#LipglossmaffiaBookClub: Labyrinth || Kate Mosse…
I apologise for #LipglossmaffiaBookClub not making an appearance last week. I was a little ill. I’m all good now and ready to rumble! Okay, not really rumble but something similar to rumbling. I think. I hope you have been keeping up with the #LipglossmaffiaReadingChallenge, if you haven’t it’s never ever too late to start. I have to admit though, I have been slacking off because this time last year, I had already finished twenty five books and now, I can’t even boast of reading ten and I think it’s affecting me. So, i’m going to change that very very soon, for updates on that, you should follow me on Instagram at @lipglossmaffia.
For my fourth pick, I chose…
Title: Labyrinth || Kate Mosse
My Ratings: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Release Date: 2005
Summary: Dr Alice Tanner, who works as a volunteer at the archaeological site of Pic de Soularac in France, discovers two skeletons in a long-hidden cave in the hillside, she unearths a link with an horrific and brutal past. But it’s not just the sight of the shattered bones that makes her uneasy; there’s an overwhelming sense of evil in the tomb that Alice finds hard to shake off, even in the bright French sunshine. Puzzled by the words carved inside the chamber and the representation of a labyrinth, she found an exact representation of it on the underside of the ring she found in the cave. Alice has an uneasy feeling that she has disturbed something which was meant to remain hidden, she finds a connection between her nightmares she had been having since childhood and discovers that the cave was related to her past. Eight hundred years ago, on the night before a brutal civil war ripped apart Languedoc, three books were entrusted to Alais, a young herbalist and healer, the daughter of the steward of Carcassona. Although she cannot understand the symbols and diagrams the books contain, Alais knows her destiny lies in protecting their secret, at all costs. The book contains the secrets to the Holy Grail. Alice later discovers that she is Alais’ descendant.
While I was reading this book, I just kept thinking, Dan Brown must be so proud of this. To be honest, I think it was way better than some of Dan Brown’s stuff(please don’t kill me, I’m also a fan) But this is a well-researched story, set in both contemporary and 13th-century France (Carcassonne) featuring two intense heroines. i feel like a lot of people will compare this book to Da Vinci’s Code, but it’s definitely higher quality.
The modern protagonist, 30-ish Alice Tanner joins an archaeological dig in the Pyrenees hoping to rev up her uneventful life, and makes an astonishing discovery while exploring a mountainside cave. Two skeletons and a ring bearing a labyrinth design lead, by an agreeably circuitous route, to a mystery related to the story of the Holy Grail, dating back to the culture of ancient Egypt—and attracting various shady characters with vested interests. Meanwhile, in a parallel narrative, teenaged Alaïs, daughter of one of the Grail’s appointed guardians, is entrusted with an invaluable book, one of three that together reveal the Grail’s long-hidden secrets. Further complicating Alaïs’s burden is the fact that her family are Cathars, a gentle religious sect who believe that Satan created Earth and God the heavens, and have thus incurred the land-grabbing enmity of northern neighbours who persecute them with genocidal efficiency, in what has since become known as the Albigensian Crusade.
Mosse moves briskly between the two narratives, painting an impressively dense picture of life in the farming region then called Languedoc, and devising nifty matching situations and characters. It all works smashingly until late in the story, when an ill-advised (and quite overlong) summary of the history of the Grail legend brings the drama to a stuttering halt. What really marks Labyrinth out is the fact that all the main roles – goodies as well as baddies, historical and contemporary – go to women. #GirlsRunTheWorld
As one might expect of a labyrinth, it turns out that there are truths beyond the truths sought. There are twists and reversals, memories to be retrieved and reclaimed, lovers’ misunderstandings to be reconciled, fragments of the past to be salvaged, and old betrayals to be, very satisfyingly, revenged.
The book has been made into a TV mini series. Haven’t seen it but I’m sure it wouldn’t come close to the real stuff.
These are some of my favourite quotes from the book.
Are you up for the reading challenge? Whenever you tick a book off the list, just take a picture and post it on whatever social media(Instagram and twitter would be great) you’re on and use the hashtag #LipglossmaffiaReadingChallenge and/or tag me so I can find it. At the end of the year, I would love to curate all the pictures and the experiences on here.
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