Ediciones B, 2023
TO WIN THE CROWN, YOU HAVE TO CHANGE THE RULES OF THE GAME.
An historical thriller that reveals the origins of modern chess and the intrigues of the Court of Isabel la Católica.
«Luis Zueco is in the Olympus of the Spanish historical novel». 20 minutes
This is Zueco’s most ambitious novel, full of emotion and intrigue, and that plunges us into the Court of Isabella I of Castile, when, both in gambling and in History, she became the most powerful figure of her times.
Year 1468. Castile is at a crucial moment in its history. Alfonso de Trastámara has died under suspicious circumstances and Enrique IV rises as king, forcing his half-sister Isabel, the only one who could oppose his plans, to sign peace. She accepts, because she is destined to become Isabel la Católica and she knows that great games are not won on the first move.
While the affairs of the Court keep the kingdom in suspense, the mysterious murder of a nobleman fortuitously unites Gadea, a young woman passionate about chess who hides a dark past, and Ruy, a chronicler who loves history and books. The dangerous race against time to discover the culprit is intertwined with the conspiracies and wars of the Court of Elizabeth, who under her rule knew how to move like a master on the board and forever transformed the figure of the queen in chess.