Fangirls, I’ve finally had time to sit and read recently. And needing a break from the world of Westeros, I picked up a book I’d bought at a book sale, Sepulchre by Kate Mosse. It blends history with fiction, past with present, supernatural with reality. Right up my alley. And I really liked it.
Kate Mosse has written three books in the same style – two stories, one in the past and one in the present, yet connected through time. It turns out, apparently, the three books are connected and this one is actually book two of the trilogy. However, I read it easily enough without knowing about the other two books being connected, so it really works as a stand alone book.
As I said, there are two stories. In the late 1800s, Leonie Vernier is worried about her brother Anatole after he loses the woman he loves. They venture to visit their young aunt Isolde in the country side of France, and it is in the house and town that Leonie becomes drawn into the darker, demonic secrets that plague the home. Meanwhile, in 2007, Meredith Martin travels to France to find information for a biography she is writing and to learn about herself and her biological family. She is drawn to the same town and the same house where Leonie’s adventures began. At the center of both stories are the Bousquet tarot cards and the demonic creatures they have the power to summon.
I found this novel fascinating. Both of the main women were incredibly written; each with their own motivations drawing them to the same place and the same goal. There was mystery, intrigue, a smattering of romance, a ton of supernatural, and most of all a satisfying conclusion. I instantly went and picked up what is meant to be the first book of this trilogy, and I cannot wait to start it.
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