What are the best long and epic historical fiction?

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    #1The Count of Monte Cristo

    The Count of Monte Cristo
    The Count of Monte Cristo is written by French author Alexandre Dumas, which is about a man who wanted revenge against those who framed and jailed him for a crime he did not commit. 

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    Helen Wu
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Great book!! Story is very well told. Definitely a classic."
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    #2The 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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    Catherine Smith
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Overall this is a very good brief about this book. The description explains the location the time. And the multiple aspects that one could expect while reading this book."
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    #3Gone 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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    Patrick Willis
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Gone with the Wind is the best long and epic historical fiction"
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    #4The Far Pavilions

    The Far Pavilions

    The Far Pavilions is a romance filled classic historical fiction novel written by M. M. Kaye. It was published January 15, 1997 by St. Martin's Griffin. It is a story about an English man brought up as a Hindu.


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    Adam Carpenter
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "A deeply touching account of a young orphan who returns to India after being brought up In England. He finds his passion when he falls in love with an Indian princess. He struggles as he faces cultural boundaries and obstacles. A great book for those who love passionate and romantic flights as well as exploring different cultures!"
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    #5Forever Amber

    Forever Amber

    Forever Amber is a historical fiction and romance novel written by Kathleen Winsor. This book was originally published in 1944 by the Macmillan Publishers. It has a film adaptation released in 1947.


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    May Ren
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Forever Amber is the best long and epic historical fiction"
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    #6Sarum: 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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    Kathryn Gomez
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I was really into long, epic novels based on the past so hearing about Sarum: The Novel of England was something that I was really into. I can't lie, I thought it was a JRR Tolkien autobiography at first but it's not at all! It was really a great read and something I couldn't put down!"
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    #7I, the Sun

    I, the Sun
    This book tells the story of many of the Hititte kings, emphasizing in Suppiluliumas, a king also known as the Great King who was widely respected due to all his conquers, as he had conquered more than 40 nations, but couldn't get the heart of the woman he loved. 

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    Joan Arnold
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is another book that is not extremely well known, but is so superbly written. If you enjoy watching Game of Thrones or reading that novel, this book is perfect for you! It is based on the ancient civilization of Hittites. It combines family betrayal, lust, revenge, war and love. Although only 68 people took the time to review this book, it received almost a perfect rating, 4.8 stars! I can't recommend this book enough! "
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    This book narrates the story of Kunta Kinte, an African teenager who got captured in his village and then sold as a slave to America. This man would live in America the rest of his life, where he would start a family, whose most members were slaves. The book keeps telling the story of Kinte's descendants, until he reaches Alex Haley, the author of this book. 


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    Víctor Juárez
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "A native African boy is captured by his own people and sold into slavery, boarded onto a boat to America and is forced to work the field for the duration of his life. This tale of hardship is told through this young child's perspective, all the way through his descendants, up until the present day relatives of him. The story is powerful and the social advancements are interesting to behold as the pages go further and further."
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    #9Shogun (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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    Beverly King
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Shogun is a long, drawn out series for anyone who is into Asian culture. Takes place in the 1600s and has a lot of history throughout its pages. A true romance series, it has drama, some thrills, and a lot of love and heartbreak. "
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    #10Doctor Zhivago

    Doctor Zhivago
    Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak tells the story of the eponymous Yuri Zhivago, Tonya, Lara, and Pasha. Set against the backdrop of the Russian revolution, the book is rife with commentary on the political struggles of the time.

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    Susan Howell
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I would enjoy this book. It looks great to read."
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    #11The Thorn Birds

    The Thorn Birds

    This book narrates the adventures of three generations from the same sheep country Australia family. It mainly focuses in two characters, Meggie Cleary, who is trying her best to possess the man she loves, and Ralph de Bricassart, a man who will make it to the Vatican but has strong feelings for Meggie. 


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    Douglas Watkins
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This is definitely great book. I can see the direction the author was going with it and it did not disappoint."


Best What are the best long and epic historical fiction
1The Count of Monte CristoBooks 37 Free
2The Pillars of the Earth (Kingbridge)Books 33 Paid
3Gone with the Wind Books 30 Paid
4The Far PavilionsBooks 25 Paid
5Forever AmberBooks 21 Paid
6Sarum: The Novel of EnglandBooks 17 Paid
7I, the SunBooks 15 Paid
8RootsBooks 10 Paid
9Shogun (Asian Saga)Books 6 Paid
10Doctor ZhivagoBooks 4 Paid

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