Queen Sacrifice by Welsh author Tony Riches is a standalone experimental literary fiction historical drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.
This was originally published in 2012 by Preseli Press. Unusually, the novel’s plot is experimentally structured upon the moves in a famous 1954 chess match between players Donald Byrne and Bobby Fischer, now known as “The Game of the Century”.
The story takes place in 10th century Wales on the brink of a civil war between the increasingly Saxonized south and the north which holds to the old ways, as the various players in the game meet and act and move to support or eliminate one another.
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Two kings are fighting for their lives, and the stakes have never been higher.
10th Century Wales is a country divided, with the kingdom of the south becoming Saxon and the north violently defending the old ways. The inevitable civil war is brutal and savage in this tale of divided loyalty and revenge, treachery and love. The bishops of Wales struggle to keep the faith while knights and war lords turn events to advantage and the lives of ordinary people are changed forever by the conflict.
Queen Sacrifice is a tale of love and sacrifice, soldiers and spies, heroes and assassins, who meet in the war to end all wars. The tale is perfect for fans of George R R Martin. The narrative also follows every move in the queen sacrifice game, known as ‘The Game of the Century’ between Donald Byrne and 13-year-old Bobby Fischer on October 17th, 1956.