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The Chamber of Ten

(Hidden Cities #3)

3.10  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  26 reviews
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 thewonders 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, discoverthe lost li
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Did not finish.

Just found it too slow and too dull. I found Geena annoying and Nico a prat, and as they are the two main characters, that makes reading the book a hard slog.
Jessica Bronder
Geena Hodge is an archeologist working in Venice. While working her team finds what is thought to be the lost library of Petrarch. As exploring the room they find another room that is hidden and way below the water level. It is a complete mystery as to why both rooms are still dry until Nico, Geena’s boyfriend, breaks an urn. At that moment the rooms flood then Nico starts acting strange. It seems that Nico has become possessed by a powerful magician from hundreds of years ago.

What follows is a
Nicole Leverence
An "ok" read. It was hard to stay focused with the repetition of Nico's special touch ability talk about how Geena can't go on without his presence. It was also strange that it was only two character perspective.
Brett Grossmann
There's a certain sameness about this book. Feels too much like the other hidden city novels. Venice stuff feels like echoes of the Shadow series of books too
Jul 19, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Megan Jaskowiak
Not quite as good as the others in the series
Syazwanie Winston Abdullah
This was fascinating!

15th century magician in a body of a 21st century archaeologist. When magic meets archaeological thriller.
Jul 29, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Janice Bonczek
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery or fantasy/historical fiction lovers
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
Oct 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 and r
Alex Telander
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 conti ...more
Alison C
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
May 10, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 thoroug ...more
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!
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.
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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The Chamber of Ten snaps along with magical shock and awe. Grab a beverage, a beach chair and enjoy the macabre machinations.
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Steven Koch
Jan 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Also a great book, this time it's set in Venice, and the Hidden places beneath.
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compeling story, if implasible, but it kept my interest!
Jennifer G
Oct 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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