The Burning Chambers Hardcover – 3 May 2018
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Mosse's fans will relish this tale of secrets, love and treachery (The Times)
Another of Mosse's immersive dramas, which takes you to the heart of the past (Book of the Week Grazia)
Mosse does what good popular historical novelists do best - make the past enticingly otherworldly, while also claiming it as our own (Independent)
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)
A powerful storyteller with an abundant imagination (Daily Telegraph)
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)
An irresistible read (Prima)
Impressively bold and ambitious, it features betrayals, broken friendship, family secrets and the horrors of fanaticism. Fans will love it (Daily Mail)
A tour de force (Observer)
France 1562: As the Wars of Religion begin to take hold, a courageous Catholic woman and a passionate Huguenot believer find themselves united in possession of a priceless relic and set upon a quest to uncover a long-buried secret hidden in the haunting Chateau de Puivert in the foothills of the Pyrenees . . .See all Product description
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Tedious, boring and difficult to get into the story. It just didn't flow for me and the ending was rather predictable.
Shame because I loved Labyrinth but this does not have a gripping unputdownable storyline.
I really enjoyed Kate Mosse’s Languedoc trilogy so I was excited when I heard she was due to publish another trilogy also set in the beautiful medieval city of Carcassonne. Sadly, The Burning Chambers did not quite live up to my expectations. I expected the same ingredients I found in the Languedoc trilogy: drama, intrigue, treachery and romance. There is early promise on delivering these elements but the pace was slow and the drama felt a little forced, as did the romance. Minou and Piet’s relationship unfolds rapidly with little substance behind it. Furthermore, the religious conversion of one of the characters felt convenient rather than sincere. It was simply a plot device used to engineer drama. In addition, Vidal/Valentin the novel’s main antagonist was more pantomime villain than a dark and sinister villain.
Perhaps I am being a little harsh….the novel is set during an incredibly interesting period of French history and as it is just book number one of three, there is certainly room for improvement. With that in mind, I would definitely consider reading The City of Tears when it is published, as I am somewhat intrigued to see the direction Mosse takes this story.
A romantic adventure but also one of the best books about the evils of fanaticism, narrow mindedness and how easy a population can be brainwashed.
Excellently written - unlike some of her earlier novels, there’s no padding, history lectures or drifts into travel writing - absolutely faultless!