Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
What should have been a relatively entertaining archaeological mystery, in my opinion, was an entirely too long historical fiction about religious persecution. The writing felt contrived and almost forced. I assume the historical accuracy was good; but the subject matter within the book is not my forte so I don't really know. The book felt like it juggled two main story lines while attempting to intertwine them in a messy fashion. I could never keep up with who was who in what era or what was really happening. The names of the main female characters were similar, with reason, but the connection between them could have been organized or described a little better. I also never knew who was the good guy and who was the "bad" guy. I assume there was a bad guy, since the entire novel was about destroying a people based on their faith and the retrieval of artifacts important to the persecuted people. Yeah. I know. That's how I felt. Lost.
This is apparently the first in a trilogy. I am not really sure how a sequel to this book would come about since it ended rather cleanly. I don't think I will be reading the other two books in the series, honestly.