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By Rupert Thomson -
Set in late 17th-century Florence at the Medici court of the Grand Duke Cosimo III, Secrecy tells the story of Zummo, a talented ...Read Review
By Jeffery Deaver - By Raymond Benson -
The events of the Cold War colored my childhood, and when my mother wasn’t reading historical novels, she was reading mysteries. She ...Read Review
By Lissa M. Cowan -
Set in 1780s France, Milk Fever tells two stories. The first is that of Celeste, a servant girl, educated by her employers. The ...Read Review
By David Pilling -
Nowhere Was There Peace is a fine, bloody, man-made medieval novel, which, as a tale of men at war, rivals anything recent of ...Read Review
By Edward Ball -
This is an oddly organized book containing two parallel, and briefly connected, life stories, set mostly post-Civil War. Eadweard (his spelling!) Muybridge, inventor, ...Read Review
By Robin Lloyd -
On April 7, 1814, two American farm boys go out to see, under cover of darkness, a newly built fighting vessel anchored at Potapoug on ...Read Review
By Peter Watson -
This book’s subtitle is “Nature and Human Nature in the Old World and the New,” which comes close to a summing up, ...Read Review
By Yu Jihui -
The Gunners of Shenyang is set in the early ´60s in Maoist China. The student narrator might, in this country, be telling us ...Read Review
By Sjón - By Victoria Cribb (trans.) -
Published 2013Published c2008
In January of 1883 in Iceland, the Reverend Skuggason hunts a rare blue fox. He is as intent upon the task of stalking his ...Read Review
By Alan Gratz -
The story begins in 1939 in Krakow. The Nazis are rolling over Poland when ten-year-old Yanek and his family hear the first bombs explode. ...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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