by Kate Mosse
An epic wartime novel from the No.1 bestselling author of LABYRINTH and THE MISTLETOE BRIDE. 1942, Nazi-occupied France. 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 are 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 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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 704 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 25/10/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780752876474
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Review by pierthinker
The final book in Mosse's Languedoc Trilogy, CITADEL is also the best of the three. As with the others, CITADEL is set in and around Carcassonne and merges present day (or, in this case, World War Two) stories with echoes of a medieval past. The quiet heroism and desperation of the French during the German occupation is well stated, although this book is less about the deeds and more about the characters and how the cope with war. In the earlier novels the past is very strongly felt and the links with the past and the way the past can influence the present are a major part of the stories. In CITADEL this is less strongly represented, as if the ability of the past to impact, indeed even rescue, the present has become an old man's dream rather than a real possibility. Mosse is a good writer and evener minor characters feel rounded enough that we want to care for them. Highly recommended.
Review by csemortimer
Umm interesting in places but it seemed to run out of steam and then did great leaps in time and then was 200 pages too long. I didn't feel I really got to know any of the characters and when it came to the detail of 'resisting' they did seem very amateurish and lucky to survive.
Review by thejohnsmith
Every bit as good as the predecessors in the Languedoc series, this one weaves events of the ancient past into the story of Sandrine Vidal and the French resistance in world war two. I really enjoy reading Kate Mosse's novels.