The Burning Chambers

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What to expect

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 . . .

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 . . .

Critics Review

  • Mosse’s fans will relish this tale of secrets, love and treachery

    The Times
  • Another of Mosse’s immersive dramas, which takes you to the heart of the past

    Grazia
  • Mosse does what good popular historical novelists do best – make the past enticingly otherworldly, while also claiming it as our own

    Independent
  • Mosse’s narrative lyricism, beautifully drawn female characters and deft journey from the past to the present day are a cut above

    Scotland on Sunday
  • A powerful storyteller with an abundant imagination

    Daily Telegraph
  • Rich with historical detail, as you’d expect from Mosse, but it’s Minou, the fiery heroine, who makes this a must-read

    Good Housekeeping

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