Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

Fortuna and the Scapegrace: A Dark Comedy South Seas Adventure (The Epic of Didier Rain)

By Brian Kindall - Published 2019



Didier Rain finds himself in San Francisco in 1850, his clothes in tatters and broke. Discovering a coin, he uses it to pay a ...Read Review

The Unmourned: The Monsarrat Series

By Meg and Tom Keneally - Published 2019



As the tagline says, ‘not all murder victims are lamented’ and this is certainly the case here with the unregretted demise of Robert ...Read Review

War King (Hakon’s Saga Book 3)

By Eric Schumacher - Published 2018



Hakon’s Saga Book 3, War King, is a riveting Norse historical action adventure set in 957 AD. The saga continues for King Hakon Haroldsson, ...Read Review

The Highland Renegade (Lords of the Highlands Book 5)

By Amy Jarecki -



Feuds have a long tradition in the Scottish Highlands, and the situation has not much changed on the eve of the First Jacobite ...Read Review

Bakhita: A Novel of the Saint of Sudan

By Adriana Hunter (trans.) - By Veronique Olmi - Published 2019


Biographical FictionLiterary

This profoundly painful, beautifully written, and deeply moving fictional biography of Africa’s first canonized Catholic saint plunges the reader into the bottomless ...Read Review

Lady Franklin of Russell Square

By Erika Behrisch Elce - Published 2018


Biographical Fiction

Set in the mid-19th century, this historical novel takes the form of detailed letters by Lady Franklin to her then-missing husband, arctic ...Read Review


By Alexandrea Weis - Published 2019


Biographical Fiction

Realm by Alexandrea Weis is a historical tale about Roxana, the daughter of a Bactrian chieftain, who captures the heart of the Greek ...Read Review

The Steam Whistle Theatre Company

By Vivian French - Published 2019


Children/Young Adult

Victorian London. Pa Pringle’s family theatre company, newly renamed The Steam Whistle Theatre Company, is heading north to Uncaster by train (a ...Read Review

The Guest Book: A Novel

By Sarah Blake - Published 2019



This is a multigenerational story of the wealthy Milton family in America, from the Great Depression through World War II to the beginning ...Read Review

After the Party

By Cressida Connolly - Published 2018Published 2019


Phyllis Forrester lives a sheltered life in Sussex in 1938, devoted to her children and taking care to appease her tyrannical husband, Hugh. Phyllis’...Read Review