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By Jean Gill -
The third in the Troubadour Quartet is a beautiful labour of love. The plot is complex and nicely laid out. It involves royal ...Read Review
By Anna Belfrage -
Kit is abducted in a mysterious and intriguing opening scene that leaves much room for speculation. It soon turns out, though, that she ...Read Review
By N.M. Scott -
The Amazing Journey of Humphrey Wilkes is a short and unusual work of historical fiction. Playing out in parts in the imagination of ...Read Review
By Derek Jarrett -
Regret To Inform You pulled me in with its first page: a charmingly drawn plan of the fictitious village of Rusfield, a sketch ...Read Review
By A.K.A. Chisti -
This historical mystery concerns a ‘scribe’ and his ‘bodyguard’ in the 1st Century, trying to solve a murder. Not only do they receive ...Read Review
By Charles Egan -
This novel tells the fortunes of the Ryan family after the Irish Famine of 1847, namely that of Luke and his cousin Danny. It ...Read Review
By Melissa Addey -
“The Emperor conquers a Muslim country to the west of his empire and summons a local woman from his new dominion to come ...Read Review
By Clare Flynn -
This is the tragic story of a young teacher and the love of his life. Letters, found in the book’s prologue (set ...Read Review
By Richard Abbott -
The Flame Before Us is a competently written and fascinating novel set in 1200 BC in what is now Syria, Gaza, Israel and Egypt. ...Read Review
By Theresa Le Flem -
The Gypsy’s Son is set in Cornwall in the 1950s. The story follows a family separated by an accident involving Finn, an ...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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