READ ☆ Labyrinth

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Ue 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. This was a bed time read the time when I will read things I otherwise may not In this case historical fiction in the guise of yet another yawn grail uest All these medieval storytellers Chretien de Troyes yes I do mean you have a lot to answer for This is split between early 13th century France at the time of the Cathars and France in 2005 the main protagonists being Alais in 1205 and Alice in 2005 Of course there isn t a link of any sort familial psychic or anything The background of the 13th century is the persecution of the Cathars in Languedoc in the 20th century it is an archealogical dig in the same area The whole grail thing is dressed up in slightly different robes three old Egyptian books a ring with a labyrinth on it a similar bit of stone a special cave several dudes who live for centuries a small amount of blood from people of different religions liberally mix them up and chuck them around France and there you have it Add some splendid villains a few manic Catholics a la Opus Dei in Dan Brown and you have a mystery spice with a few romances some infidelity some hopeless yearning and a spot of medieval siege warfare and serve to the readers I think any archaelogist reading this would be horrified as I m pretty sure that digs don t function in the way this one did The historical part is full of holes the switching centuries can be irritating and the whole plot reuires a significant suspension of disbeliefHowever it is well written better than Dan Brown and reads easily It also had the merit of sending me to sleep on a number of occasions This may sound like I didn t really like it but I ve read many worse books in my time anyone remember The Late Great Planet Earth yes I really read that in my teens and it rattled along at a decent pace It didn t seem 700 pages long assuming of course I haven t dreamt reading half of it

REVIEW Labyrinth

Labyrinth

Ht 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 tr. I ve read a lot of books on the Holy Grail in my time some may say an obsessive amount I prefer to think of myself as thorough from Le Morte D Arthur to The Da Vinci Code and sadly this falls into the latter category The main difference between Kate Mosse and Dan Brown is that Kate appears to have done her research Her story s relationship to legend and even actual historical events is a little less tenuous that Brown s her grasp of English is infinitely better not hard as is her grasp of basic French geography note to Dan Brown Try looking at a map of Paris at the very least before writing about the City If you turn left out of the Louvre you do not oh I digress you get the picture this is not meant to be Rachel slating Dan Brown again Like The Da Vinci Code there are times when the bad writing style that endless use of italics to denote a character is thinking what s that about I am capable of working that out for myself is so bad you want to throw the book across the floor but sadly the plot is so gripping that you have to read it until the very endHaving said all that Labyrinth has a lot of redeeming ualities Firstly it s a time slip book half of it being set during the 13th century when the Crusaders began to turn on their own Mosse has done a lot of intricate research into this time and really conjures up the atmosphere of medieval France as well as many who have gone before her Secondly the characterisation is very strong and you actually feel for all the characters in one way or another Thirdly it s a Grail book in which women actually get heard If what I ve deduced about Grail mythology is correct women did play an important role and I think this is what Dan Brown was rather clumsily trying to say with all his very badly misinformed Mary Magdalene information Mosse gets the message across a little betterIn conclusion overly long overly hyped and badly edited but conversely I did enjoy it and it s a thousand times better than anything Dan Brown could write

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July 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 Eig. As I was reading this I greatly disliked it at some times and was really into it at other times It was hard to get into but overall I liked it than not Mosse s writing made me cringe at times So much unnecessary description Who did her editing They should be ashamed And the passiveness of characters telling each other the story while the reader listens in bugged me I would have preferred just to have the historical storyline But I understand why the author needed to have the present day involved in her story as she wanted to write it I loved reading about the Cathars Any enemy of the Crusades is a friend of mine Although come to think of it there wasn t a whole lot of detailed discussion about the Cathars in Labyrinth but I have been inspired to do a little reading on my own And that s been interesting


10 thoughts on “Labyrinth

  1. says:

    As I was reading this I greatly disliked it at some times and was really into it at other times It was hard to get into but overall I liked it than not Mosse's writing made me cringe at times So much unnecessary description Who did her editing? They should be ashamed And the passiveness of characters telling each other th

  2. says:

    Book Review 35 of 5 stars to Labyrinth the first book in a three part series entitled Languedoc written in 2005 by Kate Mosse I enjoyed this book Many people felt it was a bit boring and inconsistent It was one of the earlier books I read in the adventure genre around the time I got hooked on the Da Vinci code book and series Ultimately I lo

  3. says:

    For a long time The Da Vinci Code put me right off books about the Cathars or the Holy Grail so I was hesitant to pick up Kate Mosse's book Still I gave this book a chance as I'd been impressed with Kate Mosse's work as an interviewer on the BBC's Radio 4 I'm glad that I read it This book focuses on the Cathars a gnostic sect cente

  4. says:

    Oh the inner turmoil Did I enjoy Labyrinth by Kate Mosse or not? Hold on what Kate Moss the supermodel lady has written a book?No Kate Mosse the author not THE Kate Moss come on keep up peopleMy two inner voices have clashed over this story and

  5. says:

    I've read a lot of books on the Holy Grail in my time some may say an obsessive amount I prefer to think of myself as thorough from Le Morte D'Arthur to The Da Vinci Code and sadly this falls into the latter category The main difference between Kate Mosse and Dan Brown is that Kate appears to have done her resear

  6. says:

    This pulled at me and repulsed me simultaneously As a medievalist and amateur historian I was addicted to learning how Mosse laid out this Grail fantasy She treats the Cathar subjects well clearly having spent at least a few hours on Wikipedia researching the matter My repulsion was however centered on the regre

  7. says:

    This was a bed time read; the time when I will read things I otherwise may not In this case historical fiction in the guise of yet another yawn grail uest All these medieval storytellers Chretien de Troyes; yes I do mean you have a lot to answer for This is split between early 13th century France at the time of the Cathars and France in 2005; the main protagonists being Alais in 1205 and Alice in 2005 Of course there isn't a lin

  8. says:

    35 rounding up This was not my first time reading Labyrinth I remember having read it about ten years ago but couldn’t recall any specifics about the story I do recall finishing it in the middle of the night and immediately turning to google to find out about the book and its author so it clearly made uite an impression on me After sitting

  9. says:

    I read this book some time ago and have recently been reminded of its sorry existence by the fact that a dramatisation is du

  10. says:

    25 stars From the start I had a love hate relationship with this book One minute I was excited the next I was bored out of my mindReview athttpsedwardsghostenginewordpress

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