Kate Mosse’s first venture into commercial fiction, Labyrinth, is set to be this summer’s doorstep beach-read, says Geraldine Bedell. Kate Mosse is an author and broadcaster. She is the presenter of BBC4’s Readers and Writers Roadshowand guest presents Saturday Review for Radio 4. July In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig, stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery-two.

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Obviously, the true test of any Grail-themed work is how well it stands up to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade — and even correcting for the cinematic awesomeness of immortality-hunting Nazis and the kooky knight intoning “You have chosen Jan 04, Kristen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Nov 12, Bill Khaemba rated it really liked it Shelves: It was hard to get into, but overall I liked it more than not. Readers are provided with a suspenseful story as mysteries in both times are resolved and the links between our protagonists are revealed. The Inquisition was born. A surprising mix of historical pabyrinth, fantasy and ghost story all very well rolled into one intriguing novel.

Although, I do think it takes a special kind of genius to come up with something this bad, I really do I read this book some time ago, and have recently been reminded of its sorry existence by the fact that a dramatisation is due to be screened in the not so distant future.

March 4, at Her deep love of Carcassonne and of the Languedoc is evident. The french everywhere was a bit jarring. Eight hundred years earlier, on the eve of a brutal crusade to stamp out heresy that will rip apart southern France, Alais is given a ring and a mysterious book for safekeeping by her father as he leaves to fight the crusaders.

I wanted the girls to have the swords, rather than find themselves always waiting to be rescued.


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The most obvious difference—apart from the female lead characters, the medieval backbone to Labyrinththe focus on kaate and historical analysis—is the ways in which, as novelists, present our Grail stories. Ackroyd, Amis, Smith and Mosse all embrace and employ this technique and if you have an author who is equal to the task of producing two well written narratives with different tones and styles then it works well.

One is not frightened of her, or disgusted with her which we should be, considering some of the things she gets up to: Oh, dear lord, it was dire.

The Guardian ranked it the number one bestseller for And does that discourage them to refrain from it in the future? July 20, at 8: Yes, she co-founded it with her husband apparently. Alice has an uneasy feeling that she has disturbed something which was meant to labyrith hidden Firstly it’s a time-slip book – half of it being set during the 13th century when the Crusaders began to turn on their own.

Clearly it’s not the only one of this ilk as it has been compared to the Da Vinci code and other similar titles, none of which I’d read. And last but not least is the ending. France CarcassonneFrance. Nothing they say or do is enough to persuade us that we may someday find them interesting.

Labyrinth Reader’s Guide

Looking for More Great Reads? The persecution of the Cathars, a heretic sect in thirteenth-century France, is handled deftly and movingly. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

One in A surprising mix of historical fiction, fantasy and lbayrinth story all very well rolled into one intriguing novel. In the present, another woman sees the labyyrinth as a means to the political power she craves; while a man who has great power will kill to destroy all traces of the discovery kahe everyone who stands in his way. Even though it won’t have that same suspense in a second reading, I think I’ll pick up on smaller nuances. March 23, at 5: Then in the future, I suppose when all was forgiven, why did Mosse not include the story line of Alais’ rescue and the t Like some of the other reviews, there were times I liked the story and there were other times where I was just down right bored.


Now, as crusading armies gather outside the city walls of Carcassonne, it will take a tremendous sacrifice to keep the secret of the labyrinth safe. By the time I reached the end mossse the book, I was so bored that I speed-read until I could finally call it a day. Is this aspect of the adventure important to your enjoyment of the novel?

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse – Reading Guide – : Books

Later in the book Alice leaves her bag in her enemies’ house and makes a big fuss of it, but again, we never learn if it had any result in directing the plot in one direction or in another. Rather than a traditional action hero, I wanted the women to get labyrnth do the swashbuckling for once. Previous Post For the love of God, would you stop fucking up fairytale movies? In these parallel stories, bad people with suspect motives are searching for the treasures that embody the secret wisdom of the Cathars symbolized by a labyrinth.

Add some splendid villains, a few manic Catholics a la Opus Dei in Dan Brown and you have a mystery; spice with a few romances, some infidelity, some hopeless yearning and a spot of medieval siege warfare and serve to the readers. The books belong to the Cathars, a sect active in medieval Pyrenean France who represent tolerance, ecumenicalism and all things nice in fact, at times they resemble nothing so much as go-ahead Church of England curates in a multicultural urban parish.

I labyrnith love to give it five stars, but because of the first part I must give it four.