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Citadel [Paperback]

Kate Mosse
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20 Jun 2013

Carcassonne 1942. A spirited and courageous young woman, Sandrine, finds herself drawn into the world of the Resistance in Carcassonne under German Occupation. Her network - codenamed 'Citadel' - is made up of ordinary women who risk everything to fight the sinister battles raging in the shadows around them.

As the war reaches its violent and bloody conclusion, Sandrine's fate is tied up with that of three very different men. But who is the real enemy? Who is the real threat? And who is the true guardian of the ancient secrets that for generations have drawn people to the foothills of the Pyrenean mountains?


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  • Paperback: 976 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (20 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140912083X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409120834
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (511 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,171 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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Packed with suspense and romance ... A thrilling adventure and a truly epic love story (Kate Saunders THE TIMES)

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

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 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)

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

A remarkable achievement (DAILY EXPRESS)

Expect an energetic mystery about Nazi-occupied France (EASY LIVING 2012-01-01)

A suitably thumping and satisfying conclusion to Mosse's world-conquering Languedoc trilogy (READER'S DIGEST)

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)

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)

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)

Citadel, the concluding volume of Mosse's French Trilogy, is also her best ... Fans can expect a passionate finale to a series rooted in a region where history and legend lock horns (INDEPENDENT 2013-06-29)

The sense of setting and period seeps from every page ... we live through plucky Sandrine's life and loves in the French Resistance, all the way to the powerful and utterly shattering end. (STAR magazine)

As with the first two books a touch of the gothic and a dash of the occult run through the writing, but the balance between the distant and recent past is here at its best ... nobody beats Mosse for local texture and atmospherics. (Elizabeth Buchan SUNDAY TIMES 2013-07-07)

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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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9 of 9 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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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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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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Published 6 days ago by jenny llewellyn
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
Again, caught up in her wonderful descriptions of places and people. I will remain a fan for life. Well done Kate.
Published 7 days ago by L Quow
5.0 out of 5 stars Kate does it again
just started to read this book and it is compulsive reading
Published 12 days ago by Mrs. Sheila Buchanan
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an amazing book and impossible to put down
This is an amazing book and impossible to put down. Only when I bought it did I realise it was the third in a trilogy, but it stands alone as a wonderful novel. Read more
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Published 20 days ago by molly
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but will not read others in series
Recommend by a friend. Did not realise it was part of a series. However, there was sufficient detail in the character sketches and the descriptions to follow the story. Read more
Published 20 days ago by 3 legs
4.0 out of 5 stars Bedtime reading.
Enjoyed reading the book. Found myself getting a bit confused sometimes as she jumps from one place to another but well worth a read.
Published 21 days ago by Cath
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read.
Brilliant! I have enjoyed every book she has ever written.
Published 22 days ago by Christine Pacey
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Published 23 days ago by Chefy
5.0 out of 5 stars best book so far
Had me hooked from page 1 the characters were so real and the history was real, I cried at the end,
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