Labyrinth (Languedoc Trilogy, #1)
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... show more
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.
Publish date: March 7th 2006
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Pages no: 495
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
Series: Languedoc (#1)
I have long been fascinated with the history of medieval France, bloody though it was. This book, the first in a trilogy, in particular, as it deals with the legendary holy grail and of the mystery surrounding it. The storyline interweaves a modern-day archaeological dig with flashbacks to the 13th ...
This is a story set partly in medieval, partly in modern times, with two irrepressible heroines, modern educated English Alice and aristocratic medieval Cathar Alaïs (both quite incapable of following rules or doing what they are told), not to mention the sexy Cruella-figure Marie-Cécile de l'Orador...
9/2 - I enjoyed this book, as I knew I would after reading the blurb. The plot immediately jumped out at me from the airport bookstore (called Coles, in Calgary) shelf. Ancient mysteries somehow connect across 800 years, to people living in current times. This idea really excited me and so I boug...
This reads far too much like a The Da Vinci Code wannabe, dealing with a Grail Quest set in France and involving a Secret Society and a gal threatened by a thuggish cult. This gets one star more than Dan Brown's book because it's better written and more historically accurate--or given I'm no expert,...
I have so much to say about this book, and yet no patience to say it all.(warning: there's going to be a lot of cussing in this. yeah i know i always have a lot of cussing but there's probably gonna be more than usual in here.)(i also apologise for any incoherency i am cold as shit right now and my ...