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Labyrinth 2.5 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 mind.Review athttps edwardsghostengine.wordpress 2.5 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 mind.Review athttps edwardsghostengine.wordpress 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 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 end.Having said all that, Labyrinth has a lot of redeeming qualities 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 better.In 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 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 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 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 people.My two inner voices have clashed over this story and so I ve given this book a middling 3 out of 5 Here is what my chatty inner voices are bickering over LUMPEN ADVENTURE SEEKING BOOK LOVING WEEKEND SOFA SURFER BRAINBrilliant Archaeology ladies get into all sorts of European adventure hi jinx 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 people.My two inner voices have clashed over this story and so I ve given this book a middling 3 out of 5 Here is what my chatty inner voices are bickering over LUMPEN ADVENTURE SEEKING BOOK LOVING WEEKEND SOFA SURFER BRAINBrilliant Archaeology ladies get into all sorts of European adventure hi jinx with a parallel time slip story line and get caught up with sinister occult goings on which ultimately wind up being tied into their own personal family history making it a sort of GRAIL LORE THIS TIME IT S PERSONAL style read More murders, maniacs, manoeuvring and mendacity than Murder on the Orient Express.ACTUAL ARCHAEOLOGY BRAINWhoa You let someone wander around on an excavation randomly digging holes wherever they like That is NOT how it is done Now they ve found something and are tramping into a cave and moving finds and relics around without photographing or drawing them first And they re not even an archaeologist Ok, that s it my head just E X P L O D E D , really it did, there s brain all over the place Good job my brain exploded before the introduction of the fact that the Assistant dig director is also stealing antiquities And obviously because there is archaeology and the grail involved then they all have PhD s Let s face it, after Dr Robert Langdon of DaVinci Code fame, only giving these ladies a Masters degree would make you feel like they were not quite clever enough to be dealing with the subject matter.I ve recently come to realise that this historical duality time slip story telling method is a lotcommon than I thought Ackroyd, Amis, Smith and Mosse all embrace and employ this technique and if you have an author who is equal to the task of producing two well written narratives with different tones and styles then it works well Mosse achieves this and both stories are equally well written and engaging Archaeology brain overrides weekend sofa surfing brain on this review though because this book sailed a little too close to the chick lit equator for me and that is an invisible line that I sail across with great caution Wilbur Smith River God A Novel of Ancient Egypt and Agatha Christie Death on the Nile therefore remain Crown King and Queen of archaeology fiction for me and I don t think they ll be abdicating or getting deposed any time soon 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 quest 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 ba 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 quest 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 requires a significant suspension of disbelief.However, 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 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 regrettably mediocre writing Mosse relies on heavy exposition and tosses adjectives and adverbs in like my grandmother does salt Her characters are poorly developed, largely one dimen 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 regrettably mediocre writing Mosse relies on heavy exposition and tosses adjectives and adverbs in like my grandmother does salt Her characters are poorly developed, largely one dimensional folk and her story suffers from a densely packed exposition As Mosse reaches a climax, she relies on her modern protagonist and characters to tell about the climax s thirteenth century events instead of allowing the reader to be present and to witness them ourselves The additional lack of explanation about why certain items i.e the Labyrinth, the cave, the ring, the grail, etc were important or how they had come to be were entirely ignored.Bah humbug 3.5, 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 outabout the book and its author, so it clearly made quite an impression on me After sitting on my shelf for some time, I decided it was time for a reread And I m happy to report that I enjoyed it just as much this time around What will 3.5, 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 outabout the book and its author, so it clearly made quite an impression on me After sitting on my shelf for some time, I decided it was time for a reread And I m happy to report that I enjoyed it just as much this time around What will happen will happen Labyrinth follows the stories of two young women in different time periods, Alice in the present and Alais in the 1200s It weaves them together nicely and both timelines were intriguing I found that each time it switched from one to the other I couldn t decide which I wasexcited to read The two main characters have an interesting and slightly supernatural, although I hesitate to call this fantasy connection that added just a bitto the intrigue of this plot driven tale.Mosse clearly did a significant amount of research for the historical aspects of this story To be fair, I don t have much prior knowledge about the Medieval time period and couldn t personally tell the fact from