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By Katherine Pym -
The First Apostle is a fictionalized biography of Camille Desmoulins. He was the first to envision France as a Republic and to be ...Read Review
By Paul A. Myers -
“. . . art illuminates politics . . .” says Marcelle Lambert, one of the lead characters in Paris 1935. This summarizes Paul Myers’ approach: writing used as a vehicle ...Read Review
By Alan McKee -
The Minotaur’s Children draws the reader into a nightmare maze where nothing is as it seems. Upright Victorians live in deliberate ignorance ...Read Review
By Graham Wade -
Graham Wade’s debut novel brings Leonardo Pisano—Fibonacci—brilliantly alive as a fictional autobiography. Wade, a musicologist known for his biographies of ...Read Review
By William Thomas -
Author, poet, and pastor William Thomas brings to life his colonial ancestor, John Thomas, in Virginia Gold. A gentle story suitable for all ...Read Review
By Janet R. Stafford -
“Good ol’ Saint Maggie, offending the populace with the truth again.” Maggie’s husband, Eli Smith, says this in tribute to his wife, ...Read Review
By Culver Modisette -
Culver Modisette’s novel presents a sympathetic story about real-life Indians. Quanah Parker is an Indian caught between two worlds and times: his ...Read Review
By Kenneth Allen -
Kenneth Allen’s subtitle could also read A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Quest. Tongue-in-cheek, The Golden Cockerel chronicles the ...Read Review
By Ursula Ryland -
Lush language and dreamy introspection bring Peter Herriton and the British Treaty port of Foochow to life in Ryland’s novel, The Gladstone ...Read Review
By Alan McKee -
Through London and Lucknow, Oxford and Cawnpore, Alan McKee’s third novel threads a labyrinth of past and present. Henry Booth has much ...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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