Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is a long book. And I've marked it as historical as well as contemporary as two stories are told side by side. One of Alais in the 1200s and one of Alice in 2005.
The author at times probably delves too much into the history (I'm assuming it's correct, I know little of French history to my ignorance), and I felt myself reading, but not really worrying about taking it all in - which makes me wonder if it were necessary - it's nearly 700 pages long, and I do wonder if it could have been a lot shorter.
I did want to see how it ended, as it truly wasn't a bad read, but I could see how others would give up quickly, it being so long. The story is around the 'myths' of the Holy Grail, and takes a very interesting, unique side to it.
I found Alais's story the most interesting. And it was only to the end of the book I started to care more about the characters. (It wasn't one of those books that had my thinking about it while I wasn't reading it - if you know what I mean?). I did enjoy the ending. For me it satisfied me, and rounded it up nicely. I must say that.
There were a couple of frustrating bits where both women (who are linked through history) were more stupid than they should of been, to be convenient for the plot. Alice forgetting her bag (at one point), for one, just made me tut with frustration!
Not sure if I'll worry about reading the other two books in the trilogy though.
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This isn't the first book I've finished this year! I actually finished Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets with Ben last weekend! So this is my second book read so far for 2012. Glad I got it out of the way. Knowing it was so big, I thought I'd get it over and done with in January. Now for some Mills and Boon I think, to help me catch up and get back on Book Target.