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The City of Tears

(The Burning Chambers #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  289 ratings  ·  136 reviews
Following on from the Sunday Times number one bestseller, The Burning Chambers, Kate Mosse's The City of Tears is the second thrilling historical epic in The Burning Chambers series, for fans of Ken Follett and Dan Brown.

August 1572: Minou Joubert and her family are in Paris for a Royal Wedding, an alliance between the Catholic Crown and the Huguenot King of Navarre intend
Hardcover, 608 pages
Expected publication: January 19th 2021 by Mantle
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Ted Waterfall I read the book without having read the first volume, and so did my wife. Neither of us felt that we needed the first volume to appreciate the 2nd vol…moreI read the book without having read the first volume, and so did my wife. Neither of us felt that we needed the first volume to appreciate the 2nd volume. However, I am a retired history teacher which may have helped and my wife reads copiously and has a sharp mind. (less)

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“The Wars of Religion in France was a sequence of civil wars which began” in 1562 and ended in 1598.
“The Eighty Years War in the Low Countries” (Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg) “was no less complicated. Beginning in 1568, it was a revolt (…) against the violent occupation of Hapsburg Spain.”
“The Story of French Protestantism and the beginning of the Dutch Republic are both part of the larger European story of the Reformation.”
The story is set against the background of those religious wars, whi
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reading this book made me once again realize that organized religion can and did often bring its share of grief, loss of life, and hardship to the people. It certainly should never be the intention of any religion to place itself above another's beliefs, but that has unfortunately happened down through the ages. Certainly, in this book, the second in The Burning Chambers series, those concepts have been once again been brought to light.

Minou and Piet Joubert and their family are Huguenots in Fra
Abbie | abbie.ruis
An exciting family saga filled with rich history. Perfect for fans of Outlander.

August 1572: Minou Joubert and her husband Piet travel to Paris to attend a royal wedding which, after a decade of religious wars, is intended to finally bring peace between the Catholics and the Huguenots.

Also in Paris is their oldest enemy, Vidal, in pursuit of an ancient relic that will change the course of history.

Within days of the marriage, thousands will lie dead in the street, and Minou’s family will be sca
Susan Johnson
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
I am ashamed to admit this but I realize most of what I know about French history I have learned from Kate Mosse. I, of course, knew about Marie Antoinette and Lafayette, but that was about it. She has nailed yet another piece of history for me, the battle between the Huguenots and Catholics in 1572 for the throne of France. This starts with the wedding between principals of the two religions to join the crown of France as told by the Huguenot family of Minou Joubert.

The family comes from the
Penny (Literary Hoarders)
CAN'T WAIT. May 2020 is a looooong time away! ...more
Sofie (BooksbySofie)
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
"The suffering of those we love is harder to bear than anything we feel on our own behalf."

This is a historical fiction novel that follows Minou and her husband Piet from 1572 until 1594. Because of the war, they flee from Paris to Amsterdam, but their enemies follow wherever they go.
This is the sequel to 'the burning chambers'.

In highschool I learned about the war for independence (tachtig jarige oorlog) in the Netherlands . I was never a big fan of history class (which had a lot to do with m
Alyssia Cooke
I'm going to be a dissenting voice here and say that I enjoyed this far less than the initial novel in this series; The Burning Chambers. Don't get me wrong, it is still exceptionally well written and definitely one of it's greatest strengths is how well Moss builds the historical period around you, across multiple settings and even countries. I did however feel that there was a significant amount of repetition of themes from the previous novel in terms of the narrative; the unknown inheritance ...more
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from St. Martin's Press - Minotaur Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I was totally into the concept of this book from the start and all of the relating corresponding stories are so intriguing. There is the story of Minou and Piet and attending the royal wedding to bring an end to a holy war. Just when peace was around the corner, the evil Vidal is on the search for an ancient relic of its
Architha | thebookishdweeb
France has been in unwavering instability ever since the French revolution and the conquering of the Bastille. This is more so because of religious conflicts within the same religion (which is very ironic); in this case between the Catholic 'pure' Christians and the Protestant 'impure' Christians. Here, this conflict take solace not only in France, but in the neighboring countries of Belgium and Netherlands.

