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Sepulchre (Languedoc #2)

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From the author of the New York Times— bestselling novel Labyrinth comes another haunting tale of secrets, murder, and the occult set in both nineteenth-century and twenty-first-century France.

In 1891, young Léonie Vernier and her brother Anatole arrive in the beautiful town of Rennes-les-Bains, in southwest France. They've come at the invitation of their widowed aunt, who
Paperback, 739 pages
Published 2008 by Orion (first published January 1st 2007)
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B the BookAddict
Jan 25, 2015 B the BookAddict rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Highly Recommended

October 1891: a young Leonie Vernier and her brother, Anatole, are invited to leave gas-lit streets of Paris and travel to stay in the south at Domaine de la Cade, the home of their aunt. In the ancient, dark woods, Leonie comes across a ruined sepulchre and is drawn into a century-old mystery of murder, ghosts and a strange set of tarot cards that seem to hold enormous power over life and death.

October 2007; Meredith Martin decides to take a break from her research trip to Paris, where she is w
Thank goodness it's over.

Léonie has to be one of the most irritating female characters I've read in a while: she wants to be considered an adult (being a 17-year-old girl in France in 1891) and yet consistently behaves like a child. When she is caught and (rightly) chided, she throws a tantrum worthy of a toddler. Every time, up until the last 50 or so pages, only a chapter is devoted to her actual emotion growth--which would have made a far more interesting story. Even Léonie's aunt Isodel had
Eh, I've read worse. But I've also read much better.

Despite some intriguing motifs & settings, this book is bloated with extraneous detail & hampered by flat characters. Even the most dramatic moments never manage to engage the reader beyond a momentary blip of acceptance. Example: "Oops, that crazy dude is dead. Wait, what? You're saying some tarot cards & a vaguely-described devil killed him? ...Oh well." Somewhere in this book is a decent gothic novel -- but it's trying way too ha
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.
Kate Mosse's Sepulchre is a historical fantasy -- historical fiction with fantastic elements. I enjoy both genres, and this novel features a female graduate student (somebody I can relate to) as one of the main characters, and it's available on audiobook, so I thought it would be good entertainment on my commute. I got about ten chapters in before quitting.

The book seems well-researched, is competently written, the tone switches easily and successfully fro
Beth Follenweider
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Anne Broyles
A Great Audio Book

Since I listened to snippets of this book over a couple of weeks commuting here and there,I can't testify to the writing as much as to the well-read presentation of the audiobook. I enjoyed the novel's 1890s sections more than the present-day story that overlaps setting and plot. Many times I lifted an eyebrow at the contrived plot or why characters did what they did, but the book kept me engaged enough that even when I wasn't in the car, I sometimes thought of the protagonist,
Interesting. Surprising. Really good. Just shy of excellent...,

I looked forward to this 2nd novel (sort of, there are 2 other books no longer in print) from Mosse having read & enjoyed Labyrinth, her 1st. I wanted to read this based on Labyrinth & because one of the main characters was writing a biography of Claude Debussy, my favorite composer. Concerns of the French in the book didn't give me trouble after 4 years in high school, enough to help me through.

This is set up like Mosse's 1s
Kim Annabella
The things I didn't like about this book far oughtweighed the good that there was in it for me, I liked how it was based around a fictional tarot, characters included a violinist and an archaeologist (I like reading about what I do, then who doesn't?). I got it in easons on the 7.99 table on the premise of it being cheap, & that I liked the idea of it. Quelle erreur! the description at the back was misleading.

Characters contradiciting themselves frequently; there were many instances that su
This one has a good story even though some of the characters are annoying and what happens to them would have been completely avoidable had it not been for their own stupidity. One such matter is how one of the main characters, Leonie, is treated like a child but tries to prove she is not a child by asserting her independence, and then is berated for "acting like a child." No, she is acting like a young woman who has not been told her family is in mortal danger.
Also, Kate Moss uses a lot of r
Okay. I would not have picked up this book, except for the fact that I'm currently in Cambodia and reading materials are thin on the ground, so one is forced to make do with whatever crosses one's path.

