What are the best historical novels?

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    #1Shogun (Asian Saga)

    Shogun (Asian Saga)
    Set in 1600, the first book of the Asian Saga features three main characters: John Blackthorne, a British adventurer who arrives at Japan; Toranaga, a feudal lord with dreams of becoming the Shogun and Lady Mariko, a Catholic convert who falls in love with John, an explosive combination of characters and personalities that ensures lots of adventures. 
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    Brian Larson
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "one of the best books of all time everyone and their momma should read it."
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    #2The Secret River

    The Secret River
    The Secret River is an award-winning historical fiction novel by Kate Greenville. Set in the early 19th century, it follows the story of William Thornhill, who makes life better for himself and his wife after getting deported to Australia.
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    Ruth Barrett
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "I love the idea of a novel who uses history to be able to create an intriguing story. It shows how people change when put into new environment even though it was meant to be a punishment. A great read!"
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    #3State of War

    State of War

    State of War is a historical fiction novel written by Ninotchka Rosca. It is about the Marcos regime in the Philippines and it is first published in 1988 by Anvil Publishing Inc. 

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    Jeremy Weber
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I adored this book. Imelda Marcos was my hero. She is the one who had the world record for most pairs of shoes owned. She wasn't as mean as everyone made her out to be, by the way. Rosca has a way of describing shoes that make me want to cuddle up in my closet with all of my shoes and then buy more shoes."
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    #4Glorious Angel (Southern)

    Glorious Angel (Southern)

    Glorious Angel is the first book in the historical romance series Southern written by Johanna Lindsey which follows the love story of the daughter of an Alabama farmer Angela Sherrington and dashing Bradford Maitland.

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    Nicole Powell
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This is your classic raunchy romance novel. It's got scandal, drama, sex, and a little bit of cruelty in it. I would highly recommend it to read on a beach under an umbrella. Don't plan on becoming any smarter from this one, but a little entertained. "
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    #5Morgan's Run

    Morgan's Run

    Morgan's Run is a historical fiction novel by Colleen McCullough, first published in 2000. Set in the 18th century, it tells the story of a British man, Richard Morgan, and his exile in Australia.

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    Brenda Flores
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I love stories about how new nations are formed. The great writer Colleen McCullough tells us how Australia was formed with new inhabitants from the jail cells of England and one man's strength and character that helped settle a country and define its future."
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    #6The Borgia Mistress (Poisoner Mysteries)

    The Borgia Mistress (Poisoner Mysteries)

    The Borgia Mistress is the third and last book in Sara Poole's thrilling historical fiction series for young adults, the Poisoner Mysteries series. It was published in 2012. It is about a court poisoner and her affair with Cesare Borgia.

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    #7Memoirs of a Geisha

    Memoirs of a Geisha

    Memoirs of a Geisha is Arthur Gold's best-selling novel, which tells the story of Nitta Sayuri as she overcomes loss at a young age and learns the art of becoming a geisha. It is a story of loss and pain, hope, and love.

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    Brandon Hudson
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "If you're looking for Memoirs of a Geisha, this is what you want! The great novel is just that. Everyone interested in great literature must read this!"
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    #8A Pair of Blue Eyes

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

    A Pair of Blue Eyes is a classic fiction novel written by Thomas Hardy which centers on the daughter of the Rector of Endelstow Elfride Swancour based on the courtship he did on his first wife named Emma. 

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    Sara Montgomery
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This is a great book you should take the time in read about this guy and his wife. I would read this book over and over again because it is incredible."
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    #9Sarum: The Novel of England

    Sarum: The Novel of England
    This epic novel tells the stories of five families (Wilsons, Masons, Porteus, Shockleys and Godfreys) that help to understand all the changes Britain was experimenting. Each family tries to preserve their characteristics over the centuries, something that's hard in those times. 









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    Raúl Palma
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "this novel portrays the real efforts of this families in Britain.i found this very motivating because nothing good as preserving family characteristic "
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    #10Arrow of God (The African Trilogy)

    Arrow of God (The African Trilogy)

    Arrow of God is a 1964 historical fiction novel by acclaimed Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe. It is his third novel and the final book in the African trilogy, succeeding Things Fall Apart and No Longer at Ease.

