Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

The Breath of Peace

By Penelope Wilcock - Published 2016


The story jumps right into the middle of a marriage in crisis. William, a former monk, and Madeleine, a woman wise in herbs ...Read Review

The Plague Charmer

By Karen Maitland - Published 2016



Porlock Weir, Exmoor, 1361. The story takes place thirteen years after the Great Plague, and there are rumours that it has returned to London. ...Read Review

The Powder of Death

By Julian Stockwin - Published 2016



Julian Stockwin is an author usually associated with exciting adventures at sea. However, this novel focuses on a different type of voyage – a ...Read Review

The Death of Robin Hood

By Angus Donald - Published 2016



After the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215, King John reneges on his promises and his barons rise against him. Amongst these is ...Read Review

Ordeal by Fire

By Sarah Hawkswood - Published 2016



Sarah Hawkswood’s second outing for the detecting duo of Bradecote and Catchpoll means a change of publisher, but readers shouldn’t worry ...Read Review

Hereward: The Bloody Crown

By James Wilde - Published 2016



1081. Within Constantinople, a weak emperor is circled by three families, each determined to place their candidate, however feeble, on the throne of the ...Read Review

The Varangian: Book Three of Odd Tangle-Hair’s Saga

By Bruce Macbain - Published 2016



Odd comes to Miklagard – the Norse name for Constantinople – with the sole purpose of seeking out Harald, a former friend turned nemesis, and ...Read Review

The Constant Queen

By Joanna Courtney - Published 2016


Biographical Fiction

Elizaveta is the daughter of the Grand Prince of Kiev and betrothed to marry the dispossessed prince Harald Sigurdsson of Norway, also known ...Read Review

Between Two Fires

By Mark Noce - Published 2016


Wales, 597 AD. The marriage of 16-year-old Lady Branwen, the only legitimate child of Vortigern, the King of Dyfed, to Morgan, the King of ...Read Review

The Earthly Gods

By Nick Brown - Published 2016



273 AD. Imperial Agent Cassius Corbulo is about to throw away a promising career. His bodyguard, Indavara, has been kidnapped, and after weeks of ...Read Review