Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

Daughters of the Witching Hill

By Mary Sharratt - Published 2010



Inspired by the 1612 Pendle witch trials in Lancashire, England, Sharratt tells a dramatic story of love and treachery. Told from the viewpoint of ...Read Review

The Secret of the Glass

By Donna Russo Morin - Published 2010



In the early 17th century, the art of glassblowing is highly respected by the Venetian government, and some of its practitioners are extremely ...Read Review

A Game of Sorrows

By Shona MacLean - Published 2010



Following on from the excellent The Redemption of Alexander Seaton comes the next novel following the adventures of the teacher-hero of the first ...Read Review

Fox, Cromwell’s Spy

By Nick McCarty - Published 2009


Biographical Fiction

I was glad when I reached the end of this book, especially as I am a Royalist sympathiser. The setting is in rural ...Read Review

A Murder on London Bridge

By Susanna Gregory - Published 2009



It’s 1664 in this latest Thomas Chaloner adventure set in Restoration London, and Lord Chancellor Clarendon, fearing rebellion, sends his spy Chaloner to ...Read Review

One Candle’s Light

By Fay Alexander - Published 2009


Biographical FictionEpic

At twelve years old, William Brewster meets a party of courtiers traveling through Scrooby and is instantly drawn to William Davison, who encourages ...Read Review

The Heretic’s Wife

By Brenda Rickman Vantrease - Published 2010


Biographical Fiction

Kate Gough and her brother maintain a London bookshop during the reign of Henry VIII. Their “inventory” contains contraband Lutheran bibles and religious ...Read Review

The Bones of Avalon

By Phil Rickman - Published 2010


Biographical FictionFantasyMystery/Crime

England 1560, and the young Queen Elizabeth is still settling into her new throne. Whilst trying to usher in a new time of post-Marian ...Read Review


By S. J. Parris - Published 2010


Biographical FictionMystery/Crime

The name Giordano Bruno is carved deep into the gravestone of Inquisition heretics. He was burned at the stake in Rome in 1600 for ...Read Review

No Will But His

By Sarah A. Hoyt - Published 2010


Biographical Fiction

Of all Henry VIII’s wives, perhaps none is so equally dismissed and pitied as Katherine Howard, the child bride executed for her ...Read Review