Book Review: ‘The Burning Chambers’ A Great Historical Fiction Novel

Author Kate Mosse has written what could be the book of the year! A historical, romantic story set against the backdrop of the French War of Religion between the Catholics and the Protestants and a mysterious will that will change peoples lives forever.

It’s the story of Minou Jobert and her family in Carcassone in 1562, who are Catholics. Her father is been distant since he returned from his trip and Minou has been trying to keep things together. She is running his book store and helping with her brother and sister. Her mother died many years ago. The times are tough these days. The Catholics and Protestants are fighting and no one is safe. When she meets a mysterious man named Piet Reydon (a Protestant) it changes her life. They are drawn to each other without knowing much about each other. He has to go as he’s wanted by the law but tells her where she can find him.

When Minou’s father decides to send her and her brother to her aunt’s house in Toulouse, Minou realizes that she can look for Piet. But she gets caught up in a religious battle and Piet ends up saving her. When they find out that her little sister has been kidnapped they head out to find her. Minou learns it has to do with her. It’s a secret that her Mother has left that involves a secret will that will change her life. But one hateful woman, the Mistress of Pulvert, doesn’t want it to see the light of day. It leads to a climatic showdown where lives will be lost and changed forever.

A thrilling read which I believe is the start to a new series and I for one cannot wait for the next one! You can pick it up in stores on Tuesday, June 18th from Minotaur/St. Martin’s Press.

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