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Summary

Bringing 16th 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: 19-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....

©2018 Kate Mosse (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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A special time and a special place

Another wonderful book by Kate Moss. Her words and the narrator recreate the turbulent times of the Huguenot /Catholic turmoil through so many characters, the innocence of Minnu and her siblings, the commitment of Piet to his cause and to his Lady of the Mists while the duplicity and hypocrisy of those who hold office in the Church is revealed in so many ways. I loved the beginning and the epilogue and look foreword to the next book and another country and how they link up. The Languedoc area especially Carcasson and Toulouse were crucial to the Cathars before the time of the Huguenots, must be something special in the air. This book recreates these atmosphere so well one can almost smell the land.

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Gripping from page one.

As with other novels by Kate Mosse I was hooked from the first page. It was beautifully read and the story romped along with more than enough twists and turns to keep me happy. If there is any criticism, and I am looking hard to find any, is that the last couple of chapters did seem to be slightly rushed, but maybe that was just my reluctance to leave the characters that had been expertly woven upon since the first mention of their names, as with her previous novels her description of place and surroundings were painted so vividly that you felt that you were stood right next to the characters, being able to see and smell exactly what they were. I was sorry to have finished this book and my main complaint is that I have to wait 2 years to be transported back in time to find out what happens next. By the time book 2 is out I shall have listened to Burning chambers again and again and as with other great novels each time I do listen I shall find fresh details that I missed first time around.
The burning Chambers is a brilliant novel, buy it, sit back and enjoy !

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Too similar to Labyrinth

This was a bit too much like the Labyrinth for my tastes. Same names, same location, same themes (religious strife, hidden secret, boy meets girl, abuses of power, etc). Also, you know from the outset that most of the main characters must survive in order to continue the story into more modern times which takes away some of the suspense.

What happened to Blanche de la Bruyère at the end of the book seemed really out of character and inserted to kill a promising plot line rather than adding to the story. The whole ending is a bit far fetched and moves at a much greater pace than the rest of the book.

If you like historical fiction it's an enjoyable read but the story doesn't feel new.

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Glad to have finished it.

Sadly, I couldn’t get into this book due to finding all of the guttural French pronunciations distracting.

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Another great story

familiar writing style, involved characters,drama. once again I binge listened this book. You will enjoy as well.


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Another cracker by Kate Mosse

Love her suspense and drama and have read and listened to her entire collection. Can’t recommend her enough Am gutted I have to wait until 2019 for the next instalment!

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very enjoyable. fantastic narration.

loved it. voice narration was very well done. accents and voices suited characters very well.

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Overly long and poorly written

This seemed to follow almost a textbook ‘How to write a book” with almost laughably bad ‘cliffhangers’ and the most predictable of plot devices. Very disappointing after others which I had enjoyed.

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Too many characters doing nothing in particular

The rate at which characters are introduced in this book was confusing for me. I found the story line fragmented because of the different locations and myriad of characters that lacked development. I found it difficult to attach a purpose to each character and follow whether they were good or bad from chapter to chapter.

I am almost at the end of the book now and even as I appear to approach its climax the storyline is wanting. I will probably return this.

The narrator has a very soothing voice and is typically the type of tone I enjoy listening to.

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Not her best<br />

If had not read her previous excellent books I would have given up.in the first third of the book.
Slow and did not paint such detailed vivid characters whose future you wanted to let.