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By Chris Thorndycroft -
A Brother’s Oath is the first of a trilogy about brothers Hengest and Horsa, Scandinavian raiders who were instrumental in the migration ...Read Review
By John James -
The circumstances of the production of this novel are extraordinary. The fact that the author’s life ended before his work on it ...Read Review
By John Henry Clay -
At the Ruin of the World is Clay’s second novel on the later Roman Empire, although his first, The Lion and the ...Read Review
By Sheila R. Lamb -
This novel was the second instalment in a series set in ancient Ireland. It is the tale of Saint Patrick, largely told from ...Read Review
By Eric Mu (trans.) - By Gao Jianqun -
On “a stage of great tumult… numerous heroes, beauties, and other fascinating characters made their spectacular and often dramatic debuts” in the late 4...Read Review
By John Sawney -
In the 5th century AD, the Romans pulled out of Britain, and the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes moved in. The Scots also increased ...Read Review
By JP Reedman -
Stone Lord’s highly original premise takes the legend of King Arthur back into prehistory to the early Bronze Age. This inspired choice ...Read Review
By Richard Denning -
Princes in Exile is the third book in the Northern Crown series, and is set in 6th-century Britain during the dark age of ...Read Review
By James M Hockey -
The second in a projected series, this is an imaginative re-drawing of Dark Age Britain in the late 5thC AD, only two generations ...Read Review
By Morgan Llywelyn -
The Romans have left Britannia. What remains on the island are disparate fragments of Roman British settlements and cities, roaming hordes of barbarians ...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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