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The Burning Chambers : The Burning Chambers - Kate Mosse

The Burning Chambers

The Burning Chambers

Paperback Published: 24th April 2018
ISBN: 9781509806843
Number Of Pages: 608

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Bringing sixteenth-century Languedoc vividly to life, Kate Mosse's The Burning Chambers is a gripping story of love and betrayal, mysteries and secrets; of war and adventure, conspiracies and divided loyalties...

Carcassonne 1562: Nineteen-year-old Minou Joubert receives an anonymous letter at her father's bookshop. Sealed with a distinctive family crest, it contains just five words: she knows that you live.

But before Minou can decipher the mysterious message, a chance encounter with a young Huguenot convert, Piet Reydon, changes her destiny forever. For Piet has a dangerous mission of his own, and he will need Minou's help if he is to get out of La Cité alive.

Toulouse: As the religious divide deepens in the Midi, and old friends become enemies, Minou and Piet both find themselves trapped in Toulouse, facing new dangers as sectarian tensions ignite across the city, the battle-lines are drawn in blood and the conspiracy darkens further.

Meanwhile, as a long-hidden document threatens to resurface, the mistress of Puivert is obsessed with uncovering its secret and strengthening her power...

Industry Reviews

Impressively bold and ambitious, it features betrayals, broken friendship, family secrets and the horrors of fanaticism. Fans will love it * Daily Mail * An irresistible read * Prima * Rich with historical detail, as you'd expect from Mosse, but it's Minou, the fiery heroine, who makes this a must-read -- Book of the Month * Good Housekeeping * A powerful storyteller with an abundant imagination * Daily Telegraph * Mosse's narrative lyricism, beautifully drawn female characters and deft journey from the past to the present day are a cut above * Scotland on Sunday * Mosse does what good popular historical novelists do best - make the past enticingly otherworldly, while also claiming it as our own * Independent * Another of Mosse's immersive dramas, which takes you to the heart of the past -- Book of the Week * Grazia * Mosse's fans will relish this tale of secrets, love and treachery * The Times *



Rather incoherent beginning, perhaps not enough basic background. The characters seem disconnected until about 1/3 into the book. Rather spaced out and difficult to follow as a story with its broken images and individual break away glimpses to begin with. Eventually it all falls into place, but its convenient character changes at the end mar what could have been a good ending. For all its commendable historical research and effort, this is a rather doubtful book held together only by slow development of inevitable characters.

South Australia

The Burning Chambers

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ISBN: 9781509806843
ISBN-10: 1509806849
Series: The Burning Chambers
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 608
Published: 24th April 2018
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.2  x 4.5
Weight (kg): 0.75

Kate Mosse

About the Author

Kate Mosse is the author of five previous books, including Labyrinth, the smash-hit international No.1 bestseller.

It won Richard and Judy's Best Read in 2006 and was chosen as one of Waterstone's Top 100 novels of the past 25 years. Sepulchre continued Kate's success, topping the charts and being translated into more than 35 languages in 40 countries.

The Co-Founder and Honorary Director of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, Kate is also a commentator, panelist and reviewer for a host of print, radio and broadcast media. Kate lives with her family in West Sussex and Carcassonne.

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