The Citadel is the final book in her Languedoc trilogy. I especially appreciate the intimacy Mosse has with the physical and spiritual landscape of the of her books. All three books in this series deal with The Cathars and the resounding conflicts that inhabit the South of France in both distant 10th -13th c and more contemporary time periods (W.W.ll and current day). the question of "...does landscape hold memory and is a person's life molded by that landscape or vice versa?" In these books you can feel the warmth of sunlight on stone and sunflowers, smell the lavender and hear the echo of ancestors lives.The other aspect I enjoy is that that you can read these books in any order. Mosse's books are full of detail and folklore but always historically based with a mystery twisted throughout the series as a link. Strong, evocative and poignant. — Maeve Noonan
— William Morrow
Combining the rugged action of Labyrinth with the haunting mystery of Sepulchre, #1 bestselling author Kate Mosse’s eagerly awaited Citadel is a mesmerizing World War II story of daring and courage, in which a group of determined women fighting for the French Resistance risk their lives to save their homeland . . . and protect astonishing secrets buried in time.
France, 1942. In Carcassonne, a colorful historic village nestled deep in the Pyrenees, a group of courageous women are engaged in a lethal battle. Like their ancestors who fought to protect their land from Northern invaders seven hundred years before, these members of the resistance—codenamed Citadel—fight to liberate their home from the Nazis.
But smuggling refugees over the mountains into neutral territory and sabotaging their German occupiers at every opportunity is only part of their mission. These women must also protect an ancient secret that, if discovered by their ruthless enemies, could change the course of history.
A superb blend of rugged action and haunting mystery, Citadel is a vivid and richly atmospheric story of love, faith, heroism, and danger—and a group of extraordinary women who dare the impossible to survive.
Kate Mosse is the author of the international mega-bestsellers Labyrinth, Citadel, and Sepulchre, with sales of more than five million copies in forty-two languages. A publisher for many years, she is also cofounder and chair of the board of the prestigious Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize). She lives in Sussex, England.