What are the best must-read historical fiction novels?

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    #1The 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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    Daniel Castro
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "This is a book that will not disappoint. It has a wonderful setting and the characters are colorful and adventurous. It really has all the aspects of a good read. Lot's of adventure, action and a true love story that unfolds. "
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    #2I, 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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    Deborah Watson
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Historical novels are rare to come by with quality. I, the Sun tackles an interesting story about the Hittie kings."
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    #3World 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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    Maria Day
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "This book is a sequel to Ken Follet's highly-regarded "Pillars of the Earth", about the building of a cathedral in the 12th century. In "World Without End", the story continues two centuries later and is about the Church itself and the authoritarians who administer to it. Most reviews of this book mention how long and tedious it is. "
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    #4War and Peace

    War and Peace
    Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace is considered one of the finest novels ever written. The story chronicles Napoleon's invasion of Russia during the early 19th century.
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    Lu Sun
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "There are some classics which everyone should read, and "War and Peace" definitely falls into that category. Tolstoy's novel follows characters from different backgrounds as they struggle with the problems of living in Russia during Napoleon's invasion. It's an incredibly human snapshot of a moment in history."
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    #5Water for Elephants

    Water for Elephants

    Water for Elephants is a book by Sara Gruen which tells the story of Jacob who has to work with a problematic man in a traveling circus and later they will acquire an elephant that they will name Rosie.

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    Michael Austin
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The story was decent nothing special."
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    #6Here Be Dragons

    Here Be Dragons

    Here Be Dragons is a medieval, renaissance, historical and fiction book written by Sharon Kay Penman. It was published June 1, 1985 by Holt, Rinhart and Winston. It follows the story of a King.

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    Adam Fisher
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I love everything historical and I like to read books about it, whether they are fiction or non fiction. Here Be Dragons is one of the best books I've read like this. It follows the story of a king during the medieval times. It's really good and I would really recommend it. "
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    #7The Birth of Venus

    The Birth of Venus

    The Birth of Venus is a historical romance fiction novel written by Sarah Dunant. This book is about Alessandra Cecchi who has a talent for painting. It is first published in 2003 by Random House. 

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    Evelyn McDonald
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is a good brief about the story and what to expect if you pick this up and read this description I think the reader would have a good understanding of what the book was about and if they really wanted to buy it. There could have been a little more detail about it whether or not there is conflict or also the time period in which this book is referencing."
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    #8Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey

    Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey
    I am now a condemned traitor . . . I am to die when I have hardly begun to live.

    Historical expertise marries page-turning fiction in Alison Weir’s enthralling debut novel, breathing new life into one of the most significant and tumultuous periods of the English monarchy. It is the story of Lady Jane Grey–“the Nine Days’ Queen”–a fifteen-year-old girl who unwittingly finds herself at the center of the religious and civil unrest that nearly toppled the fabled House of Tudor during the sixteenth century.

    The child of a scheming father and a ruthless mother, for whom she is merely a pawn in a dynastic game with the highest stakes, Jane Grey was born during the harrowingly turbulent period between Anne Boleyn’s beheading and the demise of Jane’s infamous great-uncle, King Henry VIII. With the premature passing of Jane’s adolescent cousin, and Henry’s successor, King Edward VI, comes a struggle for supremacy fueled by political machinations and lethal religious fervor.

    Unabashedly honest and exceptionally intelligent, Jane possesses a sound strength of character beyond her years that equips her to weather the vicious storm. And though she has no ambitions to rule, preferring to immerse herself in books and religious studies, she is forced to accept the crown, and by so doing sets off a firestorm of intrigue, betrayal, and tragedy.

    Alison Weir uses her unmatched skills as a historian to enliven the many dynamic characters of this majestic drama. Along with Lady Jane Grey, Weir vividly renders her devious parents; her much-loved nanny; the benevolent Queen Katherine Parr; Jane’s ambitious cousins; the Catholic “Bloody” Mary, who will stop at nothing to seize the throne; and the protestant and future queen Elizabeth. Readers venture inside royal drawing rooms and bedchambers to witness the power-grabbing that swirls around Lady Jane Grey from the day of her birth to her unbearably poignant death. Innocent Traitor paints a complete and compelling portrait of this captivating young woman, a faithful servant of God whose short reign and brief life would make her a legend.

    “An impressive debut. Weir shows skill at plotting and maintaining tension, and she is clearly going to be a major player in the . . . historical fiction game.”
    –The Independent

    “Alison Weir is one of our greatest popular historians. In her first work of fiction . . . Weir manages her heroine’s voice brilliantly, respecting the past’s distance while conjuring a dignified and fiercely modern spirit.”
    –London Daily Mail
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    Tiffany Nguyen
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "England's monarchy takes the stage as Alison Weir debuts her sharp skills and a mastercraftsman, craftperson, politically correct, in the fine art of literature. Once you pick the book up to begin reading, it's very difficult to put it down, that being said, is all that need to spoken, it seems, when it comes to wisely written book."
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    #9The 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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    Louis Bradley
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the most classic works of fiction ever written to paper. While the language is a little dated, it still manages to hold interest and delight readers. I couldn't stop reading it."
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    #10Eaters of the Dead

    Eaters of the Dead

    It is the year 922 AD. The Arab courtier Ibn Fadlan is in a party of Viking warriors back home. He's appalled with their culture, but when he arrives at the cold of the Viking lands, finds himself in a combat against the terrors of the night. 

