HNR Issue 79 (February 2017)

A Most Magical Girl

By Karen Foxlee - Published 2016


Children/Young AdultHistorical Fantasy

Twelve-year-old Annabel Grey is sent to stay with two great-aunts after her mother unexpectedly leaves home to go travelling. The old women are ...Read Review

Esfir Is Alive

By Andrea Simon - Published 2016


Children/Young Adult

Esfir Manevich, a pre-teen child, lives in Kobrin (then in Poland, now Belarus) in 1936. When she is bullied in school for being Jewish, ...Read Review

The King Must Die

By Mary Renault - Published 2016



‘I cannot keep from putting my hand to what I find about me,’ declares Mary Renault’s hero, Theseus. He is the grandson ...Read Review

Beneath the Golden Veil

By Melanie Dobson - Published 2016



In this inspirational Christian novel set during the 1850s, the Harvard-educated son of a Virginia tobacco plantation owner acts on his abolitionist convictions ...Read Review

The Kaiser’s Last Kiss

By Alan Judd - Published 2003Published 2016


“The Kaiser was chopping logs.” So begins and ends the arc of this fast-paced narrative which takes place in 1940 at Huis Doorn, the ...Read Review

Written in the Ashes

By K. Hollan Van Zandt - Published 2016


This epic novel tells the story of Hannah, a Jewish shepherdess who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in Alexandria in the late 4...Read Review

The Heretic’s Creed

By Fiona Buckley - Published 2017



In this 14th book of the Ursula Blanchard Elizabethan mysteries, the year is 1577. Ursula is again given a secret assignment from her half-sister, ...Read Review

Pirate Utopia

By Bruce Sterling - Published 2016


Alternate History

In this fantastical alternate history novella, Sterling, better known for his pioneering work in science fiction, imagines what would happen if the artistic/...Read Review

The Tunnels: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill

By Greg Mitchell - Published 2016



The birth of the Berlin Wall is well-known, and the fall of The Berlin Wall is equally well documented. What hasn’t been ...Read Review

Death at St. Vedast: A Bianca Goddard Mystery

By Mary Lawrence - Published 2017



The latest Bianca Goddard mystery begins with a startling discovery: the corpse of a pregnant woman who fell from the bell tower of ...Read Review