Kate Mosse is an international bestselling author with sales of more 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.
Two young women, born hundreds of years apart, share a bond.
In the modern day French city of Carcassonne we have Alice Tanner who takes a very right turn on an archaeological dig, discovering a long-forgotten tomb. What she experiences that day causes her question all that she knows about herself, and for what purpose she lives her life for. Some very rich and powerful people have been waiting for this discovery for hundreds of years, and are prepared to be extremely ruthless in obtaining what they believe the two people in the tomb may have died for. Something that they now believe Alice has taken for herself.
In the year 1209 Carcassonne is in turmoil, and it is up to Alais, daughter of one of the city's nobleman-in-service to protect a legacy that has been kept secret since the death of Christ. Three ancient books, carried by three very different people must one day come together. That day comes when Carcassonne is under threat and needs her people the most. It is the time of the persecution of the Cathars for their tolerance in accepting all into the Cite walls, regardless of religious denomination or creed. It is not safe for anyone to be travelling through the countryside alone but travel she must, and Alais sets forth to meet the call on behalf of her father.