Primary Genre(s): Historical Fiction
Published: 18 June 2019 by St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books
Page count: 605
My Format: Electronic ARC via NetGalley
Ending: Expected, but wonderful
Would I recommend it: Yes
Commission Link: https://amzn.to/2FBc728
My rating: ★★★★★
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
Meanwhile, as a long-hidden document threatens to resurface, the mistress of Puivert is obsessed with uncovering its secret and strengthening her power…
Here are my pros and cons:
- This book is chock full of thrills, intrigue, romance, espionage, betrayal, murder and so much more, all wrapped up in a neat little lesson in history. What more do you want in a book? History always provides a wonderful foundation from which to weave epic stories and this book is no exception! This is exactly what a great historical fiction novel should be!
- Beautifully descriptive without being overbearing.
- You will love some characters and you will hate some. Every single character was fully-developed, interesting and pertinent to the story.
- This book is EPIC! It is super complex and it has a lot of characters and just a ton of stuff going on – but it is so well written that it isn’t hard to read or follow at all.
- Intriguing and held my interest throughout. The pacing was great considering the length of the book. Honestly this didn’t feel like a 600+ page book.
- You might learn a little French.
- The clash between the Catholics and the Huguenots (Protestants) was a sad time in history, but creates a fantastic backdrop for historical intrigue novel.
- None. I loved it.
This is exactly what a great historical novel should be – awash with history, filled with intrigue, exciting to read. Mosse is a master storyteller and I can’t believe I haven’t read any of her previous work. I will be remedying that as soon as possible.
I would recommend this book to anyone that even has a passing interest in historical fiction, particularly French historical fiction.
Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books for a free eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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