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By Nick Brown -
Nick Brown sets himself a difficult challenge in attempting to write a novel with original elements set in ancient Greece, immediately prior to ...Read Review
By Annie Whitehead -
Everyone has heard of Alfred the Great; not everyone knows of his daughter, Æthelflæd, ‘Lady of the Mercians’. This is a shame ...Read Review
By James L. Nelson -
Thorgrim Night Wolf wants to go home, but his family wants to stay in Dubh-Linn. Without a long ship, he must participate in ...Read Review
Finding a gold crown encrusted with jewels and amber should be cause to celebrate, but worries plague Thorgrim Night Wolf. His jarl and ...Read Review
By Morgan Hart -
Although Morgan Hart’s novel Mago Scrolls opens with a prolonged scene set in Rome (a virtuoso scene combining violence and eroticism), the ...Read Review
By Mary Rensten -
A Handful of Straw is both a historical romance and an examination of attitudes to witchcraft. Rensten has carefully researched the trial of ...Read Review
By Alan Robert Lancaster -
Published 2013Published 2013-11-04
Ravenfeast: Farewell to Legend by Alan Robert Lancaster is somewhat of a tour-de-force to get into. Obviously well researched and carefully composed, it ...Read Review
By Carol Damioli -
Historical novels frequently tell the story of a woman succeeding in the even more male-dominated societies of the past. This fictional biography of ...Read Review
By Trevor Shearston -
Although he was the son of convicts transported from Great Britain to Australia, Ben Hall didn’t seem headed for a life of ...Read Review
By Steve Marshall -
The year is 1941 (apart from a short prologue in 1937) and evil is of course afoot. Willi Schaaf is not only a member of ...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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