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When Dr Alice Tanner discovers two skeletons during an archaeological dig in southern France, she unearths a link with a horrific and brutal past. But it's not just the sight of the shattered bones that makes her uneasy; there's an overwhelming sense of evil in the tomb that Alice finds hard to shake off, even in the bright French sunshine. Puzzled by the words carved inside the chamber, Alice has an uneasy feeling that she has disturbed something which was meant to remain hidden...Eight hundred years ago, on the night before a brutal civil war ripped apart Languedoc, a book was entrusted to Alais, a young herbalist and healer. Although she cannot understand the symbols and diagrams the book contains, Alais knows her destiny lies in protecting their secret, at all costs. Skilfully blending the lives of two women divided by centuries but united by a common destiny, LABYRINTH is a powerful story steeped in the atmosphere and history of southern France.
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The brilliant, highly-acclaimed Sunday Times No.1 bestseller. Effortlessly weaving together past and present, Kate Mosse has written an engrossing 'time-slip' novel - the perfect big summer read. LABYRINTH combines brilliant storytelling, strong characters with a puzzle that has obsessed men for centuries: the secret of the Grail. '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. 'Admirably bold ... intriguing ... passionate' Sunday Times. 'This is a spellbinding adventure story about destiny, betrayal and secrets' Real. 'Saturated with a passionate understanding of the region's past in a way that puts more conventional historical accounts to shame' Guardian. 'Labyrinth has all the ingredients of a summer blockbuster' Daily Mail. Kate Mosse is an extremely accomplished, highly promotable author. Kate's website, orangelabyrinth.co.uk, has had over 3 million hits. Rights for LABYRINTH have sold so far in Germany, Russia, France, Italy, Holland and Greece.

About the Author

Kate Mosse presented BBC 4's Readers and Writers Roadshow and is a regular guest and presenter on The Culture Show, BBC Radio 4's Saturday Review, Open Book and Front Row. She is the co-founder and Honorary Director of the Orange Prize for Fiction, and was named European Woman of Achievement for her contribution to the arts. She lives with her husband and children in West Sussex and Carcassonne.

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"Three secrets. Two women. One Grail." That's how the publisher sums up this first book from the cofounder of Britain's noted Orange Prize, who was honored as a European Woman of Achievement in 2000. While volunteering at a dig in the Pyrenees, Alice discovers two skeletons, several artifacts, and the drawing of a labyrinth. They lead her back to a woman named -Alais, whose father entrusted her with the secret of the Grail at the time of the-Albigensian heresy. Foreign rights sold to nine countries. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

'a gripping holy grail quest ... the story line runs on knowledge and fun - Carcassonne never looked so good.' -- Anthony Sattin SUNDAY TIMES 'The author has combined an ingenious adventure story with a wonderfully detailed account of the historical background of the Languedoc ... the result is entirely compelling and full of incidental pleasures.' -- Christina Koning THE TIMES 'Pacey and addictive' -- Kate Saunders THE TIMES

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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