'The City of Tears' is the second book of the Burning Chambers series, and though I haven
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The City of Tears is the follow up to The Burning Chamber. Set in 1572 the story follows Minou and Piet Joubert and their family, as France is ripped apart by a holy war between the Catholics and Hugenots.
It's a story of revenge, persecution and loss, which hit me right in the feels on more than one occasion.
I loved this and predicted a couple of the plot scenes but it took nothing away from the story.
And like the Burning Chamber I had to remind myself to breathe.
Thank you Netgalley and Publish
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book really takes a long time to get moving, with lots of characters to introduce and lots of secrets to hint at, but not enough action or answers for me to be interested for quite a while. The oddly short chapters don't speed up the pace of the book like I assume the author hoped, but because the first part of the book is so slow, we're left with chapter after chapter where nothing happens. It doesn't start to really get interesting until about the 40% mark and it's my personal opinion tha ...more
Apr 12, 2020 rated it liked it

+++Thanks to Goodreads, Kate Mosse, St Martin's Press and Minotaur Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review+++


It seems rather ironic that I write this review on Easter Sunday since the central theme of The City of Tears, which takes place in the mid to late 1500's in Paris and Amsterdam, are the religious wars between Huguenots, Catholics and Calvinists. The practitioners of each of these Christianity based religions were so passionate about their beliefs, they w
Ted Waterfall
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This tale of historical fiction begins in France in 1572 as a young woman, Minou Joubert and her husband, Piet, and eight year old daughter Marta, travel to Paris to attend a political-Royal wedding between a Catholic and a Huguenot (Protestant) arranged for the purposes of trying to end the vicious warfare between those two religions that had plagued the French countryside and planted the seeds of so much hatred and suspicion. But just days after the wedding is over, the Catholics descend on th ...more
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved The Burning Chambers, so I was so excited to receive an advanced copy of the next installment in the series!

The City of Tears follows Minou, Piet, and their family some 10 years after the ending of the first book, and goes on to cover around 20 more years in their life. While the mystery slowly unfolds throughout the book, we aren't left in wait—the plot bubbles along satisfyingly over more than 500 pages. There are many smaller plot points that happen throughout the story, a
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I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review thanks to MacMillan Audio and Netgalley

June 1572: for ten, violent years the Wars of Religion have raged across France. Neighbours have become enemies, countless lives have been lost, the country has been torn apart over matters of religion, citizenship and sovereignty. But now a precarious peace is in the balance: a royal wedding has been negotiated by Catherine de’ Medici and Jeanne d'Albret, an alliance
Kristin Gleeson
This is an engrossing read filled with meticulous historical detail that carries on from the first book in the series, The Burning Chamber. Minou Joubert Reydon, now married to her childhood love, Piet, and the mother of two children, lives contentedly in the south of France as chatelaine to the estate that was surprisingly her birth right. Underneath her contentment lies a slight unease that her enemy, Vidal, now a powerful Catholic cardinal, who had nearly succeeded in killing her and usurping ...more
Elite Group
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Breath-taking! Engaging! Poignant!

The year is 1572 and the war of Huguenot as the protestants became known as had been raging for ten years. Minou Joubert and her husband Piet Reydon are summoned to Paris to witness the marriage of a royal wedding negotiated by Catherine de’ Medici and Jeanne d’Albret, the wedding of Margot and Henri, the Huguenot king of Navarre creating an alliance between the Catholic Crown and the Huguenots. Minou and Piet are accompanied by their seven-year-old daughter an
Victoria Rodríguez
This is the second book in the saga The Burning Chambers, that Kate Mosse wrote about important episodes in the history of France. The story of this book takes place during the 16th century in Europe where Minou Joubert, together with her family, attend a royal wedding in order to create an alliance between the Catholic Crown and the Huguenot king of Navarre. The religious war has lasted 10 years, people long to finally have peace in their respective countries. However, Vidal, the most controver ...more
Donna Hines
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
From Paris to Amsterdam the intriguing story will have you engulfed in romance, revenge, loss, persecution, and redemption!
It all begins with the historical context from the religious wars which brought about trading throughout using ancient religious relics.
This created vast amounts of chaos involving not just religion and massacres.
Were the Huguenots being targeted?
The story revolves around two main characters Minou and Piet while bringing in several other characters to create an epic novel th
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!!!

Book 2 in Kate Moss’ The Burning Chambers series did not disappoint! Set from 1572-1584, the book begins with Minou and Piet living a happy life in Puivert when they are invited to a royal wedding in Paris. They get caught up in the St Bartholemew’s Day massacre and their 7 year old daughter goes missing.

