The City of Tears - The Burning Chambers (Paperback)Kate Mosse (author)
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'Feisty female characters, a plot of heart-stopping jeopardy and evocative settings' Daily Mail
'Mosse is a master storyteller' Madeline Miller, author of Circe
'Magnificent, epic' Marian Keyes
Sweeping from Paris and Chartres to the City of Tears itself - the great refugee city of Amsterdam - this is a story of one family's fight to stay together and survive against the devastating tides of history . . .
May 1572: for ten violent years the Wars of Religion have raged across France. Neighbours have become enemies, countless lives have been lost, and the country has been torn apart over matters of religion, citizenship and sovereignty. But now a precarious peace is in the balance and a royal wedding has been negotiated. It is a marriage that could see France reunited at last.
An invitation has arrived for Minou Joubert and her family to attend this historic wedding in Paris in August. But what Minou does not know is that the Joubert family's oldest enemy, Vidal, will also be there. Nor that, within days of the marriage, on the eve of the Feast Day of St Bartholomew, her family will be scattered to the four winds and one of her beloved children will have disappeared without trace . . .
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 400 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 33 mm
A gorgeously written, utterly absorbing epic and, despite being set in the sixteenth century, has some very pertinent messages for our time about the evils of religious persecution and the transcendent power of love and family. In case it's not clear enough yet, I absolutely LOVED it -- Lucy Foley, author of The Hunting Party
Magnificent, epic -- Marian Keyes, author of Grown Ups
[A] dramatic, immersive tale of secrets, conspiracies, fanaticism and loss * Daily Mail *
Mosse's novel is an enjoyable, intricately plotted piece of escapism * The Times *
Mosse shows a deft command of character and narrative in this second volume of a planned sequence * Sunday Times *
The focus in her historical fiction has always been on the untold stories of women and Minou is an appealing heroine. Mosse includes all the ingredients you would expect from a historical epic - murder, treachery, lost children, stolen relics, buried secrets - but she also dramatizes the complexities of sixteenth-century French and Dutch politics without weighing it down. This is a compelling story of how political upheavals play out in individual lives -- Stephanie Merritt, Observer
Religious fanaticism, political intrigue and the heart-wrenching tale of a lost child add to a highly readable historical adventure, with women firmly centre stage * Mail on Sunday *
Every inch a classic Mosse novel, The City of Tears is diligently researched, beautifully written and, crucially right now, both substantial and immersive - if you want to leave twenty-first-century pandemic Britain behind, this should be your preferred mode of transport * Radio Times *
Deft touches show a mastery of preparation, suspension and resolution within the historical thriller form * Financial Times *
This powerful story of love, secrets and deceit is pacy, rich and stylish - and as compelling as they come. One to stay up late for -- Isabel Ashdown, author of Lake Child
A vibrant sequel to 2018's Burning Chambers . . . The fascinating historical detail fuels the drama and keeps the plot zipping along * Publishers Weekly *
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 on The Burning Chambers
Mosse is a master storyteller -- Madeline Miller, author of Circe
A powerful storyteller with an abundant imagination * Daily Telegraph *
Mosse's fans will relish this tale of secrets, love and treachery -- The Times on The Burning Chambers
Another of Mosse's immersive dramas, which takes you to the heart of the past -- Grazia on The Burning Chambers
Gripping, complex and intensely atmospheric -- Mail on Sunday on The Burning Chambers
Deliciously detailed . . . a fast-paced and sweeping epic * Shields Gazette *
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“Evocative landscapes and wonderfully drawn characters”
The City of Tears is the second in Kate Mosse’s Burning Chambers series and it really didn’t disappoint. It was an absolute joy to return to Mosse’s evocative landscape and characters. It’s ten years after The Burning... More
“Great historical fiction”
Kate Mosse is an expert in historical research and then reeling the reader into those lands of long ago and making them real again. This is historic fiction at its best.
I reread 'The Burning Chamber' just... More
Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy.
I was lucky enough to be able to dive straight into this as soon as I had finished The Burning Chambers and let me tell you this was an absolutely superb read... More
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