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. Mosse’s page-turner takes readers on another quest for the Holy Grail, this time with two closely linked female protagonists born years.

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Two principal characters, years apart. There is a kind of reincarnation that takes place between katf two timelines, with visible modern counterparts of the medieval characters dominating the contemporary side of the novel.

The characters in both timelines are portrayed albyrinth the slightest attempt at subtlety. Nothing they say or do is enough to persuade us that we may someday find them interesting. One is not frightened of her, or disgusted with her which we should be, considering some of the things she gets up to: The further down the list of dramatis personae you get, the worse it becomes. 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.

It is questionable mossf anybody in the history of creation ever spoke like this.

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The same is true for the smattering of contemporary French that one encounters in the novel: Her deep love of Carcassonne and of the Languedoc is evident.

It is not, however, contagious, and there is simply too much wrong with this book for that feeling to change. As in the case of The Pillars of the EarthI sincerely hope that the miniseries does a good job of turning a mediocre novel into a brilliant script. Some books are purely entertaining just like the Dan Brown books not great literature but a damn good read. It is precisely because many people would disagree with me that I write in the first place. So when it comes to reviewing books, then yes, my views are one-sided.


Oh man, this book was the worst. I agree with you one hundred percent! This, however, was something else — truly, truly awful. Is everyone so nice when they review this book because Kate Mosse is one of the organisers of the Orange Prize? I am struggling to figure out why it always gets such fabulous reviews.

It seemed to squat over the yard and buildings like a malignant Buddha. I am lazily lifting this from my own Akte review https: Solidarity is much appreciated!

My copy of Wolf Hall has a recommendation by her on the back cover; ever time I see it I die a thousand deaths. And a malignant Buddha? Yes, she co-founded it with her husband apparently.

God awful: ‘Labyrinth’ by Kate Mosse – LADYGILRAEN

You close your review with: Yes, got pages in and gave up this tedious novel. Never done mosde before. Thanks for this honest and helpful review! As I read Labyrinth, I kept stopping and looking up reviews, and feeling like an outcast because so many reviewers found it wonderful and I just felt lost most of the time.

Perhaps you could make a sort of, um, historical novel out of some of it? Yes, definitely the characters are not strong enough to get a hold on you and make you believe that another life has started but somewhere I find that the plot and ideas are really good laabyrinth there are times when I stop and read some paragraph all over again because they are just so beautiful.

Yes, there are anachronisms and errors but goods too. Full agreement with the point that characters are vague and anachronisms are actually annoying but there have been times where I pause and re-read some lines.

They are very few lavyrinth there nonetheless. I really like the plot though. Could have turned out way more better. Yeah, I tried to read and got bored shitless. Or at least it felt that way. Maybe it was only 10 pages. Finally a review that nails why this book is so aweful.

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This seems to be the best of a thoroughly bad mosse. Having abandoned another turgid Cathar novel part-way in, I heard about Labyrinth labyrinfh thought it could be what I was after. It is so nice to hear from a person who dislikes this ludicrous book as much as me. Each time Mosse brings out a new book, it annoys me! Btw, I also really enjoyed The Bull from the Sea!

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