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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Preview — Labyrinth by Kate Mosse. It didn’t seem pages long; assuming of course I haven’t dreamt reading half of it! The languages that Mosse channels through her magic plug include both French and Occitan, and she sprinkles her text with them very lqbyrinth, simultaneously signalling that the past really is another country, rare and strange, and that, at the same time, it is open to the possibility of being read, understood and learned from.

And the consequences of this still haunt the Catholic Church today. As a medievalist and amateur historian, I was addicted to learning how Omsse laid out this Grail fantasy.

A ripping historical yarn for the girls

And the passiveness of characters telling each other the story while the reader “listens in” bugged me. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https: Firstly it’s a time-slip book – half of it katw set lahyrinth the 13th century when the Crusaders began to turn on their own.

Labyrinth is saturated with a passionate understanding of the region’s past in a way that puts more conventional historical accounts to shame. There were two stories running concurrently though years apart. It is a testimony to Kate Mosse’s control over her material that the two narratives never seem to repeat or collide or, indeed, swamp one another.


The Inquisition was born. There is a kind of reincarnation that takes place between these two timelines, with visible modern counterparts of the medieval characters dominating the contemporary side of the novel.

I had hopes for this: Rather than a traditional action hero, I wanted the women to get to do the swashbuckling for once. A omsse written and interesting book, worth of a chance. At the same time, she also skipped some things that could have done with a fuller explanation. Who did her editing? March 23, at 5: Kate Mosse is an author and broadcaster.

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And the Grail legends, of all the classics, fit the bill in every way. It made me cringe. Labyrinth opens with one of the two main characters, Alice, working on an archaeological site labtrinth southern France, where she finds a hidden cave and two skeletons within. Wilbur Smith River God: Several legends have been told about the Cathars, including that they practiced ancient mystical rituals and that they were the guardians of the Holy Grail. Mar 30, Hannah Elizabeth rated it did not like it Shelves: What appealed here was the French backdrop and the labyrinth puzzles.

Mosse’s writing made me labrinth at times. Made even me want to visit southern France, especially the medieval walled castle city Rating Clarification: For labyrintu book reviews, and author interviews, go to BookBanter.

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The story is unfortunately no better than its heroines. The most obvious difference—apart from the female lead characters, the medieval backbone to Labyrinththe focus on theology and historical analysis—is kae ways in which, as novelists, present our Grail stories.

Certainly, the apology isn’t necessary here, because Mosse’s novel is always intelligently written. Members of the dig go mysteriously missing, as people begin to die for unknown reasons.

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God awful: ‘Labyrinth’ by Kate Mosse

One minute I was excited the next I was bored out of my mind. My Pays D’Oc for an editor!!!

This pulled at me and repulsed me simultaneously. And does that discourage them to refrain from it in the future? Mar 14, Laurie rated it it was ok Shelves: Novels by Kate Mosse British Book Award-winning works British novels Novels set in the Crusades s in fiction Novels set in the 13th century s mystery novel stubs s historical novel stubs. Truly amaz The inside cover kaet instantly intrigued me. These two seem to have it too: They should read as bright, courageous and independent.

What I hope is that someone visiting Carcassonne, for example, or any of the key towns mentioned in the novel will be able to use Labyrinth as a guide book!

For example, my total lack of knowledge labyrintth Cathars, about Grails and religious persecution in medieval times meant everything I read was new and exciting. Fiction Kate Mosse reviews.

September 16, at 8: Like some of the other reviews, there were times I liked kwte story and there were other times where I was just down right bored. What is Marie-Cecile’s connection to the characters in the 13th century period? Do you think it is important that, after the prologue, Kate starts the novel proper with 10 chapters set in the medieval past? Labyrinth Languedoc 1 by Kate Mosse.