Labyrinth – Book Review
Kate Moss the model? No Kate Mosse the writer and publisher, and enter a complex weaving of the first in her Languedoc Trilogy.
There are unfair comparisons to the Da Vinci Code, this is an historical novel of magnificence. It starts so terribly slowly though that most people give up, bear with it because by the end I think you’ll find it worthwhile.
Did I say it was complex? Yes, and if like me you have no knowledge of French or Spanish some parts may be a little frustrating, but again bear with it. You have a tale told in two different time periods to eventually meet up. Fate, destiny, whatever you’d like to call it; but there’s also adventure, history, action and mystery.
Sometimes the descriptions leave you nothing for the imagination to work with, and other times it has to work hard. No wonder this book tends to polarise readers. They either love it or hate it. Labyrinth is different, it’s centres around religious persecution in Southern France eight hundred years ago; and the story of Alais twists and turns as it melds into that of her descendant Dr Alice Tanner in current times. All centred on the discovery of an ancient cave and a few mysterious artefacts that, without explanation, everyone wants to get their hands on.
Labyrinth is not a book to pick up lightly, the story will eventually get a hold of you and you’ll simply have to find out what happens next, but it’s not a light read. True escapism takes a little more depth in this tale. With two more to follow, Kate Mosse delivers a great series to sink your teeth into.
Book Review by Jacq Ellem