Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

Son of the Night (Banners of Blood)

By Mark Alder - Published 2018



This is the second book in the Banners of Blood historical fantasy series. Set in 1346 in the aftermath of the battle of Crecy ...Read Review

In the House in the Dark of the Woods

By Professor Laird Hunt - Published 2018



In colonial New England, a young goodwife sets off into the woods to pick berries for her husband and child. She dawdles, she ...Read Review

A Knife in the Fog: A Mystery Featuring Margaret Harkness and Arthur Conan Doyle

By Bradley Harper - Published 2018



Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle is invited to London by Jonathan Wilkins, an emissary of former British Prime Minister William Gladstone. Based on Doyle’...Read Review

Sacred Music

By Felicity Luckman - Published 2017



At a time of huge divisions and distrust between Protestantism and Catholicism, Francis Trenowith, heir to an earldom, falls in love with the ...Read Review

The Walrus Mutterer (The Stone Stories)

By Mandy Haggith - Published 2018



Set in 320 BC, The Walrus Mutterer is a gripping, haunting and, at times, visceral novel. Rian, a young apprentice healer, is wrenched from ...Read Review

Willa of the Wood

By Robert Beatty - Published 2018


AdventureChildren/Young Adult

A spotted, green-skinned night-spirit, Willa, is a forest girl ordered to steal from the day-folk for the good of her clan. When she ...Read Review

Spinning Silver

By Naomi Novik - Published 2018



Miryem is a moneylender’s daughter. Her father is a kind man, and the townsfolk take advantage of him. When her mother becomes ...Read Review

The Twisted Crown

By Anita Richmond Bunkley - Published 2018


In 1846, an enslaved mother cowers by South Carolina’s Copper River with her four-year-old daughter, Eva. The mother’s hair is braided in ...Read Review

All the Winding World

By Kate Innes - Published 2018


Innes brings her poetic sensibilities to bear in this lovely sequel to The Errant Hours, set ten years later. Illesa is married to ...Read Review

The Buried Crown

By Ally Sherrick - Published 2018


Children/Young Adult

1940: Londoner, Charlie, has placed his young brother in the care of a farmer near the airbase where he is training to become a ...Read Review