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This week’s theme is a freebie, so I thought I’d talk about a genre I’ve been craving recently: historical fiction! Outside of fantasy, historical fiction is my favourite genre but I feel like I haven’t read any historical fiction without any speculative element for quite a while. I will always love fantasy, but sometimes I do crave historical fiction without it.
The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper: I haven’t really read any historical fiction set in the ancient world that hasn’t been some kind of spin on a Greek myth, but Pompeii is a place I’ve wanted to visit since I was a little girl and I’m so excited to give this novel, set in a Pompeii brothel, a try. I’ve got it on hold at the library and I’m even more excited to read it after seeing Stephanie’s review!
The Poison Keeper by Deborah Swift: I picked up a copy of this novel very recently after I came across the Kindle editon for just 99p, and it seems like fate that I came across it considering I only learned about the woman at the centre of this novel, Giulia Tofana, this year and I immediately wanted to know more about her.
The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur: I never knew I needed a thriller set in 15th century Korea until I saw the premise of this 2021 release.
Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman: I’ve heard so many good things about Penman’s historical fiction – I believe The Sunne in Splendour made a lot of readers reconsider their opinion of Richard III – and I’ve wanted to read this 800+ page novel for years because it follows Joan, Lady of Wales, who fascinates me.
A Book of Secrets by Kate Morrison: This novel follows a Black woman in Elizabethan England who becomes involved in the Catholic resistance. It sounds so good!
The Vatican Princess by C.W. Gortner: My friend Elena got me this book for my birthday last year. I find Lucrezia Borgia so interesting – and The Borgias is one of my favourite period dramas – so it’ll be interesting to see Gortner’s version of her!
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel: As a historical fiction fan it’s criminal that I still haven’t read this classic of the genre, which follows Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power at the court of Henry VIII.
The Book of Human Skin by Michelle Lovric: This is another book that was recommended to me by Elena. I’ve seen it described as historical fiction with Ramsay Bolton at its centre, so I imagine it’s going to be incredibly dark, but it sounds so good.
The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse: The religious conflicts between Catholicism and Protestantism in the 16th century will always catch my interest, so it’s about time I read this chonk!