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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: London, United Kingdom: Orion; First Edition edition (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752876473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752876474
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,347,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Mosse is the author of the # 1 International bestseller LABYRINTH, and a presenter for BBC television and radio in London. Born in 1961, she grew up in West Sussex, England, she read English at Oxford and holds honorary MAs from Oxford and Chichester Universities. A publisher for seven years, she is the Co-Founder & Honorary Director of the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Orange Award for New Writers, the prestigious annual literary awards celebrating international writing in English by women. She is also a television and radio presenter for the BBC in London, fronting such series as 'The Readers & Writers Roadshow' and 'Open Book.'

Previous books include Becoming a Mother and The House: Behind the Scenes at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, as well as two novels Eskimo Kissing and Crucifix Lane. LABYRINTH, her international # 1 bestseller, was published in the UK in July 2005. A Sunday Times #1 bestseller in hardback and paperback, and a New York Times Top 10 bestseller, it was the over all best selling book in the UK for 2006 and won 'Best Read of the Year' in the British Book Awards. It is also shortlisted for the IMPAC international literary award, for a CWA Steel Dagger and has been shortlisted for 'Author of the Year' for the 2007 British Book Awards. LABYRINTH is published in 40 countries.

A former Executive Director of Chichester Festival Theatre, Kate is a member of the Royal Society of Arts, a Board member of the international sponsorship organisation Arts & Business, Kate was named International Woman of Achievement in 2000 for her contribution to the Arts.

Kate lives with her husband and two teenage children in Sussex, England, and Carcassonne, southwest France.

Customer Reviews

This is the first book I’ve read by Kate Mosse and I have to say wow.
T B Markinson
I was amazed by the writing, by the story and how Mosse manages to captivate the reader with her complex plots and engaging characters.
Lincs Reader
The book could have been tightened up a bit without losing any of the importance of the story.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By B. Roberts on November 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've read all Kate Mosse's previous books, and (apart from The Winter Ghosts) I've liked them all. Now comes Citadel, which continues very much in the same vein as Labyrinth and Sepulchre. To put it simply, if you liked those earlier books, I think you'll like Citadel too.

As you'd expect, this is a complicated story that's rich in historical detail. The backdrop is the Second World War, as resistance fighters struggle against occupying German forces. Mosse creates a very vidid atmosphere, with strong characters and some very effective scenes. You really get a sense of the danger being faced by the characters, and Mosse crafts several very emotional moments. But there's also something else going on, and I don't want to spoil it for you except to say that the mystery - built up for some time - pays off well closer to the end. This is a book that really delivers on its promises.

The main character, Sandrine, has some well crafted moral dilemmas, and her ultimate fate isn't obvious from the start. I thought she was possibly Mosse's strongest protagonist to date, in the sense that she feels like a real person rather than just a character in a book. I'm not easily drawn into novels, but I genuinely cared about Sandrine. Mosse creates a very interesting character and then lets the reader explore the book's mysteries from Sandrine's point of view. It's a tactic that works brilliantly.

Like I said earlier, if you liked Mosse's earlier books, I think you'll very much enjoy Citadel. Of course, that also means that if you didn't like her earlier books, you'll probably feel the same way. Citadel is very much a continuation of her earlier work and style. I'm a sucker for these historical tales that add in a dash of mystery, along with hints of some greater force working behind the scenes. Citadel is a big book (my copy is almost 700 pages) but I read it in three days flat. Highly recommended!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By AntKathy on April 8, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
"Citadel" is the first book by Kate Mosse that I have read. I received an ARC from the publisher, and the review expressed here is my own opinion.

I have read hundreds of books, both fiction and nonfiction, about WWll -- and topic of great interest to me. Surprisingly, I have read very little about France and its role in the war, so I was really looking forward to reading "The Citadel". As with any well-written novel, there are several story lines in the book. The primary story is about a core group of young women, Sandrine, Marianne, Suzanne, Lucie and Liesl, as well as other supporting female characters, who become fierce activists in the French Resistance. Their little group becomes known as "Citadel", a name taken from a family home in the country.

Within the pages of the book, is a smaller, but not unimportant story, about Arinius, a religious man of the fourth century, who is on a journey to hide one part of a Coptic Codex banned by the Catholic church.

In addition, several male characters, some immensely evil and some inherently principled, are bent on locating the hidden Codex for different reasons. Audric Baillard, a good guy, wants to find the Codex because it is said to have the power to protect the Languedoc from foreign invaders. Leo Authie is intent on finding the Codex for his own personal gain, and will stop at nothing to find it.

A few more characters typical to WWll stories such as male resistance fighters, a persecuted Jewish man and the collaborators are also relevant to the story.

Mosse does a fine job of interweaving the various tales together, and does not shy away from relating the horrors of this war. She also excels at developing the characters.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By arkini on November 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
After being a fan of Kate Mosse and having read her previous novels, I must say I simply loved this one, falling in love with the characters (all over again), and finding myself not wanting the story to ever end. After reading a good book like this one, you are involuntarily left with a gaping hole... hard to find an equally good book to fill that gap now.
It's like having said goodbye to a dear friend.
I love the way Kate Mosse has shown history to repeat itself over and over again. Life is one big spiral.
This book really touched me!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T B Markinson on March 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book I’ve read by Kate Mosse and I have to say wow. First I should state that this is a mammoth of a book: 680 pages. Luckily I was able to read it on my Kindle since I wouldn’t want to lug this book around. However, considering I was glued to my Kindle for several days in a row, I probably would have carried the book with me. I had a really hard time putting this one down and I blame Mosse for keeping me up past my bedtime several times in one week. I kept saying just a few more pages.

I love historical fiction and my specialty in grad school was World War II. Yet I didn’t study the French Resistance much. Not only did I enjoy learning more about this aspect of WWII, I loved the characters: Sandrine, Raoul, Baillard and many others. Even though this is about the war, the beginning starts off slow. I didn’t mind one bit since I enjoyed getting to know the characters and the setting. Once the action picked up, I found myself reading as fast as possible. Occasionally I had to stop and go back a few paragraphs since my mind couldn’t keep up with my eyes, but it was hard to force myself to slow down.

Citadel made me think, cringe, cry, cheer, and then think some more. The ending tugged on my heartstrings. It’s the type of book that once you finish you have to take a deep breath, sad that it’s over, but glad you read it. Now I need to track down copies of her other novels.
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