Citadel, the concluding volume of Mosse’s French Trilogy, is. Da Vinci Code, Kate Mosse’s blockbuster Labyrinth arrived as a welcome. Katharine Louise Mosse OBE (born 20 October ), or Kate Mosse, is an English novelist, Citadel, the third novel in the trilogy, came out in and was also an international bestseller. Inspired by the real history of the resistance in. France, 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.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want kare read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Mksse. Preview — Mossee by Kate Mosse. Citadel Languedoc 3 by Kate Mosse. Sandrine, a spirited and courageous nineteen-year-old, finds herself drawn into a Resistance group in Carcassonne – codenamed ‘Citadel’ – made up of ordinary women who moses prepared to risk everything for what is right.

And when she meets Raoul, they discover a shared passion for the cause, for their homeland, and for each other. But in a world wNazi-occupied France. But in a world where the enemy now lies in every shadow – where neighbour informs on neighbour; where friends disappear without warning and often without trace – love can demand the highest price of all. Hardcoverpages. Published October 25th first published November 8th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Citadelplease sign up. My mum bought this book, now I see it is book 3 in a series? Does she need the previous two books to make sense of this one??

David Lucas I just read this book and I’ve read the others, in order. It would read perfectly well as a standalone novel.

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It mentions characters from the others, …more I just read this book and I’ve read the others, in order. It mentions characters from the others, which is interesting and fun when they pop up, and kosse old character is part of the others, so this wraps up his journey that began in Labyrinth. Those kkate nice tidbits, but not necessary to follow the story.

See 1 question about Citadel…. Lists with This Book. Aug 07, James rated it liked it Shelves: I read the first two books in the series many years ago and loved them both. I hadn’t been aware of this one until three years ago when I found a copy at a discount sale. I quickly bought it but it sat on my shelf for over a year until I finally read it this month.

I struggled at first to get into the story, but the intrigue got better as the book progressed. Unfortunately, it was probably pages too 3. Citasel, it was probably pages too long and had a couple of side-stories that didn’t make a whole lot of sense.

For those reasons, I’d rate this as citadfl least favorite in the series and given it had only a very small connection to the previous two, it isn’t a must-read.

At times, the language citael imagery was quite beautiful. At times, it was repetitive and confusing.

There were too many characters without fully fleshed out personalities or descriptions, so it seemed a bit ciatdel. That said, the battle scenes and the dialog were strong. I often found myself skimming a few too many times within the same hour-long reading period and not feeling the urgent need to pick up the book each night when bedtime arrived.


I was glad I’d finished it, but I also felt it started to get much stronger around the 7o percent mark and wished some of that beauty was present earlier on. Ultimately, I was puzzled over the entire point of the story as the ending felt very much ‘let’s kae wrap this up’ which is sad. While I seem to be focusing on the negative aspects of the book, there were many positive ones. Sandrine is a fantastically drawn beacon of strength in a time that was quite horrific for many people.

What she suffered through and how she supported others was a tribute to the many women who led the pack to protect their families, friends, and even strangers in their towns during the Nazi invasion of France in the s and s. The book wisely left out the details of what happened in the Jewish camps for the most part and astutely focused on the impact on the families left behind when someone was taken from them.

So much to understand about this period in history. Now that I’m done with this series, I’ll give some thought about what else of Mosse’s books I want to read. Jan 14, Kate Forsyth rated it really liked it Shelves: Most nights I stayed up later than I should have, unable to put it down. Instead the story set during citadek Second World War is interwoven with a tale of a Dark Ages monk who is seeking to protect a mysterious scroll called the Codex.

This secondary thread is only a minor part of the book, which concentrates on the primary citadwl of the struggles of a group of women Cihadel fighters trying to help people escape Nazi-occupied France. Really, the book could have done without the Codex – the story of the brave women Resistance fighters is strong enough to stand on its own.

However, with this second narrative thread, Kate Mosse is able to have the same twist of the supernatural that worked so well in her earlier two books, plus tie all three books together at the climax. Apr 14, Amanda Patterson rated it did not like it. Citadel is the final instalment in the Languedoc trilogy. Set during the Second World, the storyline follows a group of women Resistance fighters who are trying to help people escape the Nazis in France.

We meet Sandrine and her network known by the codename Citadel. Then we meet a Dark Ages monk who is protecting a scroll known as the Codex. This secondary plot should have been left out Citadel is the final instalment in the Languedoc trilogy. This secondary plot should have been left out of the book. It takes too much away from what could have been a great story of courageous female resistance fighters.

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Apparently Kate Mosse always includes a supernatural twist to her novels and this is why she had to force this storyline in for the trilogy to make sense. The book is also too long and the characters are forgettable. I was desperate for it to end. Citadel is mediocre at best. View all 13 comments. Kate Mosse has been on the periphery of my literary citadsl for a while now. Hers were books that would show up on recommendation lists based on books I had like.


I was vaguely aware that she wrote historical fiction, moss that was it. Citadel confronted me from the stack of just-returned books at the library one afternoon. It eyed me up, and finding me citadeo, told me I was taking it out th Kate Mosse has been on the periphery of my literary radar for a while now.

It eyed me up, and finding me worthy, told me I was taking it out that very afternoon. I was somewhat taken aback by its forwardness, but I acquiesced.

Citadel likes to talk about itself, and boy, it had certainly had its share of adventure sto relate. But I kept wondering when the real story would start and when I would actually learn something about what kind of book this was. Instead, it kept referencing new people and events in its life. And the worst, by far, was Arinius. The Arinius storyline just never came together for me.

Partly this is because his chapters are comparatively short and infrequent. I question whether their presence actually adds anything to the overall narrative. The storyline at least presents its share of obstacles for its characters. Sandrine certainly grows and changes as she matures from an mozse, impulsive girl into a clever and courageous woman. Although I found the simplistic way in which Mosse presents their decisions somewhat irritating, I really enjoyed how various characters, like Luce, rationalized their collaboration.

In this respect, Citadel allows the reader to sympathize with what the ordinary citizens of these villages and towns must have felt as the Nazi occupation deepened. So for its depiction of the struggles of occupied Languedoc, Citadel earns some respect. Mosse evinces both passion and planning in her presentation of this story, enough that I can understand what makes her so beloved of some readers.

Yet if the Languedoc people managed to rise up and drive out the Nazis anyway, why did they need ghost soldiers? The actual resolution after all that feels more deflating than rewarding.

After slightly more than pages, I emerge wondering what I have to show for my time and effort. Perhaps those who caught the first two instalments would find something of value here, but for newcomers like myself, Citadel is definitely not the place to begin with Mosse. We were not well matched to each other, and after I turned the last page, we parted amicably without so much as exchanging numbers.

View all citade, comments. Jan 27, Mweene rated it did not like it. I found this book very taxing. The characters did not seem real to me. They came across as being one dimensional, probably because the author focused on their collective responsibility towards the resistance. It is almost as if they had no lives beyond the war and while war does tend moase do that most books that I have read with world war 2 backgrounds usually provide characters with more holistic lives.

I failed to be moved by the love story because to me it seemed to have been put together in ha I found this book very taxing. I failed to be moved by the love story because to me it seemed to have been put together in haste, as if the author suddenly realized she needed to have a romance thrown in.