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Labyrinth (2005)

by Kate Mosse

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Series: Languedoc Trilogy (1)

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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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(2005)Didn't finish this 262 pages of 512. Couldn't get into this although story was interesting, too many characters and soap opera aspects. Alice of 21st century archeologist connects with Alais of 13th century and their common search for the Grail in the form of three ancient books.
  derailer | Jan 25, 2024 |
Many authors create a single character & ride that one character to the end, not Kate Mosse. She has created memorable characters that you get wrapped up & invested in. As much as her characters this is a complicated story that's rich in historical detail. If you like Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series you'll love this book.
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  Rauger | Jan 11, 2024 |
Prettig leesbaar boek, maar hier en daar is het allemaal wat te toevallig. Ook vond ik het het het einde wat afgeraffeld worden en de gebeurtenissen wat te voorspelbaar. Maar een aangenaam boek om te lezen, was het zeker. ( )
  weaver-of-dreams | Aug 1, 2023 |
Overall I enjoyed the story, though Kate goes to GREAT lengths when it comes to descriptive and historical elements which while important in some respects, were a bit more than I prefer. Regardless the dual plot lines of two women connected along with yet another interpretation of The Grail and its meaning was interesting. I'd give it 4 stars were it not for the long in the tooth descriptions and use of French dialog of which most had no English translation leaving you guessing. ( )
  Jonathan5 | Feb 20, 2023 |
I was really disappointed with this book. I've been wanting to read it for a while, but noticed it shortly after I'd finished reading Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, and as it sounded similar I decided to leave it a while before I picked it up.

I preferred Dan Brown.

I abandoned this book about a fifth of the way in. It was incredibly slow-going and the flowery prose, littered with cliche, odd word usage and unnecessary description, was hard work to read. It could have done with a very thorough edit before it made it to print. The main characters lacked personality and I didn't like any of them. After reading that many pages of a book you should feel like you know the characters, but they bored me. I did try to get through it but it felt like a chore to read.

The thing that finally stopped me from reading was the amount of French phrases throughout it. There really was no need. It reminded me of when you write assignments at school and you have to put quotes and references in to prove you know what you're talking about. It frustrated me too much. I get that the author knew what she was talking about; she wrote 500 pages about it.

I read The Winter Ghosts by the same author recently and really enjoyed it, and felt that it should have been longer. After trying to get through Labyrinth I'm glad that it wasn't. I don't think I'll try another book by this author. ( )
1 vote Triduana | Jan 25, 2022 |
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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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Kate Mosseprimary authorall editionscalculated
Kaila, KatariinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peters, DonadaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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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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.

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

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