We have approached the end of October and heading towards the end of this year! I am sure most you have gotten you spooky reads done by now. Do you have any recommendations for me? Would love to hear from you. Leave a comment with a spooky book recommendation 👻
I am doing a mini book review again today and I have with me Kate Mosse’s The Burning Chambers . I am pretty late at reading this and I only got to read it because I participated in the #PanMacHistoricalReadathon! So, thanks to Pan Macmillan India for sending me a copy 💜.
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.
I read Burning Chambers as a part of the #PanMacHistoricalReadathon. I usually don’t read that much of Historical fiction but I do have a soft spot for this genre.
This was my first book by Kate Mosse and I know she has written several books of this genre. Seems like descriptive writing style is preferred in historical fiction novels. I don’t mind it though.
It was a bit difficult to get into the book at first but the story picks up on its pace midway. It is set in the mid 1500s France and we have our main character, Minou Joubert, a nineteen year old working at her father’s bookshop and on the other hand, we have Piet Reydon. What I wasn’t expecting is a romance but I am not complaining! I wasn’t all that aware of the French Religious Wars which was a major historical event of the 1500s. This religious divide amongst the Catholics and Protestants serves as a backdrop for the romance brewing between Minou and Piet. The romance was a lot like that of Romeo and Juliet and to be honest, I thought that the romance plot was completely unnecessary. Even though it started off as a sub-plot, it ended up taking central stage.
I really liked Mosse’s writing style and all the historical details that she added. There’s this underlying political and religious tension that courses throughout the book and the point of view enhances the stories of family, lies, betrayal and love. I am not sure how I felt about the religious discourse but did like the writing and narration. The characters were also very detailed and I also love the whole setting.
If you like Historical Romances, you might like this one and if you are someone who’s into history, then I am sure you’ll gobble this up!
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