The writing is top notch and the author weaves history and fiction seamlessly so the reader is completely engaged in the novel. I enjoyed reading about Minou and Piet all grown up, a
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 STARS !!!!

This is the second book in THE BURNING CHAMBER series. I would like to thank Kate Mosse and St. Martins Press for this advanced copy.

This book takes place in the 1500's during which Paris is uniting two royals in marriage to bring peace between Catholics and Huguenots.

When I opened this book and started reading...I felt that I was reuniting with my friends, the Jouberts. Piet and Minou have been married for ten years. So, in this next saga, we are introduced to their children. And ju
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like the Burning Chamber, you must read The City of Tears! Minou Joubert and her husband Piet are back in the suspenseful, heart wrenching sequel to The Burning Chamber. Minou and Piet live good lives, but when they are invited to Paris for a royal wedding, they find themselves thrust into the deceptions and violence driven by religious fanatics both Catholic and Protestant. Surviving the Saint Bartholomew's massacre, Minou and Piet realize that their daughter Marta is missing. The search ...more
Alicen (thecozyshelf)
*I received an e-arc of this book from Net Galley. All opinions are mine. Receiving a free copy of this book did not alter my review in any way.

I review my books around five areas that I think are key in a book. They are Character, World, Plot, Writing Style, and Enjoyment.

Character: 3
- If I had to choose a favorite character from The City of Tears I would pick Piet. He is the main character's husband and one of the best characters in this book. My least favorite character was Marta, frankly a
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have yet to read The Burning Chamber by Kate Mosse which after reading the sequel The City Of Tears. This sweeping historical epic kept me up reading till late at night. I learned a lot about Paris, Chartres and "the city of tears" Amsterdam. I was really impressed with my first book I have read by this author, Kate Mosse. Highly recommend this work of historical fiction. Five Star rating from me for this book. I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway via the publisher in exchange for an ...more
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have read some of Kate Mosse’s earlier books and have always loved their complexity and the immersiveness of the stories. The novels are so well researched that you can imagine living with the characters and experiencing their lives . The City of Tears is no exception.

The book is a sequel to The Burning Chamber , which I had not read; but that was not a problem as there was plenty of explanatory detail about the characters and their back stories to fill in the gaps. The novel is set in 16th ce
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m a great fan of Kate Mosse’s historical novels set in sixteenth century France and had thoroughly enjoyed The Burning Chamber a few years ago as well as the Labyrinth series which she had written earlier.
This is the second book in her new Burning Chambers trilogy and moves from Languedoc in Southern France at the beginning to Paris and then Amsterdam as we follow the story of Minou, Piet and their family.
I know Languedoc well so had been to several of the places mentioned in the book which re
This is the second novel in Kate Mosse's historical epic series, THE BURNING CHAMBERS, and I recommend readers begin with the first book if they want to understand the backstory. This book picks up several years after the first one left off, with Minou and Piet now as parents. Their daughter, Marta, is precocious and plays an important role in the book, so readers should not dismiss her because of her young age. The story is set during the time of the medieval religious wars in France, when the ...more
Jean Kolinofsky
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kate Mosse takes you back to 1572 France and Amsterdam in her sequel to The Burning Chambers. A marriage has been arranged between the children of Catherine de Medici and Jeanne de Navarre to rebuild France after the religious wars between the Catholics and the Protestant Huguenots. Piet and his wife Minou have been invited and will travel with their family to Paris to witness the spectacle. It is during their stay that the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre against the Protestants occurs. Their you ...more
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kate Mosse is such an extraordinary writer that you turn page after page, never stopping to think that you have read 300 pages and still have another 300 pages to go before you find out what history has already taught you. This is another book that when I went to check my notes and highlights - there weren’t any. Speaks to how invested I was in each page. I believed I could remember all the names, the places, the vendettas and the myriad reasons for all the insanity. Power, who has it, who wants ...more
Teresa Cornelius
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The City of Tears by Kate Mosse
This book is the sequel to The Burning Chambers and continues the story of Minou Joubert and Piet. It is set in 1572 and they are now married with an eight year old daughter who is very headstrong and opinionated and a young child, Jean Jacques. The religious wars, which have caused so much bloodshed on both sides, are continuing but there is hope that the marriage between the Catholic Crown and the Huguenot Henri of Navarre will bring the opposing sides together.
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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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