Sepulchre October on the Eve of All Saint s when graves are said to open and spirits walk a young Parisian girl Leonie Vernier disappears without trace from her Aunt s country estate the Domaine de la

  • Title: Sepulchre
  • Author: Kate Mosse
  • ISBN: 9780752884912
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Paperback
  • October 1897 on the Eve of All Saint s, when graves are said to open and spirits walk, a young Parisian girl, Leonie Vernier, disappears without trace from her Aunt s country estate, the Domaine de la Cade, just outside the spa town of Rennes les Bains That same night, in a tiny village across the valley, an elderly reclusive priest is brutally murdered All that links tOctober 1897 on the Eve of All Saint s, when graves are said to open and spirits walk, a young Parisian girl, Leonie Vernier, disappears without trace from her Aunt s country estate, the Domaine de la Cade, just outside the spa town of Rennes les Bains That same night, in a tiny village across the valley, an elderly reclusive priest is brutally murdered All that links the two events is the music heard echoing in the ancient woods and the painted Tarot card pressed between the bloodied fingers of the dead man s hand Card XV, Le Diable The Devil The murderers are never brought to justice Leonie s body is never found October 2007 biographer and musician, Meredith Martin, arrives at the Domaine de la Cade, researching the composer, Claude Debussy Immediately, she is captivated by the tragic history of the house and the fate of Leonie Vernier and her beloved brother Anatole But when Meredith stumbles upon an ancient tomb, a sepulchre, hidden deep within the grounds, and hears ghostly music echoing through the woods at night, she realises the story of the cards is far from dead and buried.Against her will, she finds herself caught up in a race against time, both to find the V

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    About “Kate Mosse

    1. Kate Mosse says:

      Kate Mosse is an international bestselling author with sales of than five million copies in 42 languages Her fiction includes the novels Labyrinth 2005 , Sepulchre 2007 , The Winter Ghosts 2009 , and Citadel 2012 , as well as an acclaimed collection of short stories, The Mistletoe Bride Other Haunting Tales 2013 Kate s new novel, The Taxidermist s Daughter is out now.Kate is the Co Founder and Chair of the Board of the Baileys Women s Prize for Fiction previously the Orange Prize and in June 2013, was awarded an OBE in the Queen s Birthday Honours List for services to literature She lives in Sussex.

    2 thoughts on “Sepulchre

    1. 4 stars to Sepulchre by Kate Mosse, the second in the "Languedoc" historical fiction (maybe a little fantasy) series. After I read the first book, I had to follow through on this one. And recently, I learned the third one was published a few years ago. I didn't know there was another but I will definitely finish this series. It takes place in the French mountains, how could you not love it?The story is very complex, but very strong. The characters are memorable. The struggle between the past and [...]

    2. There are many types of ghosts. Those who cannot rest because they have done wrong, who must seek forgiveness or atonement. Also those to whom wrong has been done and who are condemned to walk until they find an agent of justice to speak their cause. This book has been sitting on my bookshelf way too long. Because once I l started reading, I just couldn't stop! A dual narrative, alternating between 1891 and 2007, Sepulchre explores the supernatural world and those who try to bend it to their wil [...]

    3. October 1891: a young Leonie Vernier and her brother, Anatole, are invited to leave gas-lit streets of Paris and travel to stay in the south at Domaine de la Cade, the home of their aunt. In the ancient, dark woods, Leonie comes across a ruined sepulchre and is drawn into a century-old mystery of murder, ghosts and a strange set of tarot cards that seem to hold enormous power over life and death.October 2007; Meredith Martin decides to take a break from her research trip to Paris, where she is w [...]

    4. Thank goodness it's over. Léonie has to be one of the most irritating female characters I've read in a while: she wants to be considered an adult (being a 17-year-old girl in France in 1891) and yet consistently behaves like a child. When she is caught and (rightly) chided, she throws a tantrum worthy of a toddler. Every time, up until the last 50 or so pages, only a chapter is devoted to her actual emotion growth--which would have made a far more interesting story. Even Léonie's aunt Isodel h [...]

    5. Eh, I've read worse. But I've also read much better.Despite some intriguing motifs & settings, this book is bloated with extraneous detail & hampered by flat characters. Even the most dramatic moments never manage to engage the reader beyond a momentary blip of acceptance. Example: "Oops, that crazy dude is dead. Wait, what? You're saying some tarot cards & a vaguely-described devil killed him? Oh well." Somewhere in this book is a decent gothic novel -- but it's trying way too hard. [...]

    6. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Kate Mosse's Sepulchre is a historical fantasy -- historical fiction with fantastic elements. I enjoy both genres, and this novel features a female graduate student (somebody I can relate to) as one of the main characters, and it's available on audiobook, so I thought it would be good entertainment on my commute. I got about ten chapters in before quitting.The book seems well-researched, is competently written, the tone switches easily and successfully fro [...]

