A while back, I read Sepulchre and Labyrinth by Kate Mosse. Both were part of a trilogy loosely connected by very enjoyable. I’ve finished the third book, Citadel, and though it was different than the other two, I still enjoyed it.
Citadel takes place during WWII, in Carcassonne, France, like the others. It also takes place in the 800s, but the characters aren’t connected like Alice/Alais or Meredith/Leonie. In the 800s we follow a former priest who is working to protect a piece of text called the Codex that has been deemed heretical. In WWII we follow a group of women who end up working as a secret resistance group.
Sandrine is an ordinary girl trying to survive through the war as an ignorant bystander. She was never meant to be that though, as she saves a man from drowning and becomes a part of a bigger story. The man, Antoine Dejan, was working with several others in a resistance group and also with Audric Baillaird, who thinks he can stop the war by finding and unleashing the Codex. Audric, Sandrine, and others work together to protect France from the terrible war while also discovering that fate and love are powerful forces.
This book did feel like it moved slower than the others, and needed more work to connect to the other because of its different style. But, as I said, I still very much enjoyed it. And by the last several chapters I found it hard to put down. It definitely was a worthy ending to the trilogy, and a wonderful tribute to an actual group of women who resisted during the war.
Citadel, along with the others in the trilogy, is available at all booksellers, but mostly online. The only one of the trilogy I’ve seen in stores is Labyrinth. I highly recommend reading the entire trilogy if you enjoy historical fiction.
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