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Labyrinth (original 2005; edition 2007)

by Kate Mosse

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Title:Labyrinth
Authors:Kate Mosse
Info:Berkley Trade (2007), Paperback, 528 pages
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I liked this pretty well. I thought the ending was a little sappy. I'm a sucker for books that move back and forth between different times. ( )
  melanieklo | Jul 25, 2018 |
I really liked this book. There are two parallel stories - 2004 and the 1200's, so it goes back and forth. The two stories have interesting overlaps but each is independently compelling. Great storytelling and interesting characters. The main character in both stories is a young woman struggling to find out the truth in the midst of ambitious, ruthless characters. A historical crime novel based on the search for an artefact with religious connotations. ( )
  MitchMcCrimmon | Apr 27, 2018 |
I tried to push through this book to finish it, as I wanted to know what happened with Alaïs. I liked the premise, but I got about 1/2 through it and just could not keep reading it. Either the editor failed to do anything at all, or this manuscript was in worse shape before editing, which is scary. Mosse goes overboard with details and you have to slog through sentences and paragraphs of densely packed, mediocre writing. As other reviewers have pointed out, the action in the chapters on the 13th century are better. They move more and the character development is better. Not great, but better than the chapters on Alice in the 21st century.

I gave it 2 stars because she's clearly done her research into the crusade of 1209, the language of the time, and the grail. But her writing needs some serious editing. ( )
  wanderinglynn | Mar 22, 2018 |
Unabridged audiobook:
Intro ends 2:24, at which point Maggie Mash starts reading.
  rakerman | Mar 20, 2018 |
I picked this book up on a whim while at the airport in Tokyo. It was a great book for a 14-hour plane ride. Similar to the Da Vinci Code, only with a woman for the protagonist and it didn't move quite as quickly as Brown's book. A little on the long side, but enjoyable regardless. ( )
  SMBrick | Feb 25, 2018 |
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(.. .) Kate Mosse réussit son coup. A défaut de faire date - elle n'est quand même pas la première à mettre en scène des femmes ! -, son talent de conteuse fait mouche. Et peut séduire cet été.
added by Ariane65 | editLe Point, Marie-Françoise Leclère (Jul 10, 2006)
 
Le roman 'Labyrinthe' contient tous les ingrédients d'un best-seller estival.

added by Ariane65 | editDaily Mail, 2005-
 

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Kaila, KatariinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peters, DonadaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Gospel according to St. John, 8:32
L'histoire est un roman qui a été, le roman est une histoire qui aurait pu être. History is a novel that has been lived, a novel is history that could have been. E & J de Goncourt
Tên përdu, jhamâi së rëcôbro. Time lost can never be regained. Medieval Occitan proverb.
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To my father, Richard Mosse, a man of integrity -
a modern-day chevalier
To Greg, as always, for all things -
past, present and yet to come
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A single line of blood trickles down the pale underside of her arm, a red seam on a white sleeve.
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En gij zult de waarheid verstaan, en de waarheid zal u vrij maken.

- Evangelie van Johannes, 8:32
L'histoire est un roman qui a été, le roman est une histoire qui aurait pu être.
De geschiedenis is een roman die is gebeurd, een roman is een geschiedenis die zo had kunnen gebeuren.

- E. & J. de Goncourt
Tên përdu, jhamâi së rëcôbro.
Verloren tijd kan nooit meer worden ingehaald.

- Middeleeuws Occitaans gezegde
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Grail? Secrets? Cathars?
Intrigue? Labyrinthine plot,
an escapist read.
(ed.pendragon)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425213978, Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:08 -0400)

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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.… (more)

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