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The City of Tears Reviews

The City of Tears by Kate Mosse

The City of Tears

Kate Mosse

4.00 out of 5

4 reviews

Imprint: Mantle
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 19 Jan 2021
ISBN: 9781509806874

From the Languedoc to Paris and Amsterdam, Kate Mosse's novel sees the Joubert family caught up in the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre and a frightening sequence of events thereafter . . .

4 stars out of 5
Stephanie Merritt
7 Feb 2021

"The second volume of Mosse’s wars of religion trilogy vividly depicts persecution and how politics can upturn ordinary lives"

She includes all the ingredients you would expect from a historical epic – murder, treachery, lost children, stolen relics, buried secrets – but she also dramatises the complexities of 16th-century French and Dutch politics, unfamiliar to many English readers, without weighing it down. This is a compelling story of how great political upheavals play out in individual lives and how unexpectedly anyone can find themselves seeking sanctuary and the kindness of strangers.

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4 stars out of 5
22 Jan 2021

"(a) dramatic, immersive tale of secrets"

It’s 1572 and Minou and Piet, the passionate couple at the heart of Mosse’s The Burning Chambers, are now settled in the bucolic beauty of their Languedoc estate, but France is still riven by conflicting loyalties...

Caught up in the St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, with murder and mayhem on the streets, Marta, their headstrong daughter goes missing, and finds herself in the unwitting clutches of Vidal’s son Louis, a taut twist which is sure to pay dividends in the next instalment of this dramatic, immersive tale of secrets, conspiracies, fanaticism and loss.

4 stars out of 5
Nick Rennison
17 Jan 2021

"Mosse shows a deft command of character and narrative"

An invitation to a royal wedding in Paris, intended to cement the alliance between rival Catholic and Protestant dynasties, leads to tragedy as they witness the murder of thousands in the streets and find themselves in danger. Mosse shows a deft command of character and narrative in this second volume of a planned sequence.

4 stars out of 5
Antonia Senior
17 Jan 2021

"Mosse’s novel is an enjoyable, intricately plotted piece of escapism."

Once in Paris, Minou glimpses their enemy from the first novel, the sinister Catholic priest and relic hunter Vidal, who was once Piet’s childhood friend. There is a Dutch woman in Paris, looking for Piet, who knows something about the mysterious circumstances around his parentage. The obsessive Vidal, too, is keen to uncover the secret of his erstwhile friend’s birth. Paris in 1572 is a powder keg. As the city explodes into sectarian violence, the Joubert family lose one of their own, and the rest are forced into exile in Amsterdam. Mosse’s novel is an enjoyable, intricately plotted piece of escapism.
Once in Paris, Minou glimpses their enemy from the first novel, the sinister Catholic priest and relic hunter Vidal, who was once Piet’s childhood friend. There is a Dutch woman in Paris, looking for Piet, who knows something about the mysterious circumstances around his parentage. The obsessive Vidal, too, is keen to uncover the secret of his erstwhile friend’s birth. Paris in 1572 is a powder keg. As the city explodes into sectarian violence, the Joubert family lose one of their own, and the rest are forced into exile in Amsterdam. Mosse’s novel is an enjoyable, intricately plotted piece of escapism.