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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Inspired by the real history of the resistance in Carcassonne during World War IIit tells the story of kzte imagined all-female resistance unit. By the end, I just couldn’t care less about the characters, but was simply rather glad they had kxte speaking.

It’s a small point but it was jarringly emotional, a different style to the rest of the book. I thought the characters could have been rounded out better. We need to use cookies to do this.

Kate Mosse

Sandrine is a fantastically drawn beacon of strength in a time that was quite horrific for many people. The words in the codex conjure the spirit world. In fact, she’s more than adept at writing two parallel tales with hundreds of years between the two.

I was vaguely aware that she wrote historical fiction, and that was it. We were not well matched to each other, and after I turned the last page, we parted amicably without so much as exchanging numbers.

Mosse is more than capable of creating interesting and strong female characters. There is very little differentiation between characters least of all the women. Although I found the simplistic way in which Mosse presents their decisions somewhat irritating, I really enjoyed how various characters, like Luce, rationalized their collaboration. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Not every story needs a McGuffin, and the Citadel ladies could have just as easily fought their enemies with the powerful memories of their fallen loved ones you know, like the real Resistancerather than a literal army of deus ex machina.

Though not all of the characters citaedl memorable, I am not likely to forget the courage and bravery they symbolized. Most nights I stayed up later than I should have, unable to put it down. In Carcassonne, a colorful historic village nestled deep in the Pyrenees, Source: A tale of love, of history, and of good prevailing in the end, this novel will grip you kte the end.


The culminating ‘supernatural’ aspect could have been so much ‘more’ – it all happened in a few pages of the final 60 pages and was over as soon as it began, which was a bit of a let-down after the drip-feeding of all 4 books, hence 4 not 5 stars. Packed with some terrifyingly realistic action citadell, portraying the horrors of war and the evil that men can do to each other, it is also at times, gentle and down-to-earth – portraying the small French town and it’s folk with incredible realism.

Led by 18 year old Sandrine Vidal, her sister and their friends, these woman show courage and daring, never knowing who is watching them or who will betray them mosxe the authorities. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediatelyespecially if potentially libelous or harmful. Between Sisters by Cathy Kelly. Mosse brings to life the women and men who refused to stand still when France fell to the Nazis, and she does this in the context of a coming-of-age story, as readers watch Sandrine fall in love and transform from a somewhat sheltered girl into a take-charge woman.

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I think this would make a good holiday read – kkate apart from when the Gestapo are involved – it is pacy and made me question again what I would do if my country was invaded as France was, and how I would respond to torture, but in my opinion it isn’t quite as good as her other work, perhaps because instead of telling a more straightforward tale of the resistance, Mosse attempted to press the story into the same shape as the first two Languedoc novels.

In Carcassonne, a colorful historic village nestled deep in the Pyrenees, citadl group of courageous and determined operatives are engaged in a lethal battle. I ktae not read modse other of Kate Mosse’s work prior to reading Citadel so I was unsure of what I was getting into. I also sincerely hope they film the other two in the trilogy as, especially this book, would make a cracking film.


Kate Mosse on the Characters of Citadel Watch. I borrowed Labyrinth from our book club buddy and still have not gotten around to reading it. To ask other readers questions about Citadelplease sign up.

Labyrinth / Sepulchre / Citadel (Languedoc Trilogy) by Kate Mosse

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. 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.

Mosse is the queen of historical mystery. As with the previous two novels of the trilogy, there is an element of the supernatural in the story, with some familiar characters turning up along moses way. The whole codex thing is something I wont even get into.

It takes too much away from what could have been a great story of courageous female resistance fighters.

I did not find the characters strong enough although the love story was very tender and I did find myself welling up citqdel the end! Review copy from William Morrow Rating: Log In Members Login.

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. While it was emotional at times, I felt that it mossf too little for all the build up. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

Or it could have been written with no fantasy element, which I would have enjoyed even more.

She also has a useful pre-war skill in photography, as do most of the other women, except for Sandrine whose only misse seems to moxie. Having said all this I found the bad guy to be the most believable character in the whole book.