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By Ellen Evert Hopman -
Priestess of the Forest is set in a fictional 3rd-century Ireland when Christianity is sweeping across the Celtic Isles. It is a tragic ...Read Review
By Ben Pastor -
The second in what, judging by the last page, is intended to be a series, The Fire Waker should have everything going for ...Read Review
By Gillian Bradshaw -
Were there Africans in the Roman Army? The Historia Augusta describes an Ethiopian soldier presenting Emperor Septimius Severus with an omen of ...Read Review
By Valerio Massimo Manfredi (trans. Christine Feddersen-Manfredi) -
The book begins in Edessa, an outpost of the Eastern Roman Empire in 260 AD. Metellus and his men faithfully serve the emperor, Valerian, ...Read Review
By Amy Rachel Peterson -
In Carthage of the 3rd century AD, Perpetua, the young daughter of a Roman nobleman and scholar, finds Jesus and enters a community ...Read Review
By Morgan Llywelyn -
Finn MacCool, hero of third century Ireland, is the subject of a cycle of myths called the Fenian Cycle. Here, Llywelyn gathers many ...Read Review
By John Henry Newman -
First published in 1856, Callista is set in 3rd century Roman North Africa and tells the story of three characters forced to seek their ...Read Review
Over the last 20 years The Historical Novels Review (the society's print magazine for our members) has published reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books.
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