Reviews

Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

The Devils of Cardona

By Matthew Carr - Published 2016

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AdventureThriller

Amid rumors of rising rebellion in Aragon, royal decree sends former soldier and now judge Bernardo de Mendoza to investigate the murder of ...Read Review

Charlatan

By Kate Braithwaite - Published 2016

Genres:

Biographical Fiction

The court of King Louis XIV of France was, without doubt, one of the most colorful and scandal-ridden in history. During his reign, ...Read Review

The Course of Fortune, Volumes 1, 2, and 3

By Tony Rothman - Published 2016

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AdventureEpic

Francisco de Barai, young and full of vigor, must flee his native Seville under false charges. What follows is a 15-year adventure across ...Read Review

Rebellion’s Message

By MICHAEL JECKS - Published 2016

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Mystery/Crime

The seedy underworld of London in 1554 is explored through the eyes of Jack Blackjack, who wakes up behind a pub next to a ...Read Review

The Ornatrix

By Kate Howard - Published 2016

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In 16th-century Italy, two women rejected by their families weave in and out of each other’s lives in this novel about the ...Read Review

Three Sisters, Three Queens

By Philippa Gregory - Published 2016

Genres:

Biographical Fiction

One of the less documented Tudor women is explored in Gregory’s latest 16th-century read. Margaret, elder sister of Henry VIII, was a ...Read Review

Murder at Fountainbleau

By Amanda Carmack - Published 2016

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

Murder at Fontainebleau is the fifth installment of Carmack’s Elizabethan Mysteries. The novel opens just after the death of Kate Haywood’s ...Read Review

Accession

By Livi Michael - Published 2016

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Accession concludes Livi Michael’s Wars of the Roses trilogy, begun in Succession (HNR 71) and Rebellion (HNR 74). We begin in the aftermath of ...Read Review

The Witch of Eye

By Mari Griffith - Published 2015

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This novel weaves together the stories of three women from three different levels of 15th century English society: dairymaid, Jenna, who has run ...Read Review

The Prodigious Physician

By Jorge de Sena - By Margaret Jull Costa (trans.) - Published 2016

Genres:

Literary

A Portuguese poet and novelist, de Sena chose exile in Brazil, then California, rather than live under the Salazar dictatorship. To make a ...Read Review