Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

About the book

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.

Reviewed by  New Forest/Waterside U3A Reading Group:

An excellent novel needing a fair amount of reading time and serious concentration. With several themes, a fresh look at French history, the brutal behaviour of the Roman Church (Christian?), another consideration of the Grail myth and the idea that personality can be sustained on biological or perhaps spiritual paths, all make it a thrilling mystery. This is story-telling at its best and a source for serious discussion.

Star rating:****

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5 thoughts on “Labyrinth by Kate Mosse”

  1. Review by Bridewell Beauties Reading Group:
    Well researched, over complicated, historical part very well done. Let down by the modern story. not well fused. Descriptive.
    Star rating: **+

  2. Review by Sandy Lane Reading Group:
    Very long, overuse of descriptive narrative but well researched and written. Inclusion of langue d’oc seemed unnecessarily pretentious and ending was disappointingly undramatic. Good read for a long, lazy holiday.
    Star rating: **+

  3. Review by Goodworth Clatford Reading Group:
    Historic story interesting and intriguing. Modern story rather contrived. Research, obviously deep, gave the story credence.
    Star rating: **+

  4. Review by Milford reading group:
    The majority of the group enjoyed this book especially for the historical research story telling and the ease by which the author switched from 1200 – 2005. One member found the book rather long and felt the author was trying not to waste any of her research.
    Star rating: ****

  5. Review by Book Worms
    Would like the book to be shorter; there was too much historical description which distracted from the main story.
    Star rating: **

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