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By Pete Hamill -
Sharpen your suspension of disbelief skills before beginning this book. It blends historical fact with magic realism. Cormac O’Connor is a young ...Read Review
By Nick Tosches -
This novel defies labels or even description. Nick Tosches is a streetwise tough guy and a self-taught medievalist. Nick Tosches is the author ...Read Review
By Kien Nguyen -
The Tapestries is a novelization of the life of the author’s grandfather, a gifted embroiderer who served in the court of the ...Read Review
By Walter Mosley -
Pairing the main character with a more violent sidekick is a classic format for mysteries. Mosley uses it with a twist. Although Fearless ...Read Review
By Sarah Stonich -
It’s 1999 and Isobel Howard is 99 years old. She knows she is dying, and she is taking one last look back at the ...Read Review
By Desmond Barry -
Jesse James is one of those characters from the American frontier past whose terrifying charisma exerts as powerful a hold on contemporary readers ...Read Review
By Jody Shields -
The Fig Eater is set in 1910 Vienna. The protagonist is a police officer who very much adheres to modern scientific methods in his ...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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