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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (456 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Set in World War Two France, a heart-stopping adventure of the legends, history and hidden secrets of Carcassonne and the Languedoc. From the No.1 bestselling author of LABYRINTH and SEPULCHRE.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 6 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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21 of 22 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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7 of 7 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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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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4 of 4 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A very very exciting read
You found yourself rooting for the main characters,feeling their pain and grief. Wanting them to win in the end. As good if not better than the earlier two books.
Published 1 day ago by mariaotter
4.0 out of 5 stars Interestin.
I enjoyed the book but felt it was not quite so good as some of her others. Perhaps I read too many one after the other
Published 1 day ago by Youngalot
3.0 out of 5 stars an interesting tale
Slow to start but picked up after the first part. The idea is an interesting one but the different time slips are a little disjointed. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Dizzyduck
3.0 out of 5 stars Citadel
If you've read Labyrinth and Sepulchre you may be a bit fed up by the time you get to Citadel as it's all in the same vein. I feel I know that area of France quite intimately, now.
Published 17 days ago by gardner
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Having read all other books from this author which I enjoyed I have to admit I find this one does not match in quality. It did not hold me and found the story slow and tedious. Read more
Published 24 days ago by mardic
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
This item was as expected from the details and the supplier came up to expectation so could recommend this item.Great Read
Published 27 days ago by Debra Whitehill
5.0 out of 5 stars Citadel
Have read the other two books from the trilogy so this was a must. Love the concept of these books. Historical & recent day. A good read. Elaine
Published 28 days ago by elaine nielson
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-racing, intense and emotional
I have to admit that this is the first Kate Mosse book I have read and I’m embarrassed by this oversight, but to be honest Labyrinth was such a huge book and I can’t pronounce the... Read more
Published 28 days ago by FrenchVillageDiaries
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed!
I have read all of Kate Mosses books, and have enjoyed them immensely.
The Citadel is the only one that I have not enjoyed! Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. L. Thompson
1.0 out of 5 stars burn your money instead
set a ten-pound note on fire in your sink for a more interesting experience at the same price, and save the time lost in wading thru 915 (nine hundred fifteen) pages of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zangiku
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