On Sale: 19 October 2006
About the Book
July 1209: in Carcassonne a young girl is given a mysterious book by her father which he claims contains the secret of the true Grail. Although Alais cannot understand the strange words and symbols hidden within, she knows that her destiny lies in protecting it. It will take great sacrifice and faith to keep the secret of the labyrinth safe - a secret that stretches back thousands of years to the deserts of Ancient Egypt ...July 2005: Alice Tanner stumbles upon two skeletons during an archaeological dig in the mountains outside Carcassonne. Inside the tomb, she feels an overwhelming sense of malevolence and realises that she can somehow understand the ancient words carved into the rock. Too late, Alice discovers she's set in motion a terrifying sequence of events that inextricably binds her destiny with the fate of the Cathars 800 years before.
Winner of British Book Awards: Best Read of the Year 2006. Short-listed for British Book Awards: Popular Fiction Award 2006.
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.
THE TIMES - Christina Koning
Pacey and addictive.
THE TIMES - Kate Saunders
Saturated with a passionate understanding of the region's past in a way that puts more conventional historical accounts to shame. Mosse wears her learning so lightly, knitting her historical research so neatly into her narrative, that we never get the slightest sense of being preached or lectured to... [conveying] the texture of various patches of the past with such rich complexity.
A gripping holy grail quest ... the story line runs on knowledge and fun - Carcassonne never looked so good.
SUNDAY TIMES - Anthony Sattin
This is a novel clearly fuelled by an authorial obsession with a history, region and concept. The settings are evocative and... there are also some powerful dramatic scenes: the climactic moments where the good and evil women meet and battle it out are particularly compelling... [An] intriguing...passionate book.
Published: 19 October 2006