I’m pleased to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for epic historical novel The City of Tears, second in Kate Mosse’s excellent new series that began with The Burning Chambers. Thank you to Anne Cater and Pan Macmillan for giving me the opportunity to read and review this fabulous book.
About the book:
The City of Tears -Book 2-Paris, August 1572
Minou Joubert and her family are in Paris for a Royal Wedding, an alliance between the Catholic Crown and the Huguenot King of Navarre intended to bring peace to France after a decade of religious wars. So too is their oldest enemy, Vidal, still in pursuit of a relic that will change the course of history.
But within days of the marriage, thousands will lie dead in the streets and Minou’s beloved family will be scattered to the four winds and one of her beloved children will have disappeared without trace . . .
A breath-taking novel of revenge, persecution and loss, 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, to survive and to find each other, against the devastating tides of history . .
.“The Burning Chambers is a sequence of novels set against the backdrop of three hundred years of history, from sixteenth century France to nineteenth-century Southern Africa. The characters and their families, unless otherwise specified, are imagined, though inspired by the sort of people who might have lived. Ordinary women and men, struggling to live, love and survive against a backdrop of religious war and displacement.”
About the author:
Kate Mosse is a number one international bestselling novelist, playwright and non-fiction writer. The author of eightnovels and short story collections –including the multimillion-selling Languedoc Trilogy (Labyrinth, Sepulchreand Citadel) and Gothic fiction The Winter Ghostsand The Taxidermist’s Daughter, which she is adapting for the stage –her books have been translated into thirty-eightlanguages and published in more than forty countries. She is the Founder Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and a regular interviewer for theatre & fiction events. Kate divides her time between Chichester in West Sussex and Carcassonnen in south-west France.
The City of Tears by Kate Mosse is the second in a series of epic historical novels that began with The Burning Chambers. Beautifully written and rich in detail, this series of books is set against the backdrop of three hundred years of history, from sixteenth century France to nineteenth century Southern Africa.
The City of Tears begins in sixteenth century Paris as Minou Joubert and her family arrive to attend a Royal Wedding. But within days thousands of people are dead, Minou’s family are scattered to the four winds and one of her beloved children has disappeared…
There isn’t anything I didn’t love about this book! Kate Mosse is a born storyteller and her writing is exquisite as she brings this breathtaking story of family, loss and revenge vividly to life. With a complex, well researched plot and a memorable cast of fictional characters, this is a book that marries historical facts with the tale of a fictional family incredibly well. I flew through the pages, desperate to see where the story would take me next.
The City of Tears is a fascinating, often moving read that I thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end. I can’t wait to read even more of this fabulous and richly detailed story in the future.
A gorgeous and epic tale of family, love, bravery, loss and survival that I would highly recommend.
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