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By Simon Tolkien -
Published 2016Published 2017
Simon Tolkien’s No Man’s Land is the story of Adam Raine, a poor London boy who moves first to Scarsdale, a ...Read Review
By Sophie Hannah -
Sophie Hannah has undertaken the formidable task of reintroducing Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot into the crime-solving world. Closed Casket is her second ...Read Review
By Wilbur Smith -
In ancient Egypt, Pharaoh Tamose lies dying of a battle wound, and his weak, corrupt son Utteric seizes power, to the horror of ...Read Review
By Bernard Cornwell -
Though a fragile peace exists between the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Britain and the last Norse-held kingdom of Northumbria, Uhtred begins his campaign to ...Read Review
By Lucy Foley -
Cruising along the Italian Riviera in the 1950s sounds like a luxurious experience, and this feeling is conveyed to readers of Lucy Foley’...Read Review
By Kelly Doust -
This multi-stranded novel is more contemporary than historical, but it has several back stories that begin with a young bride in 1891 France and ...Read Review
By Barbara Taylor Bradford -
Cavendon Hall, a frothy historical drama set in the wilds of Yorkshire, focuses on two families: the aristocratic Inghams and their devoted servants, ...Read Review
By Bruce Holsinger -
A Burnable Book pitches you headlong into London, 1385, during the uneasy reign of Richard II. The story bursts with historical figures, including the ...Read Review
By Conn Iggulden -
The fifth novel in Conn Iggulden’s Emperor series opens with the bloody assassination of Julius Caesar by “the Liberatores, who murdered the ...Read Review
By Guy Gavriel Kay -
In his acknowledgements, Kay explains that his novel is “shaped by themes, characters, and events associated with China’s Northern Song Dynasty before ...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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