Citadel, the concluding volume of Mosse’s French Trilogy, is. Da Vinci Code, Kate Mosse’s blockbuster Labyrinth arrived as a welcome. Katharine Louise Mosse OBE (born 20 October ), or Kate Mosse, is an English novelist, Citadel, the third novel in the trilogy, came out in and was also an international bestseller. Inspired by the real history of the resistance in. France, While war blazes at the front lines of Europe, in the walled southern city of Carcassonne, nestled deep in the Pyrenees, a group of courageous.

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March 26, by Anna. Review copy from William Morrow Rating: The uniforms were different in each age, the battle colors under which they marched changing as the centuries marched on. Boots and guns had replaced banners and horses, but the story was the same.

However, there is one character that makes an appearance in all three novels, and the supernatural aspect of the story might best be understood by reading them in order. The novel is set in the fortified town of Carcassonne in southern France. Much of the book takes place during World War Kkate, specificallyand centers on a network of female Resistance fighters. Mosse was inspired by a plaque commemorating the deaths iate several Katr members, including two unknown women, who were executed by the fleeing Nazis at Baudrigues in August Moss with the fictionalized story of these courageous women, led by year-old Sandrine Vidal, is the story of a 4th century monk seeking refuge in the town, carrying with him a Codex the Church wanted destroyed to stifle the power of its words.

The story of the monk may not have been necessary, but it was interesting to see how Mosse connected it to events occurring more than a thousand years later, with a supernatural aspect that goes beyond the typical wartime story of resistance. It certainly helps to give readers a sense of the lengthy history of the town, and in a sense, Fitadel itself was a leading character.


Citadel started off slow, but that helped in a way to further the character development. Though not all of the characters are memorable, I am not likely to forget the courage and bravery they symbolized. It was nice to see women and their accomplishments in the Resistance take center stage.

Mosse brings to life the women and men who refused to stand still when France fell to the Nazis, and she does this in the context of a coming-of-age story, as readers watch Sandrine fall in love and transform cltadel a somewhat ditadel girl into a take-charge woman.

Thanks to France Book Tours for having me on the Citadel tour. To follow the tour, click the banner below. From the internationally bestselling author of Labyrinth and Sepulchre comes a thrilling novel, set in the South of France during World War II, that interweaves history and legend, love kahe conflict, passion and adventure, bringing to life brave women of the French Resistance and a secret they must protect from the Nazis.

In Carcassonne, a colorful historic village nestled deep in the Pyrenees, a group of courageous and determined operatives are engaged in a lethal battle. Like their ancestors who fought to protect their land from Northern invaders seven hundred years before, these women — codenamed Citadel — fight citade liberate their home from the Germans.

But smuggling refugees over the mountains into neutral territory and sabotaging their Nazi occupiers is only part of their mission. These members of the resistance must also protect an ancient secret that, if discovered by the enemy, could cltadel the course of history.

A superb blend of rugged action and haunting kwte based on real-life figures, Citadel is a vivid and richly atmospheric story of citadle group of heroic women who dared the odds to survive. Kate Mosse is the multimillion selling author of four works of nonfiction, three plays, one volume of short stories and six novels, including the New York Times bestselling Labyrinth and Sepulchre.

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She divides her time between England and Carcassonne, France. I received Citadel from William Morrow for review. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission. Posted in book reviewshistorical fictionholocaustread inreading challengeswar through the generationsWWII Tagged war challenge with a twistbook reviewscitadelhistorical fiction cittadel, historical fiction reading challengeholocaustkate mossewar through the generationsWWII 8 Comments.


I read the first book in this series but never got around to the next two books! They sound so fun! I borrowed Labyrinth from our book club buddy and still have not gotten around to reading it.

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