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The gutted structure crouches like a wounded animal amid a labyrinth of crumbling dwellings.
Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  a maze (a complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost)

or:  anything so complicated that it is extremely confusing

or:  a complex anatomical system of interconnecting cavities — especially the inner ear
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The word "labyrinth" comes from the name of the maze of passages where, in Greek mythology, Theseus had to escape from the Minotaur.
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  • The gutted structure crouches like a wounded animal amid a labyrinth of crumbling dwellings.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • "I heard Mom say that the warlocks of the Spiral Labyrinth have been looking for a way to reverse the effects of the Infernal Cup," said Isabelle.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • No matter how many twists and turns they take in the underground labyrinth of filthy, sweltering hot passages, they can’t lose the man on their tail.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • And it was good, Colin supposed, if you happened to enjoy searching through an endless labyrinth of bones and cartilage for the occasional sliver of meat.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines

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  • Mae followed, almost giddy, intrigued by his extraordinary access, too tipsy to measure the wisdom of following this calligraphic man through this labyrinth.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • We’d woken in the heart of a green labyrinth without a map or compass, and Miss Peregrine’s broken wing meant she couldn’t fly above the treeline to guide us.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • The sky was turning the color of a fresh bruise as we pulled into my grandfather’s subdivision, a bewildering labyrinth of interlocking cul-de-sacs known collectively as Circle Village.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • THAT DAY was the beginning of a long, torturous expedition through the labyrinth of the U.S. criminal justice system.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Two days later I arrived in the windswept, graysouled capital of Canada and found my way into the dingy labyrinth which housed the Wildlife Service.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Here, in this spacious centre of the labyrinth of 18th-century Dutch defense I sit on one of the giant sofas, in the noisy solitude of the afternoon while the rest of the house is asleep.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family

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  • Apartments in this corner of the city had once been spacious and desirable but had been so subdivided and remodeled over time—always trying to cram more people into the same square footage—that the buildings had become labyrinths of corridors and stairwells.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • It also expands our understanding of the Labyrinth.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Here they were hidden from view, and as Kate waited for Reynie to catch his breath, she jerked her thumb behind them, where the land erupted into a jumbled labyrinth of dunes and rocky hills.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Of course; corsets required assistance to get in and out of—and the dresses were a labyrinth of secret clasps and ties.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • My head started to pound and my stomach tightened as I made my way back through the labyrinth of steel and concrete.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Pipeworks laborers worked below the storerooms in the deep labyrinth of tunnels that contained Ember’s water and sewer pipes.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • Spaces she once knew as familiar—the four-room flat she shares with her father, the little tree-lined square at the end of their street—have become labyrinths bristling with hazards.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • A turn to the right, a few steps down, right again …. what an endless labyrinth this prison was.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • This was an eerie organdy and chintz labyrinth glowing at high noon in the empurpled half-light of a mausoleum, where rosy cupids simpered from the walls down upon a grand piano in fire-engine red and overstuffed chairs glistening beneath protective shrouds of transparent plastic, and where the porcelain bathroom fixtures were jet-black.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He could accept many unreal things—hordes of ghosts, magical labyrinths, travel through shadows, chapels made of bones.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Turning toward it, I saw a labyrinth of headstones stretching like dominoes into the mist.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Occasionally, off in the distance, there was a small village of grey cement, a labyrinth of walls and electrical wires.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • "Right," I said, looking down at the labyrinth at the foot of the stairs, blond wood like honey, dark wood like poured molasses, gleams of brass and gilt and silver in the weak light.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • The path becomes a labyrinth.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Great Architect of Nature, help me to find the true path out of the labyrinth of lies!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • But Hester could not resolve the query, being herself in a dismal labyrinth of doubt.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Across the street, next to a mosque with soaring minarets, was the bazaar, composed of congested labyrinths of both vaulted and open alleyways.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • What happened in the unseen labyrinth to which the pneumatic tubes led, he did not know in detail, but he did know in general terms.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • We rattled through an endless labyrinth of gas-lit streets until we emerged into Farrington Street.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • They won, of course, but it was a grueling affair, with the battleroom so filled with a labyrinth of stars that hunting down the enemy during mop-up took fortyfive minutes.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • CYRANO: I in a labyrinth Was lost—too many different paths to choose; I took….
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • It was a labyrinth down here; there was no way to know which direction he should go.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • She bought a cup of hot wine to keep the buzz going, wrapping her hands around it for warmth as she, Jace, and Sebastian lost themselves in a twisting labyrinth of ever narrower, ever darker ancient streets.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • His tracks led toward the east buttress of Denali, straight through a labyrinth of giant crevasses, evidence that he had made no apparent effort to circumvent obvious hazards.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • I mention this in this place, of a fixed purpose, because it is the clew by which I am to be followed into my poor labyrinth.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • He wouldn’t want me knowing too much about how to find my way out of this labyrinth.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • It was a rich cream color, bright with nickel, swollen here and there in its monstrous length with triumphant hat-boxes and supper-boxes and tool-boxes, and terraced with a labyrinth of wind-shields that mirrored a dozen suns.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • We’re third formers, so our sign is the silver labyrinth of the Goddess Nyx.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • They wandered the labyrinth, preying on anything unlucky enough to cross their path.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Langdon felt utterly spent as he and Sophie hurdled a turnstile at the Temple tube station and dashed deep into the grimy labyrinth of tunnels and platforms.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • It always took him a few moments to find his way out of that other world, the labyrinth of printed letters.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Surely the miles had multiplied, even as the trees had done, and this path led but to a labyrinth, some choked wilderness, and not to the house at all.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Theseus killed him in the labyrinth.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Eragon followed the dwarf back into Tronjheim and through a labyrinth of corridors until they came to a long room filled with rows of stone tables only high enough for dwarves.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • He crossed the little river Crinchon, and found himself in a labyrinth of narrow alleys where he lost his way.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • In another moment he was dragged into a labyrinth of dark narrow courts, and was forced along them at a pace which rendered the few cries he dared to give utterance to, unintelligible.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The complex contained endless dark locations-maintenance closets, heating ducts, gardening sheds, bedroom wardrobes, even a labyrinth of underground tunnels.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Emmeline did not faint, and succeeded in plunging, with Cassy, into a part of the labyrinth of swamp, so deep and dark that it was perfectly hopeless for Legree to think of following them, without assistance.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Meanwhile, carried away as we are by our narrative, we must leave our three friends to themselves, and follow the Duke of Buckingham and his guide through the labyrinths of the Louvre.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • She had no crown, but around her waist was a strange belt made of interlocking gold links, like the pattern of a labyrinth.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
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