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I needn't have worried as I enjoyed it even more as an audiobook, especially as Finty Williams was a perfect narrator, really bringing this book and it's characters to life. After reading this novel, which I ended up enjoying at the very end, I do not think I will continue to read her novels. Fortunately, age isn’t so much an issue for me, at least not with the type of trilogies where the books are loosely connected as they are with Languedoc.

Not only is this sub plot a distraction from the more credible one concerning the female resistance movement, but it simply does not make sense. From then on I found the novel more interesting, but was still not completely drawn in until the very end, several chapters before the Epilogue, when I could not put the book down until I discovered how to characters' stories would end. It's a pity because I loved the first two books of the trilogy and it was reading the first many years ago that tempted me to the South of France for the first time. As in the first two books, Mosse sets up two narrative threads progressing in parallel, though the difference here is that neither concerns the present day. The Founder Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, she is the Founder of the global Woman In History campaign.I had not read any other of Kate Mosse's work prior to reading Citadel so I was unsure of what I was getting into. I felt the parallel story set in the 4th C was rather dull and repetitive, it was there purely to serve the main story and that showed. Historical fiction has never been my first love, and I'll admit that the first of the series; Labyrinth, sat on my shelf for a long time before I actually read it.

But once again I was drawn quickly into the tale and the location, which Mosse paints so beautifully with her words.

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.

not only as divine prediction of future events but also as divine diagnosis of the present state of affairs. I do wish I'd known that Kate Mosse weaves the supernatural in to all her books before I started reading this. What she suffered through and how she supported others was a tribute to the many women who led the pack to protect their families, friends, and even strangers in their towns during the Nazi invasion of France in the 1930s and 1940s. The book is an 'unveiling of unseen spiritual forces operating behind the scenes in history and controlling its events and outcome. I don't really think she knew where it was going when she set out and some characters like Laval seemed to have no particular significance and their role and affiliations were utterly unclear.Really, the book could have done without the Codex - the story of the brave women Resistance fighters is strong enough to stand on its own.

Sandrine certainly grows and changes as she matures from an unsure, impulsive girl into a clever and courageous woman. For those reasons, I'd rate this as my least favorite in the series and given it had only a very small connection to the previous two, it isn't a must-read.And when she meets Raoul, they discover a shared passion for the cause, for their homeland, and for each other. And I didn’t get much from the spiritual storyline that attempts to unite Arinius’ experience with that of Sandrine and her contemporaries. That started to change around chapter 37, when the major love story started to develop and Sandrine begins to grow up and understand the harsher truths about the war. If we are referring to the "army of spirits" as God's angels, His angels are ministering spirits sent by Him. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.



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