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    Laura Simpson
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "This is a good book. It blends both fact and fiction. Recommend."
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    #11The Last Kingdom (Saxon Tales)

    The Last Kingdom (Saxon Tales)

    The Last Kingdom is the first book in the series The Saxon Chronicles. It tells the story of Uhtred Ragnarson, a boy who was born a Saxon and then kidnapped by Danes as a child. Since then they raised Uhtred to become a warrior. 

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    Carlos Zúñiga
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "If you're into Viking or early English history this series is for you! The writer paints a vivid picture of life during this time. "
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    #12Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution

    Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution

    Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution by Michelle Moran is a historical fiction about the European history. This book was published in 2011 which shows the importance of love and friendship in times of war.

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    Benjamin Kelly
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Taking a historical setting of the French Revolution through the eyes of fictional characters, the story follows the royal family and their bonds of amorous, loyalty among one another. With each royal family member forced to soon pick a side on the revolution soon to take place, each conflict of interest is heightened with each passing day, giving the story a sense of urgency and dramatic flare."
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    #13The First Man in Rome

    The First Man in Rome

    The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough is a historical fiction novel published in 1990. This book tells the story of two men with an exceptional desire for power over Rome and the lengths they took to achieve the honor of the Republic.

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    Marcela Galicia
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "I really liked the plot and it kept me guessing, so I did not want to put the book down. I thought the characters were really interesting. Overall, this was a fun and easy to read book that I really enjoyed."
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    #14Rome's Greatest Defeat

    Rome's Greatest Defeat
    Rome's Greatest Defeat by Adrian Murdoch is a historical fiction novel that tells the story of about 25,000 warriors who were ambushed by the German military in the depths of the Teutoburg Forest during the 9 CE.
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    David James
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "There's nothing about this solution the screams "must-read". In fact, the item only has 35 customer reviews and no sort of awards or superlatives attached to it."
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    #15The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon is a non-fiction novel published in 1776. This book follows the history of the Western Civilization during the peak of the Roman Empire's power and influence.
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    Jennifer Hernandez
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "I was looking for a historical fiction novel. This is non-fiction so I'm somewhat disappointed. It was interesting but just not what I was looking for."
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    #16Caesar

    Caesar
    Caesar: A Novel by Colleen McCullough is a historical fiction book released in 1997. This novel follows the story of Gaius Julius Caesar and his glorious reign over the Ancient Roman Empire.
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    Anna Garza
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "The solution is great. It takes you right to where you can purchase the book. That makes it easy and convenient. I would love to read this book. The concept is great as far as it being a historical novel"
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    #17Roma: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    Roma: A Novel of Ancient Rome
    Roma: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor is a historical fiction book published in 2007.This book tells the story of two families during the Ancient Rome period as they witness some of the world's greatest historical events.
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    Jenny Lu
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "I love books with a historical backdrop and this book was no different. It spans the lives of two families across 1000 years. Their lives, their ups and downs, their arguments, things we can all relate to. I found it interesting to see each journey through settlement and then big city. It's quite a change for the characters. I found myself engaged throughout the book and was intrigued by each character. Great book overall. "
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    #18Imperium

    Imperium

    Imperium by Robert Harris is a biographical and historical fiction novel first published in 2006. This book follows the enthralling life of Marcus Cicero as a Roman Empire Senator.

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    Rosario Trejo
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "If you are looking for a great historical fiction novel, Imperium by Robert Harris is the prime example of that. It follows the life of a Roman Empire Senator and is definitely a great read for those that are interested in the genre. I would highly recommend giving this novel a try!"
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    #19The Twelve Caesars

    The Twelve Caesars

    The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius is biographical novel documented by the author himself during his days as Caesar's personal secretary. This book includes 12 biographies of Caesar and other emperors of the Roman Empire.

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    Yolanda Franco
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "This is a classic must read. I love ancient history, so this book is perfect for me. It has so much info about the emperors in the Roman Empire. It really is a great item for you history novel."
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    #20Roman Blood

    Roman Blood
    Roman Blood by Steven Saylor is a historical fiction novel published in 1991. This is the first book in the Roma Sub Rosa series that follows the story of Ancient Rome during its final decades.
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    William Ortiz
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "As a fan of historical fiction, I am always looking out for new novels in the genre. With Roman Blood, I got to read the tale of the decline of the Roman empire. I truly felt I was in the empire during its final days. "
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    #21The Grass Crown

    The Grass Crown

    The Grass Crown by Colleen McCullough is a historical fiction book published in 1991. This novel follows the story of Ancient Rome's war of survival against neighboring Italian states and Asian conquerors.

