Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - BOOKS - By Kate Mosse JACQ ELLEM

KATE Moss, the model? No Kate Mosse, the writer and publisher, who has crafted a com­plex tale in the fi rst novel in her Langue­doc Tril­ogy.

De­spite the un­fair com­par­isons to The Da Vinci Code, this is a great his­tor­i­cal novel. It starts so slowly that most peo­ple give up, but bear with it be­cause you’ll fi nd it worth­while by the end.

Did I say it was com­plex? Yes, and if like me, you have no knowl­edge of French or Span­ish some parts may be a lit­tle frus­trat­ing, but again stick with it.

It’s a tale told in two dif­fer­ent time pe­ri­ods which even­tu­ally meet up. There are el­e­ments of fate and des­tiny, but also ad­ven­ture, his­tory, ac­tion and mys­tery.

Labyrinth cen­tres around re­li­gious per­se­cu­tion in South­ern France 800 years ago. The story of Alais twists and turns as it melds into that of her de­scen­dant Dr Alice Tan­ner in cur­rent times.

It’s all cen­tred on the dis­cov­ery of an an­cient cave and a few mys­te­ri­ous arte­facts that, with­out ex­pla­na­tion, ev­ery­one wants to get their hands on.

The story will even­tu­ally get a hold of you and you’ll sim­ply have to fi nd out what hap­pens next, but it’s not a light read. With two more to fol­low, Mosse de­liv­ers a great se­ries to sink your teeth into.

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