May book reviews

Our pick of May reads, from Kate Mosse to Alicia Drake

The Burning Chambers, Kate Mosse, Mantle, £20 ISBN: 978-1-5098-0683-6

All the horrors of the Wars of Religion come to life in the opening pages of this, the first in a centuries spanning trilogy by Labyrinth author Kate Mosse.

A history lesson on the wars which raged in the latter part of the 16th century, a confusing prologue in southern Africa, the nightmare of the Inquisition in Toulouse and then a bad dream in Carcassonne sketch the tale ahead.
But, initially at least, it is a very rough sketch and quite confusing... with tantalising glimpses of the story of bookseller’s daughter Minou Joubert and Huguenot convert Piet Reydon.

A love story of a Catholic, a Protestant and a priceless relic as they try to unravel the secret of the mysterious Château de Puivert, this book revels in tangled loyalties and the threat of betrayal.

Nineteen year-old Minou is opening her ...

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