Then there is the lame love story between Alice and Will, which has no other ground than their being kind of the reincarnation of Alais and her husband - really convincing.
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It made me cringe. Just like the whole book. And the continuous use and translation of Occitan words drove me up the wall, while at the same time there were several long sentences in French, which nobody bothered to give their meaning. OK, so I speak French, but there just might be readers who don't! Mar 24, Kristen rated it really liked it. I didn't read The Da Vinci Code, but given that it was impossible to avoid or ignore, I understand both books tackle some similar themes. The strongest aspect of "Labyrinth" is that the plot is well-paced and engrossing.
The back-and-forth between the medieval era and the present day generally works nicely, and the transitions are smooth, or make sense in their placement and timing. Most of the characters are well-drawn, although I do think it gets quite confusing keeping track of all of them, and a few could have been dropped or at least had their plot lines great reduced such as Noubel, the policeman. I enjoy novels set in the medieval era as a guilty pleasure, as I often find they are saddled with ridiculous, stilted language and rather heavy-handed, melodramatic plots.
While parts of "Labyrinth" are a bit silly such as the sex scenes, oh brother , overall the plot is actually quite moving. The persecution of the Cathars, a heretic sect in thirteenth-century France, is handled deftly and movingly. Some of the material about the Grail was a bit complicated, I thought, and unnecessarily so. This is a far from perfect book--as others have noted, this really could have been edited into a much leaner story. But the author clearly knows her material, and overall the history and religion are handled intelligently. This is an enjoyable read that you don't have to feel guilty about indulging in, as you actually come away having learned some medieval history.
Apr 18, Hannah rated it it was ok Shelves: reads , historicals. Rating Clarification: 2. Instead, both the present and past plotlines meandered on with short moments of good suspense, then with abrupt stops containing filler that did nothing to advance the mystery. The ending, when it finally arrived, was anticlimatic. Made even me want to visit southern France, especially the medieval walled castle city Rating Clarification: 2. Made even me want to visit southern France, especially the medieval walled castle city of Carcassone try googling Carcassone and see if you don't agree - breathtaking.
Mar 20, Nanna rated it really liked it. The book, for me, really developted in the last pages. It took me a long time to get past the first part of the book mainly because of all the not so important descriptions of everything , but after that an amazing and mysterious story was created, which was what I expected when I started to read the book.
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I would love to give it five stars, but because of the first part I must give it four. View 2 comments. This book isn't very good. It's poorly written and badly edited. The story is okay, but you have to fight through moments of nausea, sadness and fury to reach the final pages where it almost becomes interesting but then becomes embarrassing again. By the time I reached the end of the book, I was so bored that I speed-read until I could finally call it a day.
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. There are grammatical errors and anachronisms that I found really irritating for example, references in to 'Saint Francis' when he was in fact not sainted until and some incredibly clunky prose.
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She also uses simile to describe the subject of simile, for example the light that 'cut through the darkness like a searchlight' and 'words repeated over and over like a mantra'. It seemed to squat over the yard and buildings like a malignant Buddha. Already a bruise was forming. There is an awful lot of blushing, a lot of emotions getting stuck in throats, a lot of waking up with sets of 4 smells penetrating people's noses and mouths, a lot of implausible emotional moments, a lot of gasping and eyes filling with tears.
Basically it's like being jabbed persistently with a pin for pages and I wish I gave up on it as soon as I realised it was awful. Nov 12, Bill Khaemba rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , thriller-suspense-crime-mystrey. Kate Mosse really challenged me as 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 I loved this book.
Nov 02, Alex Telander rated it liked it Shelves: books-read-in Labyrinth opens with one of the two main characters, Alice, working on an archaeological site in southern France, where she finds a hidden cave and two skeletons within. She also finds a unique ring bearing an unusual symbol: a labyrinth. Notifying the authorities of the discovered site, with the skeletons it suddenly becomes a crime scene, and the archaeologists are kicked off the site.
