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The Burning Chambers 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

10 thoughts on “The Burning Chambers

  1. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    Kate Mosse has written her trademark gripping historical fiction packed with adventure mystery conflict and romance Here she takes us back to France's Wars of Religion and the harrowing blood letting that took place in that historical time period bringing back echoes of my studies of these events in European History long ago when the established Catholic Church was determined that no Huguenots should remain in the country The story is set in Languedoc in 1562 in Carcassonne where 19 year old Minou Joubert is minding her father's bookshop She receives a rather odd letter in which there are just five words 'She knows that you live' Not being able to make any sense of this whatsoever she puts it out of her mind unaware she is in grave danger This is a story of mystery conspiracy betrayal love and family secrets amidst the most turbulent of timesMinou happens to meet a Huguenot convert the young Piet Reydon who has his own personal uest in defending his faith to the utmost to fulfill and is going to need her help in extricating himself from La Cite Minou and Piet finds themselves irreversibly drawn to each other in the most dangerous of times Minou's father is not in the best of health and keeping family secrets from his daughter that have the power to destroy Minou and the family There is the search for an old will wanted by another to become powerful He sends her and her younger brother Aimeric to Toulouse believing they will be safer there He is mistaken for in Toulouse the fires of religious conflict are blazing out of control with neighbour turning on neighbour and where old friendships are destined to turn into fatal enmities Mosse weaves a compelling fast paced historical novel that is atmospheric and evokes the time and place beautifully A wonderful entertaining and exciting mystery read which engaged and absorbed me Many thanks to Pan MacMillan for an ARC

  2. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:

    Wow The Burning Chambers is epic historical fiction Taking place in France during the 1500s our main character is Minou Joubert a nineteen year old woman Minou is working at her father’s bookshop a bookshop when she receives a cryptic letter stating “She knows that you live” At the same time a young Huguenot Piet Reydon needs Minou’s help to stay alive The religious divide between Catholicism and Protestantism is growing deeper and deeper and this sets the dangerous and foreboding backdrop for Minou and PietAlso not to be forgotten is mistress of Puivert Chateau who has some obsessions she can’t let goThe Burning Chambers is a chunk of a read no bones about it That said it reads like a dream It’s gripping with great tension and there’s mystery and adventure everywhere you look The atmosphere is on point and I was transported to France during this uniue and tumultuous time period Overall I was completely absorbed in this exciting and well written story and I recommend it to all historical fiction lovers especially for the religious war time period I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom

  3. Pauline Pauline says:

    The Burning Chambers by Kate Moss is a story of set in the 16th Century during the religious wars It's about family secrets and lies I found this book slow to start with but I liked the characters Very atmospheric and informative of the times I would like to thank NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for my e copy in exchange for an honest review

  4. Emma Emma says:

    Nobody does the Languedoc like Kate Mosse I didn’t realise the religious wars of France were just as viscious and prolonged as in Britain during the same time period Tudors and Stuarts I was very interested to read this as I have been to Carcassonne and so could clearly visualise the scenes set there and its surroundsThis is really the story of an everyday family living in Carcassonne with a secret It is also a romance The story is based in Carcassonne and then Toulouse where bitter battles were fought between the Huguenots and Catholics The mystery itself and the romance work uite well but the strength of this book is Mosse’s extensive knowledge and evocative description of the beautiful region in which it is set and the intricacies of the religious problem Within this she has created a wide cast of believable and fully drawn charactersMany thanks to Netgalley for an arc of this book All opinions are my own

