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By Sofía Segovia -
On 25 March 1938 in the East Prussian city of Königsberg, Adolf Hitler makes a vital speech about Austria’s annexation, but little Ilse ...Read Review
By Connie Palmen -
With the outcome known from the start, it’s the path we follow to get there that makes this beautifully written ode to ...Read Review
By Oliver Pötzsch -
It’s 1518 in Europe, a time when kings are made, and the church wields spiritual as well as economic power. Johann Faust is ...Read Review
By Corina Bomann -
One of the pleasures of Bomann’s well-crafted book is the setting in Sweden, 1913-1915. Readers learn about Swedish society, including differences between ...Read Review
By Kateřina Tučková - By Véronique Firkusny (trans.) -
The upheaval begins for Gerta Schnirch in the first year of secondary school when her beloved art teacher is let go and she ...Read Review
By Kate Northrup (trans.) - By Sarah Lark -
Fires of Change is the second book in the Fire Blossom Saga. It is 1863, and friends Cat and Ida have made a success ...Read Review
By Zhang Ling -
On the day the Japanese emperor announces his nation’s surrender to the Allied forces, three quite different men, in the unbridled exaltation ...Read Review
By Laura Martínez-Belli -
Wanting to establish Mexico as a part of France, in 1863 Napoleon appoints Archduke Maximilian of Austria as emperor. Maximilian and his wife, Charlotte, ...Read Review
By Petra Durst-Benning -
This is the sequel to The Photographer, continuing Mimi Reventlow’s story as a photographer in 1911 Laichingen, Germany. Mimi is on cloud nine, ...Read Review
By Edwin Miles (trans.) - By Petra Durst-Benning -
Mimi Reventlow rejects a marriage proposal in 1905 Esslingen, Germany, because she has no desire to become a housewife. She wants to follow in ...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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