Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

Labyrinth

Kate Mosse

A real page turner, set in Medieval France and the present day. I thought at first that the modern stuff wasn't as well done as the medieval but it got better as you got more involved with the modern characters. If you liked The da Vinci Code, then read this for an ordinary person's introduction to what the Albigensian heresy was all about. If the Dan Brown was not your cup of tea, then read this for a beautifully painted, atmospheric picture of medieval southern France. It reads like a tapestry.

Extract

Guilhem found himself standing on a natural stone platform. A couple of wide, shallow steps directly in front led down to an area where the ground was flat and smooth. A calelh was burning on the stone altar giving a little light.

The two sisters were standing facing one another, Oriane holding the knife to Bertrande's throat. Alais was completely still ...

Alice shook the memory from her head. Audric's hands were tied in front of him and he was tethered to the ground like an animal. On the far side of the chamber, lit by an oil lamp flickering on the altar, was Marie-Cecile de l'Oradore.

'That's far enough, I think', she said.

Audric turned, regret and sorrow in his eyes.

'I'm so sorry', she whispered, realising she had ruined everything. 'But I had to warn you ...'.

Parallels
  • The da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  • The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail by Michael Baigent et al
  • The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier

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