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By Sharon Ewell Foster -
Until she is about seven years old, Armentia never knows she is a slave. She grows up in the southern Appalachians of North ...Read Review
By Arturo Pérez-Reverte -
This is the third in the adventures of Captain Alatriste in 17th century Spain, following Captain Alatriste and Purity of Blood. In 1625, Captain ...Read Review
By Philippe Grimbert -
This autobiographical novel tells the story of young Philippe’s childhood in post-war Paris. The sickly only child of glamorous, athletic parents, the ...Read Review
By Susan Vreeland -
Paris, 1880. Pierre-Auguste Renoir is thirty-nine, his enchantment with the revolutionary Impressionist style is fading, and the movement threatens to splinter. Renoir paints society ...Read Review
By Christine Schaub -
This is the most compelling novel about slavery that I have ever read, not because of horrific details, but because it reveals how ...Read Review
By David Gemmell -
Published 2006 (UK)Published 2007 (US)
Plain-faced Helen sits behind the walls of Troy, married to Paris but never to Menelaus; Andromache loves another but is betrothed to Hektor, ...Read Review
By Joanna Challis -
1870: Christabel Brown leaves England, becoming governess to the teenage daughter of an Austrian count. Liesel von Holstein is a difficult charge; her last ...Read Review
By Steven Pressfield -
Published 2006 (US)Published 2007 (UK)
Pressfield has penned an astonishing story about a young soldier coming of age during a brutal war. In the process, he opens a ...Read Review
By Ariana Franklin -
Adelia, who has studied medicine in Salerno, Sicily, is selected by the King of Sicily to accompany Simon of Naples, a man renowned ...Read Review
By Barry Unsworth -
Set during the brief but glittering rule of the Norman kings, this beautifully written novel opens in Palermo where Arab, Christian and Jew ...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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