"Kate Mosse at her finest with a truly mesmerising second novel in her Burning Chambers trilogy. If only all sequels were this good."
If you know anything about Kate Mosse’s historical fictions it will be that she turns excellent, diligent research into beautifully crafted narratives, weaving enduring characters, especially resourceful, admirable women, into crafted, driven stories that truly resonate.
Never was this more true than with The City of Tears, a multi-faceted tour de force that encompasses the Huguenot displacement, the Medici, murders and massacres, weddings and weeping and so much more.
That it sweeps across the centuries and from South Africa to France and Holland, gives this utterly immersive novel a sense of pace and drive that at times leaves the reader breathless with admiration and full of anticipation for what is yet to come.
Mosse is at heart a truly gifted storyteller, one who fully understands what stories can do, and what they are for. She is also one of the finest creators of unforgettable characters, instantly identifiable to the reader and who, in this book, carry the weight of history on their shoulders.
There is also in this work a sneaky analysis of the role of fake news, truths and untruths and how Governments manipulate narratives for their own ends, which gives the story a very timely, and very current freshness to it, seeming to say that “there is nothing new under the sun.”
If you like your history to be threaded with secrets, treasure and treachery then this is a real treat.
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|Primary Genre||Historical Fiction|
Closing date: 09/12/2023
Closing date: 10/01/2024