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Sepulchre (Languedoc #2)

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I n 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, whose mountain estate, Domain de la Cade, is famous in the region. But it soon becomes clear that their aunt Isolde-and the Domain-are not what Léonie had imagined. The villagers claim that Isold ...more
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Published October 31st 2007 by Orion (first published 2007)
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B the BookAddict
Jan 25, 2015 B the BookAddict rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Marie
Feb 26, 2011 Marie rated it did not like it
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
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Sarah
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
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Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 Kat Hooper rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
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
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Beth Follenweider
Aug 01, 2010 Beth Follenweider rated it did not like it
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Anne Broyles
Nov 20, 2008 Anne Broyles rated it really liked it
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,
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Billy
Jul 04, 2012 Billy rated it really liked it
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
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Kim Annabella
Jan 03, 2008 Kim Annabella rated it did not like it
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
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Ricky
Jun 10, 2008 Ricky rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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
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Rebecca
Jan 29, 2011 Rebecca rated it did not like it
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
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Victoria
May 30, 2008 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lord Beardsley
Aug 16, 2009 Lord Beardsley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2009
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
Paula Cappa
Jul 14, 2015 Paula Cappa rated it liked it
Music, Tarot cards, Victorian Paris, and the supernatural. Nice combination. Add family saga and you’ve got a winner for my money. Mosse alternates a highly detailed (overly so) saga of Leonie Vernier and her family (1890s) with the modern day Meredith Martin (2007) who is researching the biography of Claude Debussy. I found this back and forth between these two time periods to weaken the story and suspense because the Meredith storyline was so boring. And the constant backstories and long infor ...more
Silvana
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
Elaine
Nov 19, 2012 Elaine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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Nancy
Mar 22, 2015 Nancy rated it it was ok
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
Laura
Sep 19, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
“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
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Rosie
Nov 19, 2013 Rosie rated it did not like it
* 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 French...no need for both. Definitely no need for italics as if the reader is so moronic that they w
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Nikki
I enjoyed reading Sepulchre, and I read it quite fast, but it was somehow less satisfying than Kate Mosse's previous novel, Labyrinth. It's awkward how the first part of Léonie's story is so long when it actually takes place in quite a short time, and the last few years of it are squashed into much fewer pages. More editing would definitely have helped. Meredith's character wasn't as well drawn as I would've liked -- honestly, I didn't care much about her personal quest, although I was intereste ...more
Emily
Oct 10, 2013 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Thea
Jun 07, 2015 Thea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Love—true love—is a precious thing. It is painful, uncomfortable, makes fools of us all, but it is what breathes meaning and color and purpose into our lives."

The research done for this book is amazing. And because of that, the ambience is fantastic. It captured 1890s Paris with its equally beautiful writing stunningly.
The character department didn't disappoint either. I felt for every one of them, and I must say that this has the most evil (though mortal) villain I've encountered so far.
The s
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Mike
Apr 12, 2010 Mike rated it it was amazing
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
Mike
Aug 09, 2010 Mike rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elizabeth
Mar 18, 2009 Elizabeth rated it did not like it
Shelves: disappointing
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.
Isabelle
I am a bit uncertain how to rate this book... I can't say I didn't enjoy it but there are some annoying aspects to the story. One of them being the length. Mosse's endless descriptions of Tarot Cards bored me to tears...
I read Labyrinth last year and I think in a certain way it's the same kind of story.
Sam
Mar 18, 2014 Sam rated it really liked it
Loved this, more than Labyrinth. Great read... Looked forward to bedtime and a good session in Carcasonne!!
Lowed
Dec 30, 2010 Lowed rated it it was amazing
This is what you have to expect from a REALLY great author! Highly recommended!
Fergie
Oct 23, 2015 Fergie rated it liked it
SEPULCHRE is the 2nd book in Kate Mosse's Languedoc series. Despite having read the first and then third book before this novel (LABYRINTH & CITIDEL respectively), I was not at a disadvantage as each book can and does stand alone. All three books to date in the Languedoc series have a strong female heroine, drawn into a power struggle between good and evil. As each story progresses, it becomes increasingly clear to the reader that the fate of those who favor goodness is in the hands of this ...more
Justin Green
Aug 05, 2014 Justin Green rated it really liked it
Set on 2 different timelines, in France in the 1890s and the 1990s, this story tells the tale of 2 unlikely heroines in the shape of Leonie Vernier and Meredith Martin.
Leonie embarks on an adventure in rural France, where she becomes embroiled in a mystery which involves her dear brother, Anatole, and a pack of tarot cards.
Meredith is in France researching the life of composer Claude Debussy for a biography she is writing.
These two very different ladies, living in different centuries somehow man
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Sonja Alves
Feb 09, 2011 Sonja Alves rated it really liked it
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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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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