For the duration of the book, the reader follows these two characters, as they live their lives in parallel. As Alice returns to her hotel, strange things start to happen, as strangers contact her about what she found in the cave, police telling her to describe exactly what she saw and confiscating her sketches. Members of the dig go mysteriously missing, as people begin to die for unknown reasons.
Her strange dreams of this unknown girl from the late Middle Ages are the least of her worries. Wrapped in this dense plot is the story of the Grail, which every Christian of every group seeks, and it is only when the three ancient texts with the strange hieroglyphs are brought together, that the true way to the Grail will be shown. But the story of this Grail is not the one that we all think we know, but something deeper and more ancient that is tied in with this mysterious symbol of the labyrinth, and reaches back into Ancient Egypt and the founding of civilization.
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Like the symbol, Labyrinth is a story that begins simple and straightforward, but grows more and more complex, until the denouement when all is revealed and finally understood. Check out www. For more book reviews, and author interviews, go to BookBanter. View 1 comment. I couldn't get past ch. The premise has been over used lately. Nov 22, Sarah rated it did not like it. This book is too long, too slow and takes itself way too seriously! I got about halfway through the book and i was still waiting for something to happen!
The author was still developing the characters pages into the book. This book had the potential to be historical fiction, suspense or romance and the wuthor's wrtiing style leaned a little too close to the romance genre for my tastes. Her characters were too typical and too perfect. They were either perfect good people or perfect villians an This book is too long, too slow and takes itself way too seriously! They were either perfect good people or perfect villians and she spent too much time with physical descriptions. The most important rule for them is that less is more.
An author can say more about a character with a few well chosen words than he can in a page of adjectives. I had high hopes for this book because the plot soudned intriguing and I think it could have been fun and interesting with the right editor. Nov 19, Laurel Bradshaw rated it it was amazing Shelves: metaphysical , 1st-of-series , chunky , france , contemporary-fiction , religion , historical-fiction , medieval. Book Description from Amazon.
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; between the skeletons, a stone ring, and a small leather ba Book Description from Amazon. 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; between the skeletons, a stone ring, and a small leather bag.
Eight hundred years earlier, on the eve of a brutal crusade to stamp out heresy that will rip apart southern France, Alais is given a ring and a mysterious book for safekeeping by her father as he leaves to fight the crusaders. As crusading armies led by Church potentates and nobles of northern France gather outside the city walls of Carcassonne, it will take great sacrifice to keep the secret of the labyrinth safe.
In the present, another woman sees the find as a means to the political power she craves; while a man who has great power will kill to destroy all traces of the discovery and everyone who stands in his way. Series info: Languedoc trilogy 1. Labyrinth - read 2. Sepulchre 3. Nov 04, Ann rated it it was ok. I had hopes for this: massive bestseller in the UK, feminist retelling of the Grail legend, shuttling between the 13th and 21st centuries, lots of sex and swords -- promising!
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 bad , but 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: massive bestseller in the UK, feminist retelling of the Grail legend, shuttling between the 13th and 21st centuries, lots of sex and swords -- promising!
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 bad , but there's too much of it, and turning a page knowing nothing is going to happen on the next one is a pretty defeating experience.
And when your big ideas involve reincarnation and historical symmetry, and when the main manifestation of this symmetry is both heroines losing consciousness every ten pages, it basically flogs the sex and the swords into one big pile of MEH. Obviously, the true test of any Grail-themed work is how well it stands up to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade -- and even correcting for the cinematic awesomeness of immortality-hunting Nazis and the kooky knight intoning "You have chosen Mar 14, Laurie rated it it was ok Shelves: historical-fiction , female-authors.
This was very disappointing, it's at least pages too long and the writing leaves much to be desired. It starts off intriguing and the landscape descriptions towards the end are quite lovely, but I wasted way too much time on this one. Labyrinth kept me reading in bed under a nice comfortable duvet for many nights. I love the transition between the two time periods. It was done with finesse. Feb 26, Tiffany rated it it was ok. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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.
