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The Burning Chambers

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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  6,162 ratings  ·  829 reviews
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 missi ...more
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published May 3rd 2018 by Mantle
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Gareth Mitchell It's not connected and also it's not standalone. It's the first of a new trilogy, set in a later period but also heavily located in and around Carcass…moreIt's not connected and also it's not standalone. It's the first of a new trilogy, set in a later period but also heavily located in and around Carcassonne.(less)
Gareth Mitchell Yes, poorly conceived romance that doesn't really work.…moreYes, poorly conceived romance that doesn't really work.(less)

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Kate Mosse has written her trademark gripping historical fiction packed with adventure, mystery, conflict and romance. Here she takes us back to France's Wars of Religion and the harrowing blood letting that took place in that historical time period, bringing back echoes of my studies of these events in European History long ago when the established Catholic Church was determined that no Huguenots should remain in the country. The story is set in Languedoc in 1562, in Carcassonne, where 19 year ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
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
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Burning Chambers by Kate Moss is a story of set in the 16th Century during the religious wars. It's about family, secrets and lies. I found this book slow to start with but I liked the characters. Very atmospheric and informative of the times.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
What I wanted from this book was a historical mystery, what I got was a historical romance. Now, it's a decent romance, if a bit sappy for my liking, with the Romeo and Juliet style dividing line provided by the French Wars of Religion. As a fascinating and dangerous period, it effectively sets up the Catholic/Huguenot conflicts that are layered through the story, both in smaller character motivation and the larger social framework. This is done exceptionally well, the feeling of threat and unce ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nobody does the Languedoc like Kate Mosse! 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). 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.
This is really the story of an everyday family living in Carcassonne with a secret. It is also a romance. The story is based in Carcassonne and then Toulouse where bitter batt
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very intriguing historical fiction read! This takes place in the mid-1500's during the time of the religious wars in France between the Catholics and the Huguenots. Mosse did a remarkable job in portraying the atmosphere and the climate of those times as well as imagining a fast-paced mystery that kept my interest - a family with a secret. I liked the strong female characters portrayed and enjoyed the romance between Minou and Piet. I don't know much about this period in France's history other ...more
Stephen Robert Collins
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 was what was read out at my Mother's Funrel in May 09 is at being of the book.
This starts in 1862 in Franschhoek at a grave the rest is in flashback to Carcassonne in the Winter 1562, Toulouse Spring 1562 & Puivert Summer 1562 ; during the Wars of Religion set around the Host ,transubstantiation as opposed to consubstantiation. The hundreds of thousands of people who died over bread & wine. In today's standards it is very difficult to under stand Transubstantiation as it sound
Tl;dr: (gallic shrug)

Kate Mosse is back with a new series focusing on the persecution of Huguenots in France. It looks like the series will track not just the beginning and the infamous massacre, but also the migration of those who survived to other European countries and eventually colonial Africa (primarily South Africa, it seems)

This is a fantastic idea for a historical series--it focuses on a lesser known period of European history, it's about what it's like to live in a world where people f
I absolutely loved Kate Mosse’s Languedoc trilogy (Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel) and the atmospheric The Winter Ghosts. The author returns to the setting of previous novels – Carcassonne – but this time without the dual time structure of Labyrinth and Sepulchre. Instead the reader is plunged into the sights and sounds of 16th century France, a time of religious strife between the Catholic Church and Protestant Huguenots. ‘The threat of being denounced terrified everyone; a man could be strun ...more
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Kate Mosse has returned to what she does best, the French Languedoc period, mixed with a dash of mystery, twists and violence.

As usual it’s Mosse’s apparent passion for this period of history that shines through here, with vivid descriptions of an extremely volatile time in French history. The story is highly atmospheric, which is only heightened by the wonderful detailed depictions of everyday life during a turbulent time. The un
Victoria Sadler
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My god. MY. GOD. If you’re book is going to be 600 pages long, it better be good and, bloody hell, The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse is UH. MAY. ZING. Incredibly – and rather embarrassingly – I’ve never read one of Kate’s novels before. And I also know very little about the political landscape of 16th century France(!), yet this piece of historical fiction is gripping. Oh my word, it is gripping.

Love and betrayal, mysteries and secrets, war and adventure, conspiracies and divided loyalties… It
I haven’t read anything else by this author, but I was expecting more historical fiction and less romance novel. I knew nothing about this period of French history or the conflict between the Catholics and the Huguenots. I should have read a nonfiction book about it instead, because it definitely takes a back seat in this book. The book has instalove, a randy priest, a counterfeit shroud, secrets (of course), a stolen inheritance and one extremely melodramatic character (who devolves into totall ...more
Theresa Smith
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-bingo-2018
The first book in a new series of novels by Kate Mosse, The Burning Chambers is sublime historical fiction. It is set in France, in the year 1562, when the Wars of Religion were beginning to take hold. These were a sequence of eight civil wars between Catholics and Huguenots and the loss and destruction was profound, with several million people dead or displaced over the 36 years these wars raged on for. Such a very long time; what madness.

The Burning Chambers contains an impressive amount of h
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse is an epic tale of a family in mid 1500s France set against the backdrop of the civil unrest between the Catholics and Huguenots. This is quite a hefty tome coming in at over 580 pages and while I don't mind a chunky read every now and again, I did find this one a little too long. I wanted the main character to spend more time at her father's bookshop and felt a little robbed when that was just a kicking off point to her story.

Containing a mystery and a love st
Kate Mosse's "Languedoc Trilogy": LabyrinthSepulchre, and Citadel are three of my favorite historical fiction novels, so I was oh so thrilled when I heard she was writing a new series set again in the Languedoc province of France and even more excited to get my hands on a review copy of The Burning Chambers (let me just say that there's some serious cover love going on between me and this book! Gorgeous!).

