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The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great (Catherine, #1)
3.54
In the crowded historical fiction marketplace, THE WINTER PALACE stands out for being a book set in mid-eighteenth century Russia, an unusual setting....more
Oct 10, 2011
Oct 05, 2011
 
The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
3.84
This poignant and haunting look at the Romanov daughters reminds us of why, so many years later, we continue to be fascinated by their beauty, their f...more
Apr 19, 2014
May 22, 2014
 
Bitter Greens
4.18
Kate Forsyth's BITTER GREENS is not only a magnificent achievement that would make any novelist jealous, it's one of the most beautiful paeans to the...more
Dec 13, 2012
Dec 11, 2012
 
The Confessions of Catherine de Medici
3.92
The truth is, none of us are innocent. We all have sins to confess.

So reveals Catherine de Medici in this brilliantly imagined novel about one of hist...more
not set
Mar 06, 2010
 
Revelation (Matthew Shardlake, #4)
4.28
In his fourth outing, hunchback lawyer Matthew Shardlake is up against a gruesome serial killer intent on bringing forth the prophecies of Revelation...more
not set
Nov 20, 2008
 
Daughters of Rome (The Empress of Rome, #2)
4.01
I must admit, I'm a sucker for almost anything set in ancient Rome. The tumult, the marble, the breastplates, the decadence - it all fascinates me. An...more
May 03, 2011
Apr 08, 2011
 
Leonardo's Swans
3.65
This review first appeared in the May 2006 issue of The Historical Novels Review, Editor's Choice)

Leonardo da Vinci has become quite popular these da...more
not set
Oct 15, 2008
 
Plague
3.71
Restoration England is often portrayed as a licentious romp where Charles II and his bevy of mistresses enjoyed an endless party. The end of the bruta...more
Aug 17, 2014
Sep 05, 2014
 
The Illuminator
3.68
Brenda Rickman Vantrese's debut novel is an unsentimental, vivid immersion into the tumult and struggle of 14th century England, featuring an indomita...more
May 19, 2010
May 14, 2010
 
The Book of Lost Fragrances (Reincarnationist, #4)
3.64
M.J. Rose has cemented her reputation as one of our leading writers of suspense, fusing thriller elements with history and a fascination with how the...more
Feb 2011
Feb 20, 2012
 
The Miniaturist
3.68
Hailed as a publishing phenomenon with rights sold in 30 countries, "The Miniaturist" is proof that historical novels continue to capture publishers'...more
May 10, 2014
May 22, 2014
 
Heresy (Giordano Bruno, #1)
3.62
Giordano Bruno was one of the 16th century's most erudite visionaries, a Dominican monk who fled the Church after being accused of heresy. His cosmolo...more
Nov 21, 2010
Nov 17, 2010
 
The Miracles of Prato: A Novel
3.53
The Renaissance is famous for its contributions to the artistic world, and of the many artists who populate its annals few are as controversial as Fra...more
May 28, 2009
Dec 26, 2011
 
The Secret Eleanor
3.35
Highly acclaimed and prolific novelist Cecelia Holland - arguably the true queen of historical fiction, whose books cover everything from early Byzant...more
not set
Aug 03, 2010
 
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
4.01
I was intrigued by Mr Cronin's apocalyptic tale of a scientific experiment gone awry and a world overcome by virological vampires, aptly dubbed "viral...more
Jun 17, 2010
Jun 29, 2010
 
Company Of Liars
3.79
Set in 14th century England during the time of the Pestilence, this is a chilling, riveting tale of nine travelers who come together seemingly by acci...more
not set
Dec 02, 2008
 
Sacrament
3.70
Clive Barker is one of our finest living writers; far more than a mere genre horror writer, he imbues his novels with a tangible sense of soul, as wel...more
Dec 10, 2011
Dec 26, 2011
 
The Lady of the Rivers (The Cousins' War, #3)
3.89
- This review was first published in the November 2011 edition of The Historical Novels Review -

Philippa Gregory’s third entry in her Cousins’ Wars s...more
Oct 2011
Dec 12, 2011
 
For the King
3.42
Napoleonic Paris comes to life in this fascinating account of a conflicted man determined to uncover the truth. Masterfully written, FOR THE KING offe...more
not set
Mar 06, 2010
 
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
3.80
It's almost impossible to post a review of a book that has won so much acclaim, the Man Booker Prize, and is being held - both rightly and wrongly - a...more
Jul 03, 2012
Jun 10, 2012
 
Mistress of the Sun
3.75
THIS REVIEW WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW:
In her first novel in eight years (following the international success of her Josephi...more
not set
Oct 15, 2008
 
The Queen's Sorrow
2.84
Mary I of England, better known as Bloody Mary, has never evoked much sympathy, despite her fractured adolescence and horrible young adulthood, where...more
Oct 29, 2010
Nov 01, 2010
 
The Hypnotist (Reincarnationist, #3)
3.62
A priceless sculpture that hides an ancient secret; an FBI investigator haunted by the past; and a terrorist plot involving the theft of magnificent w...more
Apr 26, 2010
Apr 25, 2010
 
The Mask Carver's Son
3.55
Sometimes, you read a novel that haunts you long after the last page has been turned. For me, THE MASK CARVER'S SON is one of those rare gifts.

With a...more
Jul 26, 2014
Jul 30, 2014
 
The Winter Guest
3.61
Pam Jenoff has built a strong reputation writing about World War II and its lingering effects on ordinary people. In THE WINTER GUEST, she returns to...more
Sep 17, 2014
Sep 17, 2014
 
The Last Queen
3.99
THE LAST QUEEN trade paperback, with a special reader group guide and author Q&A.
not set
Feb 19, 2009
 
The Shining Girls
3.46
Lauren Beukes' THE SHINING GIRLS is precisely the type of book that publishers go crazy over—a sleek, frightening yet “literary” novel with an unusual...more
May 18, 2013
May 19, 2013
 
Elizabeth I: The Novel
3.87
Margaret George has cemented her reputation as a grand dame of historical fiction, creating epic novels about history's most legendary characters, fro...more
Apr 29, 2011
May 23, 2011
 
The Night Circus
4.00
So much hyperbole and expectation has been spilled over Erin Morgenstern's debut novel that it's difficult to come up with anything fresh to say. Yes,...more
not set
Oct 11, 2011
 
Light Before Day
3.73
Christopher Rice may be the son of ultra-famous Anne Rice, reigning queen of the Gothic novel whose lush, supernatural tales have changed forever how...more
May 13, 2012
Aug 09, 2013
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