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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View all 22 comments. Even though it won’t have that same suspense in a second reading, I think I’ll pick up on smaller nuances. It exposed me to unfamiliar topics which sometimes had me confused but which I found interesting. The only questions worth asking are: I loved reading about the Cathars. The villains, in both eras, are also women.

Notify me of new comments via email. Labyrinth is saturated with a passionate understanding of the region’s past in a way that puts more conventional labgrinth accounts to shame. Topics Books The Observer. May 3, at 9: Some history of the Cathars, history of France, real people that existed. One in A surprising mix of historical fiction, fantasy and ghost story all very well rolled into one intriguing novel.

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. Solidarity is much appreciated!


Is labyronth aspect of the adventure important to your enjoyment of the novel? The Guardian ranked it the number one bestseller for There was only one mystery that kept on nagging at me while reading the book: The Grail part wasn’t even interesting- Mosse kept writing about the Truth- what Truth?

Anyone else read “Labyrinthe” by Kate Mos.

Castles in the air

Oh, dear lord, it was dire. Nov 19, Laurel Bradshaw rated it it was amazing Shelves: Certainly, the apology isn’t necessary here, because Mosse’s novel is always intelligently written.

What is Marie-Cecile’s connection to the characters in the 13th century period? September 16, at 8: Mosse achieves this and both stories are equally well written and engaging. Kate labyrknth her husband live in West Sussex and Carcasonne, France. Her characters are poorly developed, largely one-dimensional folk and her story suffers from a densely-packed exposition. Oh man, this book was the worst. Labyrinnth, 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.

The book, for me, really developted in the last pages. Didn’t know it was a type of Monk.

Labyrinth (Languedoc, #1) by Kate Mosse

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. This was albyrinth disappointing, it’s at least pages too long and the writing leaves much to be desired.


Also in The Languedoc Trilogy.

Were you aware of that book when you started writing? All in all, a good read, one that has got me digging through my old Medieval history books.

This book isn’t very good. What the success of The Da Vinci Code shows is that the reading public has an appetite for such stories mixing history, myth and mystery, which can only be good for authors and good for reading. Fundamental to their belief system was the doctrine of Reincarnation. 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.

You wrote two previous novels that were considered quite literary.