne. Split into double narratives, the novel also tells the story of eighteenth-century nun Mirellie and her attempts to protect the set.
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!!Tropes:

* ActionGirl: Catherine and Lily, but the most amazing one is Mirelle.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Of course. Just a few: Basque people were never a menace for the Carolingian Empire. The rules for the Mad-Queen Chess, or modern chess, are from the XIV century, making it impossible to have a Chess Master associated with Charlemagne. In fact, in that era, there was no queen at all, but a piece named Vizier.
* [[spoiler:BabiesEverAfter]]: [[spoiler:Cat and Solarin had a daughter named Alexandra Solarin also is the whole reason the sequel exist.]]
* BigBrotherMentor: Nim to Cat.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: Nim could fit into this since he is always one step ahead.
* CharacterDevelopment: A lot! Lily starts as a SpoiledBrat and changes to [[spoiler:ActionGirl / SpoiledSweet]].
* ChessMotifs: The whole plot of the book.
* CrazyPeoplePlayChess: One minor player insists that, when he captures a piece, a spectator be kicked out of the room so that the room's 'symmetry' is maintained.
* {{Doorstopper}}: 624 pages in the paperback edition.
* GloriousMotherRussia: The book is set on the Cold War and in Catherine the Great's Russia.
* ImmortalitySeeker: [[spoiler:Mirelle and the whole cast at the end.]]
* NerdsAreSexy: Again Alexander Solarin and Lily by the end.
* NunsAreFunny: Valentine.
* RuleOfSexy: Solarin and how specially [[spoiler:when they are traveling back to New York]].
* SignificantBirthDate: The main character was born on April 4, which ties in with a lot of the book's numerology and is also said to be an Islamic holy day.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess
* SpoiledBrat: Lily is this at the beginning. ItGetsBetter.
* SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn: Solarin is the Soviet Grand Master of chess.
* TalkingThroughTechnique
* UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution: Parts of the narrative are set during the revolution.
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