Citadel is a reflection on those throughout history who fought to protect their land against those who came to conquer it. It is both an acknowledgement of the carnage they experienced, and a celebration of their commitment. The story captures the gruelling experiences of a network of women, ‘Citadel’, as they fight to protect citizens of the Aude valley in the Languedoc region of France during the German occupation of 1942 to 1944. The book honours the work of women in the resistance who fought against the tyranny of the occupation in and around Carcassonne and the atrocities inflicted by the German army and its collaborators, whilst trying to avoid those who chose to inform on them. The dangers that resistance fighters faced as they traveled and hid from occupiers, collaborators and informers were vividly described.
Interwoven through the story is a spiritual connection with those who have stood defiant before them against invaders. A Codex buried deep in a cave holds the secret to evoking that connection, and the potential of its power spawns a determination in the German hierarchy to possess it.
I really enjoyed reading Kate Mosse’s previous books, Labyrinth and Sepulchre, and Citadel does not disappoint. Having spent time in the region, the pensive descriptions of the valleys, mountains and towns were particularly meaningful.
Guest Blogger: Denise, Co-op Member since 1970.
Citadel by Kate Mosse. Released November 2012