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The Rose Labyrinth by Titania Hardie
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The Rose Labyrinth (edition 2008)

by Titania Hardie (Author)

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Discovering hidden writings by Queen Elizabeth I's astrologer that made shocking predictions for the modern world, documentary producer Lucy King races throughout England, France, and New York to decipher clues leading to a fated lost treasure.
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Title:The Rose Labyrinth
Authors:Titania Hardie (Author)
Info:Atria Books (2008), Edition: Pck Har/Pa, 400 pages
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Dopo aver letto Il codice Da Vinci e Il Pendolo di Focault, questo romanzo non mi dice proprio nulla.
La storia è decisamente assurda, con incontri/scontri che ricordano Levy.
La caccia al tesoro che parte dal passato per arrivare ai nostri giorni è piuttosto sconclusionata e in certi punti incomprensibile: forse avrei dovuto ritagliare le ultime 40 pagine, per comporre il puzzle sulle orme dei protagonisti - ma il libro era della biblio...
In queste ultime pagine-enigma sono riportate citazioni varie, che nel corso del romanzo vengono spiegate solo in parte.
Il finale rasenta il ridicolo, ma nel complesso la lettura è piacevole - e solo per questo ho dato 2 stelle. ( )
  LaPizia | Aug 3, 2017 |
I had this book for years, I remember it was expensive, hardcover, deigned like a file, holding besides the book some documents written in Hebrew with puzzles. But I haven't read it yet, every time I open it to read it, I can't get past the first page. I think interesting books should catch your attention from the first paragraph. Basically, I bought it for the design, cover and title; I still love flipping through it. But until I actually read it, there is nothing else to say.
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
I had this book for years, I remember it was expensive, hardcover, deigned like a file, holding besides the book some documents written in Hebrew with puzzles. But I haven't read it yet, every time I open it to read it, I can't get past the first page. I think interesting books should catch your attention from the first paragraph. Basically, I bought it for the design, cover and title; I still love flipping through it. But until I actually read it, there is nothing else to say.
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
Will Stafford has inherited a key and some mysterious papers from his mother, and so while he travels Europe in his profession as photographer, he is also on the trail to find the answers to the riddles. Lucy King's story becomes intertwined with Will's in the most dramatic way, and she is instrumental in finding the long-lost legacy that was hidden by Will's ancestor centuries before.

It is clear that the author has invested an enormous amount of time and research into this novel, her debut, but I'm afraid to say that it hasn't paid off. A lot of the events described are just a little too far-fetched and bordering on the ridiculous for me to take any of the characters or the plot developments seriously, and I had to suspend disbelief a little too often. The plot is littered with rather convenient coincidences, inspirations and thought transferences, while there are contradictions elsewhere. The characters are, with one exception, one-dimensional, and I'm afraid to say that I couldn't really engage with any of them; the person I most related to is only present at the beginning of the book, and their departure affected me surprisingly deeply. There's a lot of mystical mumbo jumbo about, making the whole appear like a Da Vinci Code for women, based on British history and literature. The numerology in the novel is at first intriguing but doesn't bear up to scrutiny when examined at length (and we have to take the author's word for much of it as Dee's system isn't explained), at least in my opinion. Don't expect to see much of Shakespeare in the novel, as I did, he very rarely makes an appearance, direct or indirect (though the epilogue is just plain silly). About halfway through I lost interest and didn't really pay much attention to the riddles any more, and I struggled to make it to the end, only to feel that it wasn't really worth persevering, and that the whole had been contrived and pointless.

The author has taken the trouble to print the thirty-four riddles in the Appendix (points for inventiveness there), so if you're so inclined you can follow Lucy and Will's footsteps and try to solve them yourself; I'm afraid to say that I couldn't be bothered after having spent so much time on it already. ( )
  passion4reading | Oct 22, 2015 |
Well done, well woven. Very good read. ( )
  SLHobbs | Nov 30, 2013 |
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In great contests, each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing, at the same time. - Abraham Lincoln
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For my husband, Gavrik Losey, who is my peace whenever the Tempest blows.
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A snow-bearded, elderly man is seated at the head of a refectory table, close to a fire, with his head bowed.
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Discovering hidden writings by Queen Elizabeth I's astrologer that made shocking predictions for the modern world, documentary producer Lucy King races throughout England, France, and New York to decipher clues leading to a fated lost treasure.

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Before his death in 1609, the brilliant Elizabethan spy and astrologer John Dee hid his most astonishing secrets, trusting his descendants would one day bring them to light. That time has come. In 2003, Will Stafford inherits a strange legacy from his mother: a key and an ancient script with an enigmatic note. Intrigued, he travels Europe seeking answers toDee's riddles, unaware that someone is following every move. Back inLondon, Lucy King becomes entangled in Will's cryptic labyrinth. As its mysterious twists take her fromFrance toNew York, and from literature to myth, in search of its hidden treasure, she has never been closer to the truth, nor in graver danger.

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A Da Vinci Code
for women: riddles, romance
and conspiracy.
(passion4reading)

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