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The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great (Catherine, #1)
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
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
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
I've always been obsessed with Russian history, in particular the events leading to the 1917 revolution that murdered the Tsar, his family, as well as ...more
Oct 15, 2014
Oct 15, 2014
Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt
Novels set in ancient Egypt are rare, compared to other eras. Perhaps it's because of the daunting challenges presented by the research itself or the ...more
Dec 2014
Dec 01, 2014
The Miniaturist
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
The Confessions of Catherine de Medici
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
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Mar 06, 2010
Daughters of Rome (The Empress of Rome, #2)
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
Revelation (Matthew Shardlake, #4)
In his fourth outing, hunchback lawyer Matthew Shardlake is up against a gruesome serial killer intent on bringing forth the prophecies of Revelation ...more
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Nov 20, 2008
Mrs. Poe
Edgar Allan Poe has become a fascinating and controversial figure in the many years since his death. His morbid, often gruesome stories and poems evok ...more
Nov 24, 2014
Nov 29, 2014
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
Leonardo's Swans
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
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Oct 15, 2008
The Miracles of Prato: A Novel
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 Winter Guest
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 Sleepwalkers
One of my favorite periods in 20th century history is pre-Nazi Berlin; a fragile time before the rise of an era of unspeakable darkness, when the city ...more
Sep 16, 2011
Sep 13, 2011
The Illuminator
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
Heresy (Giordano Bruno, #1)
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 Last Nude
With razor-sharp prose and an unapologetic lack of sentimentality, THE LAST NUDE depicts a pivotal time in 1920s Paris, during the life of the acclaim ...more
Dec 11, 2014
Dec 11, 2014
The Book of Lost Fragrances (Reincarnationist, #4)
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
Daughter of Fortune
Let me say it upfront: I'm a devoted fan of Ms Allende. From her House of the Spirits to Zorro, I have reveled in her quixotic, sensual, unabashedly s ...more
Jun 30, 2010
Jun 29, 2010
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 Passage (The Passage, #1)
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
The Secret Eleanor
Highly acclaimed and prolific novelist Cecelia Holland - arguably the true queen of historical fiction, whose books cover everything from early Byzant ...more
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Aug 03, 2010
The Miniaturist
Hailed as a publishing phenomenon with rights sold in 30 countries, "The Miniaturist" is proof that historical novels continue to capture publishers' ...more
May 22, 2014
Oct 22, 2014
The Lady of the Rivers (The Cousins' War, #3)
- 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
Oct 2011
Dec 12, 2011
The Secret Lion (The Spymaster Chronicles, #1)
A rousing historical adventure set in the Tudor court, during final days of Edward VI's reign- a time of danger, deceit, and courag
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Oct 05, 2008
Company of Liars
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
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Dec 02, 2008
The Queen's Sorrow
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
For the King
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
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Mar 06, 2010
Mistress of the Sun
In her first novel in eight years (following the international success of her Josephi
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Oct 15, 2008
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