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Sepulchre. by Kate. Mosse

Sepulchre. (original 2007; edition 2009)

by Kate. Mosse

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Sepulchre by Kate Mosse (2007)

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This was another fantastic listening from the Languedoc Trilogy. As always it takes place in two different ages which are alternating. One part is around the French revolution and the other one nowadays. The characters are related to each other and Meredith who is from nowadays has inherit a piece of written music notes by Debussy which leads her to the Pyrenee to find her origin. Soon she dicovers that Leonie an acestor of her family isn't able to rest in peace and lives a kind of life as an undead.
I loved the listening very much also the interplay of these two ages. ( )
  Ameise1 | Aug 9, 2015 |
Another fail.
I have only recently begun to ditch books when they become too painful, or stupid, or both. I didn't know when I got this book that it was going to involve ghosts and and maybe a little of the paranormal. But when I started reading I was prepared to give it a go. Time to broaden my genres.
Well, I gave it a good go - 430 pages of a 730 page book. What defeated me wasn't the ghosts, and wasn't the general quality of the writing, but the inanity of the plot. When Leonie, the heroine, is made to flirt with an unknown man, known to the reader as the arch villain, as a device to add drama, i lost patience.
Kate Mosse is a good writer, and tells a story well, but I think she must be writing for a market. A market of thick, gullible readers, probably. The sad thing is that I don't think that Mosse really believed in her story, or the writing of it - I think she is too smart, and would have also found this book a disappointing read.
Partially read May 2015. ( )
  mbmackay | May 11, 2015 |
The characters were well done - interesting and I cared for them. The plot was interesting - I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The setting was cool - I like historical fiction and reading about the late 1800's France was cool. However, the writing was dry. I could read three or four pages, but then got bored. I would like to read more books with similar characters, plot, and setting, but would not recommend this novel to others. ( )
  mainrun | Feb 26, 2015 |
I enjoyed reading Kate Mosse's Laybrinth, and thought I would try the next in the series, Sepulchre. I enjoy the historical fiction/fantasy as well as conspiracy novels, so this volume was a good fit. The story bounces back and froth from the 1890s to 2007 wit a variety of characters all centered around a household in the south of France. It wasn't until about 400 pages in that I made the connection of characters from Sepulchre to Laybrinth (I had had this nagging feeling that I had run across the names previously). My only real complaint with the novel is that it was quite obvious that there was going to be a tie between the character set a century apart - the only question was regarding exactly how they were going to be related. Even though I saw "the end coming", it was still an enjoyable read, waiting in anticipation for the details to unfold. Very good, light, entertaining reading. ( )
  jsoos | Dec 18, 2014 |
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I picked up loads of books in my chairty shop run, so it’s probably going to be older books for a bit. Sepulchre is Kate Mosse’s second book and is loosely connected to her first, Labyrinth.

Hmmm. Hmmmmmmmm. I enjoyed Labyrinth, and the shorter piece she did (Winter Ghosts), but something became very clear to me as I read Sepulchre. While Kate Mosse does her research and knows a great deal about the history of this region, she is not that good a writer.

It’s not that she can’t tell a good stroy (even if it is roughly the same story in every book of hers I’ve read) it’s that the tools she uses to tell the story are blunt and ineffective. There is an over-reliance on cliche, a painful amount of repetition and a rather irritating tendency to go for bland telling. This wouldn’t bother me too much (these books are a guilty pleasure for me) if it weren’t so obvious that’s she’s in love with her own prose.

It’s hard to discuss this without spoilers, but there is a point where a character repeats the first paragraph of the book to an audience, and the audience applauds wildly. I’ve known few audiences at book readings to be that enthusiastic unless the author is well-known – book readings tend to be quiet affairs, often with only half a dozen people present. The idea of wild applause is ridiculous. So we’re encouraged to believe it is the quality of the prose that gets this reaction – except that the prose is choppy, awkward, melodramatic and turgid.

Mosse writes best when she isn’t trying so hard to be ‘writerly’. Her descriptions of the countrysides are very effective in their simplicity, and she is excellent at writing emotion. It’s when she tries to be poetic that she becomes stilted and almost uncomfortable to read.

Still, the plot is tight and entertaining, the characters are vivid and appealing, and the background is historically accurate. It could be a lot worse, and I have read books that are. 3 stars. ( )
  Violetthedwarf | Oct 23, 2014 |
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L'âme d'autrui est une forêt obscure où il faut marcher avec précaution.
The soul of another is a dark forest in which one must tread carefully.
Letter, 1891
Claude Debussy
The true Tarot is symbolism; it speaks no other language and offers no other signs.

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, 1910
Arthur Edward Waite
To my wonderful mother, Barbara Mosse,

for that first piano

And, as ever, my beloved Greg —

for all things present, past and yet to come
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This story begins in a city of bones.
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L' âme d'autrui une forêt obscure où ik faut marcher avec précaution.
De ziel van een ander is als een donker bos waar je voorzichtig moet lopen.
Brief, 1891 Claude Debussy
Het echte Tarot is symbolisch: het spreekt geen andere taal en biedt geen ander tekens.
The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, 1910
Arthur Edward Waite
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Please distinguish between Kate Mosse's 2007 novel, Sepulchre, and James Herbert's 1986 novel of the same title. Thank you.
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1891. Seventeen-year-old Leonie Vernier and her brother abandon Paris for the sanctuary of their aunt's isolated country house near Carcassonne, the Domaine de la Cade. But in the nearby woods, Leonie stumbles across a ruined sepulchre - and a timeless mystery whose traces are written in blood. 2007. Meredith Martin arrives at the Domaine de la Cade as part of her research for a biography she's writing. But Meredith is also seeking the key to her own complex legacy and soon becomes immersed in the story of a tragic love, a missing girl, a unique deck of tarot cards, an unquiet soul and the strange events of one cataclysmic night more than a century ago...

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The stories of two women separated by more than a century are brought together by a series of visions that are related to the tarot and a small church, known as a Sepulchre in the grounds of the Domaine de la Cade.

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