Das verlorene Labyrinth
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Das verlorene Labyrinth (Languedoc #1)

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  28,072 ratings  ·  2,087 reviews
Rasche Schnittfolge: Im Juli 2005 entdeckt Dr. Alice Tanner bei Ausgrabungen in Südfrankreich einen versteckten Höhleneingang. Darinnen, zwei Skelette, ein Ring mit eingraviertem Labyrinth. Dann wirds zappenduster und sehr mystisch! Einige Kilometer weiter in Carcasonne sieht ein alter Mann die Lösung eines uralten Rätsels gekommen. Ein geheimes Tunnelsystem unter den Gass...more
Paperback, 752 pages
Published November 30th 2006 by Droemer/Knaur (first published January 1st 2005)
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Beth
As I was reading this I greatly disliked it at some times and was really into it at other times. It was hard to get into, but overall I liked it more than not.

Mosse's writing made me cringe at times. So much unnecessary description. (Who did her editing? They should be ashamed.) And the passiveness of characters telling each other the story while the reader "listens in" bugged me.

I would have preferred just to have the historical storyline. But I understand why the author needed to have the pr...more
Jim
Jun 16, 2009 Jim rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dan Brown's victims
For a long time, The Da Vinci Code put me right off books about the Cathars or the Holy Grail, so I was hesitant to pick up Kate Mosse's book. Still, I gave this book a chance, as I'd been impressed with Kate Mosse's work as an interviewer on the BBC's Radio 4. I'm glad that I read it.

This book focuses on the Cathars, a gnostic sect centered in the Pays d'Oc, (modern southwestern France). Several legends have been told about the Cathars, including that they practiced ancient mystical rituals an...more
Shovelmonkey1
Jan 30, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ladies who have large handbags
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: general ubiquitousness in charity shops
Oh the inner turmoil. Did I enjoy Labyrinth by Kate Mosse or not?
Hold on... what Kate Moss the supermodel lady has written a book?
No, Kate Mosse the author, not THE Kate Moss ... come on, keep up people.

My two inner voices have clashed over this story and so I've given this book a middling 3 out of 5. Here is what my chatty inner voices are bickering over:

LUMPEN ADVENTURE SEEKING BOOK LOVING WEEKEND SOFA SURFER BRAIN
Brilliant. Archaeology ladies get into all sorts of European adventure hi-jinx...more
Rachel Hawes
I've read a lot of books on the Holy Grail in my time (some may say an obsessive amount, I prefer to think of myself as thorough) from Le Morte D'Arthur to The Da Vinci Code and sadly this falls into the latter category.

The main difference between Kate Mosse and Dan Brown is that Kate appears to have done her research. Her story's relationship to legend and even actual historical events is a little less tenuous that Brown's, her grasp of English is infinitely better (not hard), as is her grasp...more
Lisbeth
This pulled at me and repulsed me simultaneously. As a medievalist and amateur historian, I was addicted to learning how Mosse laid out this Grail fantasy. She treats the Cathar subjects well, clearly having spent at least a few hours on Wikipedia researching the matter. My repulsion was, however, centered on the regrettably mediocre writing. Mosse relies on heavy exposition and tosses adjectives and adverbs in like my grandmother does salt. Her characters are poorly developed, largely one-dimen...more
Paul
This was a bed time read; the time when I will read things I otherwise may not. In this case historical fiction in the guise of yet another (yawn) grail quest. All these medieval storytellers (Chretien de Troyes; yes I do mean you!) have a lot to answer for. This is split between early 13th century France at the time of the Cathars and France in 2005; the main protagonists being Alais in 1205 and Alice in 2005 (Of course there isn't a link of any sort; familial, psychic or anything!!!!) . The ba...more
Doug
what was this. what a disappointment. when i saw the blurb on the back i really thought it'd be right up my street with its historical setting. unfortunately, i didn't heed well-placed advice about the poor quality of mosse's writing. i ignored reviews before that warned about her writing, and came to regret the wasted money. the characters are hideous. their reactions to what other characters say and situations that occur are so beyond the pale it makes you want to tear the book apart. if you w...more
Kristen
Most of the other reviewers have compared Kate Mosse's "Labyrinth" favorably to The Da Vinci Code. I didn't read The Da Vinci Code, but given that it was impossible to avoid or ignore, I understand both books tackle some similar themes. The strongest aspect of "Labyrinth" is that the plot is well-paced and engrossing. The back-and-forth between the medieval era and the present day generally works nicely, and the transitions are smooth, or make sense in their placement and timing. Most of the cha...more
Nanna
The book, for me, really developted in the last 300 pages. It took me a long time to get past the first part of the book (mainly because of all the not so important descriptions of everything), but after that an amazing and mysterious story was created, which was what I expected when I started to read the book. I would love to give it five stars, but because of the first part I must give it four.
Renée
ugh... this one promised to be slow.I couldn't get past ch.4.The premise has been over used lately.
Hannah Elizabeth
I read this book some time ago, and have recently been reminded of its sorry existence by the fact that a dramatisation is due to be screened in the not so distant future. Personally, I am proud of having made to the end where so many others fallen in the effort. The writing was diabolical, the plot completely over-blown and all over the place, and the characters were pitifully one-dimensional. Although, I do think it takes a special kind of genius to come up with something this bad, I really do...more
Alex Telander
LABYRINTH BY KATE MOSSE: If only Kate Mosse had published her novel not in 2006, but shortly after the astonishing success of the Da Vinci Code, it perhaps would’ve received the literary respect it deserves, instead of coming last in a slew of novels involving the subjects of the Holy Grail, the Knights Templar, and what they mean in the present day. The quote on the back of the paperback edition from the Kirkus Review really says it all: “A quickly paced adventure that wears its considerable le...more
Hannah
Rating Clarification: 2.5 Stars


Had potential to be a thrilling, page-turning read, but the story never seemed to take off. Instead, both the present and past plotlines meandered on with short moments of good suspense, then with abrupt stops containing filler that did nothing to advance the mystery. The ending, when it finally arrived, was anticlimatic.

2.5 stars because Mosse can write a lovely sense of place. Made even me want to visit southern France, especially the medieval walled castle city...more
Renee P
I thought this was a really crap book. I feel like she only set it in France because she is enamored with the language, which she uses way too often. To justify this, Mosse stuck in a lot of explanation for "Why France?" that didn't make all that much sense. All the surprises the author had in store were painfully obvious, and she used cliches to describe everything. All the women had beautiful legs (shapely, tan, thin, milky, whatever- they were gorgeous). Almost all of the characters were stat...more
Liz
This book combines all of the elements that seem to have become the rage for adventure/thriller fiction within the last few years. A Templar-esque secret society, mysterious archaeological discoveries, and drawn out cookie-cutter action scenes make up one half of this novel. the other half takes us back to medieval France where events that are the precursors of the modern story take place. The historical part is far more interesting, seeing as how the modern part consists of hardly anything but...more
Sheila Thoburn
I have to reluctantly admit that I bought this book (at a thrift store) mainly because of the title and cover page. I was intrigued by the idea of an historical fiction book geared towards adults. But after reading the first two chapters I threw it away. I am not certain why as I don't remember any specific details. I do remember that I thought it was better written than many New York Times best sellers but that it wasn't for me.
Zaki
Labyrinth kept me reading in bed under a nice comfortable duvet for many nights. I love the transition between the two time periods. It was done with finesse.
Sarah
This book is too long, too slow and takes itself way too seriously! I got about halfway through the book and i was still waiting for something to happen! The author was still developing the characters 200 pages into the book.

This book had the potential to be historical fiction, suspense or romance and the wuthor's wrtiing style leaned a little too close to the romance genre for my tastes. Her characters were too typical and too perfect. They were either perfect good people or perfect villians an...more
Laurel Bradshaw
Book Description from Amazon.com
In this extraordinary thriller, rich in the atmospheres of medieval and contemporary France, the lives of two women born centuries apart are linked by a common destiny.

