The Burning Chambers

The Burning Chambers

by Kate Mosse

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"For fans of juicy historical fiction, this one might just develop into their next obsession."

From the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of Labyrinth, comes the first in an epic new series.

Power and Prejudice: France, 1562. War sparks between the Catholics and Huguenots, dividing neighbors, friends, and family—meanwhile, 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.

Love and Betrayal: Before Minou can decipher the mysterious message, she meets a young Huguenot convert, Piet Reydon. Piet has a dangerous task of his own, and he will need Minou’s help if he is to stay alive. Soon, they find themselves on opposing sides, as forces beyond their control threaten to tear them apart.

Honor and Treachery: As the religious divide deepens, Minou and Piet find themselves trapped in Toulouse, facing new dangers as tensions ignite across the city—and a feud that will burn across generations begins to blaze. . .

"A masterly tour of history . . . a breathless thriller, alive with treachery, danger, atmosphere, and beauty.”A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

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ISBN-13: 9781250202178
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/18/2019
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 4,222
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

KATE MOSSE is a multiple New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author with sales of more than eight million copies in thirty-eight languages. Her previous novels include Labyrinth, Sepulchre, The Winter Ghosts, Citadel, The Taxidermist’s Daughter, and The Burning Chambers. Kate is the founder director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, a visiting professor at the University of Chichester, and in June 2013, was awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to literature. She divides her time between Chichester in the United Kingdom and Carcassonne in France.

