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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 (496 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,657 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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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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43 of 45 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars In the end it meant nothing. 5 Nov 2013
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 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 1 day 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 3 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 3 days ago by Nicca
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great read from Kate Mosse, looking forward to the next!
Published 9 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 10 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 11 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 12 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 14 days ago by John Laird
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, read while we were in the area.
Published 17 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 18 days ago by light reader
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