Book Review: Citadel by Kate Mosse

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3.5 stars to [book:Citadel|6952554], the third book in the Languedoc trilogy, written by [author:Kate Mosse|9343] in 2011. I read the first two books in the series many years ago and loved them both. I hadn’t been aware of this one until three years ago when I found a copy at a discount sale. I quickly bought it but it sat on my shelf for over a year until I finally read it this month. I struggled at first to get into the story, but the intrigue got better as the book progressed. Unfortunately, it was probably 200 pages too long and had a couple of side-stories that didn’t make a whole lot of sense. For those reasons, I’d rate this as my least favorite in the series and given it had only a very small connection to the previous two, it isn’t a must-read.


At times, the language and imagery was quite beautiful. At times, it was repetitive and confusing. There were too many characters without fully fleshed out personalities or descriptions, so it seemed a bit tedious. That said, the battle scenes and the dialog were strong. I often found myself skimming a few too many times within the same hour-long reading period and not feeling the urgent need to pick up the book each night when bedtime arrived. I was glad I’d finished it, but I also felt it started to get much stronger around the 7o-80 percent mark and wished some of that beauty was present earlier on. Ultimately, I was puzzled over the entire point of the story as the ending felt very much ‘let’s just wrap this up’ which is sad.

While I seem to be focusing on the negative aspects of the book, there were many positive ones. Sandrine is a fantastically drawn beacon of strength in a time that was quite horrific for many people. What she suffered through and how she supported others was a tribute to the many women who led the pack to protect their families, friends, and even strangers in their towns during the Nazi invasion of France in the 1930s and 1940s. The book wisely left out the details of what happened in the Jewish camps (for the most part) and astutely focused on the impact on the families left behind when someone was taken from them. The worry. The questions. The unknown. So much to understand about this period in history.

Now that I’m done with this series, I’ll give some thought about what else of Mosse’s books I want to read.


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12 thoughts on “Book Review: Citadel by Kate Mosse

    The Cozy Pages said:
    July 20, 2018 at 9:19 PM

    Sounds like an intense but very interesting series. More historical fiction… I don’t read enough of that and I usually enjoy when I do.

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    Nicole (Read. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.) said:
    July 20, 2018 at 10:01 PM

    Nice review! I’m sorry to see it kind of missed the mark but still looking forward to reading the series myself.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 20, 2018 at 10:17 PM

      Thanks. It’s okay, can’t win them all with 5 stars. But it will still overall a positive on! And the first two were quite remarkable.

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    Madam Mim said:
    July 22, 2018 at 4:34 AM

    I have to say, I avoided this series because I didn’t like Kate Mosse’s earlier books. The endings were always just a bit of a let down and I felt like they lost momentum. But everyone else seems to love her, so clearly I know nothing! It sounds like this book wasn’t great either though…

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 22, 2018 at 6:58 AM

      I think you’d find the same concerns with this one. If I read only this,
      I might not try others. I understand. But the first two were worth it in the series. 🙂

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    Rae Longest said:
    July 30, 2018 at 9:12 PM

    I just purchased this book, and then here you come with a review of it! Like you, it may take me a year to get to it, but it will be interesting to see how close our ratings and reviews of the book are. I have a feeling my rating will be higher than yours (based on a skimming of the first few pages) because what often most impresses me about a book is beautiful writing; effective, descriptive phrasing; and spot-on word choice.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 31, 2018 at 5:49 AM

      How connected we are. I did like that book, but compared to the first two, it wasn’t my favorite. The story is beautiful though, so I believe you will enjoy it very much.

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    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    July 31, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Wow! 3.5 seems a little high for convoluted, too long, and one dimensional slew of characters! Ha ha! Too bad the series ended on somewhat of a low note. I do like the sounds of Sandrine, though! 💖

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