February 6, 2007
February 6, 2007
July 2005. In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig, stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery-two crumbling skeletons, strange writings on the walls, and the pattern of a labyrinth.
Eight hundred years earlier, on the eve of a brutal crusade that will rip apart southern France, a young woman named Alais is given a ring and a mysterious book for safekeeping by her father. The book, he says, contains the secret of the true Grail, and the ring, inscribed with a labyrinth, will identify a guardian of the Grail. Now, as crusading armies gather outside the city walls of Carcassonne, it will take a tremendous sacrifice to keep the secret of the labyrinth safe.
A mystical quest for the Grail serves as the focus of this polished and suspenseful literary thriller. Alice Tanner, a volunteer on an archaeological dig high in the Pyrenees, inadvertently unblocks the entrance to a mountain cave, where she finds two skeletons, one of which bears a stone ring carved with a labyrinth pattern. The discovery awakens a mysterious connection between Alice and the similarly-named Alais, a 13th-century young Frenchwoman guarding a book holding encrypted information about the Grail. Just as Alais must keep the book safe from the Crusaders besieging her town of Carcassone, the present-day Alice must also keep the Grail secrets from falling into the wrong hands.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Mystery + Crime, Romance, Money + Finance, Action + Thrillers, Conflicts + Dualities, Science Fiction + Fantasy, War + Military, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Religion + Beliefs
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Kate Mosse
- Online Item #: 11337719
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-5934
- ISBN: 9780425213971
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported