Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for Audible's Listen of the Year, 2006. Winner of the British Book Awards, Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year, 2006.
July 1209: In Carcassonne, a sixteen-year-old girl is given a mysterious book by her father which he claims contains the secret of the true Grail. Although she cannot understand the strange words and symbols hidden within, she knows that her destiny lies in protecting it.
July 2005: Alice Tanner stumbles upon two skeletons during an archaeological dig in the mountains outside Carcassonne. Inside the hidden tomb where the bones lie crumbling, she experiences an overwhelming sense of malevolence, as well as a creeping realisation that, however impossible it seems, she can somehow understand the mysterious ancient words carved into the rock. Too late, Alice realises she's set in motion a terrifying sequence of events that she cannot control.
A Richard and Judy Book Club selection.
A lovely, intelligent novel of discovery and loss." (Nicci Gerrard)
"A gripping holy grail quest." (Sunday Times)
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Go and watch Indiana Jones instead