I grew up reading historical novels by well-known authors such as Jean Plaidy, Norah Lofts, Margaret Campbell Barnes, and Anya Seton. Since then, of course, I've discovered many other great new (and classic) authors in this genre.  For the past 11 years, I've been a book review editor for the Historical Novels Review, a wonderful magazine which reviews most works of historical fiction published in the UK and US.  Scroll down to see a sampling.  In addition to editing and reviewing for HNR, I review current and upcoming historical novels for Booklist.

If you enjoy historical fiction, don't forget to check out the web pages for the Historical Novel Society.

I've interviewed a number of historical novelists both for HNS publications and for my blog.  Links as follows, when available: David Blixt (part 1 and part 2), Megan Chance, India Edghill, Cecelia Holland, Jane Kirkpatrick (part 1 and part 2), Patricia O'Brien, Deanna Raybourn, and Mary Sharratt.

The following list contains links to reviews that I've written. It's not a comprehensive list; all of these HNR reviews date from 2008 and earlier. 

Please note that I am not accepting new books for review for this site. 

From Booklist (these reviews appear on the Amazon.com pages for the novels):

  • Azhar Abidi, Passarola Rising
  • William Baldwin, A Gentleman in Charleston and the Manner of His Death
  • Margaret Ball, Duchess of Aquitaine
  • Amanda Elyot, The Memoirs of Helen of Troy
  • James Morrow, The Last Witchfinder
  • Frances Sherwood, Night of Sorrows

From the Historical Novels Review:

From Murder: Past Tense:



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Last updated: February 2013