2 1/2 stars
Mosse's third novel, The Labyrinth, takes readers on a quest for the Holy Grail, led by two closely linked female protagonists born 800 years apart. The two battle Cathars and Crusaders and their reincarnated descendants. While the history and culture of the Languedoc region is offered in delectable detail, the plot and writing itself are on shakier footing. More than once I thought, "Wow, this is convenient," or "Where the hell did this character come from?" The premise is sound; the research thorough, but ultimately, I don't think it's a work worth wasting your time on.
READ INSTEAD: The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova