The Map of Bones

A Triumphant Historical Epic of Love and Courage From the No. 1 Bestselling Author

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Pub Date 10 Oct 2024 | Archive Date 9 Oct 2024

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A sweeping story of love, adventure and adversity, The Map of Bones by Kate Mosse is the sequel to the number one bestselling The Ghost Ship.

'Mosse is a master storyteller' – Madeleine Miller, bestselling author of Circe

Olifantshoek, Southern Africa, 1688. When the violent Cape wind blows from the south-east, they say the voices of the unquiet dead can be heard whispering through the deserted valley. Suzanne Joubert, a Huguenot refugee from war-torn France, arrives in search of her cousin – the notorious she-captain and pirate commander Louise Reydon-Joubert – who landed at the Cape of Good Hope more than sixty years before, then disappeared without a trace . . .

Franschhoek, Southern Africa, 1862. Nearly one hundred and eighty years after Suzanne’s perilous journey, another intrepid woman of the Joubert family – Isabelle Lepard – has journeyed to the small frontier town once known as Oliftantshoek in search of her long-lost relations. Intent on putting the women of her family back into the history books, she quickly discovers that the tragedies and crimes of the past are far from over. Isabelle faces a race against time if she is not only going to discover the truth, but also escape with her life . . .

Painstakingly researched and beautifully told, The Map of Bones is the fourth – and final – novel of The Joubert Family Chronicles, following the bestselling The Burning Chambers, The City of Tears and The Ghost Ship.

Praise for The Joubert Family Chronicles:

'Gripping, complex and intensely atmospheric' – The Mail on Sunday on The Burning Chambers

'A historical epic' – The Observer on The City of Tears

'Meticulously researched and stunningly written' – Santa Montefiore, bestselling author of Wait for Me, on The Ghost Ship

The Ghost Ship
by Kate Mosse was a #1 Sunday Times bestseller w/c 09-07-23

A sweeping story of love, adventure and adversity, The Map of Bones by Kate Mosse is the sequel to the number one bestselling The Ghost Ship.

'Mosse is a master storyteller' – Madeleine Miller...

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To say I cried over the ending of the Joubert Family quartet is an understatement. I ugly cried, sobbing when I read the conclusion to a work of historical fiction that only confirmed my appreciation for Kate’s work. in this final instalment, readers will be taken from France to Southern Africa and the Cape of Good Hope where Suzanne and her grandmother look for a new life… and a life they want to know more about. Suzanne in particular is keen to understand the story of her ancestor she-captain Louise Reydon-Joubert. The story jumps to almost 180 years later where, in 1862, Isabelle Lepard, also of the Joubert family, is also tracing Louise’s life, determined to put the women in her family back in the history books. Both stories are daring and courageous, both women showing their family traits of determination and strength in the most difficult of circumstances. It’s a fantastic read and completes the quartet perfectly, almost 400 years of history. Wonderful.

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As ever Kate Mosse dependably provides us with a captivating installment of the Joubert family chronicles, following The Ghost Ship.

We follow two timelines from the 1600's and the 1800's following 2 strong female characters.

The strong mix of historical fiction and tense family epic with strong suspenseful storylines will keep you gripped as a stand alone book that makes you want to pick up the other 3 books in the series.

Highly recommended.

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