The Law of Diminishing Returns- once banished by Sepulchre, (that rarest of breeds, the even better sequel) - has returned from it's murky haunts to stalk the bookshelves and dusty echo filled bookshops and libraries of England. Or to put it in blander and less verbose prose, 'citadels good, it just aint as good as the other two 'uns'.
Yes, it's a racy and exciting plot full of Nazi's, collaborators and stooges; as well as the typical Mosse elements:- that extremely well preserved urbane gentleman in a white suit, demonic forces and a well pencilled in spunky female lead.
So, why is it not as good as before? Well in the other two books the supernatural elements felt ingrained within the entire plot whereas in this novel it felt a little bit more of an 'add on'. That didn't hinder me too much in my quest to get to the ending ( inside 3 days is good) only to find that it was a little anti-climactic and over all too sudden. I wondered if the author thought 'hang on this could finish very similarly to the other two books so it's time for something totally different'!
But maybe I was expecting more of the same..... more Alais/Alice or better still, more Leonie Vernier the charming heroine from Sepulchre....but how the heck would that be possible?
As a whole its a great book with plenty of tension; it's well written with those beautiful and lyrical descriptions that Mosse's books' sprout effortlessly like dandelions in a garden; it's also thick and will last long into your Winter Sun break.
So if you liked 1 and 2; this is, despite a few quibbles, still a no-brainer.
tip: dont read out of sequence, and trying to read the sequels in close succession makes much more sense!