10 Jun
G.C. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Group First American (hardcover) Edition 2006  Historical Fiction 509 pages

G.C. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Group
First American (hardcover) Edition 2006
Historical Fiction 509 pages

This book explores the juxtaposition of two woman from different centuries: a modern-day archaeologist who uncovers a tomb with strange inscriptions on the walls, and a 13th-century herbalist and healer entrusted with one of the parchments (books) containing secrets to the true Grail.

The chapters move from present to past, shifting the paradigm of the guardians of the Holy Grail who can only be revealed through a labyrinth. As the pages progress, characters begin to merge and lives are in peril as the search for the parchments take a sinister turn.

This story mimics some of Dan Brown’s forays into the time of Jesus: Angels and Demons, and The Da Vinci Code. Very well researched as to time and place: 13th century French Crusaders in Carcassonne, and 21st century French Pyrenees mountains. Mosse uses her knowledge of the French language which gives this book an authentic feel. Also, Mosse’s subliminal hinting of a reincarnation? Excellent.

This is not a great book, however, it was a good one especially if you like reading about historical events – the old adage continues to hold steadfast: ‘give them just enough truth so they believe the lie’ (in this case, the fiction). Enjoyable.


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