October 1891: A young girl, Léonie Verniern, and her brother, Anatole, abandon the gas-lit streets of Paris for the sanctuary of the Domaine de la Cade, some miles south of the medieval city of Carcassone. But, in the ancient woods that surround the isolated country house, Léonie stumbles across a ruined Visigoth sepulchre - and a timeless mystery whose traces are written in blood. As she peels back the layers of the past, she uncovers the existence of a unique deck of tarot cards that are rumoured to hold the power of life and death.
October 2007: Researching a biography of the composer Claude Debussy in the apparent tranquillity of the Pyrenean foothills, Meredith Marin also seeks the key to her own complex legacy. Armed with a haunting piece of piano music and a sepia photograph, she soon becomes immersed in the story of a tragic love, a missing girl, an unquiet soul, and the strange events of one cataclysmic night more than a century ago.
As the Feast of All Saints approaches - when the veil between life and death is at its thinnest - Meredith is drawn inexorably to a secluded forest glade where the secrets of the past are far from buried.
©2007 Mosse Associates Ltd; (P)2008 Orion Publishing Group Ltd
"The latest from the the author of best-selling Labyrinth, this adventure will keep you engrossed." (Eve)
"Sexy, modern adventure." (Saga)
I must say I was a bit skeptical about listening to this book because of all the reviews that turned me off. They said that Mosse's Labrynth was much better and this one was not all there. I did enjoy her first book and with that assurance (you can't write a bad book after a good one) I did start listening. I must agree that the book is a bit slow in the beginning, but that's only because it's such a long book. Otherwise the book is amazing. It is very sad and moving too, the closure is not one that I would have wanted. Not your usual happily ever after but still.... The narrator also does the naration very well with all the French names and places.
I would recommend this book to someone who likes long but a bit slow moving and very emotional books.
An ambitious writing project, brilliantly accomplished. The title is apt, referring to both a tomb and also a repository for religious objects.
The novel has the feel of an epic with family and genealogy as one of the main themes. Kate Mosse successfully manages to coherently draw references from such vast fields as classical music and Debussy, Templars and Tarot, Solomon’s temple, and magical correspondences, amongst others. She weaves all this together into a symphony of words and actions, and into dual timelines of past and present.
An intriguing mystery, with a magical-musical essence, the book has depth, and is well-researched and coherently written.
It's not a 'happy' book, but it ends as well as may be expected.
There are one or two repetitious phrases (such as "blue eyes") which I found slightly irritating, but this feels like nit-picking after 20 hours of superb entertainment.
A special word of praise must be included here for the transparent narration by Lorelei King. She does masculine voices very well, and never falters in maintaining an individual voice-persona for each character.
I would recommend all of Kate Mosse's books to anyone who like an original and brilliant novel.
One was near the end, where Lenore is in the Sepulchre.
There are many, the gunfight and aftermath.
Lenore, in the 1890s Her story was slightly the best.
I rarely comment or give reviews, as they can be so subjective, but I love the way all her books tie in, Labrynth being the first of the series, neatly ties in with Sepulchre and Citadel, and even Citadel ties in with the Winter Ghosts.
I was sorry to have finished reading the books, I have purchased the actual books, and I got the Audio books to put a different slant on what I had read.
Sepulchre had me get my Tarot cards out for another look, and buy some apps.
I am looking forward to her next book.
I listen to audiobooks on my morning run, so stories I like are ones that are entertaining enough to make me want to get out of bed at 6am.
For me, this book was just enjoyable, nothing more. It was easy to get into, fun to listen to, I didn't think it dragged out, though I did find the constant mention of Debussy, when the composer had nothing to do with the story, kind of misleading. Overall, I enjoyed listening to it as something to read when I didn't want to think to hard. A fun book.
The end I found to be rushed and kind of tacked on when the author discovered she might not have known how to close the two stories, but it still worked for me, I just would have liked to relish the ending as much as the opening of the book took to develop.
As for the performance, it was mostly fine, except for one thing: the fake French accents. As an ESL teacher in France I can safely say no one has the French accent made famous in movies like Monty Python and the Holy Grail. So it was enervating to listen to the accent at times and I found myself wishing the performer would stop and read normally.
Though the book was an average book, I gave it four stars because, despite some flaws, I did find it a good, easy read.
A lot of description with very little plot movement which could drag then the end felt cut short in contrast to most of the book. It's not a bad book but left me a bit disappointed.
"A disappointment after the first book"
The story was quite good although I did feel some of the characters were stereotypical of this type of story. However I could have lived with this but for the narrator - I also found her intonation frustrating and could only listen for a short time. As someone who likes the gendre of audio books this was again frustrating. A real let down after the first book
Intriguing story spoiled by the narration. The narrators voice did not in my opinion suit the tale at all indeed I found her voice made me wince, 20hrs suffering. Such a shame.
"Unlikeable characters and bad narration."
I agree with Susan about the narrator. Reminded me why I rarely download fiction. The various accents were terrible.
The actual story was a huge disappointment as I enjoyed Labyrinth. The story felt forced, the varying parts did not gel well together. The most interesting aspects were explained away and there were many questions unanswered.
My main problem was with the characters (I do think that I would have felt less strongly about this if I has read the print version or it was narrated differently). I have never wished for characters to die horrible deaths so badly. They were inconsistant and irritating. To say Meridith or Leone are one dimentional would be too kind (and the terrible accents.)
Having enjoyed the Labyrinth audiobook I'm disappointed to find that I'm having to force myself to listen to this.
I assume that this is the audio version of the American edition as apart from the annoying accent and pronunciation this is full of American terminology (I will have to check the printed version to confirm).
The storyline seems reasonable but I'm finding it difficult to follow as the narration is so distracting.
Probably one of those books that's better in printed form.
"Sepulchre ( Unabridged)"
I was pleasantly surprised by Sepulchre, the negative reviews it received here on Audible were very discouraging and it took me almost a year to risk listening to it.
I find English narrators easier to listen to ,it always takes me a while to accustom my ears to the stronger American lilt but thought the narrator was perfectly suited to the story.
I loved the link between the Labyrinth and Sepulchre and find Kate Mosses ability to develop varying characters admirable.
I recommend this book but suggest the listener listens with an open mind; not expecting the book to be too similar to it?s predecessor
Excellent follow up to Labyrinth. American narrator is excellent and terrific story, far better tale than author's previous. I was quite disappointed to get to the end of this one. I was a little disappointed with Labyrinth, this more than made up for it.
"A tale of two times"
At first I found the narrator spoke far too fast and her American accent grated especially when her exquisite french pronunciation came into force. An interesting woven tale that moved easily between 2007 and 1891. some aspects were completely believable and others not, the 2007 Character of Julien was ridiculous as was 1891 Victor obsession and badness? The 1891 heroine Leonie was not particularly likable although believable but the 2007 Meredith was both. The book kept me entertained on all my long journeys over the last month.
"Good mix of contemporary & historical"
A good yarn, relating fiction to fact. Will be 'reading' more Kate Mosse in future. Enjoy!
Powerful story that held the attention.
The coming together of two worlds/times/storylines.
Too long for that!
Good for long drives!
"A Little Disappointing"
Having read and adored Labyrinth I did not enjoy Sepulchre quite as much. It's still a good book and had there been an option to score it 3 and a half stars I would have done so. I think it is still well worth reading and I do not regret the purchase. Perhaps I just prefer the middle ages of Labyrinth to the Victorian France of Sepulchre.
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