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Citadel [Hardcover]

Kate Mosse
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Book Description

25 Oct 2012

1942, Nazi-occupied France. Sandrine, a spirited and courageous nineteen-year-old, finds herself drawn into a Resistance group in Carcassonne - codenamed 'Citadel' - made up of ordinary women who are prepared to risk everything for what is right.

And when she meets Raoul, they discover a shared passion for the cause, for their homeland, and for each other.

But in a world where the enemy now lies in every shadow - where neighbour informs on neighbour; where friends disappear without warning and often without trace - love can demand the highest price of all.


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  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (25 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752876473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752876474
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (496 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Mosse is an international bestselling author with sales of more than five million copies in 38 languages. Her fiction includes the novels Labyrinth (2005), Sepulchre (2007), The Winter Ghosts (2009), and Citadel (2012), as well as an acclaimed collection of short stories,The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales (2013). Kate's new novel, The Taxidermist's Daughter, will be published in autumn 2014.

Kate is the Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction (previously the Orange Prize) and in June 2013, was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to literature. She lives in Sussex.

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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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44 of 46 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hugely enjoyable 7 Dec 2012
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I've read in other reviews of Kate Mosse books that some find her occasional use of of French or Oc phrases irritating, but I felt they added to my enjoyment; for me they serve as reminders of the setting of the story. And what a setting....and what a story! As the author makes clear in the afterword, it's a fiction set around a real situation (the German occupation of the Midi region during WW2).
For me, the supernatural element, and the reappearance from other books of the mysterious M Baillard added to the enjoyment of the story. Her descriptions of Carcassone and the other towns in the area have caused me to add a visit to the region to my "bucket list". Is it great literature? Perhaps not - I'm not qualified to judge, but it IS a great yarn!
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Book, set in medieval Carcassonne, France.
One of her trilogy of books set in medieval Carcassonne, France.
Kate Mosse has researched her subject and endeavoured to set her characters in as authentic historical facts... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Briony Holyoake
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
Loved thisFourth book of Kate Mosse Sepulcre, Labyrinth, Winter Ghosts and Citedal). It is fiction set against fact. Read more
Published 5 days ago by linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Stong women characters, lots of history.
I really enjoyed this final installment in the Carcassonne trilogy. Kate Mosse writes with flair and empathy about stories from the past. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Nicca
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great read from Kate Mosse, looking forward to the next!
Published 11 days ago by Pebbles
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story to finish the trilogy
Thoroughly enjoyed this third book. It brought all the elements of the three books together and although it purely fictional, the human spirt will endure, good will defeat evil. Read more
Published 12 days ago by PaulG
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
An excellent read especially if you can picture Carcassonne in your mind.
Published 13 days ago by J. Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars great story, excellent writing
great story, excellent writing, well-paced thriller with lots of history. The author obviously did her research on this one and loves the area where the novel is set - as do I.
Published 14 days ago by mr b johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Kate Mosse
Great "trilogy" - I know the Dordogne well and enjoyed spotting the places.
Published 16 days ago by John Laird
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, read while we were in the area.
Published 19 days ago by Mrs S Bray
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 20 days ago by light reader
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