HNR Issue 45 (August 2008)

Troy: Fall of Kings

By David Gemmell - By Stella Gemmell - Published 2008



A merciless war of attrition has reduced golden Troy to a city of starvation and scavengers. While Hektor, greatest of heroes, and Helikaon ...Read Review

Pilgrim: The Greatest Crusade

By James Jackson - Published 2008



In 1212, crusaders march to the Holy Land in order to wrest it back from the Saracens, who are now in control of all ...Read Review

The Redemption of Alexander Seaton

By Shona MacLean - Published 2008



On a stormy night in 1626 in the Scottish town of Banff, the local apothecary’s assistant collapses in the street. Next morning he ...Read Review

Sarah’s Key

By Tatiana de Rosnay - Published 2007 (US)Published 2008 (UK)


Paris, 1942: ten-year-old Sarah Starzynski locks her four-year-old brother in a secret cupboard to keep him safe when the French police come to arrest ...Read Review

The Courtesan’s Secret

By Claudia Dain - Published 2008



The “secret” of Claudia Dain’s latest Regency is that it is laugh-out-loud funny. Lady Louisa Kirkland’s bid to retrieve her pearl ...Read Review

The Mesmerist’s Apprentice

By L.M. Jackson - Published 2008



Sarah Tanner is the mysterious owner of the Dining and Coffee Rooms on the corner of Liquorpond Street and Leather Lane. Who she ...Read Review

Cézanne’s Quarry

By Barbara Corrado Pope - Published 2008



The city of Aix-en-Provence in southern France recently celebrated the centennial of the death of Paul Cézanne, an artist often called the ...Read Review

Skeletons at the Feast

By Chris Bohjalian - Published 2008 (UK)Published 2008 (US)



Once in a while a novel comes along that crawls into your soul from the first page and won’t let go, even ...Read Review

How Far the Road Home

By Alan Gifford - Published 2008


During World War II, a half-million German, Italian, and Japanese prisoners of war were held in camps on American soil. Until the war’...Read Review

The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel

By Maureen Lindley - Published 2008


Biographical Fiction

Rather than being demure and submissive, Chinese princess Eastern Jewel is sexually provocative, inquisitive and precocious. In 1914 her father tires of her behaviour ...Read Review