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Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
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Nov 30, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: read-2012, no-longer-own
Read in January, 2012

Labyrinth was disappointing. It had such great potential. I thought it would be an archaeological mystery where someone stumbles into an old important historic site, finds something of importance and the mystery surrounding that item or site would come out, detractors would also find themselves out in the open and maybe even a love story would blossom. But No. This was not what I got out of this book at all. It was more of a historical fiction than anything else, and I don't really like historical fiction. Especially not books that focus on the Crusades and the lack of importance that women had and the importance of religious persecution. I'm not saying that those aren't important topics, but they were not handled well within the constraints of this story.

It started off fine, but quickly devolved into a sort of mock-feminist escapade that lost its luster quickly. There were too many story lines that started at roughly the same time and when the story would jump back and forth between the present and the past, I found it very hard to keep up with what era we were currently experiencing. Especially considering the characters names were disturbingly similar. I never knew what was going on 100 percent of the time. I think I just fumbled through this book hoping it would end much more quickly than it did.


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Wysteria I'm finding this book really hard to enjoy. I thought it would be less of a historical fiction focusing on religious persecution and more of an archaeological mystery with some history thrown in. I'll finish it, but it's getting harder to keep up with the multiple story lines, esp. the past ones.

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