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Publisher's Summary

Following on from the Sunday Times number one best seller, The Burning Chambers, Kate Mosse’s The City of Tears is a breathtaking novel of revenge, persecution and loss.

June 1572: for 10, 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: a royal wedding has been negotiated by Catherine de’ Medici and Jeanne d’Albret, an alliance between the Catholic Crown and Henri, the Huguenot king of Navarre. It is a marriage that could see France reunited at last.

Meanwhile in Puivert, 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, Minou’s 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, to survive and to find each other, against the devastating tides of history....

©2021 Kate Mosse (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

Critic Reviews

"A gorgeously written, utterly absorbing epic.... I absolutely loved it." (Lucy Foley)

"This is historical fiction to devour. Nobody does it like Kate Mosse." (Anthony Horowitz, on The Burning Chambers)

"A novel with vast scope and ambition, brilliantly achieved.... I was utterly immersed in this spell-binding story." (Rosamund Lupton, author of Three Hours)

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  • 07-02-21

An appreciation by a Huguenot descendent

I was keen to read this book due to my ancestry and having enjoyed the burning chambers. I also have great admiration for Kate Mosse who, apart from being a great writer, is a major supporter of women authors. I really want to read the book now as with all the action and excitement I sometimes got slightly confused. Hattie Morahan is a wonderful narrator.

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  • 01-02-21

worth the wait

I've enjoyed Kate's books and waited for this to be released. I pre ordered months ago.
I have not been disappointed, brilliance as usual. If I a negative, I just wished I had re read the first part again.
If you enjoyed the other works by Kate I hope like me you will enjoy this.
Great story line and plot..I will leave it at that

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  • 30-01-21

Does not disappoint

Loved it. It took me a while to remember all the characters from the first book as it was a while since I read it, but I was happy to be back in the company of characters who felt so familiar. I am still confused about the 19th century aspects of the story as the book only moves us forward 20- ish years from the events of the first book. I guess I will just have to wait for the next book.

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  • Rose
  • 24-02-21

Too Long!

I struggled to finish this book, in fact I fast forwarded some of the chapters just to get to the outcome, the narrator was very good, but for her I would have given up!

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  • Ellen Lingwood
  • 19-02-21

An absolute triumph!

This is Kate Mosse’s best book since Labyrinth, which I couldn’t put down either. I can’t recommend it enough!

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  • D.A.L., Devon
  • 17-02-21

Disappointed. Not her usual high standard.

I was so looking forward to this book being released and had been for weeks since it was announced that it was being published. . My disappointment was such that I nearly returned it half way through but decided to persevere. There were parts which were excellent and other parts which were either hurried or completely far fetched, the ending particularly was a bit over the top. Such a shame as she is a brilliant author and has written some really fabulous books. I am sure that the next one will be brilliant.

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  • 16-02-21

Superb

I could not put the book down. it is well written and the story exciting.

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  • Helen SJ
  • 07-02-21

I struggled to enjoy this book.

I think I should have listened or read the first book again before reading this one. I couldn't seem to get fully invested in the characters and I only carried on listening because of the history, which Kate Mosse does so well. I think her time slip novels from previous are so much better.

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  • Eileen
  • 07-02-21

Yet again the South African link is in isolation

Although the overall story is quite good, it’s beyond the Pale to not link the beginning of the book in anyway to the main body
Won’t be reading the sequel - Moss is clearly paid fir a series which makes the stories overly long and meaningless