The international bestseller and award-winning thriller that takes its reader on a richly imaginative journey to the depths of Mont-Saint-Michel.
Rising out of the sea on a rocky isle off the coast of France, the church and abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel have withstood the harsh northern weather—and withheld its darkest medieval mysteries—for one thousand years. Until now.
Now a young, brilliant archeologist, Johanna, has begun to uncover and explore secrets that have long lain buried at the sacred site. In ancient ritual, in foreboding visions, in an expedition at once metaphysical and archeological, Johanna ardently researches the past only to discover that its bizarre, murderous history has begun to be repeated in the present. Reality becomes an elusive, dangerous place, and it leaves Joanna with no one she can fully trust.
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Frédéric Lenoir is a philosopher specializing in the study of religions. He is the author of over twenty books that have been translated into a dozen languages. Violette Cabesos has written one previous novel, Sang Comme Neige. The two authors were awarded the prestigious Prix des Maisons de la Presse (Bookseller's Prize) for The Angel's Promise, which was a national bestseller in both France and Spain. They live in Paris.From Booklist :
The celebrated church and abbey at Mont St. Michel provide the backdrop for this clever, if long-winded, winner of France's prestigious Prix des Maisons de la Presse (Bookseller's Prize). After visiting the Mont as a child, Johanna, a native Parisian, has a nightmare featuring a headless monk who utters the Latin phrase, "Ad accedendum ad caelum, terram fodere opportet" ("You must dig in the earth to reach heaven"). The nocturnal message becomes ingrained in her brain, leading her to an impressive career as an archaeologist studying Romanesque art. A series of fortuitous circumstances lands Johanna on a Mont St. Michel dig, where, bit by bit, she uncovers a murderous, 1,000-year-old tale involving two Benedictine monks and a beautiful Celtic healer who refuses to repent for her pagan ways. (Could there, in fact, be some truth to Johanna's eerie childhood dream?) Despite getting bit too bogged down in historical detail, authors Lenoir and Cabesos have produced an otherwise riveting novel about the precarious consequences of unearthing the past. Allison Block
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