HNR Issue 81 (August 2017)

The Serpent Sword

By Matthew Harffy - Published 2017



AD 633, a time of upheaval and war. Beobrand, a young man with a shadowy past, travels to the kingdom of Bernicia in the ...Read Review

The Cardinal’s Court

By Cora Harrison - Published 2017



During the Tudor era where so many novels take place, it can be difficult to find a new perspective on an old setting, ...Read Review

Casanova’s Secret Wife

By Barbara Lynn-Davis - Published 2017



Barbara Lynn-Davis’ debut novel is a delicious delight, a feast for the senses. Setting her work in romantic Venice, and basing it on ...Read Review

The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World

By Brian Doyle - Published 2017


Biographical Fiction

Have you ever wondered what creates myths? I used to think they just coalesced within the mists of time. Reading this book, I ...Read Review

The Day of the Duchess: Scandal & Scoundrel, Book III

By Sarah MacLean - Published 2017



1836. When Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, bursts into the House of Lords to demand a divorce by Act of Parliament, their lordships are shocked ...Read Review


By Julian Stockwin - Published 2017Published 2018



1807: Napoleon has turned his attention to Portugal. Sir Thomas Kydd is ordered to Lisbon to assist in the evacuation of the Portuguese royal ...Read Review

The Hunger Saint

By Olivia Kate Cerrone - Published 2017



As late as the 1940s, some desperately poor Sicilian families were consigning their sons to indentured servitude in the sulfur mines. The boys ...Read Review

Bourbon Creams and Tattered Dreams

By Mary Gibson - Published 2017


Basically, this is the story of an actress/singer who is down on her luck and struggles to survive in a working-class area ...Read Review

The French Art of War

By (trans. Frank Wynne) - By Alexis Jenni - Published 2017



This is a long book translated from the French, with a forbidding title by an author who is prodigal with words. Don’t ...Read Review

Surviving the Fatherland

By Annette Oppenlander - Published 2017


WWII fiction continues to be a popular genre, and as such it can be daunting for readers to make a selection that is ...Read Review

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