What are the best Indian historical fiction novels?

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    #1Midnight's Children

    Midnight's Children
    Midnight's Children is a Booker Prize-winning book by Salman Rushdie. It tells the story of Saleem Sinai and a thousand other children who were born on the stroke of midnight on the day of India's independence. 
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    Nicholas Hall
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Such a wild ride. You have to have a tolerance for suspending your willingness to the author's imaginative ruminations and memory as he takes you through 20th century india and pakistan and a INSANE family story. It's such a memorable book and i love it."
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    #2Life of Pi

    Life of Pi
    Life of Pi is a Booker Prize-winning novel by Yann Martel. It tells the story of Pi Patel, who gets shipwrecked and ends up in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Adrift in the ocean, they struggled to survive for 227 days.
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    Mildred Garrett
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "If you enjoy Indian literature than this story is certain to be a treat! It has all of the elements of traditional folklore, however Pi's story seems to transcend your average tale! It hints at cultural elements, continuity, and tradition. But also escapes into deeper elements like humanism and ultimately survival. This story will take you deep into the recesses of your own thoughts about life as your follow the plight of the main character. "
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    #3A Suitable Boy

    A Suitable Boy

    A Suitable Boy is a historical fiction novel written by Vikram Seth which centers on the lives of four middle-class families in India set during the 1950s. This gives a view on the complex and multi-ethnic society of the country. 

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    Andrea Morgan
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This was an incredibly long book but was worth time to complete it. The book was intriguing and never at one point did I want to put it down or became frustrated with the fact that it was so long so don't be put off by that."
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    #4Mistress of the Throne

    Mistress of the Throne

    Mistress of the Throne is a historical fiction novel by Gupta Ruchir published in 2014. Set in 1631, it tells the story of a seventeen-year-old girl who was anointed as the Empress of India by her father, the Mughal King Shah Jahan.

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    Thomas Tran
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is decent enough to be considered or be worth reading. Indian historic novels always feels like there can't be too much of it so based also on reviews, you can not go wrong in picking up this one if you're trying to look for something in the lines of Indian Historical Fiction novels."
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    #5The Enchantress of Florence

    The Enchantress of Florence
    Enchantress of Florence is a 2008 historical fiction novel by acclaimed Indian author Salman Rushdie. It tells the story of a European man claiming to be the son of an exiled Indian princess.
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    Sarah Carr
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book is very interesting and I would not hesitate to recommend this to people looking for novels like this. Even with its decent ratings or reviews, at the end of the day they're just reviews and your opinion matters the most, and to me, this is good enough to be considered one of the best."
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    #6The Palace of Illusions

    The Palace of Illusions
    The Palace of Illusions is a novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. It is a retelling of the classic Indian epic, Mahabharata, and tells the story of Princess Panchaali, who wedded the five Pandava brothers and helped them regain their kingdom.
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    #7The Inheritance of Loss

    The Inheritance of Loss
    The Inheritance of Loss is a historical fiction novel by Indian author Kiran Desai. Set against the backdrop of the Nepalese revolution for independence from India, it tells the story of Jemubhai Patel, his granddaughter, and his cook.
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    Shirley Lawson
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book was very engrossing. An interesting look into a part of history I wasn't very familiar with."
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    #8River of Smoke (Ibis Trilogy)

    River of Smoke (Ibis Trilogy)
    River of Smoke is a historical fiction novel by Indian writer Amitav Ghosh. It is the second book in the Ibis trilogy, and it continues the story of a group of people in Canton, after the ship they were sailing on was forced to dock.
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    Judy Hunter
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I loved this book. It really makes you think, even though it's a work of fiction. "
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    #9The Glass Palace

    The Glass Palace

    The Glass Palace is a historical fiction novel by Amitav Ghosh published in 2000. The story spans a century of time, from the Konbaung dynasty in the 19th century to modern times. 

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    Jeffrey Watkins
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I have really wanted to read an Indian historical fiction novel lately so I decided to check out my local library. The librarian was able to help me find a book that met these needs so I checked out The Glass Palace. This novel actually taught me a lot about the cultural history of India."
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    #10The Great War of Hind (The Legend of Ramm)

    The Great War of Hind (The Legend of Ramm)
    The Great War of Hind is a historical-mythological fiction book by Vaibhav Anand. Set around the year 1200 BC, it tells the story of Ramm, a military general, as he defends the kingdom of man. It is the first book in The Legend of Ramm series.
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    Roger Robertson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I wanted a book that would provide a rousing, fictionalized account of Indian history, and my library's recommendation list pointed me towards a book called 'The Great War of Hind', which is part of a larger series. I found it very entertaining, as well as educational, and I can't wait to read the rest of the series. One thing that really stood out about it was it wasn't overly long, unlike many historically based novels. If anything, the length left me hungry for more. "
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    #11Nellie the Brave: The Cherokee Trail of Tears

    Nellie the Brave: The Cherokee Trail of Tears

    Nellie the Brave: The Cherokee Trail of Tears is a historical fiction written by Veda Boyd Jones. Originally published in 2006, it focuses on the story of Nellie Starr, a young Cherokee girl caught in America's expansion in 1838.

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    Tyler Kelly
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "A solid entry for children, the story of Native Americans doesn't get told enough. Most younger people only learn about this in greater detail through the movie Pocohontas so it's refreshing to see another spin on the table. The book is solidly written and the central character of Nellie is fresh and interesting. Some slow parts to the book, but overall worthwhile."
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    #12The Devourers

    The Devourers
    The Devourers is an LGBT-themed fantasy book that is set in the culture of India catered to adults written by Indra Das, published on July 12, 2016 by Del Rey Books. 
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Summary

Best What are the best Indian historical fiction novels
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Midnight's ChildrenBooks 37 Paid
2Life of PiBooks 34 Paid
3A Suitable BoyBooks 33 Paid
4Mistress of the ThroneBooks 31 Paid
5The Enchantress of FlorenceBooks 29 Paid
6The Palace of IllusionsBooks 26 Paid
7The Inheritance of LossBooks 26 Paid
8River of Smoke (Ibis Trilogy)Books 24 Paid
9The Glass PalaceBooks 22 Paid
10The Great War of Hind (The Legend of Ramm)Books 21 Paid
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