July 2005. In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery-two crumbling skeletons, strange writings on the walls, and the pattern of a labyrinth; between the skeletons, a stone ring, and a small leather ba...more
Laurie
This was very disappointing, it's at least 250 pages too long and the writing leaves much to be desired. The chapters in the past are much better than the ones in the present because things actually do happen and the history of the Cathars & daily castle life in the 1200s is interesting. It starts off intriguing and the landscape descriptions towards the end are quite lovely, but I wasted way too much time on this one. I also thought it was strange to see Mosse's next book looks & sounds...more
Maribel
Mar 30, 2009 Maribel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of the Da Vinci code type books
Recommended to Maribel by: co-worker
Although I was a little dissapointed by some stinted writing and bad editing, Labyrinth still had me sitting on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what is going on. The characters tend to be two dimensional but they draw you in nonetheless. Ms. Mosse sometimes went too far with certain details (Noubel's profusive sweating - what is that about? too much info fer sure, and the sex scenes seemed to have been copied & pasted from a harlequin novel) and then did not give enough detail where...more
Ann
I had hopes for this: massive bestseller in the UK, feminist retelling of the Grail legend, shuttling between the 13th and 21st centuries, lots of sex and swords -- promising! Unfortunately, Mosse only seemed able to display her legit historical chops and obvious devotion to France's little-known historical nooks through a poorly-edited vomitorium of words -- the writing isn't bad, but there's too much of it, and turning a page knowing nothing is going to happen on the next one is a pretty defea...more
Kristen
The inside cover stuff instantly intrigued me. I'm all about mysterious/secret, lesser-known histories. And the story of the Grail is one of the most well-known of the lesser-known histories. Or even myths. While this one doesn't go into my favorite theory, it's such a page turner.

You learn of both Alice and Alais in alternating chapters, and I really have to give the author credit, for both the creativity and the amount of research that went into this book. The language, the history. Truly amaz...more
Tiffany
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melydia
(unabridged audiobook read by Donada Peters): A word of warning: if you're sick of books about the Holy Grail, it'd be best to skip this one. The sad part is that this really didn't need to be about the Holy Grail at all. It could have been called anything. Like so many other recent interpretations, this Grail isn't the cup of Christ, and indeed has nothing to do with Jesus at all. The closest you get is the story of the Crusaders versus the Cathars in 13th century France, whose narrative is int...more
Ann
I have mixed feelings about this book. Having heard it compared to The Eight by Katharine Neville (which I loved 20 years ago) and The Da Vinci Code (not so much), I decided to read it. A ruthless editor's pencil would have made it much better; crisper writing would have moved the plot along and made it less confusing. The parallel story lines (1209 and 2005 in Languedoc) that converge deal with the Holy Grail, the Crusade of 1209 (northern France against 'heretics' in Southern France and allege...more
Dana B
I had seen the cover of this book a while back, and thought it sounded interesting but just didn't have time to read another book. It wasn't until I heard about the mini-series staring Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Felton, Katie McGrath, and many other amazing actors/actresses that I finally got around to reading it, and I'm so glad I did!

While the two parallel time periods make it harder to be addicted at times (as soon as i got hooked it would switch to the other era), it was also one of the thin...more
Célia
Andava com este livro debaixo de olho desde que saiu, mas só há pouco o comprei por 10€, aproveitando uma promoção. Tanto as opiniões que li, como o próprio livro, comparam-no com o Dan Brown, com a referência que este é mais bem escrito e baseado numa pesquisa mais bem feita. Se é certo que o livro versa sobre a já eterna questão do Santo Graal, tal como "O Código Da Vinci", não é menos verdade que é muito mais histórico que o livro de Dan Brown.

Tal como indica a sinopse, a acção deste livro de...more
Carina
I was not too sure what to think about this book. I bought it from a charity shop a few years ago - I think because the title drew me too it, but I never got around to reading it.

I am glad that I have finally done so, it is a nice book but I don't know if I would actively seek out the rest of the trilogy. This book concludes with a relatively definitive ending - I don't feel a 'need' to re-visit this world or these characters. A large reason for this is not just down to this story feeling like...more
Susan
I didn't know anything about the Cathar "heresy" in southern France and the brutal way the Albigensian Crusade was used to wipe out the Bons Hommes who believed in it and to seize the lands of any local ruler who practiced tolerance. So the entire background of this book was new to me, and that made it fascinating.

But what was even more intriguing was the interplay among the characters. Events took place in the same location, in two different times -- the 13th century and the present day. Ther...more
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Kate Mosse is an English author and broadcaster. She is the author of a novel, Labyrinth, which has been translated into more than 37 other languages.

-Wikipedia

Her debut book, Labyrinth, has been turned into a two part mini series for television starring Merlin's John Hurt and Katie McGrath and Harry Potter's Tom Felton.

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