  5. Emma Emma says:

    What I wanted from this book was a historical mystery what I got was a historical romance Now it's a decent romance if a bit sappy for my liking with the Romeo and Juliet style dividing line provided by the French Wars of Religion As a fascinating and dangerous period it effectively sets up the CatholicHuguenot conflicts that are layered through the story both in smaller character motivation and the larger social framework This is done exceptionally well the feeling of threat and uncertainty faced by ordinary people on both sides than just a backdrop for the main plot from les oubliettes to tortured confessions and street violence it's a precarious time when anyone could be your enemy and every word you say might be monitored for blasphemy One step awry one wrong person trusted one insult given to a vindictive neighbourand you might be taken away never to be seen again It's making me wonder if Nazi Germany will be a step in this storyHowever the mystery aspect of the book is minimal Clearly this is something that's going to be spread out over the series but what it means is that you're going to get three romances with a side of somewhat flimsy at least in this instalment thriller The prologue and part of the epilogue are the only two sections which relate to the larger series the only bits which tell the reader there's than this book as a standalone and it's not clear that this is what they're for On top of that there's a lot of repetition of language and imagery which is supposed to provide connection between the varying POV storylines but which feel annoying and lazy Especially as it's used to link that add on future storyline of the prologueepilogue one tenuous connection to make it seem like it should be in this book at allAfter a slow start it's pretty pacey and I have to give props for the seriously dark suggestion that those alive at the end of this book might visit Paris for the wedding of Henri III and the feast of Bartholomew Yet the next book needs to seriously downplay the romance and up the excitementARC via Netgalley

  6. Judy Judy says:

    A very intriguing historical fiction read This takes place in the mid 1500's during the time of the religious wars in France between the Catholics and the Huguenots Mosse did a remarkable job in portraying the atmosphere and the climate of those times as well as imagining a fast paced mystery that kept my interest a family with a secret I liked the strong female characters portrayed and enjoyed the romance between Minou and Piet I don't know much about this period in France's history other than briefly touching on the period in high school history class so I found the historical aspect really interestingThanks to Kate Mosse and St Martin's Press through Netgalley for an advance copy

  7. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    Tl;dr gallic shrugKate Mosse is back with a new series focusing on the persecution of Huguenots in France It looks like the series will track not just the beginning and the infamous massacre but also the migration of those who survived to other European countries and eventually colonial Africa primarily South Africa it seemsThis is a fantastic idea for a historical series it focuses on a lesser known period of European history it's about what it's like to live in a world where people fight over religion some things never change sadly but the execution doesn't work It's clear that there's been lots of research which is great but Mosse is so building settings and explaining the politics and religious policies and persecutions that the characters are flat and way way less interesting than they should be The second book teased at the beginning and at the end seems like it will be character driven I'd give it a chance but this one is meh

  8. Stephen Robert Collins Stephen Robert Collins says:

    Ecclesiastes 31 8 was what was read out at my Mother's Funrel in May 09 is at being of the bookThis starts in 1862 in Franschhoek at a grave the rest is in flashback to Carcassonne in the Winter 1562 Toulouse Spring 1562 Puivert Summer 1562 ; during the Wars of Religion set around the Host transubstantiation as opposed to consubstantiation The hundreds of thousands of people who died over bread wine In today's standards it is very difficult to under stand Transubstantiation as it sounds very illogical But in early Roman Catholics faith it was very much a matter of faithHenry VIII still believed in transubstantiation anyone else who did not was executed even though he was head of the church split from the Pope he still did not follow consubstantiationThis set in France around a Catholic Girl Minou Joubert sent a strange letter SHE KNOWS THAT YOU LIVEThis about war religion blasphemy wine bread love hate so much hateIt is set after Martin Luther nailed his 77 Edicts to the churchBut most of all this about Religion started with war on 1st March 1562 with Massacre of unarmed Huguenots in Vassy by The Catholic forces of Francis Duke of Guise this religion at its worstThis about the thief of The Shroud of Antioch in 1558 the hunt by Piet Reydon to clear his nameIn the Time of The Inuisitional tourcher stealing holy shrouds was really bad idea This book a mystery of divine thought vast rich tapestry of people in War torn FranceThe 'hero' The Duke of Guise mass murder of children who today would be classed as a international terrorist but then a Hero by The ueen thank God things have changedThe huge shadow of darkness cast from Martin Luther's influence is biggest problem that most people who read this may not see because not read about Luther yet it is the visible darkness of this book that has made the book the main Villain come through this story so much better There is nothing like really good stinker like Lord Foul Saurman Voldu The Master to pack a punch here we have Vidal a very naught dark over sexed Bishop who is not the main theme of the story yet he's so important You'll love to hate you'll never want him to endYou need of himKate has created a real interesting stinkerIt's big Shame that volume two The City of Tears is not due tile 2020Some people have called this a Romantic Historical but I personally don't like to label a book with word ROMANTIC specialy when it real isn't it as romantic under tons but only loosely but the word Romance can put people off I was told that Forever Amber was sloppy Romance so for years I never tried it but when I did I made it book of the year It's like ghastly term 'a woman's book' no such thing Book should not be labeled like thatThis not Romantic story it's got love it it but so has the Bible would not call that a Romance would youThis as it says is only book one but don't worry as the next book is set in another time zone about different people As for the wierd title that does make sense but I not tell you'll have read the book won't youTOP HISTORICAL FICTION 2018 I THOUGHT THE STEPHEN KING WAS THE TOP BOOK HOW WRONG I WAS

