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The Chamber of Ten (Hidden Cities #3)

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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 li
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Mass Market Paperback, 369 pages
Published July 27th 2010 by Spectra (first published 2010)
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Kristen
May 22, 2013 Kristen rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book, and I really tried to like this book. Unfortunately, I didn't like this book. In fact, I didn't like it so much that I couldn't force myself to finish it.

The premise sounded interesting - a story inside a story, present day archeologist Geena is working on cataloguing a major find in Venice - Petrarch's lost library. When she and her team, one of whom is also her lover, Nico, unexpectedly find another room under the library, which is already under sea-level, but mirac
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Janice Bonczek
A great third effort in the "Hidden Cities" series. This installment takes place in Venice. The story is told from the point of view of a couple, Geena and Nico. They are both archaeologists working for a local University, and are working together on a project Geena is heading. The project is the discovery of a hidden vault under the library filled with old books. From centuries ago. Geena believes it to be the mysterious lost library of Petrach.

As they are exploring the underground room, the f
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Marcus
Oct 03, 2011 Marcus rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of James Rollins
Decent enough if you can stick it out but you’ll need a lot of patience. Overall, if you’re a fan of James Rollins works, this would probably fall into the same category but it’s not as action-packed nor as well written (not that Rollins' work qualifies as "high art" either).

It wasn't until I started the book that I found out it's third in a series. The tricky part here is that the two main characters, Geena & Nico, have a telepathic bond which took some getting used to. To the characters a
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Alex Telander
Feb 02, 2011 Alex Telander rated it it was ok
Bestselling authors Christopher Golden (The Boys Are Back in Town and Baltimore) and Tim Lebbon (Dawn and Desolation) continue with the next Hidden Cities book after Mind the Gap and The Map of Moments, and this time they travel to the enchanting, historical city of Venice. Geena Hodge, an archaeologist, is working with her team at the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana when they come upon a hidden door. A documentary crew is also with them from the BBC covering these last discoveries as Venice ...more
Alison C
Mar 12, 2015 Alison C rated it liked it
The Chamber of Ten, by Chrisopher Golden and Tim Lebbon, is the third in their series of Hidden Cities, following Mind the Gap, set in a "hidden" London and The Map of Moments, about New Orleans. The new novel brings the reader to Venice, an ancient city with ancient secrets. Geena is an American archeologist and professor, who has had the great good fortune to uncover the hidden library of Petrarch, and she and her team are slowly excavating the texts found there. Her student and lover Nico has ...more
Ruthless
May 10, 2012 Ruthless rated it did not like it
It's hard to imagine a book about Venice, ancient hidden libraries AND the supernatural that is boring enough to put down after a hundred pages but these authors manage it. The two protagonists don't stop mewling enough to get interesting. The lead female is wimpy, her boyfriend moronic and other than briefly glancing on "hey guyz we discovered a roomful of old books LOL" there isn't enough history to keep anyone interested for long. Fans of well researched mysteries will be let down by the lack ...more
Craig
May 07, 2015 Craig rated it liked it
This was the third "Hidden Cities" book, following ones about London and New Orleans. This one is set in Venice, and while it tells an interesting story it didn't hold my interest quite as well as the first two. I thought there was some lag in the middle sections with some unnecessary running around that didn't take us anywhere. The descriptions of the city were interesting, and the characters sympathetic and likable; I'm sure those who have a pronounced interest in Venice would enjoy it ...more
Jessica
Apr 10, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it
I was intrigued when I first picked it up and continued to be enthralled by the way it was written and how the story was developed. But the ending was a little disappointing. It went by too quickly and I felt dissatisfied because there could have been a little more than what was written. It's the only reason why I don't give it 4 stars. Other than that, I enjoyed how it was written and the plotline itself was magnificent!
Diana
Nov 01, 2010 Diana rated it it was ok
Pedestrian suspense thriller, with speculative fiction elements. Thin characters, blasé magic, and superficial atmosphere make it hard to get engaged. Best part: Venetian history. Best character: the villain (of course). Most tiresome: play-by-play emoting inside the head of the female protagonist. It's a made-for-TV movie, targeting women, to sell them European-style frozen entrées.
April
Aug 05, 2012 April rated it really liked it
This pair of authors never disappoints. Fast paced, creepy, good puzzle to solve. I enjoyed this one, but it seemed more mainstream than their usual gritty scariness. Four out of five for these two and this enjoyably creepy story.
Boston Book Bums
Sep 27, 2010 Boston Book Bums rated it liked it
The Chamber of Ten snaps along with magical shock and awe. Grab a beverage, a beach chair and enjoy the macabre machinations.
SporadicReviews.com (Kevin Bayer)
Interesting concept. Not at all what I expected, but it was very good! Set in modern day, with an archeological group, throw in historical figures a little dark magic, and you've got a good read!

Jennifer Niskanen
Lacked a bit in comparison to the last book. The characterization didn't seem quite as well done and it was more predictable but still it wasn't bad.
Jennifer
Oct 16, 2015 Jennifer rated it did not like it
I should have paid more attention to the cover. There are a lot of "magic" and supernatural powers in this book. Not quite what I was looking for.
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Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) Mind the Gap. Golden co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola, which they are currently scripting as a feature film ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Hidden Cities (4 books)
  • Mind the Gap (Hidden Cities, #1)
  • The Map of Moments (Hidden Cities, #2)
  • The Shadow Men (Hidden Cities, #4)

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