Friday 14 September 2018

Friday Books - The Burning Chambers

Welcome to BookBeginnings and Friday56 -where we share books on Fridays. It's a great way to start the weekend.

Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader.

 Here's the beginning of the book I'm featuring today.

28th February,1862

The woman stands alone beneath a sharp blue sky. Evergreen cypress and rough grasses bound the graveyard. The grey headstones are bleached the colour of bone by the fierce Cape sun.

"Carcassonne 1562: Nineteen-year-old Minou Joubert receives an anonymous letter at her father’s bookshop. Sealed with a distinctive family crest, it contains just five words: SHE KNOWS THAT YOU LIVE.

But before Minou can decipher the mysterious message, a chance encounter with a young Huguenot convert, Piet Reydon, changes her destiny forever. For Piet has a dangerous mission of his own, and he will need Minou’s help if he is to get out of La Cité alive.

Toulouse: As the religious divide deepens in the Midi, and old friends become enemies, Minou and Piet both find themselves trapped in Toulouse, facing new dangers as sectarian tensions ignite across the city, the battle-lines are drawn in blood and the conspiracy darkens further."

I have just finished this book, and I loved every minute. It's also the first in a trilogy, with the next one due out next year.

At Freda's Voice, you'll find the Friday56, where the excerpt comes from page 56 or 56% in your Kindle.

Here's page 56 of The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse.

The soldier turned on her. 'You, tend to this harridan, this shrew. Perhaps a spell in the pillory will teach her to curb her tongue.'

Boiling with fury, Minou crouched beside her friend. Madame Noubel's eyes were closed and a thin trail of blood was dripping down her cheek.

We're still in the 1560's on page 56, with an unexpected raid on Madame Noubel's house - her guest is suspicious to the soldiers in Carcassonne.

What are you reading this weekend? I'd love to visit your blog and check it out.


Lauren Stoolfire said...

Love that snippet. Thanks for sharing!

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

I'm intrigued by the beginning. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy Martin said...

This book is new to me. It sounds intriguing. This week I am featuring Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews. Happy reading!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I do love when a book is the first in a series. A chance to keep up! Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “SECRETS OF THE TULIP SISTERS”

Laura said...

I need to read a sample of this one. Not sure if it would be a good fit for me. Wonderful writing though and a great cover.

My Friday 56 from The Monster Museum

fredamans said...

Don't think it's for me, I don't read a lot from that time period. It does sound good though! Happy weekend!

Nicki J. Markus / Asta Idonea said...

I've enjoyed some of Mosse's other stories, but I haven't read this one yet.

Girl Who Reads said...

It's not a time or place I normally read, but my interest is really piqued. See what we are featuring at Girl Who Reads