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The City of Tears by Kate Mosse

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By Mairéad Hearne (Swirl and Thread)

The City of Tears by Kate Mosse was published with Mantle January 2021 (the second book in a series following on from the incredible The Burning Chambers) and is described as ‘a breathtaking historical novel of revenge, persecution and loss’.

I am a huge fan of Kate Mosse and I really have no explanation for not picking this one up sooner, bar the fact that I just did not have the space or time to devote properly to a book of it’s size. But then Christmas arrived and with it the time to relax and finally lose myself in the imagination of this most impressive of writers. As a huge fan of historical fiction, The City of Tears was everything I love about this genre and more. I was taken on an extraordinary journey back in time and into the lives of Minou Joubert and her family. The level of factual detail is quite mind-blowing but never overpowering, providing the reader with an exceptional insight into the religious wars of the time and the fear that overshadowed the lives of all who dared to dream of a more equal society.

A Kate Mosse book is always an epic read and The City of Tears is no exception. An outstanding and quite simply excellent novel, I highly recommend you pick up a Kate Mosse book and discover for yourself the remarkable stories that she weaves.

(c) Mairéad Hearne (Swirl and Thread)

Order your copy online here.

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