by Kate Mosse
One look at the cover page was enough to get me interested. An image of a broken labyrinth and few hieroglyphics tell the reader about the ancient mystery. This is a story of two women who are born centuries apart in medieval and contemporary France.
The story begins with Alice Tanner, who volunteers at an archaeological site, accidently stumble upon two skeletons in a cave which has some designs and patterns which are in no way familiar. She is unable to understand that at this very site an intense drama in real life of Alais had been enacted.
The book takes you to the medieval life of Alais alternating with the contemporary life of Alice. There is a mysterious ring and a trilogy, which is supposed to have the secret of the Grail. History follows Alice as she fights her way through a series of discoveries. Unable to decipher the strange impression of long lost times in the hazy memories of a fragmented past which haunt her in the present as she tries to run away.
It is a fast read in spite of being a historical novel. The book flows well and the author captivates. Life in medieval France is described well, and makes a great back drop for the story. Kate Mosse’s language is engaging with her words have a visual effect.
Intriguing, Captivating and charming the story makes you think of the lost trilogy, life in medieval France, and the mystery of the Grail. It also explores relationships of men and women in the past and the present.
This book is a good choice for a rainy day with a cup of coffee or even for a vacation.