    7. There might have been a good story in this book but it was overshadowed by flat and silly characters. As someone else has pointed out, so many of the events in this book are completely avoidable and the characters just act stupidly in order to carry out the plot.The book centers on a brother (Anatole) and sister (Leonie) who go to live with their Aunt (Isolde). Isolde and Anatole are actually secret lovers hiding from her malicious former lover. Although Anatole knows he is being stalked by the [...]

    8. A Great Audio BookSince I listened to snippets of this book over a couple of weeks commuting here and there,I can't testify to the writing as much as to the well-read presentation of the audiobook. I enjoyed the novel's 1890s sections more than the present-day story that overlaps setting and plot. Many times I lifted an eyebrow at the contrived plot or why characters did what they did, but the book kept me engaged enough that even when I wasn't in the car, I sometimes thought of the protagonist, [...]

    9. Interesting. Surprising. Really good. Just shy of excellent,I looked forward to this 2nd novel (sort of, there are 2 other books no longer in print) from Mosse having read & enjoyed Labyrinth, her 1st. I wanted to read this based on Labyrinth & because one of the main characters was writing a biography of Claude Debussy, my favorite composer. Concerns of the French in the book didn't give me trouble after 4 years in high school, enough to help me through.This is set up like Mosse's 1st n [...]

    10. The things I didn't like about this book far oughtweighed the good that there was in it for me, I liked how it was based around a fictional tarot, characters included a violinist and an archaeologist (I like reading about what I do, then who doesn't?). I got it in easons on the 7.99 table on the premise of it being cheap, & that I liked the idea of it. Quelle erreur! the description at the back was misleading. Characters contradiciting themselves frequently; there were many instances that su [...]

    11. Sepulchre wraps its ghostly tendrils around you. Flee you may, escape you cannot. The book was so good that I finished it in two days.The story is fascinating and the characters are interesting. Except Isolde, I detested her. I loved the atmosphere, it wonderfully Gothic. While the esoteric aspect held no interest for me, it certainly influenced many of the characters. Also I would have appreciated an English translation of all the French, since I don't speak French, some of the nuance of the di [...]

    12. vFoi à segunda tentativa que consegui ler este livro. O ano passado, por alturas do Verão trouxe este livro para ler. Ainda cheguei à páginas 140, mas tive de desistir porque não me estava a adaptar à história. Por algum motivo que eu não consigo explicar, estava a ser uma leitura custosa e então decidi abandonar o livro. Quando o fui deixar à biblioteca, o senhor perguntou-me o que é que eu tinha achado, eu disse-lhe o que tinha desistido e ele só me falou bem do livro. Como confio [...]

    13. Okay. I would not have picked up this book, except for the fact that I'm currently in Cambodia and reading materials are thin on the ground, so one is forced to make do with whatever crosses one's path. First of, be warned that this book contains a beautiful heroine whose "silken hair" falls to her "slender waist" - I generally take beautiful, slender-waisted, silken-haired heroines as a warning that there will be very little character development. Also that the writing will probably be trite, b [...]

    14. This one has a good story even if some of the characters are annoying, and the problems they encounter would have been completely avoidable had it not been for their own stupidity. One such matter is how one of the main characters, Leonie, is treated like a child but tries to prove she is not a child by asserting her independence, and then is berated for "acting like a child." No, she is acting like a young woman who has not been told her family is in mortal danger.Also, Kate Moss uses a lot of [...]

    15. * Grumpy spoilers! *Arghhh. This book was readable, but all-in-all, pretty bad. Main gripes were:1) Language. The constant French phrases in italics grated on me massively. Why italicise them? Or even better, why have them at all? The characters are French, yet speak English apart from to throw out the odd French word, like Anatole constantly calling Leonie 'petite'. Do it in English, or do it in French need for both. Definitely no need for italics as if the reader is so moronic that they would [...]

    16. This is a great book if you want something light and page-turning if you go on holiday to the south of France. If you're not, then don't bother. The description on the back is far more interesting than what you encounter inside the pages. Also, I found the author has a very awkward and cringe-worthy way of writing that really managed to get on my nerves very quickly. It's fine if you're writing from the point-of-view of a character from a different country than yourself (the main character is Am [...]

    17. Although I found Labyrinth a bit of a struggle, I enjoyed the basic idea of it (two stories, seperated by time, linked in mysterious ways). Which is lucky, as this is more of the same, but - in my humble opinion - better written and more compelling. Gone is Labyrinth's constant repetition - that, I imagine, was symbolic of the story repeating through the ages but which, quite frankly, got on my nerves.France is gloriously and passionately evoked, and the characters of the 1891 story are rounded [...]

    18. This was a reread for me, although I can't remember exactly how long ago I first read it. It was definitely several years ago. I have found that sometimes when I reread a favorite book it may or may not hold on to it's "favorite" status. I am happy to report that this one passed the test ;).Mosse is a master at mixing up history, mythology, legend, and a little supernatural magic into creating a story filled with everything a reader could want.This book gets my highest recommendation!!

