Labyrinth might be described as the thinking woman's summer reading, chick lit with A levels for those with only a passing interest in getting a boyfriend. The story - a quest narrative set simultaneously in the 13th century and the present - concerns the safety of a set of crumbly books containing eternal verities that date back to ancient Egypt. 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. The baddies are the northern French, who disguise their greedy designs on the rich agricultural land of the Languedoc by using the language of religious orthodoxy and the cultural authority of the inquisition. What really marks Labyrinth out is the fact that all the main roles - goodies as well as baddies, historical and contemporary - go to women.
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July in Carcassonne a seventeen-year-old girl is given a mysterious book by her father which he claims contains the secret of the true Grail. Although Alais cannot understand the strange words and symbols hidden within, she knows that her destiny lies in keeping the secret of the labyrinth safe July Alice Tanner discovers two skeletons in a forgotten cave in the French Pyrenees.
Puzzled by the labyrinth symbol carved into the rock, she realises she's disturbed something that was meant to remain hidden. Somehow, a link to a horrific past - her past - has been revealed.
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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Kate Mosse. The Burning Chambers. The Taxidermist's Daughter. The Winter Ghosts. Customers who bought this item also bought. Diane Setterfield. Hilary Mantel. American Dirt. Jeanine Cummins. Blackberry Wine. Joanne Harris. The Secret Keeper. Kate Morton. See all free Kindle reading apps. Start reading Labyrinth on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Review The author has combined an ingenious adventure story with a wonderfully detailed account of the historical background of the Languedoc Mosse wears her learning so lightly, knitting her historical research so neatly into her narrative, that we never get the slightest sense of being preached or lectured to The settings are evocative and Synopsis When Dr Alice Tanner discovers two skeletons during an archaeological dig in southern France, she unearths a link with a horrific and brutal past.
But it's not just the sight of the shattered bones that makes her uneasy; there's an overwhelming sense of evil in the tomb that Alice finds hard to shake off, even in the bright French sunshine.
Puzzled by the words carved inside the chamber, Alice has an uneasy feeling that she has disturbed something which was meant to remain hidden Eight hundred years ago, on the night before a brutal civil war ripped apart Languedoc, a book was entrusted to Alais, a young herbalist and healer. Although she cannot understand the symbols and diagrams the book contains, Alais knows her destiny lies in protecting their secret, at all costs.
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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. I loved this book not only for the fascinating history of Carcassone and the surrounding area but also for the way it was written - through the eyes and ears of two very strong women. In fact all the women characters in the book are strong women.
Alice is a volunteer, who discovers a grave in a cave, and then finds herself embroiled in the intrigue behind an archaeological dig, all happening at the beginning of the 21st century. Alais, in contrast, lives in the same area in the 13th century. Although the story flits between the two time periods, sometimes, it's as if the the two times overlap. The book is full of action - betrayal, love and plotting. The adrenalin coursing through the characters is sometimes passed on to the reader.
The twists keep one reading on. A true thriller. The tension is lightened by the threads of love and honorable behaviour. I highly recommend the book. As an avid reader of historical novels and those exploring time travel particularly the Outlander series , I enjoyed the concept of this book enormously. What let it down for me is the extremely poor proofreading of the kindle edition. Editors please take note. My star rating reflects this. Sadly I will not be reading the rest of the trilogy.
I recently recommended this book to a new book club that has been set up in my area. I had to buy another copy as the one I had, had disappeared. I reread it with some trepidation as I wondered if it was going to be as good as I remembered. I was not disappointed. The consensus in the group was it's a cracking read and Kate Mosse had obviously done her research. Our only criticism was most of us thought the characters could have been developed more.
One of the group had read it previously and had been so enthralled that she went for a holiday in the Carcassonne area. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves history and mystery.
Visited Carcassonne to visit friends who mentioned Labyrinth and to " read the book ", which I did, We visited some of the places and areas mentioned , couldn't put the book down, lots of twist and turns to the story, fabulous read , the story carries on to the next 2 books , Sepulchre and Citadel , have all the books and also have them in my Kindle, so a huge fan of all Kate Mosse 's Books now!
If you like your female characters swooning at the sight of a naked male thigh, then this book is right up your street. There also seemed to be quite a lot of padding, try reading the first few words of each paragraph for a few pages and you don't get lost from the "plot". I am clearly not target market for this author and won't buy another based on this title, I thought it was that bad.
One person found this helpful. This story promised much, but does not deliver. Ending is flat and leaves the reader feeling a bit cheated - it could have been so much better! KM should stick to what she does best. This historical fiction is done so much better by others.
I just had to skim read the last half, which was a disappointment. I read this in its entirety when it first came out and I remember enjoying it, I read the burning chambers and loved that.
It kind of got to complicated half way through for me to enjoy, I dont need complicated I just need something that I can pick up and it flows, I get this story, its probably very great, but just not for my brain right now.
Labyrinth was given to me by our Church book club. I shuddered at the size of the book, but I was soon engrossed in the story.
I have not finished the book yet, but it is one of the most interesting, exciting and beautifully written books I have read for a long time. The way the author is able to swing between the two periods in history with years in between is incredible. The description of the characters in the book are interesting, and as the story progresses the characters become well known and familiar. I cannot speak highly enough of Labyrinth, but it is not a book to be read with a time constraint.
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July 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. 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. The book, he says, contains the secret of the true Grail, and the ring, inscribed with a labyrinth, will identify a guardian of the Grail.
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Labyrinth is an archaeological mystery English-language novel written by Kate Mosse set both in the Middle Ages and present-day France. It was published in The two stories occur in a shared geography and intertwine. The text itself features many Occitan and French quotes. Ultimately the story becomes a quest for the Holy Grail. The Guardian ranked it the number one bestseller for When Dr Alice Tanner, who works as a volunteer at the archaeological site of Pic de Soularac in France, discovers two skeletons in a long-hidden cave in the hillside, she unearths a link with an horrific and brutal past.
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July in Carcassonne a year-old girl is given a mysterious book by her father which he claims contains the secret of the true Grail. Although Alais cannot understand the strange words and symbols hidden within, she knows that her destiny lies in keeping the secret of the labyrinth safe. July Alice Tanner discovers two skeletons in a forgotten cave in the French Pyrenees. Puzzled by the labyrinth symbol carved into the rock, she realises she's disturbed something that was meant to remain hidden. Somehow, a link to a horrific past - her past - has been revealed. Mosse wears her learning so lightly, knitting her historical research so neatly into her narrative, that we never get the slightest sense of being preached or lectured to