Carcassonne, 1209. When a young woman is given a mysterious book by her father, she begins a quest to uncover an ancient mystery – the secret of the true Grail. Twelve hundred years later, archaeology volunteer Alice Tanner finds two skeletons in a cave in the French Pyrenees. Realising there’s something familiar about the labyrinth symbol carved into the rock, she determines to uncover the truth, but in doing so, she unwittingly places herself in great danger…
This is the first Kate Mosse I’ve read, but it won’t be the last. Compared to Dan Brown’s Holy Grail nonsense, this book is light years ahead. The author skips back and forth between the two versions of Alice/Alais, creating totally believable worlds in each location and with a level of detail that is thrilling and never distracting. I found myself feeling on edge the whole way through, desperate to find out what happened next.
The audiobook version is deftly narrated by the lovely Louise Brealey. The Sherlock, Ripper Street and Clique actress handles the different voices and accents with panache, bringing the story alive. This unabridged version also features additional content read by the author, Kate Mosse.
An enthralling and thoroughly absorbing tale.
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