    19. I was very disappointed by this novel. Having read Labyrinth, I was interested to see what Mosse decided to follow up with. Sepulchre follows on from Labyrinth in similar style, flipping back and forth through time between modern-day Meredith Martin attempting to research her family history in southern France and the late nineteenth century Leonie Vernier in the same place.Meredith and her story are quite engaging. The mysteries of her family past and the hints at the connection back through tim [...]

    20. Music, Tarot cards, Victorian Paris, and the supernatural. Nice combination. Add family saga and you’ve got a winner for my money. Mosse alternates a highly detailed (overly so) saga of Leonie Vernier and her family (1890s) with the modern day Meredith Martin (2007) who is researching the biography of Claude Debussy. I found this back and forth between these two time periods to weaken the story and suspense because the Meredith storyline was so boring. And the constant backstories and long inf [...]

    21. "Love—true love—is a precious thing. It is painful, uncomfortable, makes fools of us all, but it is what breathes meaning and color and purpose into our lives."The research done for this book is amazing. And because of that, the ambience is fantastic. It captured 1890s Paris with its equally beautiful writing stunningly. The character department didn't disappoint either. I felt for every one of them, and I must say that this has the most evil (though mortal) villain I've encountered so far.T [...]

    22. La historia me encanto, tiene todos los elementos que me suelen gustar en un libro, el misterio, los seres fantásticos, el misterio que te envuelve hasta el ultimo momento del libro, datos históricos sobre Francia, Jesucristo y sobre música, ademas la historia del tarot que me pareció super interesante y bueno el romance esta sutilmente manejado,ademas de combinar el pasado el presente de manera muy intrigante, es lo que me mantuvo enganchada a esta novela y querer terminarla, ya que la form [...]

    23. An atmospheric ghost story with a pinch of Da Vinci Code. Though I didn't get emotionally invested, I kept reading for the enjoyment of the French setting and the interesting tarot and musical angles. I'd have edited some things differently if it were down to me--we know we're in France speaking French, and that this is all in translation so to speak, so why sprinkle in so many phrases in French? It's like when there's a film set in France in which the characters are all meant to be speaking Fre [...]

    24. “Sepulchre” tells double story – one set in 1791, other in 2007From the author of the bestseller “Labyrinth” (which I have not read), comes a chubby novel that mixes many elements of lost treasures, a crazed jilted lover bent on revenge, supernatural dabblings, romance, and a search for roots. Meredith Martin is the modern-day researcher who is working on a biography of the French composer Debussy. Martin travels to Paris to acquaint herself with the places Debussy lived. She is especi [...]

    25. I gave this book a 2, although maybe a 2.5 as, in comparison to Labyrinth and Winter Ghosts, I was not nearly as aggravated by the style and characters. By the way, although the books are touted as a trilogy they are really unrelated except for location and, what some others have called, time-slip. So the order read, or even not reading at all, is no actual loss to the reader. In fact, this story itself was weakened by the forced inclusion of the entire time-slip attempt, as there was plenty of [...]

    26. This book looked promising. It was about two stories, one in modern France about a woman writing a biography on Debussy and investigating her family and a family in France in the late 1800s and they were supposed to intertwine. And they did, but the author just couldn't get me to care about it.I couldn't care about the relationships. I felt like I didn't know the characters well enough to appreciate the romance.I couldn't care about the revenge. So some guy dated a woman once who dissed her. Oh, [...]

    27. I was prepared to be disappointed based on the reviews posted, but it turns out, Sepulchre was very nearly as good as Labyrinth - just as long as you weren't expecting the books to be in any way alike. The only elements linking them as part of a series would be the set-up of past/present narrators and a few characters that pop up in both books (which was done fairly well and you would in no way have needed to read Labyrinth to grok the plot of Sepulchre). A lot of the slowness of Sepulchre has t [...]

    28. I enjoyed reading Sepulchre, and I read it quite fast, but it was somehow less satisfying than Kate Mosse's previous novel, Labyrinth. It's awkward how the first part of Léonie's story is so long when it actually takes place in quite a short time, and the last few years of it are squashed into much fewer pages. More editing would definitely have helped. Meredith's character wasn't as well drawn as I would've liked -- honestly, I didn't care much about her personal quest, although I was interest [...]

    29. I don't know what the hell the low-rating reviewers were thinking. This was a very good book. You could tell just by the difference in the style of writing between 1891 and 2007. It went from semi-old English to modern tones flawlessly. When reading reviews before I read it, I was expecting to learn all about Tarot and how it works but Mosse gives us just enough information in order for the reader to understand how the tarot is used in the plot. It was amazing that even with my hectic schedule, [...]

    30. The beach read that almost ruined my week at the beach. Some of the worst writing I've ever forced myself to endure. Here's a sample. "The evening rush hour on the beltway was crazy, like Grand Theft Auto without the weapons." That's a simile out of the brain of a high school freshman. I finally stopped reading after the terribly flat and unmoving ghost scene 350 pages into the book. If I hadn't recently read the ghost scene in The Story of Edgar Sawtelle,I might have been more forgiving. Now th [...]

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