Book review: Sepulchre by Kate Mosse

Ok, this book is not a new book, but I'm posting this review before I post a review of this
author's latest book so that I can link back in my next post. Anyway, today's book review is a book written by Kate Mosse.

She's one of my favourite authors and also one of the few who really manages to capture the true essence of a historical novel combined with strong elements of a gothic romance.


Combining elements of history, mythology and a dash of gothic romanticism, Sepulchre is a gripping novel that parallels the lives of the past and present.

Sepulchre by Kate Mosse (Orion)
Set in Carcassonne, south west of France, Sepulchre employs the use of a dual-narrative structure in which the lives of Leonie Vernier, a young Parisian woman living in the 1800s, and Meredith Martin, a young American researcher doing research on a project in the 21st century, intertwine with one another.

In the historical section of the book, Leonie Vernier, a 17 year old girl bored and stifled by life in Paris, along with her brother Anatole, accept an invitation from their widowed aunt to exchange life in Paris for idyllic bliss at the La Domaine de la Cade mansion, in Carcassonne.

Of course, all is not as it seems and things soon start unravelling for the fated siblings when they arrive at the mysterious Domaine de la Cade - a house whose legacy is shrouded in mystery and rumours of ill-fated happenings. 

As Anatole's personal drama starts to unveils itself, Leonie discovers a dangerous book, leading her to an abandoned sepulchre and a strange set of tarot cards which may or may not hold the key to the mystery shrouding Domaine de la Cade.

Present day October 2007, finds Meredith Martin, a young American scholar in France where, while doing research on her family history and Charles Debussey, she stumbles across the Domaine de la Cade.

Inadvertently she becomes immersed in a tragic story of love, a strange deck of tarot cards and discovers that the power of an unquiet soul can continue to haunt a place long after it's body has left the grounds of earth.

If you're a huge fan of gothic fiction, then you'll really this book. It's not really aimed at young adults, but the same breathy atmospheric elements you'll find in books like  Lauren Kate's Fallen are there. It's certainly a book that I could read over and over again - which is surprising because when I first came across this book, my first thought was to ignore it!

After all, the cover is definitely not the greatest cover I've seen. Thankfully, Kate's ability to make a dual-narrative structure work so well, as well as the fact that her writing is just so beautifully descriptive has had me hooked on her books ever since.

My rating: 4/5


Aisle B said…
Great review! This is making me really excited to read Labrynth and will mark Sepulchre down for afterwards.

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