First of, be warned that this book contains a beautiful heroine whose "silken hair" falls to her "slender waist" - I generally take beautiful, slender-waisted, silken-haired heroines as a warning that there will be very little character development. Also that the writing will probably be trite, b
Although I found Labyrinth a bit of a struggle, I enjoyed the basic idea of it (two stories, seperated by time, linked in mysterious ways). Which is lucky, as this is more of the same, but - in my humble opinion - better written and more compelling. Gone is Labyrinth's constant repetition - that, I imagine, was symbolic of the story repeating through the ages but which, quite frankly, got on my nerves.

France is gloriously and passionately evoked, and the characters of the 1891 story are rounded
vFoi à segunda tentativa que consegui ler este livro. O ano passado, por alturas do Verão trouxe este livro para ler. Ainda cheguei à páginas 140, mas tive de desistir porque não me estava a adaptar à história. Por algum motivo que eu não consigo explicar, estava a ser uma leitura custosa e então decidi abandonar o livro. Quando o fui deixar à biblioteca, o senhor perguntou-me o que é que eu tinha achado, eu disse-lhe o que tinha desistido e ele só me falou bem do livro. Como confio nos gostos d ...more
Lord Beardsley
This is a great book if you want something light and page-turning if you go on holiday to the south of France. If you're not, then don't bother. The description on the back is far more interesting than what you encounter inside the pages. Also, I found the author has a very awkward and cringe-worthy way of writing that really managed to get on my nerves very quickly. It's fine if you're writing from the point-of-view of a character from a different country than yourself (the main character is Am ...more
I gave this book a 2, although maybe a 2.5 as, in comparison to Labyrinth and Winter Ghosts, I was not nearly as aggravated by the style and characters. By the way, although the books are touted as a trilogy they are really unrelated except for location and, what some others have called, time-slip. So the order read, or even not reading at all, is no actual loss to the reader. In fact, this story itself was weakened by the forced inclusion of the entire time-slip attempt, as there was plenty of ...more
I was very disappointed by this novel. Having read Labyrinth, I was interested to see what Mosse decided to follow up with. Sepulchre follows on from Labyrinth in similar style, flipping back and forth through time between modern-day Meredith Martin attempting to research her family history in southern France and the late nineteenth century Leonie Vernier in the same place.

Meredith and her story are quite engaging. The mysteries of her family past and the hints at the connection back through tim
“Sepulchre” tells double story – one set in 1791, other in 2007

From the author of the bestseller “Labyrinth” (which I have not read), comes a chubby novel that mixes many elements of lost treasures, a crazed jilted lover bent on revenge, supernatural dabblings, romance, and a search for roots.

Meredith Martin is the modern-day researcher who is working on a biography of the French composer Debussy. Martin travels to Paris to acquaint herself with the places Debussy lived. She is especially inter
* Grumpy spoilers! *

Arghhh. This book was readable, but all-in-all, pretty bad. Main gripes were:

1) Language. The constant French phrases in italics grated on me massively. Why italicise them? Or even better, why have them at all? The characters are French, yet speak English apart from to throw out the odd French word, like Anatole constantly calling Leonie 'petite'. Do it in English, or do it in need for both. Definitely no need for italics as if the reader is so moronic that they w
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I don't know what the hell the low-rating reviewers were thinking. This was a very good book. You could tell just by the difference in the style of writing between 1891 and 2007. It went from semi-old English to modern tones flawlessly. When reading reviews before I read it, I was expecting to learn all about Tarot and how it works but Mosse gives us just enough information in order for the reader to understand how the tarot is used in the plot. It was amazing that even with my hectic schedule, ...more
I like the story but it could (and should, in my mind) have been a lot shorter at around 500 pages, may be. At times background descriptions are just too detailed and I lost interest. It's her style, I guess but I ended up just skimming through many pages, and didn't really feel like I'd lost anything.

Then another annoying thing was thr characters suddenly lapsing into French in an attempt to make us believe they ARE French. The French sentences weren't that hard and I understood most of it but
The beach read that almost ruined my week at the beach. Some of the worst writing I've ever forced myself to endure. Here's a sample. "The evening rush hour on the beltway was crazy, like Grand Theft Auto without the weapons." That's a simile out of the brain of a high school freshman. I finally stopped reading after the terribly flat and unmoving ghost scene 350 pages into the book. If I hadn't recently read the ghost scene in The Story of Edgar Sawtelle,I might have been more forgiving. Now th ...more
B-O-R-I-N-G. I picked it up for $5 at Chapters and then found out why it was priced so low.

Oh man! This author apparently had a big best seller with Labyrinth, which I will still try to read, but this one, Sepulchre, is a real stinker. Could have told the same story in a third of the space and it would have only been improved by the reduction.
Loved this, more than Labyrinth. Great read... Looked forward to bedtime and a good session in Carcasonne!!
This is what you have to expect from a REALLY great author! Highly recommended!
The premise of Sepulchre appealed to me in theory but the writing itself was sometimes overreaching - the more shallow and confusing the plot point, the more embellished. There are lots of spoilers in my review, which will be long-winded to reflect the nature of Sepulchre.

I'll start with the things I liked: tarot, ghosts, and ill-fated love. Historical fantasy. None of these elements satisfied me in the delivery, with the exception of the tarot cards. I loved the detail of the cards and their in
Sonja Alves
I was prepared to be disappointed based on the reviews posted, but it turns out, Sepulchre was very nearly as good as Labyrinth - just as long as you weren't expecting the books to be in any way alike. The only elements linking them as part of a series would be the set-up of past/present narrators and a few characters that pop up in both books (which was done fairly well and you would in no way have needed to read Labyrinth to grok the plot of Sepulchre). A lot of the slowness of Sepulchre has t ...more
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I truly believe in fate. I found this book when I was looking for something great to read and I got it almost for free! The story was fantastic and the cover was excellent...

Λοιπόν. Τί να πρωτοπώ γι' αυτό το βιβλίο? Το βρήκα εντελώς τυχαία στο σουπερ μάρκετ μονο 5. Στην αρχη θεώρησα ότι για να είναι τόσο φθηνό θα είναι καμιά μπαρούφα. (Πριν καταχωρήσω το βιβλίο εδώ, είδα ότι κανονικά κοστίζει 25,48 !!) Όμως με "τράβηξε" το εξώφυλλο και η περίληψη στο τέλος του βιβλίου. Ήμουν λιγάκι απελπισμένη
Ian Mapp
Ok - The last book was a success, so lets repeat the formula - time sleep novel, fate is pre-ordained, mystery, ghosts, historical fiction, carcassonne, myths etc.

In the past - we have Leonie - 17 years old and her brother Anatole. they are in Paris at the turn of the century at a staged funeral.
The early stages of the book are exceptional - the riots at a musical performance and beautifully evoked but by the the time you finish this behemoth, you will have forgotten them.

All is not as it seemed
Timothy Darling
Sepulcher is a good book. I was part way through before I realized it was part two of a series, but I suspect it won't matter. As horror (the way some categorize it) it falls flat, but as a supernaturally influenced suspense and gothic novel, it is successful indeed. I liked the past / present interplay, though I thought the connection was a little forced at the end. Both Leonie and Meredith were engaging, making me anticipate the return to each woman's respective time period. I applaud Mosse fo ...more
Judith Lewis
I'm sorry, but this is a bad book. I have tried not to be influenced by the audio version I have been listening to, with phoney French accents and sprinkled with Americanisms, even though by a British writer, but it doesn't work. Which is a pity, because one feels it could have been much better. The book is probably 3 times longer than it should be. The characters are thin and stereotyped, one never feels one has got to know them as people. I never felt worried or concerned about what was going ...more
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Kate Mosse is an international bestselling author with sales of more than five million copies in 42 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 is out now.
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