Friday, 25 April 2014

Book Review: Citadel (Languedoc # 3) by Kate Mosse

Title: Citadel (Languedoc # 3)
Author: Kate Mosse
Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: 2012 (2011)
Pages: 692
Format: Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Xmas Gift
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France, 1942. 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 women is engaged in an equally lethal battle. Like their ancestors who fought northern invaders seven hundred years before, these members of the French Resistance—code-named Citadel—fight to liberate their home from the Nazis.

Led by a daring eighteen-year-old, Sandrine Vidal, and her elder sister, Marianne, the women of Citadel work quickly to sabotage their German occupiers, safeguard their neighbors and smuggle refugees over the mountains into neutral territory. But that is only part of their mission. Their struggle will reveal an older, darker combat being fought in the shadows, one meant to protect an ancient secret that, if it fell into the wrong hands, could change the course of history.
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I really enjoyed the two earlier books in this series - Labyrinth and Sepulchre - but for me Citadel fell a little flat. I finished it, but only by perseverance. There was nothing wrong with the writing. The characters were well drawn and the story moved at a good pace. I cannot put my finger on one particular thing I did not like, but I just wasn't gripped and excited by the story this time, compared with the previous ones.

This is a worthwhile read if you already read the others and wish to continue the series, but I would not recommend it as a first foray into Mosse's work.

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