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The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse

The Burning Chambers (original 2018; edition 2019)

by Kate Mosse (Author)

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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.… (more)
Title:The Burning Chambers
Authors:Kate Mosse (Author)
Info:Pan (2019), Edition: Main Market, 608 pages
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The Burning Chambers takes place in France in the mid to late 1500s. It is the first book in a trilogy about the Huguenot diaspora. This 575 page book seemed to drag on and on. There were endless descriptions of the scenery, homes, inns, shops and clothing. While I was interested in the descriptions, the plot was so slow that I did lose interest in the book over time. I can summarize the book in one sentence: Minou Joubert, the Catholic daughter of a bookseller, and Piet Reydon, a Huguenot, fall in love with each other while hiding a religious relic.

If you like reading about atmosphere, this book is for you. The author gives a fascinating description of the atmosphere of this period in French history. However, if a book has no action, it's a little boring. ( )
  Violette62 | Oct 30, 2019 |
Hugenot conflict in France

I love historical fiction. This particular time, the mid 1500's in France, is fraught with terror, persecution by the Inquistion, and the conflict between Catholics and Hugenots. All seen through the eyes of inhabitants of those times, like Minou Joubert a young Catholic woman and a Hugenot convert, Piet Reydon.
The action sweeps from Carcassonne to Toulouse and back.
Underneath the story is the Inquisition's search for a stolen, important relic, and the terror and violence inspired by this organization. And let's not forget the human politicking and ambition.
The Hugenots fled to many countries and it seems this weighty trilogy in the future will take us in some diverse directions.
A series for the committed.
As a story it's somewhat weighty and yet interesting in the telling.

A St. Martin's Press Minotaur ARC via NetGalley ( )
  eyes.2c | Jul 11, 2019 |
The Burning Chambers is a novel of historical fiction based in France in the late 1500’s. The story is written at a particularly unsettled time in history when there was open distrust between Protestant and Catholic factions. This is a story of love and loyalty as well as deep divisions based on social standing or religion. There are many supporting characters, but the story primarily centers around Minou Joubert, a 19 year old girl who lives with her father who is a notable bookseller and her younger brother and sister. Minou is trying her best to take the reins of leadership with her family after her dad has suffered recent episodes of disassociation and her mother’s death.

Minou is unaware that her family carries a decades old secret that threatens to tear her family apart. The family plays out as religious turmoil spills over threatening stability in the region. This is a historical novel written as a mystery as well as a love story. The story is engaging and the characters interesting. The story will require some patience as the story unfolds slowly. It is worth the wait though. This story is written as a series and I will be interested in seeing where the story goes from here. Novel supplied by Netgalley. ( )
  hana321 | Jul 7, 2019 |
Huguenot and Catholics collide in France. Everyone is at each other’s throats and no one knows whom to trust. Minou is the daughter of a book seller. Piet is a Huguenot. These two come together at one of the most dangerous times in history. Both end up leaning on each other just to survive and stay alive.

Oh wow! The research Kate Mosse does to write her stories is outstanding. I have been a fan for many, many years. She always teaches me something new. I enjoyed many aspects of this read. The rich history, the setting, and the action and betrayals really keep a reader turning pages. However, I did feel it was disjointed in places. But, I was enraptured and enraged with mans inhumanity to man. Something about Kate Mosse rich historical settings and the way she reels the reader in, will keep me a fan forever!

Don’t miss this one! ( )
  fredreeca | Jun 24, 2019 |
Having read the Languedoc Trilogy I was heartened to find that Kate Mosse was finishing a new book. I admit to being a fan. Her writing captures you from the first instance, she encourages you to become invested in the telling of her story. She enlists the help of very sympathetic and equally despicable characters. She allows the reader room to examine the many sides of the various issues she weaves through the retelling of the Religious Wars. This book focuses on the bloody Catholic-Huguenot conflict in France circa 1562.

Nothing is one sided, every side has its heroes and villains and always and ever a blood thirsty battle for ultimate power. Which shall survive, religion in its purist form or religion created by man and used as a weapon over an enslaved population. Can the everyday man rise up to unthinkable challenges and wrest power from the cunning. Can violence be condoned given intolerable conditions? These issues endure through the centuries. Will we ever find an answer or a solution?

A very good friend told me “never have a conversation about religion or politics over a polite dinner”. This book might prove the one exception to that thought. ( )
  kimkimkim | Jun 22, 2019 |
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