Citadel Paperback – 20 Jun 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)
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)
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)
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Citadel is probably best described as a 'time-slip' story, with the main part of the novel set in France during the German occupation in 1942 - 1944. Also featuring is Arinius, a monk living in 342 AD. Arininus is desperately trying to find a hiding place for the forbidden 'Codex', which is said to have the power to raise a 'sleeping army of ghosts'.
In Nazi occupied France the Citadel are a group of all-women freedom fighters - part of the Resistance, and determined to outwit both the Germans and the evil French collaborators. Led by 18 year old Sandrine Vidal, her sister and their friends, these woman show courage and daring, never knowing who is watching them or who will betray them to the authorities.
Citadel is a huge tome of a book, almost 700 pages and although it dragged a tiny bit in the middle, on the whole, it is a fast-paced, if complex story that will grip the reader. As with the previous two novels of the trilogy, there is an element of the supernatural in the story, with some familiar characters turning up along the way.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Superb third book in the Languedoc series with intrigue and sadness. Was sorry to have finished reading the set.Published 1 month ago by sa
Amazing book, I cannot recommend it highly enough. Hard to put down, it carries the reader through a shocking yet fascinating part of our history. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mrs. Jm Dorrell
Ties the stories of the previous two books nicely together and brings it all to a neatish conclusion, however it does drag in places and some of the characters seemed very two... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
As per usual Kate Mosse shows such knowledge of this part of France......it takes you there. Wonderful, passionate story that kept me on edge from start to finish! Read morePublished 2 months ago by margaret