Hi readers! This is it, my last book review to be written in Chicago. Today is moving day and my help arrives around 1 pm to get the van loaded up for our 6ish hour drive to my new home. I know what you’re thinking, “it’s moving day, what are you doing writing your blog?!” The truth is that I finished this book last night and couldn’t wait to tell you about it. Also, I couldn’t sleep in, too anxious for the move, so I guess you guys get to reap the benefits!
Book Break Down – all the logistics
$4 plus taxes (the closest I’ve gotten to my $5 cap!)
508 pages long, published in 2005
This story centers around two women, Alais and Alice, who lived 800 years apart. In the beginning it isn’t clear how, but as everything progresses Alais’ and Alice’s lives twine together regardless of the time between them.
Alais’ tale begins in France in 1205. She resides in a castle on the eve of the crusades. Her father entrusts Alais with a mysterious ring and book, one of a set of three, and it launches events that the reader doesn’t expect.
Meanwhile, in 2005, Alice is a guest at an archeological dig in France. She stumbles upon a cave with two bodies in it, one clutching a mysterious ring. Alice’s discovery of this cave and its contents changes her life.
Alais’ and Alice’s stories are told side by side, slowly revealing the how and why of Alice’s historical discoveries as it’s happening to Alais 800 years previously. Their tale revolves around the Holy Grail, everlasting life, reincarnation, and the lengths people will go to in order to achieve their goals.
At first blush
I give this book a 4 1/2 out of 5
This book was fantastic, there was so much detail! Mosse did a great job balancing the two main character despite the vast difference in the time period. She portrays both women with a full fledged personality and focuses on their bravery, courage, and dedication. What I really loved, beyond the book itself, was that Mosse actually did her research. Might only that, but she also shared her sources so if the reader is interested in the historical period the narrative surrounds they can look into it as well.