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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The novel takes place largely between andbetween the occupation and liberation of southern France. I did not find the characters strong enough although the love story was very tender and I did find myself welling up in the end! I needn’t have worried as I enjoyed it even more as an audiobook, especially as Finty Williams was a perfect narrator, really bringing this book and it’s characters to life. I think the book is ad I do wish I’d known that Kate Mosse weaves the supernatural in to all her books before I started reading this.
In World War II, another man Audric Baillard is looking for the Codex, trying to keep it out of the hands of the Germans and others who would not honour it. But smuggling refugees over the mountains into neutral territory and sabotaging their Nazi occupiers is only part of their mission. We meet Sandrine and her network known by the codename Citadel. At last, I got my mitts on a copy of the final part of Kate Mosse’s Languedoc trilogy.
Oh Lord was I disappointed. That said, the climax, which required a supernatural occurrence, was very disappointing and rather anticlimactic. In Nazi occupied France the Citadel are a group of all-women freedom fighters – part of the Resistance, and determined to outwit both the Germans and the evil French collaborators.
For the sake of freedom, the rescue of hostages, compassion to civilians, and to win against an enemy who was both a tyrant and homicidal maniac, was all at the forefront of those involved in the war.
So much to understand about this period in history. Jul 11, Sue rated it it was amazing. However, Citadel was still a compelling, enjoyable, and quick read despite being plus pages. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
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Learn how your comment data is processed. So as ‘Citadel’ was billed as the third in the series, I thought that having just read a series of fairly weighty literary poetry collections, I would delve into the third Mosse offering.
Having said t I picked up this book, with no prior experience of Kate Mosse’ writing. Citadel cjtadel me from the stack of just-returned books at the library one afternoon. They came across as being one dimensional, probably because the author focused on their collective responsibility towards the resistance.
And when she meets Raoul, they discover a shared passion for the cause, for their homeland, and for each other. Because I haven’t read Sepulchre, I can’t comment on how that book fits into the trilogy, but there are references to the two previous books that lead up to Citadel.
Apr 14, Amanda Patterson rated it did not like it. Preview — Citadel by Kate Mosse.
I found this book fitadel taxing. I often found myself skimming a few too many times within the same hour-long reading period and not feeling the urgent need to pick up the book each night when bedtime arrived.
The over riding message for me was one of love and fighting for what you mate in, the truth. Citadel is mediocre at best. She divides her time between England and Carcassonne, France. Then when it is finally used, it saves a small number of villagers and has no real impact on the war itself.
I was somewhat disappointed in the final pages of this overlong book. Published October 25th first published November 8th Then we meet a Dark Ages monk who is protecting a scroll known as the Codex.
The time frame of Citadel is the ‘s while France was in the midst of Nazi occupation. I suppose she’s suppose to be the brains of the operation, but the evidence isn’t overwhelming. Arinius is a young monk, who is safe-guarding what he feels is “sacred words”. 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 from a somewhat sheltered girl into a take-charge woman.
Kate Mosse on the Landscape in Citadel Watch. I felt that the central story of a group of women resistance fighters, in the Languedoc region of France, during WW2, to be sufficient, in itself, to maintain the reader’s interest. Mosse has also contributed a number of essays and stories to anthologies and collections, including Modern Delight a book inspired by J.
That said, the battle scenes and the dialog were strong. By the end, I just couldn’t care less about the characters, but was simply rather glad they had stopped speaking.
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I might be the only person interested in the book about Marianne and Suzanne fighting the good fight as a much more realistic couple than Sandrine and Raoulbut I can’t be the only one who thinks that this book’s natural protagonist is Liesl Blum. Mosse’s use of Citadeel words without translation or context also detracted from the story.
At times, it was repetitive and confusing. Now that I’m done with this series, I’ll give some thought about what else of Mosse’s books I want to read.