Ancient World (Other)

Mandodari: Queen of Lanka

By Manini J. Anandani - Published 2018



In mythological times in India, an apsara is enamored with the god Shiva, who seduces her. Although it enrages his consort, Parvati, who ...Read Review

Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires

By Juan Cole - Published 2018



Juan Cole, widely respected expert on the Middle East, presents Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires, against the drumbeat of ...Read Review

The Walrus Mutterer (The Stone Stories)

By Mandy Haggith - Published 2018



Set in 320 BC, The Walrus Mutterer is a gripping, haunting and, at times, visceral novel. Rian, a young apprentice healer, is wrenched from ...Read Review

Finding the Way

By Wayne Ng - Published 2018


Biographical Fiction

Written mostly in flashback, Ng’s lyrical debut is the story of Lao Tzu’s vibrant and turbulent life during the 6th century ...Read Review

Thief of Corinth

By Tessa Afshar - Published 2018



After years under the oppressive yoke of her grandfather’s and mother’s expectations, Ariadne runs away to her father’s house in ...Read Review

Kingdom of the Wicked Book One: Rules

By Helen Dale - Published 2018


Alternate History

Helen Dale’s first novel, The Hand that Signed the Paper, won Australia’s Miles Franklin Award; she was the youngest recipient ever. ...Read Review

The Golden Hairpin

By Alex Woodend (trans.) - By Qinghan CeCe - Published 2018



Huang Zixia is a remarkable young Chinese woman with a penchant for solving complex murder mysteries; a skill she has displayed since she ...Read Review

Legends of Persia | Son of the Moon

By Jennifer Macaire - Published 2017



These two books are sequels to The Road to Alexander, reviewed in the November 2017 issue of Historical Novels Review. The three books can ...Read Review

House of the Waterlily

By Kelli Carmean - Published 2017


Subtitled “A Novel of the Ancient Maya World”, the novel is set in the fictitious civilisation of Calumook. The manners and customs of ...Read Review

The Silver Coin

By Marie Sontag - Published 2016


Children/Young Adult

In 1777 BC, 15-year-old Samsuluna makes his way around the ancient Mediterranean world in pursuit of his Uncle Zim, absolution for the death of ...Read Review

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