An exciting family saga filled with rich history Perfect for fans of Outlander August 1572 Minou Joubert and her husband Piet travel to Paris to attend a royal wedding which after a decade of religious wars is intended to finally bring peace between the Catholics and the Huguenots Also in Paris is their oldest enemy Vidal in pursuit of an ancient relic that will change the course of history Within days of the marriage thousands will lie dead in the street and Minou s family will be scattered to the four winds As big as the books in these series are they pack a lot of punch both with historical facts and heart breaking moments This intergenerational strife between two rivaling families that exists between the pages of this narrative is something that I live for Because the plot was uite heavy and intricate I did find myself getting tangled up in the threads and having a hard time connecting with the characters However the people that Kate crafts are exceedingly honest complex and well written This is an intriguing seuel to the first novel the Burning Chambers with a cliffhanger you won t see coming I look forward to learning about Minou s family in upcoming books As always a BIG thank you to the publishers and Netgalley for sending me an ARC of this book This book was received as an ARC from St Martin s Press Minotaur Books in exchange for an honest review Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my ownI was totally into the concept of this book from the start and all of the relating corresponding stories are so intriguing There is the story of Minou and Piet and attending the royal wedding to bring an end to a holy war Just when peace was around the corner the evil Vidal is on the search for an ancient relic of its power to end the world as we now it As he gets closer and closer Minou s family is scattered and suffering piece by piece This book did jump but however still correlated with the plot which not only made it easier to read but much easier to visualize and be part of the story I now our community will have a lot of great words to say about this book and will enjoy it to the maxWe will consider adding this title to our Historical Fiction collection at our library That is why we give this book 5 stars I m going to be a dissenting voice here and say that I enjoyed this far less than the initial novel in this series The Burning Chambers Don t get me wrong it is still exceptionally well written and definitely one of it s greatest strengths is how well Moss builds the historical period around you across multiple settings and even countries I did however feel that there was a significant amount of repetition of themes from the previous novel in terms of the narrative the unknown inheritance for example and that there was a shift in tone from the villains of the piece being complex perhaps mentally unstable individuals to just being evil I appreciated the occasional shift of perspective to Vidal and his hunt for various religious artefacts but felt he was a far weaker character than Minou or Piet There wasn t enough effort made to humanise him and it made him a rather two dimensional villain rather than
fully formed in and of his own right This wasn t helped by the fact that his motivations were two fold and neither of them were particularly strong The author also leans heavily on the character building she did in the first book and I suspect if you tried to read this as a standalone you would really struggle to engage with the characters and the narrative This reliance also means that new characters aren t anywhere near as deeply drawn as individuals like Minou and Piet who come with the full backstory and history from the first novel Secondary characters are also far weaker and some of the historical perspective is lost I often simply didn t really care when peripheral characters were illed off whereas these incidental deaths really impacted me in The *burning chambersthat said i really enjoyed how well *ChambersThat said I really enjoyed how well moves with the historical setting and how she changes the focus from the immediate romance of Minou and Piet to a far settled relationship The responsibilities of land ownership and parenthood have changed the dynamics of the relationship significantly and Mosse really does well at portraying this I loved the dynamics of Minou and her children throughout the novel and how fear for her children has changed her priorities Much of the first half of the novel is slow reading but I enjoyed it as I felt it built up these relationships and the changes that have happened in the last ten years It also gives Mosse a chance to set the scene for the next waves of violence to grip France in this tumultuous time of war and short lived peaceThere are some things Mosse does really really well here Her descriptions of Paris and of how the sudden conflict oncea fully formed
the very foundations of Piet and Minou s life are fantastic I felt she captured the fear that leads to becoming a refugee from a country that has your heart and your home and yet how individuals adapt and change to meet their circumstances If she had stuck to the historical conflict and how this impacted the family I suspect this would have been a four or even five star novel But the over arching narrative of Piet s family name stole some of the shine from this novel as it felt like a copy and pasted version of Minou s story in the first novel Likewise whilst the historical period and the brutal impact of civil conflict was captured brilliantly the focus on Vidal and his obsession seemed far thinner and marred my enjoyment somewhat I d have preferred to have been with Marta as that is a tale that was all but forgotten until the endI will still undoubtedly be reading the third novel in this series though as Mosse writes beautifully and have really peaked my interest in what comes next I still have no idea what s going on with the nineteenth century prologue though It clearly has direct relevance to events in the main story but there isn t enough there to really make is a decent hookMy thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for my review co. Following on from the Sunday Times number one bestseller The Burning Chambers Kate Mosse's The City of Tears is the second thrilling historical epic in The Burning Chambers series for fans of Ken Follett and Dan BrownAugust 1572 Minou Joubert and her family are in Pari. .cracks the very foundations of Piet and Minou s life are fantastic I felt she