fiction, but I did enjoy how she brought the two together This style of storytelling and the focus on the quest for the Grail reminds me strongly of The Da Vinci Code and I m sure I m not the first to make that comparison However, they go about it in different manners and with very distinct writing voices Through the shared stories of our past, we do not die My biggest issue with Labyrinth was that it was a bit long for what it was and could have used some additional editing There were also a few subplots that weren t as fully wrapped up as I would have liked That being said, this still kept me entertained and engaged I d recommend this for readers who like dual timeline stories that attempt to uncover some long hidden truth about historical artifacts I read this book some time ago, and have recently been reminded of its sorry existence by the fact that a dramatisation is due to be screened in the not so distant future Personally, I am proud of having made to the end where so many others fallen in the effort The writing was diabolical, the plot completely over blown and all over the place, and the characters were pitifully one dimensional Although, I do think it takes a special kind of genius to come up with something this bad, I really do I read this book some time ago, and have recently been reminded of its sorry existence by the fact that a dramatisation is due to be screened in the not so distant future Personally, I am proud of having made to the end where so many others fallen in the effort The writing was diabolical, the plot completely over blown and all over the place, and the characters were pitifully one dimensional Although, I do think it takes a special kind of genius to come up with something this bad, I really do Personal, er, highlights for me included, the main character Alice wandering around some village in the middle of nowhere only to bump into a bloke she once met yunks ago in another country They knew each other straight away Sure, happens all the time Well, it has been some time since I invested badly two weeks of my life to reading this ten times too long novel But I had to leave this review simply because others may be misled by the upcoming dramatisation If you see it, and are tempted to buy the book save yourselves while you still can Others have been less fortunate One final point please remember the innocent trees that died so this book could be printed Book Review3.5 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 love this genre when you go back and forth in time periods, cover adventures, try to connect ancient peoples to someone current, findBook Review3.5 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 love this genre when you go back and forth in time periods, cover adventures, try to connect ancient peoples to someone current, find devastating secrets, a little bit of romance all works for me What appealed here was the French backdrop and the labyrinth puzzles I quickly moved on to book two and recently learned of the third book, which I purchased and plan to read in June I liked the main character, though she was a little distant at times Enjoyed the descriptions and scenery It had a bit of a fantasy ghost appeal to it, too Felt like it had a bit of everything for me Not top notch in the genre, but still strong to meAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creators 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 centered in the Pays d Oc, modern southwestern France Several legends have been told about the Cathars, including that they practiced ancient mystical rituals an 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 centered in the Pays d Oc, modern southwestern France Several legends have been told about the Cathars, including that they practiced ancient mystical rituals and that they were the guardians of the Holy Grail What is known is that the Cathars rivaled the established church in parts of Western Europe In the 13th century, Catholic churchmen and French nobles led an invasion of the Pays d Oc and a bloody suppression of the Cathars, whom they regarded as heretics.Mosse combines two stories a historical fiction, set against the invasion of the Pays d Oc the other, a modern thriller set in the Languedoc region of France In these parallel stories, bad people with suspect motives are searching for the treasures that embody the secret wisdom of the Cathars symbolized by a labyrinth In both stories, the protagonist is trying to figure out what these treasures can be, along with how to stop the villians, without getting killed in the process The Labyrinth dealt with many of the same themes as The Da Vinci Code, but it was superior in so many ways I ll mention four 1 Mosse does a good job of maintaining a sense of suspense I wasn t able to guess what was going to happen three chapters ahead I always thought the Da Vinci Code s protagonist was a bit thick 2 Mosse doesn t make careless, glaring factual historical errors 3 I got the feeling that Mosse knew the locales in which she set her story 4 She s a good writer, one who doesn t rely on cliches and cheap narrative tricks.All in all, a good read, one that has got me digging through my old Medieval history books


About the Author: Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse is an international bestselling author with sales ofthan five million copies in 42 languages Her fiction includes the novels Labyrinth 2005 , Sepulchre 2007 , The Winter Ghosts 2009 , and Citadel 2012 , as well as an acclaimed collection of short stories, The Mistletoe Bride Other Haunting Tales 2013 Kate s new novel, The Taxidermist s Daughter is out now.Kate is the Co Founder and Chair of the Board of the Baileys Women s Prize for Fiction previously the Orange Prize and in June 2013, was awarded an OBE in the Queen s Birthday Honours List for services to literature She lives in Sussex.


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