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    Hansika Khan
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "You don't really see much about African history but what a perfect fiction book to talk about it. Arrow of God (The African Trilogy) was a great ending to historical and interesting series."
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    #11Voyager (Outlander)

    Voyager (Outlander)
    Voyager is a historical romance novel by Diana Gabaldon. The third book in the Outlander series, it tells the story of Claire Randall, who must choose between returning to the 18th century for Jamie Fraser or staying in the present.
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    Devansh Rodrigues
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "A very popular book among customers, the reviews are very positive. I enjoyed the book a lot, it was interesting and captivating to read. I have recommended it to a few of my friends who enjoy historical novels."
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    #12The Historian

    The Historian
    This is the story of a young woman that while exploring her father's library is plunged into a labyrinth where she will find out about her father's past and the fate of her mother, and she will learn about Vlad the Impaler, and his possible connections with her situation in the current days. 




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    Nicholas Gonzales
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I love books that are historical. I wanted a new one that I had not read yet. I bought The Historian. The Historian was actually really good and reminded me of the stories my grandmother told me about the period. I thought it was the best piece I had read in a while."
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    #13The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.
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    #14The Highlander (The Rise of The Aztecs)

    The Highlander (The Rise of The Aztecs)
    The Highlander is the first book in Zoe Saadia's exciting adventure series for young adults, the Rise of the Aztecs. It was published on September 6, 2012. 
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    William Davidson
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I love historical fiction novels because they take me back in time and allow me to think of something happening differently from how it actually did. I recently read "The Highlander (The Rise of The Aztecs)" which I enjoyed very much. It showed a whole new world and explored this reality very deeply and thoroughly. I really loved it!"
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    #15Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind
    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is a bestselling novel of all time and won the Pulitzer Prize. Widely considered The Great American Novel, it explores the depth of human passion with an intensity as bold as its setting.
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    Philip Keller
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Unbelievable novel that I could not put down after starting it. Gone with the Wind is an absolute classic that did not win the Pulitzer Prize for no reason."
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    #16And the Mountains Echoed

    And the Mountains Echoed
    Published in 2013, And the Mountains Echoed is a historical fiction novel by acclaimed author, Khaled Hosseini. Set in Kabul, it tells the heartbreaking life story of two siblings, Abdullah and Pari.
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    Vincent Porter
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "A positive, humane and fast-changing novel of novellas. Highly unique in many respects. The main story remains in the background and keeps growing steadily through the space/time thicket effortlessly. i live this book. "
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    #17A Family Apart

    A Family Apart

    A Family Apart is a dramatic historical adventure novel for pre-teens and teenagers written by Joan Lowery Nixon. It was first published in 1995. It is about a family separated by poverty and the upcoming Civil War in the mid-1800s.

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    George Ross
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "Despite the time period, I am not sure how historical this is. I wouldnt read it."
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    #18The Lost Crown

    The Lost Crown

    The Lost Crown is a historical fiction novel written by Sarah Miller. This tells the story of Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia of the Romanov Family. This book is published in 2011 by Atheneum.

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    Mary Flores
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Who doesn't know the story of Tsar Nicholas II and his ill-fated family? This novel explores the world of the last Grand Duchesses of the Romanov family and the crucible of war that forged women from pampered teenage girls. It's advertised as a young adult novel, but this middle-aged woman loved every page of it."
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    #19The Last Queen

    The Last Queen
    The Last Queen is a biographical fiction novel by C.W. Gortner. First published in 2006, this book is a historical novel about Princess Juana of Castile, the daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel, and her years as the reigning queen.
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    #20The Return of the Native

    The Return of the Native

    The Return of the Native is a classic fiction novel written by Thomas Hardy which on Eustacia Vye who lives in the countryside of Wessex and has been longing for the city of Paris to get new experiences she has never seen before. 

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    Beverly Watkins
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "The Return of the Native is a classic fictional novel. Whether or not it is considered one of the best historical novels is questionable as it not non-fiction but takes place in the Victorian era which could interest people who enjoy novels that are historical in that sense. Otherwise it deals with fictional characters rather than historical characters."
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    #21The Life of Elizabeth I

    The Life of Elizabeth I

    The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir is a biographical novel originally published in 1998. This book tells the private life of the beloved royalty of England - Queen Elizabeth I and her powerful reign over her people.

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    Enrique Vega
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "As an American I don't know too much about the royal family, but this painted an interesting portrait of her that made me want to learn more. Made her a relatable and likable figure."
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    #22Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

    Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

    Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling by Ross King is a non-fiction biographical novel first published in 2000. This book was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.

