In this extraordinary thriller, rich in the atmospheres of medieval and contemporary France, the lives of two women born centuries apart are linked by a common destiny.
July 2005. In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery - two crumbling skeletons, strange writings on the walls, and the pattern of a labyrinth; between the skeletons, a stone ring, and a small leather bag.
Eight hundred years earlier, on the eve of a brutal crusade to stamp out heresy that will rip apart southern France, Alais is given a ring and a mysterious book for safekeeping by her father as he leaves to fight the crusaders. The book, he says, contains the secret of the true Grail, and the ring, inscribed with a labyrinth, will identify a guardian of the Grail. As crusading armies led by Church potentates and nobles of northern France gather outside the city walls of Carcassonne, it will take great sacrifice to keep the secret of the labyrinth safe.
In the present, another woman sees the find as a means to the political power she craves; while a man who has great power will kill to destroy all traces of the discovery and everyone who stands in his way.
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"Sitting securely in the historical religious quest genre, Mosse's fluently written third novel (after Crucifix Lane) may tantalize (if not satisfy) the legions of Da Vinci Code devotees with its promise of revelation about Christianity's truths." - Publishers Weekly.
"Fun for most of the way - and very likely to be one of next summer's popular vacation reads." - Kirkus Reviews.
"A flawed work, but, given the popularity of Da Vinci Code-type fiction, strongly recommended for public libraries." - Library Journal.
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Kate Mosse was born in West Sussex, England, and educated at Chichester High School and New College, Oxford. After graduating, she spent seven years in publishing.
Her first novel, Eskimo Kissing, was published in 1996, followed in 1998 by the bio-tech time-travel thriller, Crucifix Lane. Her short stories and articles have appeared in a range of print media. Her non-fiction books are: Becoming a Mother, a companion to pregnancy and childbirth (now in its seventh edition), The House: Behind the Scenes at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Chichester Festival Theatre at Fifty.
Her breakout book Labyrinth was a New York Times bestselling novel and a popular and critical success on an international scale. It won the Best Read category at the British Book Awards 2006, was #1 in UK ...
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