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The Burning Chambers: Kate Mosse (The Burning Chambers, 1)

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The Burning Chambers is a novel that will appeal to a wide range of readers and it really is Kate Mosse at her very best. The mystery itself and the romance work quite 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. Overall I found it a good but slow moving story with the convergence of the characters at the end a little unrealistic. In this febrile atmosphere Mosse brings together her star-crossed lovers: 19-year-old Minou Joubert, daughter of a Catholic bookseller, and Dutch-born Piet Reydon, a Huguenot convert and leader of the underground movement engaged in raising funds and weapons for the Prince of Condé and his Protestant army.

Although The Burning Chambers is 586 pages long, a lengthy novel, I read it in two days because I felt like I was part of a grand adventure thanks to her captivating, rip-roaring plot and the novel's gripping history. Kate Mosse is the award-winning author of eight novels, short story collections, essays, non-fiction, and a much-loved playwright. Not only is this an excellent historical novel that captures the flavor of the time but it is a mystery story with someone going around and murdering people in secret ways that are not readily obvious. Joyous, celebratory and engaging, Kate Mosse's book is for everyone who has ever wondered how history is made. Te gustará si: buscas una novela histórica, si te gustan las historias ambientadas en la Francia de 1560, que se adentren en el conflicto religioso entre católicos y hugonotes o si te gusta el estilo narrativo de la autora.

One day I am listening to one of my favorite British podcasts and they are interviewing Kate Moss, the author of this book series and I was captivated by her discussion. I was very interested to read this as I have been to Carcassonne and so could clearly visualise the scenes set there and its surrounds. Bringing sixteenth-century Languedoc vividly to life, Kate Mosse's The Burning Chambers is a gripping story of love and betrayal, mysteries and secrets; of war and adventure, conspiracies and divided loyalties . The 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.

It was sweet, but seemed QUITE unfounded…however, ignoring that little issue, the last quarter of the book really picked up the pace and made me MUCH more invested in the characters and their story, as everyone actually came together instead of being scattered all across the map. Es la historia de un país y de una religión a través de unos personajes que, en su búsqueda de sus propios sueños y objetivos, no dudan en llegar todo lo lejos que puedan y que invita al lector a reflexionar sobre el derramamiento de sangre que se produce, en este caso, en nombre de la religión. 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). Bringing sixteenth-century Languedoc vividly to life, Kate Mosse’s number one bestselling novel The Burning Chambers is a gripping story of love, betrayal, war, adventure, conspiracies and divided loyalties. Beginning in Carcassonne in 1562, The Burning Chambers is a thrilling adventure and a heartbreaking love story set against the backdrop of the religious wars in France.People who were neighbors now become enemies - and many of these people are drawn into the conflict as unwitting victims. If you know of any books set in this same time period please let me know, especially one that focuses more on the marriage of Henry of Navarre and Marie de 'Medici. harm can be done by those who proffer an opinion when they are only in partial possession of the facts. The plot and level of suspense was excellent and as gripping as any crime/thriller but for me the historical context made the book.

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