The Joubert Family Chronicles
The Burning Chambers
On Sale: 20 January 2022
About the Book
Bringing sixteenth-century Languedoc vividly to life, Kate Mosse’s number one bestselling novel The Burning Chambers is a gripping story of love, betrayal, war, 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 . . .
A thrilling adventure and a heartbreaking love story, The Burning Chambers is a historical novel of excitement, conspiracy and danger like no other . . .
‘A powerful storyteller with an abundant imagination’ – Daily Telegraph
‘Impressively bold and ambitious’ – Daily Mail
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 Book of the Week
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
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 Book of the Month
An irresistible read - Prima
Impressively bold and ambitious, it features betrayals, broken friendship, family secrets and the horrors of fanaticism. Fans will love it - Daily Mail
Transporting readers to sixteenth-century Languedoc where, against a backdrop of simmering sectarian tensions, nineteen-year-old Minou receives a mysterious message at her father’s bookshop. Gripping, complex and intensely atmospheric - Mail on Sunday
The Burning Chambers is a tour de force, a compelling adventure that views the past with insight, compassion and humour, and reminds us of the variety of women’s voices so often forgotten in the official accounts - Observer
Mosse is a master storyteller, balancing thrilling suspense with complex characters and a thoughtful exploration of a fascinating time in history. Her heroine Minou is a pleasure to root for: clever, loving, down-to-earth and courageous! - Madeline Miller, author of The Song of Achilles and Circe
This is historical fiction to devour. Nobody does it like Kate Mosse - Anthony Horowitz
First-rate cloak and dagger excitement – who knew the religious wars between Catholics and Huguenots in sixteenth-century France could be so riveting to modern audiences? Kate Mosse captures the details of life in the Languedoc region of France, famed for its beauty, but hiding many secrets, in this masterful novel - Margaret George, New York Times bestselling author of The Confessions of Young Nero
Mosse does what good popular historical novelists do best – make the past enticingly otherworldly, while also claiming it as our own - Independent
A powerful storyteller with an abundant imagination - Daily Telegraph
Oh, what a glorious novel. A masterly tour of history; a rapturous romance; and – best of all – a breathless thriller, alive with treachery, with danger, with atmosphere, with beauty. This book will transport you. Kate Mosse is that rarest of writers: a storyteller who breathes fresh life into vanished worlds - A. J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window
Published: 20 January 2022