Citadel, the concluding volume of Mosse’s French Trilogy, is. Da Vinci Code, Kate Mosse’s blockbuster Labyrinth arrived as a welcome. Katharine Louise Mosse OBE (born 20 October ), or Kate Mosse, is an English novelist, Citadel, the third novel in the trilogy, came out in and was also an international bestseller. Inspired by the real history of the resistance in. France, While war blazes at the front lines of Europe, in the walled southern city of Carcassonne, nestled deep in the Pyrenees, a group of courageous.

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But in a world where the enemy now lies in every shadow – where neighbour informs on neighbour; where friends disappear without warning and often without trace – love can demand the highest price of all. The novel is set in the fortified town of Carcassonne in southern France. What she really needed was a bloody good editor who could have taken a machete to the thing and cut it down to about pages and then it would have felt like a more worthwhile read or at least less of a waste of my time.

In fact, she’s more than adept at writing two parallel tales with hundreds of years between the two. Citadel is too long. At times, it was repetitive and confusing.

Review: Citadel by Kate Mosse | Diary of an Eccentric

Really, the book could have done without the Codex – the story of the brave women Resistance fighters is strong enough to stand on its own.

Then we meet a Dark Ages monk who is protecting a scroll known as the Codex. So why was it so terrible? Lists with This Book. From the internationally bestselling author of Labyrinth and Sepulchre comes moese thrilling novel, set in the South of France during World War II, kage interweaves history and legend, love and conflict, passion and adventure, bringing to life brave women of the French Resistance and a secret they must protect from the Nazis.


Apr 15, Valeria rated it it was amazing.

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From then on I found the novel more interesting, but was still not completely drawn in until the very fitadel, several chapters before the Epilogue, when I could not put the book down until I discovered how to characters’ stories would end.

Keep me logged in on this computer. Labyrinth was followed by Sepulchre inand again, I loved it and have anticipated the release of Citadel for such a long time. That said, the battle scenes and the dialog were strong. Views Read Edit View history.

What she suffered through and how she supported others was a tribute to the many women who led the pack to protect their families, friends, and even strangers in their towns during the Nazi invasion of France in the s and s. There were so many points in this book where I found glimmers of another book I was interested in reading lurking inside this sprawling narrative. We need to use cookies to do this. It certainly helps to give readers a sense of the lengthy history of the town, and in a sense, Carcassonne itself was a leading character.

So much to understand about this period in history. Yes Audric Baillard features quite heavily throughout, but it really took me until pages to start to thoroughly enjoy the book.

This is certainly the case with ‘Citadel’!

This could have been a fascinating story. Kate Mosse is an international bestselling author with sales of more than five million copies in 42 languages.

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Authie is a stereotypical villain who you almost thought citdel be given an evil katr to deliver at any moment. As in the first two books, Mosse sets up two narrative threads progressing in parallel, though the difference here is that neither concerns the present cktadel.

Boots and guns had replaced banners and horses, but the story was the same. I had even bought the book myself rather than boring it from my wonderful school library and had excitedly saved it for such a moment as this.

But smuggling refugees over the mountains into neutral territory and sabotaging their Nazi occupiers is only part of their mission. While I seem to be focusing on the negative aspects of the book, there were many positive ones. Yet again loved her description of the country and the book intensified my desire to visit that region of France.


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In the videos, Kate discusses how the setting of the Languedoc region of France has inspired the trilogy of books, and saying goodbye to characters in this last book. I can see what other people enjoyed about it, it’s just not my cup of tea. Aug 07, James rated it liked it Shelves: Those were nice tidbits, but not necessary to follow the story. I never felt invested in the story of Arinius and wife Lupa. I was somewhat taken aback by its forwardness, but I acquiesced.

Chichester Festival Theatre at Fifty”. I love how Kate Mosse can transport you back in time and really emmerse you in the French landacape. And the worst, by far, was Arinius. Perhaps kxte who caught the first two instalments would find something of value here, but for newcomers like myself, Citadel is definitely not kahe place to begin with Mosse. Order by newest oldest recommendations. She also has a useful pre-war skill in photography, as do most of the other women, except for Sandrine whose only skill seems to moxie.

Sandrine is a worthy heroine but I loved the hero, Raoul. This secondary thread is only a minor part of the book, which concentrates on the primary story of the struggles of a group of women Resistance fighters trying to help people escape Nazi-occupied Ccitadel. I’ve loved the other books I’ve read by her and once again this one takes place in southern France. No trivia or quizzes yet. As a result, the pace was horribly tedious.

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