Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

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July 2005. 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.

Eight hundred years earlier, on the eve of a brutal crusade that will rip apart southern France, a young woman named Alais is given a ring and a mysterious book for safekeeping by her father. 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. 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.
 

About Kate Mosse

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Kate Mosse is the co-founder and honorary director of the Orange Prize for Fiction and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
 
Published March 7, 2006 by Berkley. 527 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Romance. Fiction

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Dan Brown probably need not move over, but he may have to share the wealth with this well-researched tale, set in both contemporary and 13th-century France (Carcassonne), and featuring two intrepid heroines.

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The Guardian

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And fashionably - although she couldn't possibly have known it would have become fashionable when she started out some years ago - it's also a grail novel.

Jul 30 2005 | Read Full Review of Labyrinth

The Guardian

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Labyrinth by Kate Mosse 544pp, Orion, £9.99.

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Publishers Weekly

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Guardians of the trilogy are operating against evil forces—including Alaïs's sister, Oriane, a traitorous, sexed-up villainess who wants the books for her own purposes.

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BC Books

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Kate Mosse is a master builder of the story, making Labyrinth a Grail story superior to all previously published modern versions.

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BC Books

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Clinging to the tale of the 21st century Dr. Alice Tanner and her 12th century counterpart Alais du Mas (Pelletier) is the history and geography of modern-day Southwest France, the Languedoc, stronghold of the Cathar heresy, object of the Albigensian Crusade (1209 – 1229).

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Book Reporter

Part of the enjoyment of the novel is detecting who is linked to whom, while Mosse slowly parcels out the mystery and importance of what the opposing forces so desperately seek to acquire, and why.

Mar 07 2006 | Read Full Review of Labyrinth

Entertainment Weekly

Kate Mosse's vast jigsaw puzzle of a novel, Labyrinth, is a history lesson, a theological thriller, a fantasy adventure involving a trilogy of books within this book, all of it so sprawling, it could have been titled The Lord of the Grail.

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Kate Mosse's basic premise for Labyrinth is splendid: She's quoted on the back of the book as saying: "The Grail legends are usually about men with swords and women getting rescued.

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Zimbio

Unlike Dan Brown, who viewed the Grail as Mary Magdalene and Arthurian literature that viewed the Grail as a sacred chalice, Mosse presents instead the secret artifacts which are intended to lead true seekers through both a real and a figurative labyrinth to the Grail as a transcendent experience.

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BookRack

Life in medieval France is described well, and makes a great back drop for the story.

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