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.
Eight hundred years earlier, on the eve of a brutal crusade that will rip apart southern France, a young woman named Alais is given a ring and a mysterious book for safekeeping by her father. The book, he says, contains the secret of the true Grail, and the ring, inscribed with a labyrinth, will identify a guardian of the Grail. Now, as crusading armies gather outside the city walls of Carcassonne, it will take a tremendous sacrifice to keep the secret of the labyrinth safe.
Mosse's page-turner takes readers on another quest for the Holy Grail, this time with two closely linked female protagonists born 800 years apart. In 2005, Alice Tanner stumbles into a hidden cave while on an archeological dig in southwest France. Her discovery two skeletons and a labyrinth pattern engraved on the wall and on a ring triggers visions of the past and propels her into a dangerous race against those who want the mystery of the cave for themselves. Ala s, in the year 1209, is a plucky 17-year-old living in the French city of Carcassone, an outpost of the tolerant Cathar Christian sect that has been declared heretical by the Catholic Church. As Carcassonne comes under siege by the Crusaders, Ala s's father, Bertrand Pelletier,entrusts her with a book that is part of a sacred trilogy connected to the Holy Grail. Guardians of the trilogy are operating against evil forces including Ala s's sister, Oriane, a traitorous, sexed-up villainess who wants the books for her own purposes. Sitting securely in the historical religious quest genre, Mosse's fluently written third novel (after Crucifix Lane) may tantalize (if not satisfy) the legions of Da VinciCode devotees with its promise of revelation about Christianity's truths. 8-city author tour.
Thrilling and educative at the same time. I saw the mini TV series first, but the book is much, much better!
Hard to put down!
I had a terrible time putting this book, I just wanted to keep reading on & on. I do not know French very well but I had fun looking up the words on google and having it pronounce the words for me so I could try to speak it myself while increasing my vocabulary as I read. It was enjoyable for me! The storyline is truly amazing! I loved going back and forth from the past to the present & how it all mingled together. She’s a very good writer!! Haven’t found a book I do not enjoy reading from her.
It was a drudge trying to get through this. Don’t bother.