The Burning Chambers
The City of Tears
On Sale: 19 January 2021
About the Book
A breathtaking historical novel of revenge, persecution and loss, The City of Tears by Kate Mosse follows on from her Sunday Times number one bestseller, The Burning Chambers.
May 1572: for ten violent years the Wars of Religion have raged across France. Neighbours have become enemies, countless lives have been lost, and the country has been torn apart over matters of religion, citizenship and sovereignty. But now a precarious peace is in the balance and a royal wedding has been negotiated. It is a marriage that could see France reunited at last.
An invitation has arrived for Minou Joubert and her family to attend this historic wedding in Paris in August. But what Minou does not know is that the Joubert family’s oldest enemy, Vidal, will also be there. Nor that, within days of the marriage, on the eve of the Feast Day of St Bartholomew, her family will be scattered to the four winds and one of her beloved children will have disappeared without trace . . .
Sweeping from Paris and Chartres to the City of Tears itself – the great refugee city of Amsterdam – this is a story of one family’s fight to stay together and survive against the devastating tides of history . . .
‘A gorgeously written, utterly absorbing epic . . . I absolutely loved it’ – Lucy Foley, author of The Hunting Party
‘A novel with vast scope and ambition, brilliantly achieved . . . I was utterly immersed in this spell-binding story’ – Rosamund Lupton, author of Three Hours
‘This is historical fiction to devour. Nobody does it like Kate Mosse’ – Anthony Horowitz on The Burning Chambers
That rare thing, a novel with vast scope and ambition, brilliantly achieved, but also deeply personal, finely detailed and nuanced. I was utterly immersed in this spell-binding story - Rosamund Lupton, author of Three Hours
A gorgeously written, utterly absorbing epic and, despite being set in the sixteenth century, has some very pertinent messages for our time about the evils of religious persecution and the transcendent power of love and family. In case it’s not clear enough yet, I absolutely LOVED it - Lucy Foley, author of The Hunting Party
Magnificent, epic - Marian Keyes, author of Grown Ups
[A] dramatic, immersive tale of secrets, conspiracies, fanaticism and loss - Daily Mail
Mosse’s novel is an enjoyable, intricately plotted piece of escapism - The Times
Mosse shows a deft command of character and narrative in this second volume of a planned sequence - Sunday Times
The focus in her historical fiction has always been on the untold stories of women and Minou is an appealing heroine. Mosse includes all the ingredients you would expect from a historical epic – murder, treachery, lost children, stolen relics, buried secrets – but she also dramatises the complexities of 16th-century French and Dutch politics without weighing it down. This is a compelling story of how political upheavals play out in individual lives - Stephanie Merritt, The Observer
Religious fanaticism, political intrigue and the heart-wrenching tale of a lost child add to a highly readable historical adventure, with women firmly centre stage - Mail on Sunday
Every inch a classic Mosse novel, The City of Tears is diligently researched, beautifully written and, crucially right now, both substantial and immersive – if you want to leave 21st-century pandemic Britain behind, this should be your preferred mode of transport - Radio Times
Deft touches show a mastery of preparation, suspension and resolution within the historical thriller form - Financial Times
This powerful story of love, secrets and deceit is pacy, rich and stylish – and as compelling as they come. One to stay up late for - Isabel Ashdown, author of Lake Child
A vibrant sequel to 2018’s Burning Chambers . . . The fascinating historical detail fuels the drama and keeps the plot zipping along - Publisher's Weekly
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 on The Burning Chambers
Mosse is a master storyteller - Madeline Miller, author of Circe
A powerful storyteller with an abundant imagination - Daily Telegraph
Mosse’s fans will relish this tale of secrets, love and treachery - The Times on The Burning Chambers
Another of Mosse’s immersive dramas, which takes you to the heart of the past - Grazia on The Burning Chambers
Gripping, complex and intensely atmospheric - Mail on Sunday on The Burning Chambers
Published: 19 January 2021