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The Burning Chambers 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I love historic fiction that transports and engages, particularly when you see the errors and mistakes in the past evidenced in the present –people really haven’t changed all that much, and frankly there are some whose own ambitions and desires override humanity. This is that tale – one of Minou, the eldest of three children and the ‘woman of the house’ after her mother’s death. Minou has always been allowed and encouraged to learn and read: as have her younger brother and sister, her bookseller father owns a small shop that stocks ALL kinds of books, particularly dangerous in these times of strife. Like in England with Henry VIII, there are a small yet growing group of people who are more Calvinist or Protestant in nature, wanting to ‘demystify’ the religion and bring it to the common people. Believing this to threaten the papacy and the priests – there are revolts, often violent, that have pitted neighbor against neighbor, and priests and the church against citizens. Into this mess there is Minou’s father – after her mother’s death and him returning from a journey, he’s been reclusive and isolated himself- we do learn later why – but she’s carrying the burden of the shop and the care of her brother and sister. Not particularly drawn to either religion (catholic or protestant) but singularly humanist in her outlook, Minou is disheartened by the attitudes of those around her, and carefully works to maneuver through her life staying out of trouble. But, as we see from another POV (there are several in this story that provide both background information as well as add to current issues and mysteries) that Minou is not safe in her little hometown, and her father has arranged for her to go to her maternal aunt’s home for a sort of “finishing” in Toulouse. Leaving Carcassonne becomes almost imperative when she comes face to face with a Huguenot, Piet, being sought by the authorities for his role in a murder he did not commit. Although Minou and he met only for moments, sparks flew and the two will find one another repeatedly, in strife and quiet, until the story ends. With people coming and out of the story, everyone with connections past and present that will impact the climax of the story and bring us no end of moments to gasp and wonder just where things will lead, the story is hard to put down yet wholly accessible. Each point of view is clearly presented with its own voice and style, and secrets to reveal, and there are moments of great hope and love that often feel as if they are the only light to be found in the dark times in which the story occurs. Gripping, mysterious and often atmospheric - one never really recognizes the simple fact of human nature being both light and dark – and often unchanged throughout generations. As a first book in a trilogy that really only takes place in a year, I can’t wait until the next. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Laeljeanne 7 months ago
Teenager Minou Joubert is sent to Toulouse with her brother for her own safety from 16th century Carcassonne, though she has allied herself with Piet Reydon, a Huguenot subversive. Minou learns a powerful secret that changes her destiny and endangers her beyond her expectations. She must then rescue her little sister from the evil mistress of Puivert. Mosse presents the religious factions at Languedoc in all their gory detail with gorgeous writing. Blended into history are power shifts, unorthodox alliances, and unique and distinctive characters. I was fortunate to receive this beautifully written historical fiction novel from Mantel through NetGalley.
YayaReadsalot More than 1 year ago
I received an advanced digital copy of this book from the author, St. Martin's Press and Thanks to all for the opportunity to read and review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. The Burning Chambers is a riveting piece of historical fiction! Set in France during the Inquisition, we meet a young woman, the man she fall for, and witness the destruction of society in the name of religion. Excellently written and thoughtfully done, The Burning Chambers brings to light and forgotten event in time. A must read for historical fiction fans. 5 out of 5 stars. Highly recommended.
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse Marguerite (Minou) Joubert is a 19 y/o Catholic woman who is learned in letters and helps her father tend his bookshop. They sell books to all; both Catholic and heretics. For this, her father, Bernard, was taken prisoner. After been tortured, he returns but is not himself anymore. After a murder in Carcassonne, where she lives, she meets Piet Reydon and helps him escape. She is thereafter sent with her brother, Aimeric, to Toulouse to stay with her aunt, Madame Boussay. Piet Raydon is a Huguenot who is trying to care for the Protestant population in Toulouse. He has sold a fake Shroud of Antioch to the Huguenots in Carcassonne to raise money for his hospital in Toulouse. His childhood rival, Vidal, now Monsignor Valentin, has been after the shroud for his religious ambitions. But Piet was taken by that young girl who helped him escape, the one with one blue eye and another one brown by the name of Minou and the one he trusts with the real shroud. Blanche de Bruyere - lady of the Puivert castle has been killing people to make sure she can reign the castle. She has gotten rid of everyone but a child of her husband who happens to be out there and could lay claim to all she wants. She is Vidal's lover and is using him to fulfill her ambitions. Vidal is using her to get a hold of the shroud. All these characters play a part in the French Huguenot Wars of the 1560s and are brought to life in Mosse's new novel. Written from the third person point of view, Ms. Mosse uses the struggle as the background to tell their stories. I felt that the characters are too far back from the historical setting: too much fiction and too little history. At many points, they felt unreal as if they did not belong in the story. The book is long and a slow read. I enjoyed it, because I'm a sucker for historical fiction, but you should proceed with caution.
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
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!
DeediReads More than 1 year ago
The Burning Chambers was an entertaining read that managed to keep all ~600 pages engaging, no small feat. Overall, I found the writing a tiny bit less mature (some telling, not showing etc), but still a completely worthwhile read. The author had the bravery to touch on some very heavy, important topics from a character-development perspective as well, which is always appreciated. 19-year-old Minou Joubert lives in a divided region of France in the late 1500s; Catholics firmly on one side of the conflict, and Huguenots firmly on the other. And then there are people like her family, who technically belong to one side but still remain open-minded about the other. War and violence ebb and flow. Her father has been mysteriously depressed ever since he returned home from his most recent travels, refusing to leave the house or do much of anything. So it falls to Minou to run their family bookshop and keep them afloat. One day, a mysterious note shows up addressed specifically to her (“She knows that you live”) and shortly after, a man comes calling for her father. But then her father sends her and her younger brother to stay with relatives in the larger city of Toulouse so that her brother can learn from their uncle. Just before they leave, the man who’d called for her father is dead and she encounters Piet, a young Huguenot from Toulouse, in the street. Everything changes. While she is living in Toulouse, war comes. Blood is shed. And meanwhile, an ancient Catholic relic is missing and a mentally unstable woman miles away wants Minou dead. The ending is suspenseful and satisfyingly complex. I don’t read a lot of historical fiction because I don’t really like the genre for the genre’s sake; I never loved history in school. I usually only read historical fiction if it also does something else very well, like broaden my understanding of oppressed communities’ historical trauma, or tell an exceptional story. You can tell that this book was written for people who love historical fiction because they love history itself and being pulled backward in time. Kate Mosse obviously knows her stuff about this period of history and this region of France! If that also interested me, I think that I would have loved this book more. Still, I’m not sorry that I took the time to read this one; the story was engaging, the characters were lovable, and the details were delicious. This is a story of family, ambition, tolerance, and love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Burning Chambers covers a small portion of the struggle the Huguenots (French Protestants) had against the Catholic Church in the mid 1500's. While this book is Historical Fiction, Kate Mosse has done her research and has her facts down on the historical part. She even refers back to the annihilation of the Cathars by the Catholic Church 350 years prior to the Huguenots. It was a bit slow starting for me, introduction to the cast with no real tie in to each other for awhile. But once it started coming together it picked up and was an enjoyable read. There is a bit of mystery, romance, and history all wrapped up in The Burning Chambers.
Reader4102 More than 1 year ago
This historical novel has it all – suspense, secrets, love, treachery, mysterious messages – all spanning centuries and continents. Mosse set her story mainly in sixteenth century France, which is still in the grip of religious zealotry that is tearing the country apart as the Roman Catholic church is determined to rid the country of the Huguenots. Mosse has written a fast paced and unputdownable 600-page novel with complex, well-drawn characters. Her writing and story line are excellent as well. If you love historical fiction that transports you to the past in a way that will have you immersed in times and places, then this is most certainly the book for you. Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for an eARC.