In The Story of French Protestantism and the beginning of the Dutch Republic are both part of the larger European story of the Reformation The story is set against the background of those religious wars which also led to lucrative trade in religious relics and its falsification Amsterdam 1572 A French cardinal a powerful man reuests information about certain boy and his mother from Mariken Hassels But she fears it would warrant boy s death Therefore she tries to warn him The boy now would be a grown manLanguedoc southern France Minou and Piet Reydon live happily at the green valley set in the foothills of the mighty Pyrenees They brought their children up in the light of the Reformed Church They believe in respecting other religions and hope for the same from the others Piet likes the thrill of the battlefield but his injured hand eeps him away from it Now he tries to find a purpose And he finds it in supporting Calvinist rebels in the Dutch Provinces making him a target for a Catholic cardinaluercy southwest France A nine year old boy named Volusien and nown as Louis is taken by a powerful cardinal into his service The boy is sharp witted He never received any formal schooling but he is smart at observing and listening Vidal du Plessis now Cardinal Valentin was a personal Confessor to the Duke of Guise himself and for ten years had profited from the misery of civil war He was now wealthy he was powerful And hungry for religious relics Nothing and no one will stop him from getting themOne person searches for another One goes into hiding A third person begins a hunt for the one in hiding Engrossingly written eeping a reader on toes making it hard to put the book down The story begins with a few characters at different places and it seems as a lot of names are being introduced and it might be hard to follow But that s not the case Most of the story is concentrated on Minou and Piet And the other involved characters are skillfully woven into their story beautifully coming together The characters are interesting Minou is a wife and a mother and at the same time a very strong woman standing up for what she believes in Piet despite being deprived of what he loves the most he still finds purpose in his life The cardinal religious person of uestionable character is hungry for religious relics and unstoppable in getting themThe time period is presented through the religious conflict bringing also the St Bartholomew s massacre Soldiers breaking into houses not painted with a cross the white crosses marked the Catholic houses from Huguenot The scene is brutal giving a true sense of how it was There was no mercy no exception for women children or pastors This scene is short and the story overall is not brutal in its descriptions This book II you can read as stand alone but I highly recommend reading book I Burning ChambersSource ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review CAN T WAIT May 2020 is a looooong time away The City of Tears is the follow up to The Burning Chamber Set in 1572 the story follows Minou and Piet Joubert and their family as France is ripped apart by a holy war between the Catholics
and HugenotsIt s a story of revenge persecution and loss which hit me right in the feelsHugenotsIt s a story of revenge persecution and loss which hit me right in the feels than one occasionI loved this and predicted a couple of the plot scenes but it took nothing away from the story And like the Burning Chamber I had to remind myself to breatheThank you Netgalley and Publisher for the ARC NOVEL THOUGHTSThanks to Goodreads Kate Mosse St Martin s Press and Minotaur Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review35It seems rather ironic that I write this review on Easter Sunday since the central theme of The City of *Tears Which Takes Place In The Mid *which takes place in the mid late 1500 s in Paris and Amsterdam are the religious wars between Huguenots Catholics and Calvinists The practitioners of each of these Christianity based religions were so passionate about their beliefs they would fight endless wars over them Historically accurate the author weaves her characters from her first book Minou and Piet Reydon and their lives in the countryside of France with their two children Marta a precocious 7 yr old and toddler Jean Jacues Piet s relative Vidal a Catholic cardinal whose fanaticism extends to procuring religious relics also has a vendetta against Piet and wants him out of the way This storyline is something from the first book which I couldn t uite follow since I didn t read the first one Vidal hires assassins and devises other wicked measures with hopes to eliminate the family throughout the bookThe family journeys to Paris to attend the wedding of a Protestant Prince to a Catholic Princess which has hopes of uniting the country s religious factions But despite this momentous occasion the opposite occurs and the leader of the Huguenot movement is assassinated which leads to chaos throughout the city It is during this time little Marta is caught up in the melee and disappears The family Huguenots themselves try find her but must leave the country if they are to survive and wind up in Amsterdam where for the next decade live in peace but even that doesn t last I new very little about the history of this century and through the Reydons lives the reader gets a great insight on a cursory level of this tumultuous time period There is a good level of action and mystery with the story which Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey kept it interesting But it took a long time for the story to get going and capture my attention It is clear Mosse intimatelynows the regions she is speaking about because she rattles off names of streets where action was taking place and that got tedious for me Mosse does write well and even uses the lilt and language of the time which eeps it authentic It is a long book all 676 pages so I think some of it could have been edited and the story would not have suffered at all And I believe it would be very helpful to read the first book before reading the second to understand the backstory and nuances of the characters have a better experience For fans of Outlander or if you like French history this series would be for you. Thin days of the marriage thousands will lie dead in the streets and Minou’s beloved family will be scattered to the four winds A gripping breathtaking novel of revenge persecution and loss the action sweeps from Paris and Chartres to the city of tears itself Amsterd.