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By Emily Holleman -
Book two of Holleman’s Fall of Egypt series (after Cleopatra’s Shadows) is told from the points of view of Cleopatra’s ...Read Review
By Anne O’Brien -
The Shadow Queen tells the story of Joan, Fair Maid of Kent, a Plantagenet princess who shocked medieval Europe with her marital exploits ...Read Review
By Patricia Murphy -
The latest in the “Hands On History” series, published by the excellent Poolbeg Press, Ava’s Diary moves between the present day, with ...Read Review
By Jo Beverley -
1817: Lady Ariana Boxstall fears for her brother Norris’s legacy and her own future. If he dies unmarried and without heirs, she will ...Read Review
By John C. Horst -
Stepbrothers Jonathan Whelihan and Rocky Killebrew are jostling for new identities as they reach manhood on their father’s ranch. Then Theodore Roosevelt ...Read Review
By Andrea Penrose -
In Regency London, the bored Earl of Wrexford conducts scientific experiments and behaves as a debauched rake with beautiful women. The arrogant Reverend ...Read Review
By Jessica Brockmole -
Fans of “on the road” stories will love this dual-period novel, which follows two friends, aspiring writer Florrie Daniels and abandoned housewife Ethel ...Read Review
By Kristopher Dukes -
Eleanora is a precocious 18-year-old woman who lives with her father and stepmother in Albania in 1910. Her dream, to study art in Italy, ...Read Review
By Jason Hewitt -
Published 2016Published 2017
As the title suggests, Devastation Road is an intense, often surreal account of a man’s wartime journey and its aftereffects. Owen is ...Read Review
By Brendan Mathews -
This ambitious, sprawling adventure imagines New York City and the 1939 World’s Fair in all its jazzy glory. Mathews, a professor of creative ...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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