If you liked the historical sections of Kate Mosse’s Labyrinth, you will definitely enjoy this novel. It is set in the Languedoc at the time of the Albigensian Crusade and the persecution of the Cathars by the twin powers of the Catholic Church and the northern French nobility, notably Simon de Montfort – the former thirsty for souls, the latter for land and the power and wealth it would bring.
I haven’t quite worked out why, but the love story part of the plot of this novel didn’t irritate as much as it has done in other Elizabeth Chadwick novels I’ve read of late. Possibly because all the characters remained strong throughout, and the story didn’t end when the guy got the girl.
Amazon.co.uk link: Daughters of the Grail – Elizabeth Chadwick