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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Yet, there were several loose ends. Then laybrinth the future, I suppose when all was forgiven, why did Mosse not include the story line of Alais’ rescue and the time they had a child together and then jump 30 years later to an older Alais? Labyrinth – read 2. I love the transition between the two time periods.

God awful: ‘Labyrinth’ by Kate Mosse

If you’re like me and stubborn, you’ll no doubt go along before that point hoping that you’ll understand what it all means by context alone.

Yeah, I tried to read and got lbayrinth shitless. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. But the author clearly knows her material, and overall the history and religion are handled intelligently. In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery-two crumbling skeletons, strange writings on the walls, and the pattern of a labyrinth; between the skeletons, a stone ring, and a small leather bag.

A ripping historical yarn for the girls

The story is okay, but you have to fight through moments of nausea, sadness and fury to reach the final pages where it almost becomes interesting but then becomes embarrassing again. Kate Mosse is an international bestselling author with sales of more than five million copies in 42 languages.

Yes, definitely the characters are not strong enough to get a hold on you and make you believe that another life has started but somewhere I find that the plot and ideas are really good and there are times when I stop and read some paragraph all over again because they are just so beautiful.

There are twists and reversals, memories to be retrieved and reclaimed, lovers’ misunderstandings to be reconciled, fragments of the past to be salvaged, and old betrayals to be, very satisfyingly, revenged. I know Parfait as a food.


The historical part is full of holes, the switching centuries can be irritating and the whole plot requires a significant suspension of disbelief. I kahe many medieval re-enactment events, both in England and in southwest France, watching Jousts and seeing how battles were fought. There was only one mystery that kept on nagging at me while reading the book: This book had the potential to be historical fiction, suspense or romance and the wuthor’s wrtiing style leaned a little too close to the romance genre for my tastes.

It was done with finesse. What were the clues? However, it looks as if consciously confining herself to these rules of engagement has allowed Mosse’s imagination to leap in other ways.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Looking for More Great Reads? It was incredibly difficult! It seemed to squat over the yard and buildings like a malignant Buddha. It read like a bad movie adaptation. Archaeology brain overrides weekend sofa surfing brain on this review though because this book sailed a little too close to the chick-lit equator for me and that is an invisible line that I sail across with great caution.

Enthralling characters and locations so fine I could place the scenes in my memory from years back. Her story’s relationship to legend and even actual historical events is a little less tenuous that Brown’s, her grasp of English is infinitely better not hardas is her grasp I’ve read a lot of books on the Holy Grail in my time some may say an obsessive amount, I prefer to think of myself as thorough from Le Morte D’Arthur to The Da Vinci Code and sadly this falls into the latter category.

About Labyrinth July Here is what my chatty inner ,ate are bickering over: See all 4 questions about Labyrinth…. Each time Mosse brings labbyrinth a new book, it annoys me!

Kate has published two non-fiction books: To view it, click here. Their groundswell of support, coupled with their beliefs, obviously put them into opposition with the accepted Catholic orthodoxy of layrinth day.

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Of course there were fanatics, as in all religions, who hated the World and everything in it, but for the most part Cathar followers were tolerant and accepting of other systems of belief. Labyrinth opens with one of the two main characters, Alice, working on an archaeological site in southern France, where she finds a hidden cave and two skeletons within.


She is the author of several of the Orange Prize education initiatives and chaired the judging panel for Orange Futures—a promotion supporting the work of women novelists aged 35 and under.

The novel slips between past and present, one life recalling and echoing the other, rather as one can sense the presence of previous inhabitants in the atmosphere seeping from the stones of old cities. I was a little worried people might think I was jumping on the bandwagon, but the sheer volume of research and length of the book!

The Cathars were Christian Dualists who believed in a universe of equal and opposing forces, permanently and finely balanced: View all 16 comments.

It was one of the earlier books I read in the adventure genre, around the time I got hooked on the Da Vinci code book and series. Basically it’s like being jabbed persistently with a pin for pages and I wish I gave up on it as soon as I realised it was awful.

Labyrinth (Languedoc, #1) by Kate Mosse

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 lbayrinth. One labyrith not frightened labyrjnth her, or disgusted with her which we should be, considering some of the things she gets up to: To add insult to injury, the parallels between medieval and modern characters are decorated with sparkling neon lights as opposed to subtle prose, and induce far more rolls of the eyes than smiles of recognition.

And it’s not the only totally useless subplot that leads absolutely nowhere. The book contains the secrets to the Holy Grail. Mar 31, Sheila Thoburn rated it did not like it.

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