Kate Mosse’s first venture into commercial fiction, Labyrinth, is set to be this summer’s doorstep beach-read, says Geraldine Bedell. Kate Mosse is an author and broadcaster. She is the presenter of BBC4’s Readers and Writers Roadshowand guest presents Saturday Review for Radio 4. July In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig, stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery-two.

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The most obvious difference—apart from the female lead characters, the medieval labryinth to Labyrinththe focus on theology and historical analysis—is the mate in which, as novelists, present our Grail stories.

Have you ever felt, labyrihth Alice, such an affinity with a place that you seem to know who must have previously lived there and the emotions they enjoyed or endured? Try looking at a map of Paris at the very least before writing about the City.

It is precisely because many people would disagree with me that I write in the first place. Kate Mosse really challenged me kste a reader, to expand my horizon from my normal books to Historical Fiction and by God I’m glad, because this book It was so thrilling jumping back in time and the beautiful scenery that is Paris Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

Jinky Spring rated it liked it Shelves: I guess my main issue is that there were so many characters, not enough story line, and then loose ends. It read like a bad movie adaptation.

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Ultimately the story becomes a quest for the Holy Grail. The Grail part wasn’t even interesting- Mosse kept writing about the Truth- what Truth?

You let someone wander around on an excavation randomly digging holes wherever they like? Pages to import images to Wikidata Official website different in Wikidata and Wikipedia All stub articles. Love, Honour, Responsibility, Duty, Loss, Faith, Sacrifice, these are issues that most of us—whoever we are, wherever we live, whatever our experiences in life—can understand. The Cathars were a sect of Christians who flourished in southwest France and Italy in particular, from the end of the 11th century to the middle of the 13th century.

Becoming a Mothera companion to pregnancy and childbirth now in its fourth editionand The House: There are grammatical errors and anachronisms that I found really irritating for example, references in to ‘Saint Francis’ when h This book isn’t very good.


Having thoroughly familiarised myself with all aspects of my medieval time period, I then researched Grail legends and gathered information about the development and proliferation of pavement and walls, labyrinths in medieval Europe and beyond. The author also seems to have a thing for pain- there is a well-described, in detail torture scene in almost every chapter after the first half of the book.

For Alice, the trouble starts when she falls into a mountain cave and finds two skeletons and an ancient ring with a labyrinth symbol, which it turns out that many often unsavoury people want to obtain.

Good job my brain exploded before the introduction of the fact that the Assistant dig director is also stealing antiquities. Unfortunately, Mosse only seemed able to display her legit historical chops and obvious devotion to France’s little-known historical nooks through a poorly-edited vomitorium of words — the writing isn’t badbut there’s too much of it, and turning a page knowing nothing is going to happen on the next one is a pretty defea I had hopes for this: Meanwhile, in contemporary southern France Alice has been volunteering on an archeological dig and has uncovered a cave which has remained hidden for eight centuries.

While parts of “Labyrinth” are a bit silly such as the sex scenes, oh brotheroverall the plot is actually quite moving. Didn’t know it was a type of Monk. Many thanks to their original creators.

And the story of the Grail is one of the most well-known of the lesser-known histories. Then in the future, I suppose when all was forgiven, why did Mosse not include the story line of Alais’ rescue and the t Like some of the other reviews, there were times I liked the story and there were other times where I was just down right bored. For the duration of the book, the reader follows these two characters, as they live their lives in parallel.

Kate Mosse is an international bestselling author with sales of more than five million copies in 42 languages.

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And it’s not the only totally useless subplot that leads absolutely nowhere. Eight hundred modse 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 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.


Yet, there were several lzbyrinth ends. You wrote two previous novels that were considered quite literary. Were you aware of that book when you started writing?

As one might expect of a labyrinth, it turns out that there are truths beyond the truths sought. Rather than nosse traditional action hero, I wanted the women to get to do the swashbuckling for once. I don’t know if a book can jump the shark, but just after what I’ll spoiler-freeingly call The Mirror Scene, a dying character spends what is the reading time equivalent of fifteen minutes explaining his life story.

How did you research the different aspects of the book—the archaeology, the history of the Cathars and the Crusade against them, the Grail legends, and so forth?

And that’s been interesting.

A ripping historical yarn for the girls

I really like the plot though. Kate and her husband live in West Sussex and Carcasonne, France. Stay in Touch Sign up.

The Labyrinth dealt with many of the same themes as The Da Vinci Code, but it was superior in so many ways. Retrieved from ” https: I gobbled up anything I could lay my hands on, from medieval theology, 13th century French history, battle craft, architecture, churches to Lagyrinth poetry and music.

Is it Young Adult? She also finds a unique ring bearing an unusual symbol: May 26, at 7: This book had the potential to be historical fiction, suspense or romance and the wuthor’s wrtiing style leaned a little too close kzte the romance genre for my tastes. View all 5 comments. Would i recommend this book? Fundamental to their belief system was the doctrine of Reincarnation.

The story – a quest narrative set simultaneously in the 13th century and the present – concerns the labryinth of a set of crumbly books containing eternal verities that date back to ancient Egypt.

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