The City of Tears by Kate Mosse (Pan Macmillan)

The City of Tears is the second instalment in ‘The Burning Chambers’ series by the bestselling author, Kate Mosse.

Published January 19th 2021 by Pan Macmillan.

I recommend reading book one, The Burning Chambers, before reading The City of Tears to fully understand the character relationships, the settings and the historical context.


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I am delighted to be reviewing The City of Tears by Kate Mosse.

This novel follows the lives of the characters during the Wars of Religion in France. Beginning in 1572, the story covers the period until 1594. Unrest between the Catholics and the Huguenots has resulted in a country that is deeply divided. Family and friendship loyalties are being tested and people are wondering if their lives will ever be the same again.

The main character is Minou Joubert. Her family is invited to attend a royal wedding in Paris, but this is no ordinary ceremony. It has the potential to unite the Catholics and the Huguenots, allowing stability to return to France.

So begins an epic story that explores the full range of human emotions.  The battle to survive against such a tumultuous backdrop is both uplifting and heart breaking as the characters deal with separation, grief and joy. Who can they trust?

Kate Mosse uses striking descriptive writing to bring the locations to life. The major scenes are spectacular and the attention to detail is superbly balanced with the grand scale of the settings.

I recommend reading The City of Tears. It is perfect for fans of historical fiction.

I am already looking forward to the next book in the series!


This novel was provided free of charge as an Advanced Reader Copy by Pan Macmillan and Netgalley in return for an honest review.

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