My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Labyrinth, the story and the will-she-work-it-out-before-someone-else-dies tension kept me turning the pages. I was forced to put this book down after about 150pages to read other books, for book clubs, and was eager to return to it – when I did I wasn’t disappointed.
It did worry me that Labyrinth is “another” secret-of-the-grail story, but there’s no ‘chosen one’ who is greater than everyone through sheer birth (so far, it is a trilogy) and the incorporation of the beliefs of the Cathars is special – I won’t say unique, because I haven’t read a lot of grail books. The structure is spot on and leads you through France of two different eras, then leaves you hanging at just the right moments. The writing is certainly a cut above much popular fiction I’ve read, though it could have used an edit pass for cliches, with which the description is peppered. Nevertheless, I didn’t care about the cliches because I just wanted to know what happened next. Thoroughly recommended!