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By J. Lynn Else -
In this prequel to The Forgotten: Aten’s Last Queen, Else focuses on Merytaten, daughter of the Heretic Pharaoh. Merytaten narrates a tale ...Read Review
By Bryan Ney -
Jane Canary is fifteen. As the book begins, she has yet to collect the epithet of ‘Calamity’ by which history will come to ...Read Review
By Ellie Midwood -
Emilia is a Jewish teenager volunteering in a Polish hospital during WWII. When the Germans first take control of her city, life isn’...Read Review
By Karen Brooks -
Published 2016Published 2018
Mallory Bright, the titular locksmith’s daughter, is trying to restore her reputation, which she ruined by running away with a man who ...Read Review
By Frances Hardinge -
Published 2016Published 2018Published c2014
When Triss wakes up after an accident, she realises that something is very wrong, although she does not know what as she remembers ...Read Review
By George Steger -
Sebastian’s Way: The Paladin, book two of The Sebastian Chronicles, is the retelling of Charlemagne’s continued challenges as king, then emperor, ...Read Review
By Elizabeth Gates -
Confused by the frequent changes of location, date and point of view, it took some time for me to come to grips with ...Read Review
By Stephen Shender -
While many readers or movie watchers are familiar with the story of Hawaii told by James Michener, very few know of the early ...Read Review
By Carmen Butler -
Published 2016Published c1965
It’s the early 19th century, and Elisabeth has lost everything in Charleston, South Carolina. With her companions—the carriage driver, her servant, ...Read Review
By Rod G. Harmon -
Frank’s father is a missionary serving in Shanghai. During the 1930s, hostilities are escalating quickly between the Chinese and Japanese. In their ...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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