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    Evelyn Collins
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "I love this series of books about Rome. This book is much faster paced than some of the others have been. "
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    #22Fortune's Favorites

    Fortune's Favorites

    Fortune's Favorites by Colleen McCullough is a historical fiction book published in 1993. This novel introduces the downfall of Sulla, a Roman general, and his encounters with Julius Caesar, Pompey the Great, and others.

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    Deborah Reid
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "This is a great historical fiction book about a roman general named Sulla and his times and encounters with Caeser, Pompey, and more. It's intriguing and complicated how Sulla is incorporated into the political dealings of ancient times, and really makes for a very smart book."
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    #23The Silver Pigs

    The Silver Pigs
    The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis is a historical fiction and mystery crime novel published in 1989. This book follows  Marcus Didius Falco, a Roman "informer", and the time he got into trouble with bloodthirsty traitors.
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    Gregory Wells
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "I'm a guy who loves series books. But I also love historical fiction - fiction that is as close to the real thing as I can get. I've read all of the Master and Commander series, Hornblower, Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and Mayfair Witches to name a few. I like it exciting but drenched in details - details that don't bore me or slow me down. The words have to flow well. With those kinds of requirements, it's a bit hard to find series books that I can take serious and enjoy. Somehow or another, I stumbled across the Falco series on my Kindle app and I'll finish them all (even thought I'm on the third book). The series takes place in classical antiquity in the time of Vespasian/Titus's rule in Rome (time of the Caesars). Lindsey Davis does a fantastic job of bringing history to life in a very realistic and down to earth manner. While it takes the form of mystery with Falco as a detective ("informer" by Roman standards) who pursues various criminals and intrigues for citizens as well as the Emperor. In the opening books of the series, we are taken on a guided tour of Rome via the eyes of Falco as takes on a job for a beautiful young woman who ends of dying before he can complete his mission. Slowly the tapestry of lies and deceit begins to unfold as Falco has to travel all the way to savage Britain to solve his case and avenge the girls death."
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    #24The Tunnel

    The Tunnel

    The Tunnel is a fiction written by William H. Gass. First published in 1955, this book is published in 1999 by Dalkey Archive Press. The book, which has over 600 pages, is an American fiction literature.

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    Chirag Malhotra
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "The Tunnel is an older classic and one of my favorite books of all time. William H. Glass is a great writer and I love his work. The characters are haunting and well developed and have a great background. The story is a slow-burn with some fantastic settings. The way he write is sure to grip you right away and you won;t regret picking this one up."
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    #25And 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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    Israel Rocha
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This novel put lights on life of great people, I love it. "
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    #26River 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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    Reyansh Chattopadhyay
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Amitav Ghosh has been kind of the "it" writer in historical fiction lately, and I finally got around to picking this up. I'm glad I did. It has a historical setting, but the themes are pretty clearly tied into today's concerns. I felt like the character development was particularly strong. I loved it."
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    #27My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century

    My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
    My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century is the first book in the young adult fantasy series My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century written by Rachel Harris which centers on lone wolf Cat Crawford. 
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    Aadhya Malik
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "It is one of the good author and interest to read."
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    #28The Whole Town's Talking

    The Whole Town's Talking

    The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg is a New York Times Bestseller and Southern Book Prize Winner. It's a fun-loving and moving novel about what it means to be truly alive.

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    Trishla Bose
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "The Whole Town's Talking: A Novel is well written historical fiction novel about what it means to be truly alive. It is well written and fun to read. If you enjoy historical fiction then this book is highly recommended."
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    #29Hhhh

    Hhhh

    HHhH is a historical fiction novel written by Laurent Binet which centers on the lives of Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubis who are responsible for the death of Reinhard Heydrich, Othe Butcher of Prague. 

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    Eric Peterson
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I read this book a few days ago and it quickly become one of my favorite books. The book is filled with twists and turns that leave you wanting to read more. The drama that is in the book is so strong you can feel it as you read. The main characters are so interesting and unique that it makes the book even better. This is a must read."
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    #30A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

    A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

    A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a historical fiction set in Russia written by Anthony Marra. This novel is named as New York Times Notable Book of the Year. With over 300 pages, this novel is published in 2013 by Hogarth. 

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    Nathan White
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Anthony Marra is a fine writer with the ability to create picturesque imagery that will transport even the most jaded reader. The horrors of war are well revealed and will bring tears to your eyes. Marra reveals human emotions in an honest yet inspiring way. Although the book covers some rather depressing subjects it still is able to fill the reader with hope for the future."
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    #31The Road to Rangoon

    The Road to Rangoon
    The Road to Rangoon is a historical fiction and a cultural book written by Lucy Cruickshanks, publsihed on September 3, 2015 by Heron Books. The book tells the story of missing son of British ambassador in 1980s.
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    Benjamin Wong
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I was excited to order this book because of my interest in Burma, especially in "Ruby Land" (as they call Mogok) where I visited about a year ago. There were almost too many descriptive words as if they were added to make the sentences longer. The similarities in names I couldn't pronounce made it difficult to stop reading and then pick up the story thread the next day. I gave up, sorrowfully, and put it aside for another time. The description of the story that appears on the paperback is what I was hoping for. The picture was taken in one of the huge underground ruby mines with my terrific guide and driver from Mandalay. Traveling with a guide was required then."
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    #32Lake in the Clouds (Wilderness)

    Lake in the Clouds (Wilderness)

    Lake in the Clouds is the third book in the historical romance series Wilderness written by Sara Donati which centers on Hannah who is working as a training doctor and insists on taking care a dangerous ill runaway slave.

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    Christopher May
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Lake in the Clouds is a very well reviewed fiction novel that is set in the 18th century and definitely seems like it would be a good read that is sure to be both entertaining and insightful. I would expect after reading this to have a much greater appreciation towards the hardships faced by many in this time frame."
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    #33The Eye in the Door

    The Eye in the Door
    The Eye in the Door is a historical fiction about World War One that is written by Pat Barker. First published in 1995 under ISBN-10: 0452272726 and ISBN-13: 978-0452272729, it is the second book in the Regeneration Trilogy
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    Madison Perry
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I was searching for the best must-read historical fiction novels when I found this product. It was exactly what I needed! I highly recommend it."
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    #34Seventh Heaven

    Seventh Heaven

    Seventh Heaven is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Alice Hoffman which centers on Nora Silk set during a time in the US when women are only allowed to remain in the house and raise their children. 

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    Matthew Ortega
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Seventh Heaven is an important read because it teaches you about female rights. It is on the top of the list for must read historical fiction novels."
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    #35The Gold Eaters

    The Gold Eaters

    The Gold Eaters is a historical fiction novel written by Ronald Wright. This was originally published in 2015. This book about exploration and invasion is based on real events.

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    Tony Jin
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "The Gold Eaters is a fantastic piece historical fiction that tells the story of the Spanish invaders of the Incan empire in the 1500's. I found the setting and descriptions of the culture drew me into the story as well as the strong characters. If you love historical fiction like I do, then this might be the book for you."
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    #36Band of Sisters

    Band of Sisters

    Band of Sisters is a historical romance novel written by Cathy Gohlke. It was first published in 2012 by Tyndale House Publishers under ISBN 1414353081. It follows the adventures of Maureen O'reilly and her sister in Ellis Island.

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    Jerry Mendoza
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Historical fiction is something I just don't get. If I'm going to read historical books, I'd rather read about real things, things that happened. I don't understand the appeal."
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    #37The Essex Serpent

    The Essex Serpent

    The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry is a historical fiction novel originally published in May 2016. This book won in the British Book Awards for the Book of the Year and Fiction Book of the Year categories.

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    Scott Baker
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The Essex Serpent is an entertaining read but it wasn't my favorite book. I will say it is along the lines of other great literature like Don Quixote and it was very romance-heavy. If that is you're thing you will probably enjoy this book but for me it felt a bit too slow at times and I had to force myself to finish it."
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    #38The Oppermanns

    The Oppermanns
    The Oppermanns by Lion Feuchtwanger is a historical and political fiction novel originally published in 1933. This book follows the story of a German Jewish family during the regime of Hitler.
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    Heather Nichols
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book does an excellent job in compelling the reader to think and compare the times described in the book with modern day events. The author of this book was one of the first to recognize the dangerous powers growing in 1930s Germany. It is a must-read for historical fiction fans"
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    #39The Virgin Blue

    The Virgin Blue

    The Virgin Blue is a domestic fiction and historical fiction novel written by Tracy Chevalier. This book was first published in 1997 by HarperCollins. It follows the story of two women intertwined by fate.

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    Joy Wang
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is a gripping book. It draws you in and holds you until the end. It's a story of 2 women connected through time and legacy."
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    #40The Three-Arched Bridge

    The Three-Arched Bridge
    The Three-Arched Bridge is a historical fiction book from European literature written by Ismail Kadare and was published on  October 5, 2005 by Arcade Publishing. It set in the Balkan peninsula.
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    Kimberly Hoffman
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "A bridge under construction in 14th Century Albania is secretly sabotaged by ferry men who are afraid of being made redundant. Officially they blame a prophecy that no bridge will stand over the river without human sacrifice to the water spirits. So the builders immure a villager and the bridge gets built. A Balkan parable by the author of The Pyramid."
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    #41The Serpent of Venice

    The Serpent of Venice

    The Serpent of Venice: A Novel by Christopher Moore is a historical comedic fiction and mystery novel originally published in 2014. This book was nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Humor.

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    Chan Wang
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The Serpent of Venice is a great novel. The ancient setting of this novel provides an even more intriguing element of the story. There are many elements of humor and mystery that make this story more thrilling and compelling. Great read."
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    #42Simply Love (Simply Quartet)

    Simply Love (Simply Quartet)

    Simply Love is the second book in the historical romance series Simply Quartet written by Mary Balogh which follows the love story between Anne Jewell and Sydnam Butler. 

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    John Gonzalez
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Mary Balogh is one of my favorite authors and this book, Simply Love, is my favorite of the Simply Quartet series. The love story between Anne and Sydnam is incredible to read and it's a testament to Balogh's skills as a writer to illustrate the level of passion they feel for each other without resorting to sex scenes that are overly graphic. This is a must-read historical fiction novel even if romance isn't necessarily your thing."
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    #43Until We Reach Home

    Until We Reach Home
    Until We Reach Home is a historical romance fiction written by Lynn Austin. It was first published in 2008 by Bethany House under ISBN 0764204955. It won the 2009 Christy Award for Historical.
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    Joseph Austin
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The story of Swedish immigrants from 1897. They come through Ellis Island and move to Chicago. It is a coming of age story for the three sisters in America. Good read if you're interested in legal immigration and it's history."
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    #44The Farming of Bones

    The Farming of Bones
    The Farming of Bones is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Edwidge Danticat which centers on Haitian-born and maidservant Amabelle Desir. This is based on a historical event. 
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    Hannah Evans
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The range of Haitian literature is considerably limited, and primarily consists of books by "outsiders" (those not of Haitian blood who have not lived there for any considerable length of time), and books by Haitian immigrants, with a smattering of poetry and transcribed stories and memoires preserved from Haiti proper. Danticat writes one of the most lovely portrayals of the dynamics between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which share an island and have engaged in conflict since before the independence of Haiti. The author is able to paint a picture that does not seem to me to take sides, but simply states the reality of what happened through the fictional lives of the characters. I am interested in the way that the relationships between the Haitians and Dominicans are not always strained, and sometimes are extremely close, but those relationships are challenged in the middle of the political strains. I highly recommend this book for those who appreciate good historical fiction, and those who are interested in Haiti and relations in the Caribbean, as well as those interested in literary contributions from the minority and immigrant populations of the U.S."
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    #45Vagabond (The Grail Quest)

    Vagabond (The Grail Quest)

    Vagabond is a historical fiction novel written by Bernard Cornwell. First published in 2002, it is the second book in the Grail Quest series. Set in 1347, it tells the story of Thomas of Hookton as he attempts to find the Holy Grail.

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    Harold Castillo
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Overall, this novel seems to be a very strong story and could be both a unique and interesting read. I've always enjoyed books that take place during "Ancient Times", and with this one being similar, I would expect it to be keep my attention, to say the least!"
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    #46Murphy's Law (Molly Murphy Book 1)

    Murphy's Law (Molly Murphy Book 1)

    Murphy's Law is a historical romance fiction written by Rhys Bowen. It was first published in 2011 by St Martin's Minotaur under ISBN 0312984979. It is the first book of 17 books in the Molly Murphy series.

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    Brian Reyes
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Historical fiction is a truly massive genre of literature. Do I think Murphy's Law is a must read of the genre? Not really. It's an enjoyable read sure, but there's a ton of other works out there that deserve just as much attention. "
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    #47Meditations in Green

    Meditations in Green

    Meditations in Green is a historical fiction book written by Stephen Wright. The story of Meditations in Green revolves around the Vietnam War. Meditations in Green was published on August 12, 2003 by Vintage.

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    Sharon Hamilton
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This historical fiction will give you a glimpse in the life of a dedicated soldier that comes back to civilian life, but with a very cynical view of life. While he struggles as a drug addict to become part of a productive member of society, with so many hard memories, you will ache for him. But, still, you will be angry at times. It's a fantastic read in historical fiction novels!"
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    #48Eromenos

    Eromenos

    Eromenos is a romantic historical fiction novel written by Melanie McDonald. It was published March 11, 2011 by Seriously Good Books.

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    Michael Ryan
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "The solution gives me absolutely no information as to why this is a must read historical fiction book. All it does is say the fact that the story is a romantic historical fiction. Gives me no details about story line or why the book is recommended. "
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    #49A 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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    Ronald Rice
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy is definitely a must-read fiction novel for anybody that loves historical fiction. A lot of times this genre can be a bit boring but Thomas Hardy really did a nice job here of keeping the reader engaged."
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    #50News of the World

    News of the World

    News of the World is a historical adventure fiction for young adults written by bestselling author Paulette Jiles. It was released in 2016 and was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction. 

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    Raquel Contreras
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Ok for a historical novel, true to time and events. But for me, it just was very mundane. It was well written just not the novel for me. "
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    #51Cleopatra's Secret

    Cleopatra's Secret

    Cleopatra's Secret: Keepers of the Light is a historical fiction novel written by Lydia Storm first published in 2011 by Baby's First Shakespeare, LLC. 

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    Nancy Rodriguez
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "The style and finesse that Lydia Storm reflects with writing this jewel of a book, is easily noticeable from the first few pages in, she takes you on a world wind of an adventure, that finds you hanging on every breathe. The story takes you on a journey, and an excursion that leaves you eager for more."
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    #52Scaramouche

    Scaramouche
    Scaramouche is the first book in the historical series Scaramouche written by Rafael Sabatini which centers on former lawyer André-Louis Moreau who becomes a Scaramouche after his friend became a member of the aristocracy.
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    Devansh Jindal
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is a fantastic historical fiction piece. I was very interested in post-revolutionary France, and fiction is often a good way of learning the "feel" of an era, even moreso than nonfiction. Scaramouche is well-researched, has a blistering pace, and fantastic characters. It really helped sell the world and the setting, and felt very authentic!"
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    #53Coeur d'Alene Waters

    Coeur d'Alene Waters

    Coeur d'Alene Waters is a thrilling crime and historical fiction novel written by author Ned Hayes. It was first released in 2013 and is about a mining disaster and its after-effects on a small town in Idaho, U.S.A.

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    Amber Tucker
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This was an awesome crime/mystery book. The characters were very intriguing. You want to keep reading the book to see how it ends."
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    #54The Long Song

    The Long Song

    The Long Song is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Andrea Levy which is a tale about a slave girl named July living in a sugar plantation in Jamaica. 

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    Dylan Hernandez
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The Love Song shows the power and the extreme struggles of cross-cultural, inter-racial love that defies social and economic status mores during a period where slavery thrived. A fictional tale of love where the setting, an unfortunately accurate historical backdrop of America's shameful past, brings considerable discomfort to both protagonist and reader alike, You root for our heroes, but know that the social divide between them will always haunt them., "
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    #55The 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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    Benito Caballero
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "An ok book, though hard to follow at times and written in a weird tense. I would look elsewhere unless you are required to read this as it is a hard read."
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    #56Jude the Obscure

    Jude the Obscure
    Jude the Obscure is a classic novel written by Thomas Hardy which centers on Jude Fawley who got trapped into marrying Arabella but she soon abandons him, where later he meets and falls in love with his cousin Sue Bridehead. 
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    Katherine Pena
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Of course, the language is quite different from our so-called "modern" English, but the descriptions of time, place, and characters are excellent. This is a dark novel, rather like reading the trials of Job in the Old Testament. In the days of the "happy" ending, this is a refreshing, realistic ending."
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    #57Empire Of The Sun

    Empire Of The Sun

    Empire Of The Sun is a fictional novel written by James Graham "J.G." Ballard. Empire Of The Sun is the first book of the Empire of the Sun book series. Empire Of The Sun was published by Harper Perennial.

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    Kathleen Wells
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I do not typical read books like this. However, it was chosen by my mother-in-laws book club and I promised I read it along with her. I have to say it was a very good book. I like historical fiction, but mostly I stay away from things that would make me feel too sad."
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    #58The Widow's War

    The Widow's War

    The Widow's War is the first book in the historical fiction series Satucket written by Sally Cabot Gunning which centers on Lyddie who is married to Edward Berry for 20 years and has been used to being a whaler's wife. 

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    Laura Walsh
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The Widow's War is the best must-read historical fiction novels"
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    #59The Underground Railroad

    The Underground Railroad

    The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead is a historical fiction novel originally published in August 2016. This book won the National Book Award for Fiction, Goodreads Choice Awards for Historical Fiction, and Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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    Steven Murphy
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I like to learn about history, but in a fun way. I came on here trying to find the best must-read historical fiction novels. I was told to try The Underground Railroad. This was an amazing story which taught me a lot."
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    #60Standing in the Rainbow

    Standing in the Rainbow

    Standing in the Rainbow by beloved bestselling author Fannie Flagg is a story of richly human characters. It's the saving graces of the once-maligned middle classes and small-town life, featuring a daily contest between laughter and tears.

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    Wayne Walters
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I was looking for a historical fiction novel so I picked this one out. It was the worst decision I've ever made. I could not make it past the third chapter because it was so boring. "
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    #61When We Were Gods

    When We Were Gods

    When We Were Gods: A Novel of Cleopatra is a historical fiction novel written by Colin Falconer first published in 1999. This fiction book is about Cleopatra's life. 

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    Rebecca Carter
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I love historical fiction, because you learn so much about the time period all while getting wrapped up in an interesting story line. This novel is a great selection, based on Cleopatra's life. Of course some of it is fabricated, but you find yourself learning so much about ancient Roman and Egyptian culture. It's a page-turner! "
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    #62Shadow Over Babylon

    Shadow Over Babylon

    Shadow over Babylonis a young adult, historical fiction novel from David Mason originally published in 1995. It is about a group of American intelligence agents uncovering a plot to kill Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.

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    Petra Robles
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "Shadow Over Babylon is a good young adult read. A very interesting, complex novel that incorporates historical relevancy, but in the overall historical fiction novel category, I think it ranks just under the best but maybe it'll get there in time."
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    #63The Hornet's Nest

    The Hornet's Nest

    The Hornet's Nest is a historical fiction book written by former American president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter. It is first published in 2003 by Simon & Schuster. 

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    David Douglas
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "While reading this book I find it to be captivating and pleasant. I recommend this book over his earlier works."
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    #64The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle)

    The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle)

    The System of the World by Neal Stephenson is a historical fiction novel originally published in 2004. This is the third book in Stephenson's The Baroque Cycle series. It is preceded by The Confusion.

