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Citadel [Kindle Edition]

Kate Mosse
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (487 customer reviews)

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The much-anticipated third part of Kate Mosse's Languedoc trilogy is finally here ... This action-packed epic contains everything we've come to expect - mystery, adventure and long-buried secrets just waiting to be uncovered. (Book of the Month GOOD HOUSEKEEPING)

A breathtaking tale of daring and sacrifice that makes a triumphant finale to Mosse's Languedoc trilogy. (Fanny Blake WOMAN & HOME)

Expect an energetic mystery about Nazi-occupied France (EASY LIVING)

a lovely, fat, comfy wodge of a book, packed with suspense and romance. ... A thrilling adventure and a truly epic love story (Kate Saunders THE TIMES)

With her Languedoc trilogy Kate Mosse has firmly established herself as the go-to girl for blockbuster time-slip romantic adventure ... Citadel, the final book of the three, follows Labyrinth and Sepulchre and is epic in scope ... It's a proper adventure story, engrossing and packed with suspense at every turn of the page. (METRO)

A remarkable achievement (DAILY EXPRESS 2012-10-25)

Resistance fighters risk their lives to smuggle exiles across the border to Spain in this fantastically detailed and well-researched read. Thrilling! (ESSENTIALS)

The Codex-related climax works shatteringly well - mainly because Mosse writes it with such conviction (DAILY MAIL)

Nobody beats Mosse for local texture and atmosphere. As the call to the resistance sounds over the land, she orchestrates a shattering climax (THE SUNDAY TIMES)

Full of action, romance and supernatural mystery, so it cracks along at a great pace, making it an engaging and easy read (EMERALD STREET (daily email by Stylist magazine))

As with it's predecessors, the deeper theme of Citadel is the fight against the evil of intolerance. Mosse's descriptions of the majestic stone ruins of Carcassonne and the idyllic landscape around it shimmer with authenticity (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

This book is a wonderful, epic tale of passion, loyalty, courage and betrayal that grips the reader from the first sentence to the very last heartbreaking chapter (be warned, tissues may be required). (WOMAN'S WAY (Ireland))

Mosse's writing is so evocative you can almost feel the Midi sun on her characters necks, as well as the frantic beating of their hearts (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

a deeply satisfying literary adventure, brimming with all the romance, treachery and cliffhangers you would expect from the genre. It is also steeped in a passion for the region, its history and legends, and that magical shadow world where the two meet (THE OBSERVER)

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1942. Occupied France. A time of courage, betrayal, loyalty - and love. An epic wartime novel from the No.1 bestselling author of LABYRINTH and THE MISTLETOE BRIDE.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3446 KB
  • Print Length: 705 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (25 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZXK118
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (487 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,458 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kate Mosse is the author of three non-fiction books, three plays and six novels, including her multi-million selling international No 1 bestselling Languedoc Trilogy. Translated into 37 languages and published in 40 countries, the first of the series, Labyrinth, was the bestselling book in the UK in 2006, named as one of Waterstone's best novels of the past twenty five years and was made into a feature film for Channel 4 television by Ridley Scott staring John Hurt, Jessica Brown-Findlay and Tom Felton. The second in the series - the fin-de-siècle Tarot tale, Sepulchre - and her stand alone novella, The Winter Ghosts - were also No 1 bestsellers. The third and final bestselling novel in the Trilogy, Citadel was published to outstanding reviews in October 2012 and shortlisted for the Specsavers Most Popular Novel of the Year award. Set during World War II in Carcassonne, it tells the story of courage and bravery under Occupation based around an all-female group of Resistance fighters. Citadel publishes in paperback in the UK June 2013 and in translation throughout the world.

In October 2013 Kate's first ever collection of stories The Mistletoe Bride & Other Winter Tales will be published. Her short fiction and essays have previously appeared in a range of magazines and books including Midsummer Nights (Quercus), The Book Lovers' Appreciation Society (Orion) and Fifty Shades of Feminism (Virago). She has also written introductions to new editions of classic novels - including Captain Blood by Raphael Sabbatini, Night Falls on the City by Sarah Gainham and Goldfinger by Ian Fleming. Other recent publications play Endpapers (Oberon Books), commissioned by the Bush Theatre for 'Sixty-Six Books', and Chichester Festival Theatre at Fifty in 2012 (Unbound).

Known as a campaigner for libraries and for promoting international writing by women, Kate is the Co-Founder & Honorary Director of the Women's Prize for Fiction - previously the Orange Prize for Fiction - and has advised prizes and festivals throughout the world in this field. In 2012, Kate was named by the Bookseller as one of the fifty most influential people in British publishing, and was presented with the 'Spirit of Everywoman Award' for her contribution to women and the arts in November.

Kate is also on the board of the National Theatre in London and is Patron of The Fishbourne Centre and of the Consort of Twelve in Sussex, where she lives. Kate was awarded an OBE in June 2013.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 6 Nov 2012
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I enjoyed Labyrinth and Sepulchre enormously and was overjoyed when I heard Kate had written the final book in the Languedoc trilogy. I was expecting this to be more on the lines of the previous two books, namely the supernatural elements, but this is nothing like the other two at all. Yes Audric Baillard features quite heavily throughout, but it really took me until 300 pages to start to thoroughly enjoy the book.

