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I've read through non-fiction books, France, is not open and free with all their paperwork on those who were involved in the Resistance, nor in French citizens who were involved with the Nazi's. Or maybe it's because at the end of 700 pages I merely closed the cover and thought, 'I'm glad that's over'. As I say, I loved the second half of the book and couldn't put my Kindle down and was utterly heartbroken at the conclusion; tears of joy and sadness.

Authie believes he has his hands on the Codex, but hands it over to his superiors who also want to use it to gain power despite his obsessive desire to destroy. In 2013, she was named as one of the Top 100 most influential people in British publishing and also awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to literature.Aurelius' journey was not particularly exciting and the hokum about the ghost army was particularly unconvincing. Mosse, who co-founded the Orange prize for fiction in 1996, received an OBE in the recent Queen's birthday honours, which has cemented her reputation as a champion of popular literature. Moreover, there was no sense of the era or location in the way in which they spoke, which was entirely misplaced. I enjoyed Labyrinth and Sepulchre enormously and was overjoyed when I heard Kate had written the final book in the Languedoc trilogy (after the disappointment of the dreadful Winter Ghosts) and was expecting this to be more on the lines of the previous two books, namely the supernatural elements, but this is nothing like the other two at all. Mosse evinces both passion and planning in her presentation of this story, enough that I can understand what makes her so beloved of some readers.

Yet again loved her description of the country and the book intensified my desire to visit that region of France. A popular presenter for BBC television and radio in the UK, she is also cofounder and chair of the prestigious Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) and a member of the board of the National Theatre of Great Britain. However, I found the length off-putting and it was hard to keep up with all the characters as some of them melded together they were so indistinct.However, rather than simply dealing with this, Mosse chooses to interweave the most ludicrous plot about a Codex. In the fourth century a monk, Arinius, has been taxed with saving a document that the Christian leaders have decided is heretical. Then when it is finally used, it saves a small number of villagers and has no real impact on the war itself. Although the principal story follows Sandrine and her friends as they attempt to find the codex, while evading capture and throwing Authié and his collaborators off the scent, we also glimpse the far distant history of the region in the subplot of the codex's original journey into the mountains, in the hands of a young, fourth-century monk risking death to save the heretical text from the flames. After the huge success of the first two instalments of her Languedoc trilogy, Kate Mosse's Citadel was always going to sell well.

I was amazed by the writing, by the story and how Mosse manages to captivate the reader with her complex plots and engaging characters. From then on I found the novel more interesting, but was still not completely drawn in until the very end, several chapters before the Epilogue, when I could not put the book down until I discovered how to characters' stories would end. With her Languedoc trilogy Kate Mosse has firmly established herself as the go-to girl for blockbuster time-slip romantic adventure . There is no sense of discrimination from an industry that is nowadays entirely driven by money rather than literary worth or producing novels that are worthy at least in terms of enjoyment.As usual, we have strong women at the centre of the novel, in both time periods, and the men who love and honour those women.

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