Once I started reading this book I finished it in one week. It is a Holy Grail suspense novel and it is a real page turner.
The book features a swashbuckling heroine named Alais whose story toggles between hers and her modern day counterpart Alice Tanner. The Medieval Alais is one of the guardians of the three books that contain the secret of the Holy Grail. The novel is set during the Albigensian Crusades that took place in the Languedoc region of France in the years 1208-1250. The Albigensians are also known as Cathars and were declared heretics by the Catholic Church in 1208. This is one of those works of historical fiction that has lots of tidbits of information and historical knowledge for the reader.
Not only is this a swashbuckler mystery with a medieval heroine; there is also a modern heroine named Alice whose story tags onto the story of Alais and the Cathar guardians of the books of the Grail. This is a "Da Vinci Code" with a better story line, more characterization, and defiantly a more plausible ending.
If you are looking for some adult escapism in a good novel try this book.
Review by Bernita Strnad, librarian and former Republic County resident