The story line drew me in - two different lives were connected by history yet born centuries apart.
Yet, there were several loose ends. Why did the father hate Guilhem du Mas? And if he disliked him so much, why would he allow his daughter marry him? 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. Then in the future, I suppose when all was forgiven, why did Mosse not include the story line of Alais' rescue and the time they had a child together and then jump 30 years later to an older Alais?
After this part, I just had no interest to finish the book. But, considering I already made it pages, I thought I might as well finish it. What is Marie-Cecile's connection to the characters in the 13th century period? Is she the reincarnation of Oriane? Is Will also the reincarnation of Guilhem? Why were so many of the main characters not given enough of a background? Why is the history of the cave and the elements of the ritual itself not discussed?
More detail please!!! I guess my main issue is that there were so many characters, not enough story line, and then loose ends. I am giving the book 2 stars because the story itself was intriguing and at times had me sitting on edge. But, it just felt like there was an entire section of the book that Mosse wrote but then chose not to include.
It read like a bad movie adaptation. Jul 22, Renee P rated it did not like it Shelves: summer-reading. I thought this was a really crap book. I feel like she only set it in France because she is enamored with the language, which she uses way too often. To justify this, Mosse stuck in a lot of explanation for "Why France? All the surprises the author had in store were painfully obvious, and she used cliches to describe everything. All the women had beautiful legs shapely, tan, thin, milky, whatever- they were gorgeous.
Almost all of the characters were stat I thought this was a really crap book. Almost all of the characters were static, unless you count Sajhe,because supposedly he grew up, and I don't. Alice was irritating. She was so idiotic- I wanted to slap her. Alais couldn't think for herself. The Grail part wasn't even interesting- Mosse kept writing about the Truth- what Truth? 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.
Having finished this book, I wonder, why? Also, where is that author, because she needs a good shaking. Jan 04, Kristen rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-fiction , own , fiction. The inside cover stuff instantly intrigued me. And the story of the Grail is one of the most well-known of the lesser-known histories.
Or even myths. While this one doesn't go into my favorite theory, it's such a page turner. You learn of both Alice and Alais in alternating chapters, and I really have to give the author credit, for both the creativity and the amount of research that went into this book. The language, the history. Truly amaz The inside cover stuff instantly intrigued me.
Truly amazing. I'd like to own this. Even though it won't have that same suspense in a second reading, I think I'll pick up on smaller nuances. Brian O'Dea rated it it was amazing Feb 19, Paul Dolan rated it liked it Apr 01, Dennis rated it it was amazing Dec 10, P Keck rated it it was amazing Feb 28, Steffanie Strathdee rated it really liked it Mar 11, Franco rated it liked it Nov 16, Amy Ruth Doyle rated it it was amazing Feb 22, Cynthia rated it liked it Sep 09, FM Schill rated it it was amazing Jan 02, Larry Byram rated it really liked it Dec 12, Egor Azanov rated it it was amazing Oct 23, Glenn Butler rated it it was amazing Jan 05, Gearoid marked it as to-read Mar 08, Renee Forawaken marked it as to-read Apr 04, Jaina Bee marked it as to-read Oct 16, Possibility added it Aug 02, James Jesso marked it as to-read Nov 30, Victor Cirone marked it as to-read Aug 10, Brandice marked it as to-read Sep 04, Roger marked it as to-read Mar 25, Shayla Gomez marked it as to-read Apr 17, Eneas Dardanos marked it as to-read Jul 06, David Khan marked it as to-read Dec 10, Vickie Colgan marked it as to-read Dec 10, Pea Go added it Nov 18, Christopher marked it as to-read Jan 23, Chad is currently reading it Feb 03, Mar 07, Minutes Buy.
Feb 06, Pages. Mar 07, Pages. Mar 07, Minutes. 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. She lives in England and France. Elegantly written…An action-packed adventure of modern conspiracy and medieval passion. The Independent [UK].