It starts off very slowly with the character building etc, and at times I wondered where it was actually going. I then realised this is actually a book about the French Resistance but I am so glad I stuck with it. Yes, it's overlong but thoroughly enjoyable. As I say, I loved the second half of the book and couldn't put my Kindle down and was utterly heartbroken at the conclusion; tears of joy and sadness. Sandrine is a worthy heroine but I loved the hero, Raoul.

I have heard that filming has started of Labyrinth and I hope the film does the book justice. I also sincerely hope they film the other two in the trilogy as, especially this book, would make a cracking film.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Citadel - Not top of the list 13 Nov 2012
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I have read all the books in this series and was thrilled when Citadel appeared. However, I have to confess to being a little disappointed by Citadel. The ideas in the story are interesting and the tales and legends of that part of France have lost none of their appeal. However, I found the narrative woolly. It was a struggle to keep up with the characters and the plot lacked tightness. The author got rather bogged down by the mystical elements of the plot and there was too much detail in general which slowed down the pace of the story. However, I do like the ideas behind Citadel. It perhaps needs reading twice!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An action story with real depth 17 Nov 2012
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I loved this book and while I could have read it in the course of one day, I made it last for three - simply to extend the pleasure of being engaged with the characters and the story.

What did I like about it?

- It was an action story that was plot driven but was also one whose characters were more than two dimensional and about whom I cared. As an example of this, I found myself wanting to shout at some of the characters at times to give advice or a warning, but they ignored me and made their own decisions...

- I was left with questions concerning the characters and plot that I needed to think about. Finishing this book was not just a matter of pressing the "next page" button on the Kindle for the last time and then moving on to the next book. This story demanded that I take time after reading it to reflect on it.

- The sweep of the land up into the mountains was matched by the sweep of the story. As I read it I thought I could see some of the dramatic "plot-peaks" it was heading towards but could only guess how it would get there. Sometimes I was right but mostly I was off the mark. I enjoyed being drawn into the story like this.

Yes, the ending was emotionally complex and difficult, but for me this was also its final and greatest peak and confirmed the book as much more than just another action story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars In the end it meant nothing. 5 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback
Mosse provides her own title for this review - I managed to read it, despite recommendations not to do so by so many other reviewers. Oh, if only I had heeded their wise words. This is a terrible book. Short chapters normally create pace and tension as you want to read on; here they only serve to fragment what is already a disparate and frankly rather stupid story. Mosse manages to make the struggle and the bravery of the resistance forces in France sound more like a "What Katy did Next" girls' adventure. As for her obsession with the mythical words of the church in the Cathar south west of France form the middle ages - she takes this to ridiculous lengths. The two tales distract from one another. Had Citadel as a network of freedom fights actually existed (and many such pockets of truly brave individuals did), they would surely rise from their unmarked graves to take revenge on this appallingly silly rendition of their fight. We do not sympathise with any of the characters in this overly long book; we do not know why Sandrine and Raoul are attracted - they possess almost no characteristics themselves, and if this is Audric's final outing, I can only give thanks. After the wonderful Sepulchre and the rather good Labyrinth, this final instalment is frankly not worth your time. Enough Ms Mosse, this is just TERRIBLY DULL.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good entry in the Languedoc Trilogy 11 Jan 2013
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I have to say I was rather disappointed in Citadel- it's very obvious that Mosse is passionate about the era, the effect of occupied France and the role of women, and that's commendable, but to try and shoehorn all of that into the last book in the Languedoc trilogy is a huge mistep. All of that totally overshadows the mysticism elements which were present in the previous two entries, and which were in theory to be the thread binding all the books together. I'd barely even call it a timeslip novel, since the more ancient of the two time periods is referred to so infrequently.

Whilst the writing isn't bad, the pacing is almost none existent, and I found very little imputus to carry on reading; as it drew to a conclusion, I only wished for it to be over. The characters are all rather cliched, occasionally doing things out of character as the plot dictates, and the romance plot was weak.

I read the others in the series as the difference time periods and locations interested me, along with the supernatural elements. I was expecting at least a fresh take on wartime France with this, and similar time and care to be taken with the earlier historic period. As it was, I got neither.

Not a terrible book, but why Mosse didn't write this as a separate side story and give the Languedoc a fitting ending comparable with the other books I will never know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading
Loved the previous books too. This is quite hard in places, doesn't shirk the cruelty of the gestapo. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by light reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
Was a little disappointed having read Labyrinth and Sepulchre. It is well written, but I was not as hooked on this one. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 1 day ago by jofri
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant conclusion to the Landoque trilogy
Published 3 days ago by Mrs. R. K. Toop
4.0 out of 5 stars Citadel...it might have been like this,
A very readable story.....the attention to detail has one believing the events to be a true history. Full pathos and love for the land and it's people.
Published 4 days ago by Peter Macleod
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable read
Having read Labyrinth and Sepulchre I finished this trilogy wishing there were more to come. Whilst long, I enjoyed the whole story from start to finish. Read more
Published 4 days ago by strangebird
4.0 out of 5 stars ... resistance during the Second World War and I really enjoyed it. I...
This story was about the resistance during the Second World War and I really enjoyed it. I like the way Kate Mosse sets the scene and the characters she builds. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Joy
5.0 out of 5 stars A blinking good read
I love Kate Mosse books and this one most definitely does not let the side down. A really good gripping read till the end
Published 6 days ago by Bella
5.0 out of 5 stars Citadel-A great read.
A fantastic read especially when visiting Carcassonne! I think this is Kate's best book. The characters become real. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Patricia Swales
4.0 out of 5 stars citadel
Not a bad read
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