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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I first heard the author on radio and read it with huge admiration under the misapprehension that the supermodel and single mum Kate Moss had mosde time to research and write it it’s weighty.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Mar 31, Sheila Thoburn rated it did not like it. Perhaps you could make a sort of, um, historical novel out of some of it? But I understand why the author needed to have the pr As I was reading this I ,ate disliked it at some times and was really into it at other times. Is it Young Adult?

June 9, at March 4, at Finally, accepting they had lost the labjrinth of words and that the sword was not enough, the Pope decided he needed something more systematic, more suppressive, more insidious. 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.

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? Well, she did not succeed.

I also thought that if such a thing as a Grail— grail —did exist then it would be as much of a curse as a blessing and there would be a serious purpose to it, a reason why one person was chosen and another not. Puzzled by the words carved inside the chamber and the representation of a labyrinth, she found an exact representation of it on the underside of the ring she found in the cave.


By the time it came up labgrinth the book, I was already informed by Google and Wikipedia. Like some of the other reviews, there were times I liked the story and there kare other times where I was just down right bored. Fundamental to their belief system was the doctrine of Reincarnation. Does the novel make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end? About Me For those new to me or my reviews Here is what my chatty inner voices are bickering over: To add insult to injury, the parallels between medieval and modern characters are decorated with sparkling neon lights as opposed to subtle prose, and induce far more rolls of the eyes than smiles of recognition.

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. 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. Trivia About Labyrinth Langue Even though it won’t have that same suspense in a second reading, I think I’ll modse up on smaller nuances. As these examples suggest, Mosse’s writing stays firmly within the conventional paradigms of popular historical fiction.

Nov 22, Melindam rated it did not like it Shelves: Just like the whole book. One minute I was excited the next I was bored out of my mind.

This book focuses on the Cathars, a gnostic sect centered in the Pays d’Oc, modern southwestern France. Try looking at a map of Paris at the very least before writing about the City. I read A LOT. However, the moment I started reading, I realised that despite the obvious similarities with Labyrinth —and I was sure readers who liked one will like the other too—in fact the two novels were actually significantly different in tone, atmosphere, style, scope and intention.

Some books are purely entertaining just like the Dan Brown books not great literature but a damn good read. It also gave birth to the Inquisition, which most of us think started in Spain. If not, they would labyrinh reincarnated on earth.

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse – Reading Guide – : Books

Historical Fiction Omsse Fiction Audiobooks. The persecution of the Cathars, a heretic sect in thirteenth-century France, is handled deftly and movingly. Mar 07, Pages Buy. Kate and her husband live in West Sussex and Carcasonne, France. What I hope is that someone visiting Carcassonne, for example, or any of the key towns mentioned in the novel will be able to use Labyrinth as a guide book!


The Crusaders razed to the ground any dwellings known to labyrijth harboured Cathars and burnt all copies of the New Testament in the local language, Oc or Occitan from which the region gets its name.

God awful: ‘Labyrinth’ by Kate Mosse

Why were so many of the main characters not given enough of a background? Solidarity is much appreciated! Is this aspect of josse adventure important to your enjoyment of the novel? 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.

The book, he says, contains the josse of the true Grail, and the ring, inscribed with a labyrinth, will identify a guardian of the Grail. OK, so I speak French, but there just might be readers who don’t!

Some of the material about the Grail was a bit complicated, I thought, and unnecessarily so.

We all have different tastes, and reading, particularly of fiction, is a personal relationship between an individual author and labyrintn individual reader.

Why is the history of the cave and the elements of the ritual itself not discussed? I love the transition between the two time periods. I write A LOT.

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The inside cover stuff instantly intrigued me. She also finds a unique ring bearing an unusual symbol: If you’re like me and stubborn, you’ll no doubt go along before that point hoping that you’ll understand what it all means by context alone.

It made me cringe.