Today I have a review of The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse, now available from Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press. Please read all the way to the bottom to find out how you can win a copy!
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 Piet.
Also, not to be forgotten is mistress of Puivert Chateau who has some obsessions she can’t let go…
The 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 unique 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.
About the Book:
“For fans of juicy historical fiction, this one might just develop into their next obsession.”—EW.com
“Mosse is a master storyteller, balancing thrilling suspense with complex characters.”—Madeline Miller, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Circe
France, 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 stay alive.
As the religious divide deepens, and old friends become enemies, Minou and Piet both find themselves trapped in Toulouse, facing new dangers as tensions ignite across the city.
All the while, the shadowy mistress of Puivert Château—obsessed with uncovering the secrets of a long-hidden document—strengthens her power and waits for the perfect time to strike…
“This is historical fiction to devour. Nobody does it like Kate Mosse.”—Anthony Horowitz, New York Times bestselling author of The Magpie Murders
“Mosse’s fans will relish this tale of secrets, love, and treachery.”—Antonia Senior, The Times (UK)
“First-rate cloak and dagger excitement . . . Kate Mosse captures the details of life in the Languedoc region of France, famed for its beauty, but hiding many secrets, in this masterful novel.”— Margaret George, author of The Confessions of Young Nero.
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Have you read The Burning Chambers, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR