The best historical fiction and fantasy books that will give you all the feels

The Books I Picked & Why

Sky in the Deep

By Adrienne Young

Book cover of Sky in the Deep

Why this book?

I love a book that not only transports me to new lands, but that feeds my historical nerdiness. I’m a history major by trade and author at heart. I love historical epics that feel real and ancient and include a dash of romance. Sky in the Deep does not disappoint. It’s a kickass read!

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The First Girl Child

By Amy Harmon

Book cover of The First Girl Child

Why this book?

This was my first adult historical fantasy (not Young Adult) and I loved it. It’s epic in all ways that matter, with amazing world building, endearing and complex characters, sweeping landscapes and battles, love stories, and it’s beautifully written. This is one of those novels you would binge if it was a show, episode by episode, and wish that you could.   

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The Song of Achilles

By Madeline Miller

Book cover of The Song of Achilles

Why this book?

My favorite read of the year! I love Madeline Miller. She’s one of those authors you wish would write faster so you can devour the next book far too quickly. This book was hands down the most breathtaking historical fantasy I’ve ever read. It’s whimsical and beautifully written. I was addicted from the very first chapter and loved the retelling of this epic mythology tale. The love story and friendship between the two main characters are both heartbreaking and swoon-worthy. And the audiobook version is amazing as well! 

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

By V.E. Schwab

Book cover of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Why this book?

A complex, imaginative historical fantasy that takes the reader on a ride through history in such a clever way, I can’t help but have author envy. The characters are beautiful in the most amazingly flawed ways, and despite being fiction, they feel so real. I love masterfully written gray characters – a villain you can’t help but root for and loathe at the same time. You’ve probably heard all the rave about this book, and I haven’t met anyone yet who hasn’t fallen in love with Addie and her engrossing journey through time. 

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The Heretic Queen

By Michelle Moran

Book cover of The Heretic Queen

Why this book?

I’ll start by saying this isn’t “fantasy” but it is my favorite historical fiction novel to date (for over ten years, actually). If you love ancient Egypt, engrossing world building, palace intrigue, friends to lovers romance, mythology, and “all the things” then this is a book you’ll enjoy. I absolutely love Michelle Moran, she’s one of my all-time favorite authors, and this novel is a perfectly woven tapestry that will transport you back to Egypt’s golden age.

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