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By Christian Cameron -
Distraught over the death of his wife, Aristemnos — bronzesmith, warrior, and survivor of the battle of Marathon — flings himself off a cliff to ...Read Review
By Vilborg Davidsdottir -
In 15th-century Iceland, Ragna Gautadottir is innocently put in an unfortunate situation when she is fourteen. Impregnated by an English sailor who then ...Read Review
By Jane Johnson -
A bewitching novel set in the 17th century, The Sultan’s Wife is an engulfing ride to exotic Morocco and into the palace ...Read Review
By Grace Burrowes -
Though Lady Louisa Windham has suitors, she can’t imagine marrying any of them—especially Lionel Honiton, a dandy who seems more concerned ...Read Review
By Mona Hodgson -
Vivian Sinclair is a woman with a past. She joins her three sisters in Cripple Creek, Colorado, in 1897, hoping for a new beginning. ...Read Review
By Clifford Peacock -
This unusual novel is set in Zanzibar in the mid-19th century, where slavery, ivory and trade from the northern ports have made ...Read Review
By Peter Benson -
Book valuer David Morris is summoned to Belmont Hall to value the collection of the late Lord Buff-Orpington, a specialist in works of ...Read Review
By Peter Geye -
The Lighthouse Road might best be described as a family saga, except that the families are constructed out of characters who are alone ...Read Review
By Danusia Stok (trans.) - By Marek Krajewski -
Fans of the wonderful Polish crime writer Marek Krajewski will be thrilled at this, his latest story in translation, featuring policeman Eberhard Mock. ...Read Review
By David Rain -
David Rain has imagined a sequel to the story in Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly. In the opera, Butterfly has a child, a ...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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