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    Javier Zepeda
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "I love the fact that the book is artistic and historical.Historical books keep me entertained and this one is interesting because it is illustrative.I can read it several times and never get bored."
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    #23The Italian Renaissance

    The Italian Renaissance
    The Italian Renaissance by John H. Plumb is a historical non-fiction novel originally published in 1961. This book examines the great time period of the Italian Renaissance in the fields of science and art.
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    Sandra Day
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "The Italian Renaissance book offers a comprehensive collection of art and scientific achievements that occurred in one of the most exciting, vibrant times in history. Whether I want to learn about art and scientific achievements of Leonardo or learn more about the artistic training and style of Michelangelo, this book has all the answers. A great resource for a fascinating time."
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    #24The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (Collins Classics)

    The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (Collins Classics)

    The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is a historical fiction novel written by Victor Hugo which centes on the hunchback bellringer of Notre-Dame cathedral named Quasimodo and his dedication to gypsy dancer La Esmeralda.

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    Hemant Rodrigues
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (Collins Classics) is a great classic story. I love to revisit literary classics periodically. This is one of my favorites and among the best historical stories. The underlying themes are powerful and always relevant."
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    #25Bata, Bata... Pa'No Ka Ginawa?

    Bata, Bata... Pa'No Ka Ginawa?

    Bata, Bata... Pa'No Ka Ginawa? is a historical fiction book written by Lualhati Bautista. This classic Filipino book tackles family issues and is first published in 1983.

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    Teresa Shaw
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "It's a decent book, and empowering for women. It has a strong feminist aura but I think it's sometimes too unfair with men and that the protagonist is unlikeable. It's a well written story that every feminist should read. "
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    #26The Borgia Bride

    The Borgia Bride
    The Borgia Bride is a historical fiction novel for young adults, written by Jeanne Kalogridis. It was released in April 2007. It is about Sancha and her fight to survive the plots of Lucrezia, sister of Sancha's groom-to-be, Cesare.
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    Jose Burton
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This book was a great read. For someone like me who is interested in the renaissance, it has a magical way of bringing that time period alive. Even for someone who is not generally a history buff, this book still offers an intriguing story line that everyone can enjou."
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    #27Utopia

    Utopia

    Utopia by Thomas More is a philosophical satire originally published in 1516. This book explores a fictional island and its government and religious customs. It was first released in Latin and later on translated into different languages.

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    Chirag Mehra
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "Thomas More makes you feel as if you are one of his characters in this extremely interesting book about an island that is governed and ruled only by the people. Captivating read. Makes me want to live in UTOPIA."
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    #28The Well-Beloved

    The Well-Beloved

    The Well-Beloved is a classic fiction novel written by Thomas Hardy which follows the life of sculptor Jocelyn Pierston falling in love with three generations of island women. 

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    Eduardo Espinoza
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "The Well-Beloved a book. People who like fiction may like this book."
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    #29World Without End (Kingsbridge Series)

    World Without End (Kingsbridge Series)

    World Without end features the descendants of the characters from Pillars of the Earth, the first book of the Kingsbrige Series. The book tackles two major historical events - the start of The Hundrer Years' War and the Black Death. 

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    Stephen Spencer
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "I had heard this book was fantastic, and I'll love it, and all the other great things. I tried, for about a week. It was just too depressing, and too much of the little guy getting the shaft. This is all grind, grind, grind, step on your face, grind. Written well enough, but just not for me."
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    #30The Pillars of the Earth (Kingbridge)

    The Pillars of the Earth (Kingbridge)
    The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett is the first book in the Kingsbridge series. This fast-paced action book is set up during the twelfth century in a cathedral in England, and the story about love, revenge, and betrayal are told.
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    Steven Clark
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "Set in England, this book give the reader a great look at the culture and history of the country. Many different angles play out over the course of this book, with betrayal and revenge coming at every turn. A really fast paced book that will keep your reading it from cover to cover. A great book."

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3State of WarBooks 0 Paid
4Glorious Angel (Southern)Books 0 Paid
5Morgan's RunBooks 0 Paid
6The Borgia Mistress (Poisoner Mysteries)Books 0 Paid
7Memoirs of a GeishaBooks 0 Paid
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9Sarum: The Novel of EnglandBooks 0 Paid
10Arrow of God (The African Trilogy)Books 0 Paid
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