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The Burning Chambers

by Kate Mosse

Release date: July 3rd, 2018

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse from NetGalley and Publishers Group Canada/Pan Macmillan.

…brilliant, captivating and so rich in detail…

I am a huge fan of historical fiction and no one does it like Kate Mosse.  Although as with most in the genre, this book is slow to unfold yet definitely worth it.  Ms Mosse immerses the reader with her vivid descriptions of 16th century France. We visit Carcassonne and Toulouse and although the book opens and closes in the 1800’s Africa a majority of the story takes place in 1560’s France.  

As with most of her books, the author has woven a rich tapestry of a plot intertwining mystery, suspense, heartbreak and romance. Carefully crafted vignettes follow the lives of well written intriguing characters whose paths cross when battles erupt between the Catholics and the Huguenots/Protestants and we witness first-hand the barbarity of religious wars.   

Nineteen-year-old¬†Minou¬†Joubert¬†and her family are caught up in it all and their lives will never be the same.¬†One day while working at their¬†bookstore Minou¬†receives¬†a mysterious letter¬†with an¬†unusual¬†seal, it¬†contains¬†four¬†words, ‚ÄúShe knows you live‚ÄĚ and launches into an intriguing mystery full of religious¬†conflict,¬†adventure, missing artefacts and a murder. Although Catholic their family believes in religious¬†freedom¬†and their store caters to all religions which makes them a target. One day her¬†path crosses with a fugitive and major player in the¬†Huguenots¬†cause, Piet¬†Reydon¬†and their lives¬†take an¬†interesting¬†turn.¬†Minou‚Äôs¬†widowed father Bernard is also¬†harbouring¬†terrible secrets which he sets out to make¬†right sending Minou and her brother¬†to live with their aunt in Toulouse while the youngest, very ill sister is left in the care of a trusted¬†neighbour.¬† While in¬†Toulouse¬†things reach a heartbreaking boiling¬†point,¬†which will keep you turning the pages.¬†¬†

A perfect read for historical fiction lovers, The Burning Chambers is brilliant, captivating and so rich in detail I can’t wait to read more from Ms Mosse.  

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