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'LABYRINTH is a reader's Holy Grail, mixing legend, religion, history, past and present in a heart-wrenching, thrilling tale. Eat your heart out, Dan Brown, this is the real thing.' Val McDermid

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Kate Mosse is the author of two previous novels and two non-fiction books. She presented BBC 4's flagship Readers and Writers Roadshow and is a guest presenter of Radio 4's Saturday Review. The co-founder and Honorary Director of the Orange Prize for Fiction, Kate is also a trustee of Arts & Business, Arts & Kids and the Arts Council of England. In 2000, she was named European Woman of Achievement for her contribution to the arts. She lives with her family in West Sussex and Carcassonne. Emilia Fox appeared in the BBC's Pride and Prejudice whilst still at university, and has gone on to star in Rebecca, David Copperfield and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). She also reads regularly on Radio 4 and has recently taken over from Amanda Burton in the TV series Silent Witness. Other Orion audiobooks read by Emilia are The Magical Chidlrens series by Sally Gardner and Sea Glass, by Anita Shreve and Labyrinth by Kate Mosse. Anton Lesser has played many of the principal roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company including Petruchio, Romeo and Richard III. His film work includes Charlotte Grey, Eroica and The River Queen. He is active in radio and spoken word audio, with a range from Paradise Lost and Homer to Hamlet. He is particularly known for recording the novels of Charles Dickens, having won a Spoken Word Award for Great Expectations.

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Two women, separated by eight centuries, share a special connection both to each other and to three mystical books of power in this adventure novel by the cofounder of Britain's Orange Prize for Fiction. In the 13th century, French Crusaders were determined to exterminate all religious heretics in the rebellious south, including the Cathars living in Carcassonne. Bertrand Pelletier, soldier and keeper of the "Book of Words," confesses his secrets to daughter Alais, thereby putting her in grave danger. During an archaeological excavation in present-day southwestern France, Alice Tanner uncovers a cave containing two skeletons and a stone ring engraved with a labyrinth. Alice must stay one step ahead of ruthless enemies while conducting her own investigation into the mysteries of the labyrinth. Mosse's obvious love of the region's Occitan language infuses her prose with great passion. However, the trick of alternating story lines becomes confusing, as does the irritating plethora of mystical objects. A flawed work, but, given the popularity of Da Vinci Code-type fiction, strongly recommended for public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/05.]-Laurel M. Bliss, Princeton Univ. Lib., NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

'One of the most gifted masters of narration has to be the actor Anton Lesser... As co-reader of Kate Mosse's LABYRINTH (Orion, 16.99), he is equally superb, and along with another tried and tested voice of the spoken word market, Emilia Fox, this particular title is one of the most absorbing audiobooks I have enjoyed for some time. In this compelling adventure story, the writer clevery intertwines the lives of two women' -- Vidar Hjardeng Disability Now, March 2006 'Mosse's number one bestseller is a gripping adventure that shifts between 13th-century Carcassonne and a present-day archaeological dig.' The Observer, 05.02.06 'LABYRINTH Is a spellbinding tale of courage, destiny and betrayal, time-shifting between medieval and contemporary Carcassonne. The story is read, entrancingly, by Emilia Fox and Anton Lesser, and grips from start to finish.' -- Paul Dumont OTTAKARS Shelf Talker reviews 'Even more fantastic is Labyrinth (Orion 16.99), Kate Mosse's contribution to the loony legends of the Holy Grail. This one features sliding stones, runic symbols, demonic murderesses and a reincarnated heroine. Read breathlessly by Emilia Fox, it rackets about between Cathar Carcassonne and 21st-century archaeology and makes for amusing, even exciting listening, as long as you don't take it seriously.'

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. Alais, 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, Alais'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 Alais'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 Vinci Code devotees with its promise of revelation about Christianity's truths. 8-city author tour. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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