The book started off a bit slow, taking its time to really build up the story - then it became really intense right near the end but ended rather quickly. The very last chapter was satisfying (and left a bit of a lump in my throat), but it did feel a bit rushed right before then especially with the slow lead-up prior to that. But I liked the story and the history so it was definitely worth reading.
The best Historical Fiction I have read in 15 years, possibly ever.
Loved it! Floats between present time and the 1200's. Crusades and the Holy Grail. Less "blood and guts" than the DaVinci Code, but I put it right up their in enjoyment level!
This book takes a while to get into, but it is well worth the time. It took me about two weeks to read it at about 50 pages every couple of days.
Alice is a modern visitor to southern France. While volunteering on a local archaeological dig, she stumbles across a cave containing 2 skeletons, and sets in motion a string of events she could never have imagined.
Alais is a 12th century native of southern France, living in the time of the Catholic Crusade against the supposedly heretical Cathar Christians. When her people are attacked, it is up to her to hide the treasure her father brought back from the Jerusalem Crusades. That treasure is made up of 3 books that when read together will lead the reader to the Grail (which is NOT the cup from the Last Supper in this book).
In the midst of the Crusade, the books are separated from each other. 800 years later, it is up to Alice, Alais' modern-day reincarnation, to bring them back together and once again hide the Grail from unscrupulous people who want it for their own evil purposes.
If I didn't have a 3 year old in the house, I would probably have read this book cover to cover in one sitting, because I was so anxious to learn all the secrets of the Grail that didn't come out until the last 50 pages of the book.
This book isnt what the author says on the back. It is well written, beautifully descriptive, but a bit confusing. There were times when I just couldnt figure out where things came from. A character seduses another for information, I dont know where he got the info, because the other characters swore not to tell him! We trip back and forth between the past/future. I would have liked a straight story, it would have made more sense, and I could have gotten attached to the characters more. I think the author was suggesting reincarnation, holy grail quest, and crusade history. I am assuming her details are correct. I havent heard things this way before.
AND everyone knows that mosquitos bite more during dawn/evening hours than in the the heat of the day....still "bugs" me!