Winner of the Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year at the British Book Awards 2006.
I was privileged to visit Kate in her Carcassonne retreat and be shown the numerous locations she used throughout this novel; the exact tower, steps, house, street etc that feature in the action in this exciting tale. It’s a time-slip adventure, a grail-tale, a history lesson, and a thumping good read that effortlessly links medieval France with the present through two strong heroines. I loved it.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Labyrinth a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'The spellbinding “Labyrinth" by Kate Mosse is one of the books that got me hooked on historical fiction...' - Claudia Stach. Scroll down to read more reviews.
A brand new two-part adaptation of Kate Mosse’s Labyrinth starring John Hurt and Jessica Brown Findlay was shown over Easter weekend 2013. Click on the screen below to view the trailer.
When Dr Alice Tanner discovers two skeletons during an archaeological dig in southern France, she unearths a link with a horrific and brutal past.
But it's not just the sight of the shattered bones that makes her uneasy; there's an overwhelming sense of evil in the tomb that Alice finds hard to shake off, even in the bright French sunshine. Puzzled by the words carved inside the chamber, Alice has an uneasy feeling that she has disturbed something which was meant to remain hidden...
Eight hundred years ago, on the night before a brutal civil war ripped apart Languedoc, a book was entrusted to Alais, a young herbalist and healer. Although she cannot understand the symbols and diagrams the book contains, Alais knows her destiny lies in protecting their secret, at all costs.
Skilfully blending the lives of two women divided by centuries but united by a common destiny, LABYRINTH is a powerful story steeped in the atmosphere and history of southern France.
We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review Labyrinth. You can read their reviews below.
Claudia Stach - 'The spellbinding “Labyrinth" by Kate Mosse is one of the books that got me hooked on historical fiction...anyone who sticks with the book gets richly rewarded with two tales about two young women, a quest, heroes and villains, faith and love. I think I might have to re-read “Labyrinth” this summer…'Click here to read the full review.
Edel Waugh - This was an incredibly good story full of rich detail, told in the present and the past. Once I began the story I could not leave it so I finished it in one sitting.' Click here to read the full review.
Cherrill Deans - 'I cannot recommend this book highly enough. The background is supremely well researched and the novel itself is packed with action and suspense, passion and intrigue.' Click here to read the full review.
Nicola Crisp - 'The descriptions of the mediaeval locations are wonderfully detailed, making it easy to imagine that you are really there...A great book for lovers of historical fiction, or of mysteries. I have already recommended this book to several of my friends.' Click here to read the full review.
Joy Bosworth - 'This book had me hooked as soon as it arrived in the 12th century... It really was beautifully written – without the often self-conscious effect of the author striving for great prose.' Click here to read the full review.
J B Johnston - 'Labyrinth is set in and around the region of Carcassonne and it is obvious from Kate Mosse’s writing that this is a region she is familiar with. The historical content is fascinating and if you love historical mysteries then this is the book for you.' Click here to read the full review.
Kym Nicholls - 'What kept me fascinated with ‘Labyrinth’ was a fierce determination to figure out its secrets. The book overflows with mystery, teeming with characters determined to keep their motives and loyalties hidden.' Click here to read the full review.
Jayne Burton - 'I was drawn to Labyrinth due to Carcassonne being it's main setting - somewhere I am very familiar with - and I wasn't disappointed.' Click here to read the full review.
Barbara Gaskell - 'Transport yourself to Mediaeval France in this gripping mystery...When I visited Carcassonne I felt I was transported back in time and reading Kate Mosse’s book, with her evocative prose, made me want to live there in the 13th Century.' Click here to read the full review.
Kath Thornton - 'It is a story full of strength, love, passion, betrayal ,faith, the Holy Grail, is rich in history and well worth reading right to the end.' Click here to red the full review.
Carolyn Huckfield - 'This is an amazing novel that tells stories from both medieval and modern day France. The links between these stories are based around conspiracies through the years, one to protect, the other to destroy, the ancient works that make up the Grail.' Click here to read the full review.
Richard Hamlin - 'Labyrinth is a rewarding novel; it needs patience at the beginning but once it gathers pace it delivers a gripping and absorbing read.' Click here to read the full review.
Suzanne Marsh – Ireadnovels - 'I totally loved reading Labrinth by Kate Mosse. Labyrinth is full of supernatural ingredients. A brilliant historical thriller.' Click here to read the full review.
Lucinda Fountain - 'Whether by inspiration or intent, the way in which Kate Mosse cleverly combines exquisite historical detail with a contemporary twist is truly magical.' Click here to read the full review.
Clare Topping - 'The author alternates between the stories of the twentieth and thirteenth centuries, with tales of kidnap, torture and murder along with some descriptions of the persecution of the Cathars.' Click here to read the full review.
Praise for Kate Mosse:
'Labyrinth is a reader's holy grail, mixing legend, religion, history, past and present in a heart-wrenching, thrilling tale. Eat your heart out, Dan Brown, this is the real thing' - Val McDermid
'Admirably bold...intriguing...passionate' - The Sunday Times
'This is a spellbinding adventure story about destiny, betrayal and secrets' - REAL
About the Author
Kate Mosse was our Guest Editor in November 2012 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.
Kate Mosse is the author of three non-fiction books, three plays and six novels, including her multi-million selling international No 1 bestselling Languedoc Trilogy. Translated into 38 languages and published in 40 countries, the first of the series, Labyrinth, was the bestselling book in the UK in 2006, named as one of Waterstone's best novels of the past twenty five years and was made into a feature film for Channel 4 television by Ridley Scott staring John Hurt, Jessica Brown-Findlay and Tom Felton. The second in the series - the fin-de-si?cle Tarot tale, Sepulchre - and her stand alone novella, The Winter Ghosts - were also No 1 bestsellers. The third and final bestselling novel in the Trilogy, Citadel was published to outstanding reviews in October 2012 and shortlisted for the Specsavers Most Popular Novel of the Year award. Set during World War II in Carcassonne, it tells the story of courage and bravery under Occupation based around an all-female group of Resistance fighters.
In October 2013 Kate's first ever collection of stories The Mistletoe Bride & Other Winter Tales was be published. Her short fiction and essays have previously appeared in a range of magazines and books including Midsummer Nights (Quercus), The Book Lovers' Appreciation Society (Orion) and Fifty Shades of Feminism (Virago). She has also written introductions to new editions of classic novels - including Captain Blood by Raphael Sabbatini, Night Falls on the City by Sarah Gainham and Goldfinger by Ian Fleming. Other recent publications play Endpapers (Oberon Books), commissioned by the Bush Theatre for 'Sixty-Six Books', and Chichester Festival Theatre at Fifty in 2012 (Unbound).
Known as a campaigner for libraries and for promoting international writing by women, Kate is the Co-Founder & Honorary Director of the Women's Prize for Fiction - previously the Orange Prize for Fiction - and has advised prizes and festivals throughout the world in this field. In 2012, Kate was named by the Bookseller as one of the fifty most influential people in British publishing, and was presented with the 'Spirit of Everywoman Award' for her contribution to women and the arts in November.
Kate also on the board of the National Theatre in London and is Patron of The Fishbourne Centre and of the Consort of Twelve in Sussex, where she lives. Kate was awarded an OBE in June 2013.
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