  9. Sara Sara says:

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Kate Mosse has returned to what she does best the French Languedoc period mixed with a dash of mystery twists and violence As usual it’s Mosse’s apparent passion for this period of history that shines through here with vivid descriptions of an extremely volatile time in French history The story is highly atmospheric which is only heightened by the wonderful detailed depictions of everyday life during a turbulent time The underlying feeling of paranoia mistrust and the threat of being called out as a blasphemer or nonbeliever is ever present and constantly played upon to great effectI admit I did miss the mixture of past and present characters here which has become so synonymous with Mosse’s storytelling however her ability to produce characters that are instantly relatable down to earth and likeable still holds true I particularly enjoyed the delicate way the seperate stories of Minou and Piet converged in a subtle way to a great climactic ending However I was less fond of this story than Mosse’s previous novels and I do think this mainly hinges on the romantic elements which sometimes descended too much into sloppy story telling and infatuation Great historical setting which would have been greatly enhanced by downplaying the romantic elements

  10. Cathy Cathy says:

    I absolutely loved Kate Mosse’s Languedoc trilogy Labyrinth Sepulchre and Citadel and the atmospheric The Winter Ghosts The author returns to the setting of previous novels – Carcassonne – but this time without the dual time structure of Labyrinth and Sepulchre Instead the reader is plunged into the sights and sounds of 16th century France a time of religious strife between the Catholic Church and Protestant Huguenots ‘The threat of being denounced terrified everyone; a man could be strung up for uttering the wrong prayer kneeling at the wrong altar’ However as one character observes “A war of faith is always about than faith” In this case for some it’s about power and influenceThe Burning Chambers contains all the elements a reader has come to love and expect from a Kate Mosse novel strong female characters secrets passed down through generations an inheritance a forgery a Will a labyrinthine but totally absorbing plot There is love passion and betrayal There is murder treachery and brutal interrogation And when it comes down to it who can be trusted even amongst those you believe your closest friends?The story lines involving Minou and Piet are interspersed with extracts from the testimony of an unnamed woman who reveals herself as something of a Lady Macbeth character prepared to stop at nothing to achieve her aims Eventually the various story lines and leading characters converge on the place that holds the key to one element of the mystery before building to a dramatic climax However ‘old crimes cast long shadows’ so this is a feud that could continue down the generationsIf you gave Mary Berry flour butter eggs and sugar you could be absolutely sure she’d create the perfect Victoria sponge cake In the same way in The Burning Chambers Kate Mosse expertly combines all the ingredients necessary for a deliciously satisfying historical fiction novelwith the Prologue providing the promise of further appetising slices still to comeI received a review copy courtesy of publishers Mantle Books and NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review

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