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    Kimberly Hoffman
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "If you like historical fiction novels give this one a go! It's super fun and really well researched."
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    #65The Memoirs of Wild Bill Hickok

    The Memoirs of Wild Bill Hickok

    The Memoirs of Wild Bill Hickok by Richard Matheson is a historical western fiction novel originally published in 1996. This book tells the story of a legendary U.S marshal - James Butler Hickok.

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    Bobby Andrews
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "If you love Westerns and that entire little genre..this is right up your alley. Richard Matheson is a terrific writer and he really demonstrates it throughout. "
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    #66The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis

    The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis
    The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis is a fiction novel written by José Saramago which centers on Ricardo Reis who has returned in Lisbon after years of practicing medicine in Brazil. 
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    Robert Fernandez
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis is one of the great books of modern literature. Saramago is a true treasure and master and this is one of his best books."
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    #67Kingdom of Shadows

    Kingdom of Shadows
    Kingdom of Shadows is the sixth book of the Night Soldiers series written by Alan Furst. This novel is a spy thriller historical fiction during the Nazi era. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2001 by Random House Trade.
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    Douglas Foster
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "It's a great story and worth the read. The reviews back this up. And if you like this one there's a whole series to read as well."
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    #68The Journal of Finn Reardon (My Name Is America)

    The Journal of Finn Reardon (My Name Is America)
    The Journal of Finn Reardon: A newsie, New York City, 1899 is written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti for the series My Name Is America, which is a series of historical novels targetted for older boys. Published by Scholastic Press. 
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    Christine Contreras
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I read this book after my son brought it home from the school library. It was a good story and suited his reading skills, but there were some terms that he wasn't familiar with. I didn't like that it talked about some negative things like gangs and social problems during the Great Depression, but he enjoyed it."
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    #69Hondo

    Hondo

    Hondo is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Louis L'Amour which centers on loner and drifter Hondo Lane dealing with General Crook’s command.

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    Xu Chang
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Rad this on recommendation of a friend. Most western themes from this ear are ether, white men are great everyone else is savages, or modern revisionist history making the US look horrible with no redeeming quality. This odes neither and is realistic with good and bad people on both sides. It is a good adventure which a little romance and inspiration thrown in. A great book for its genre."
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    #70Elective Affinities

    Elective Affinities

    Elective Affinities by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is fiction novel that was originally published in 1809. Since its publication, it was adapted into films such as The Elective Affinities released in 1996 and Sometime in August in 2009.

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    Nicole Sims
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "This is an interesting read if you are willing to stick with it. Has a bit of a slow start, but if you power through and read to the end, you will be happily pleased! I had to read this for school, otherwise I would not have ever picked it for myself - but I am glad it was a required read!"
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    #71Last Reveille

    Last Reveille

    Last Reveille by David Morrell is a historical fiction and thriller novel that was originally published in 1977. This classic book follows the story of the United States' military transition into modern tactics of warfare.

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    Harry Ramirez
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "My copy of this book is well worn for a reason; the author really knows how to weave a compelling narrative. I really enjoy books about warfare and this hits the mark. "
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    #72Jane Eyre (Collins Classics)

    Jane Eyre (Collins Classics)

    Jane Eyre is a historical fiction novel by Charlotte Bronte which centers on orphan Jane who is treated badly by her relatives and eventually sent away to a cruel boarding school but then becomes a governess at Thornfield. 

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    Edward Mendez
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "Jane Eyre is one of those few classic books of historical fiction that seem to be known by everyone. However, most people have never read the books, and they are missing out. It's worth the time, even if period pieces are not normally your first choice."
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    #73The General in His Labyrinth

    The General in His Labyrinth

    The General in His Labyrinth is a historical fiction for young adults and adults written by famous author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It was originally released in 2004. It is about the last journeys undertaken by Latin American icon Simon Bolivar.

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    Thomas Ryan
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "this book spurred me to seek out more work by Marquez, hence this and several others that I recently purchased. Marquez's writing is certainly unique in its earthiness. He deals with such subjects as sex, bodily functions and graphic illness as if they are parts of everyday life ... because they are. It is refreshing. Beautifully written with incredible detail, both historical and magical. I plan on making a journey to Mompox."
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    #74The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

    The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

    The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion is a New York Times bestselling novel by Fannie Flagg. It's a comic mystery novel about two women, Sookie and Fritzi who were forced to reimagine who they are.

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    Heather Alexander
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Famous humorist writer Fannie Flagg is back with another slapstick who-done-it in The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion. As the two main characters go on a trip they will never forget they learn about their true selves and just how strong they already are. "
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    #75The World at Night

    The World at Night

    Spies of the Balkans is the fourth book of the Night Soldiers series written by Alan Furst. This novel is a spy thriller historical fiction set in Paris, 1940. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2010 by Random House Trade.

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    Sharon Zhao
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "Not one of the more powerful books by Alan Furst, but still a good one. Definitely goes well with the "Night Soldiers" sagas!"
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    #76The Queen's Vow

    The Queen's Vow

    The Queen's Vow is a historical fiction novel by C.W. Gortner, originally published in 2012. It tells the story of Isabella of Castile, whose marriage to King Ferdinand lead to the unification of Spain under their line.