In this richly atmospheric, historical novel Mosse journeys back to the 16th century, to
2.5 stars rounded up to 3. I've read and enjoyed two of Kate Mosses' books before, but unfortunately I thought that The Burning Chamber was not of the same high standard. I loved learning about the time period and thought her descriptions of the places and historical events were very well done, but I found the characters in the story very one dimensional. I enjoy reading about people that are a bit more complex, and here you were either a hero (with no personality flaws) or a villain (with no re ...more
Languedoc, region in Southern France, was marked by Cathars Inquisitions before the 14th century and after the 15th century the region experienced another Crusade now against Huguenots (French Protestants), who seemed to be putting the strongest resistance in this particular region.

The story begins in 1562 Carcassonne with a 19 year old Minou, who works at her father’s bookshop. A bookshop known for “selling books to suit all religious tastes” and to be “out of step with the increasingly intole
thanks to net galley and the publishers for a free copy in return for open and honest review.

interesting novel based in the times of the religious wars in 16th century France and the relationships between several families on both sides. felt the prologue could of been developed more at the start and end it felt out of place. felt that the book could of been slightly shorter and got bogged down towards the middle
Susan Johnson
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kate Mosse writes really good historical fiction and does a lot about the Huguenots in 15th century France. This is not a part of her recent trilogy but a stand alone still centered around that time. It is very good. It concerns Minou Joubert and her small family of father, Bernard, and siblings, Aimeric and Alis living in Cacassonne.

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 s
Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
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"Kill them all. God will know His own."

3.5/5 stars. The Burning Chambers is the first in Kate Mosse’s new series, set in a similar historical time period as her earlier series, but this time entirely in France during the bloody wars between French Huguenots and Catholics. This book started out reeeeeeeally slow. So slow that, had I not been given a review copy, I probably would have put it down indefinitely. However, the description was exc
Kelly Furniss
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in the 16th Century during the wars between the Catholics and Huguenots Mosse brings alive the story with the descriptive attention to detail giving a real sense of the period. At times I felt it quite hard going because of the religious aspect but I ploughed on to be rewarded with a entertaining story based around this of divided loyalties, conspiracies, love and betrayal.
A book I would recommend. My thanks go to the author, publisher and Netgalley in providing a arc in return for a honest
Jan 23, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
For some reason I am not capable to get through this with any kind of pace or experiencing any reading-pleasure. Maybe one day I will be able to, but as somebody wise said "stop reading books you don't actually enjoy" and right now that is definitely the case. It might be just a tad too complicated for me to keep up with at the moment. ...more
 Linda (Miss Greedybooks)
I enjoyed this book, a historical fiction. The very well written characters were easy to identify with and care about their lives and struggles. I notice it has a #1 after the title, so I look forward to a #2.
Alyssia Cooke
This is a fascinating historical work of fiction that gripped me from beginning to end, which is really quite an achievement since it isn't really my period of interest and I know nothing about French history at all. There is a huge amount of historical detail here and I felt that I learned a significant amount from the novel, but that it was never a chore. The historical intricacies are woven into the fabric of the novel so tightly that it felt like an intrinsic part of the world building rathe ...more
This was my first book by Kate Mosse and I relished every page. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and Mosse writes it to perfection.
Mosse captures every single detail. Every one of your senses will be engaged. You will see every literary ingredient that Mosse so eloquently describes. And you will hear, smell and taste every detail. I know when I'm reading something exceptional because I can smell the town and I can hear what's happening in the background. It's also am
The Burning Chambers is an historical fiction story. Set in 16th century France, it's a dark gritty story. I'm usually a fan of this time period, but something about this story bothered me. It's well written and completely immersive with strong characters. Despite this, I didn't care for the story overall. Unfortunately, it's a miss for me. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book completely swept me up in its adventure. Mosse brings us into 15th century France, where we meet Minou and Piet, two young people on opposite sides of the Huguenot vs Catholic divide. As their paths continue to cross, Mosse creates a fast-paced story that weaves together treachery, love, detailed religious history, and family. The story unfolds at an addicting pace, and characters become more interesting as we learn more about their complicated motivations and personal histories.

I rea
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set during the persecution of Huguenots by Catholics in France in the late 16th century, this novel features Minou Joubert, a bookseller's daughter and a Catholic, who falls in love with Piet Reydon, a Huguenot. Minou's sister Alis plays a role in the the story as do many others, including historical figures and figures imagined by the author. I read this at a rapid pace and found it interesting. I learned a lot about the persecution suffered by the Huguenots and the religious war between Cathol ...more
Mridula Gupta
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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‘The Burning Chambers’ by Kate Mosse came as a surprise to me because of the absence of a supernatural element. Mosse’s stories are usually characterized as gothic, with a distinctly dark and haunting atmosphere. But ‘The Burning Chambers’ shows a different story and I am in love with the author once again.

The plot has two major protagonists- Minou and Piet. Set amidst the war between Catholics and Protestants during The Roman Empire (the 1500
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Kate Mosse is a fabulous writer but I've always been more enamoured of her Languedoc books compared to her other novels so was delighted to see that she is returning to this area with her new trilogy. Set in 1562, this isn't a historical period I know much about, but in her trademark fashion the author educates and entertains us at the same time. From the very start we are drawn into a fascinating story of religious persecution, family secret, this, betrayal and intrigue, and star crossed love. ...more
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Kate Mosse is an international bestselling author with sales of more than five million copies in 42 languages. Her fiction includes the novels Labyrinth (2005), Sepulchre (2007), The Winter Ghosts (2009), and Citadel (2012), as well as an acclaimed collection of short stories, The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales (2013). Kate’s new novel, The Taxidermist’s Daughter is out now.
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