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    Olivia Carroll
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I could never connect to a character who refers to her "greatness" in the first sentence. Also it's longer than my attention span, at over 400 pages. It did teach me a lot about Spanish history though."
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    #77Jo's Boys (Collins Classics)

    Jo's Boys (Collins Classics)

    Jo's Boys is the final book in the Little Women trilogy written by Louisa May Alcott which follows centers on a Plumfield school in New England, which is still presided over by Jo and her husband, Professor Bhae. 

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    Samuel Flores
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "It was fun to read about Jo and her German professor husband, and their school. We get to see Meg's twins when they are big enough to go to school, and Laurie and Amy's little girl, and Jo's own two babies. The accounts of the various children in the school were interesting, too. However, it is very loosely plotted, Alcott even says this herself. Unfortunately, there is a very pedantic element. She pushes her strong opinions as to how a school should be run, how children should be raised. It is ironic to read something so old that means to be cutting-edge."
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    #78Moon Palace

    Moon Palace
    Moon Palace by Paul Auster is a picaresque fiction book originally published in 1989. This novel follows the story of Macro Stanley Fogg and his two previous generations of family. Moon Palace is preceded by In The Country of Last Things.
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    Juan Willis
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "This was a decent book, worth a read, but I didn't enjoy it as much as others. I found the characters to be a bit bland and the plot overall to be a bit boring. There is some really beautiful prose in here though, and the good moments generally make up for the bad."
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    #79Bamboo People

    Bamboo People

    Bamboo People is a historical fiction and a cultural for young adults written by Mitali Perkins. It was published on July 1, 2010 by Charlesbridge Publishing. It follows the story of soldiers herding some girls and boys.

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    Jeremy Stone
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Bamboo People is one of my must-read historical fiction novels and I think it's worth a read because it follows both men and women soldiers and it is easily relatable to."
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    #80The Daughter of Time

    The Daughter of Time

    The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey is a mystery detective novel originally published in 1951. This book follows the alleged crimes done by King Richard III of England in a modern police investigation setting.

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    Harry Howell
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "I think it's been said before but The Daughter of Time is really one of the best mystery books ever written. It doesn't try to be too true to the historical record but it has enough truth to be relevant to history buffs."
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    #81The Gun Fight

    The Gun Fight

    The Gun Fight is a western fiction novel written by award-winning author Richard Matheson. This book was originally published in 1993. It follows the story of a gunman in the wild west - John Benton.

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    Lisa Huang
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The Gun Fight is a great historical fiction novel. It takes place in the Wild, Wild West and is riveting Western-style book and is sure to please, even if you don't like Westerns!"
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    #82The 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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    Kevin Simmons
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is an absolute classic and a must-read book, in my opinion. The story is wonderful and reading Victor Hugo's depiction of Medieval Paris is the true way to experience this classic story. Sure, you'll be eager to watch the Disney version when you're done, but this is the classic and should be experienced by anyone interested in historical Paris or just a fantastic tale."
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    #83The Idiot

    The Idiot
    The Idiot by Elif Batuman is a historical fiction and coming-of-age novel originally published in March 2017. This book tells the story of a freshman college student - Selin - as he enters Harvard University.
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    Vincent Patel
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "While Elif Batuman is a great writer, this book was just tedious throughout. The story was okay, and the characters were well crafted, but the prose just plotted along and really started to get boring as the book went. "
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    #84Utopia

    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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    Yang Xu
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "This kind of classics are not always easy to read, but thankfully the English translation I read was not difficult to read at all. Thomas More wrote Utopia originally in Latin back in 1516, and in it he reveals some both very interesting and puzzling ideas on what the ideal society would look like. I can't say I agree with everything he said, but every aspect of the Utopian society is well elaborated and shows exactly how things would work for the inhabitants of Utopia. The beginning of Utopia reads a bit slow, but as soon as the story starts elaborating the different aspects of Utopian life the pace picks up considerably. All in all quite an interesting read for those who are interested in philosophy and politics."
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    #85The 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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    Scott Alvarado
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "It sounds like a book I would read it also sounds like a man that has a good imagination. I would say it is a good book but there is no way for me to claim it is the best. "
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    #86Do Not Say We Have Nothing

    Do Not Say We Have Nothing

    Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien is a historical fiction novel originally published in May 2016. This book is a Giller Prize Awards winner. It was also nominated for the Booker Prize.

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    Amit Patel
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I've read a lot of historical fiction in my time and I say this one is a must read. The plot is interesting and the characters and dialogue are relate-able. I just wish it was a little longer."
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    #87City of Glass (New York Trilogy)

    City of Glass (New York Trilogy)
    City of Glass by Paul Auster is a postmodern, mystery fiction novel originally published in 1985. This book is the first in The New York Trilogy followed by Ghosts and The Locked Room.
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    Donald Delgado
    Written on March 23, 2018
    ""City of Glass" in many ways will leave you breathless. For most, however, you won't look at life the same way again. Imagine a Raymond Chandler novel where both the author and the main character are on LSD. In "City of Glass", the author IS the detective, and the detective's reality begins to get stranger and stranger"