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

Who am I?

I write historical fiction and survival adventures, but I’m a historian at heart. The past fascinates me and provides the best fodder to explore age-old questions about life, love, and the hero and heroine’s journey to greatness. History has sparked inspiration for some of the most beautiful fictional and reimagined stories I’ve ever read, and transports readers to places long forgotten and unknown—and all without cell phones and internet at the core. Perhaps that’s what I love—a crueler but more hard-earned, simpler life. I hope you enjoy these epic tales of love and adventure as much as I did, and lose yourself in the magic of story. 


I wrote...

Book cover of Tide and Tempest: A Forgotten Lands Novel

What is my book about?

Forged by fire. Bound by blood. Tortured by fate. Venture into the lightning-decimated lands of Ebonpeak, where tempests and firestorms are the least of Samara’s concerns. Raiders pillage the coastline, destroying everything and leaving no one unscathed. But when the enemy washes ashore with the rising tides, Samara must shed the scars of her past and fight for her people, or die trying.

Prepare to feel the sand against your skin and the wind in your hair in this action-pack dystopian adventure full of twists and turns that will leave you white-knuckling through the pages. Perfect for Black Sails and Vikings fans.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Sky in the Deep

Lindsey Pogue Why did I love 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!

By Adrienne Young,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Sky in the Deep as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 12, 13, 14, and 15.

What is this book about?

A 2018 Most Anticipated Young Adult book from debut author Adrienne Young, Sky in the Deep is part Wonder Woman, part Vikings―and all heart.

OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield―her brother, fighting with the enemy―the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every…


Book cover of The First Girl Child

Lindsey Pogue Why did I love 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.   

By Amy Harmon,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The First Girl Child as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

From the New York Times bestselling author comes a breathtaking fantasy of a cursed kingdom, warring clans, and unexpected salvation.

Bayr of Saylok, bastard son of a powerful and jealous chieftain, is haunted by the curse once leveled by his dying mother. Bartered, abandoned, and rarely loved, she plagued the land with her words: From this day forward, there will be no daughters in Saylok.

Raised among the Keepers at Temple Hill, Bayr is gifted with inhuman strength. But he's also blessed with an all-too-human heart that beats with one purpose: to protect Alba, the first girl child born in…


Book cover of The Song of Achilles

Lindsey Pogue Why did I love 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! 

By Madeline Miller,

Why should I read it?

27 authors picked The Song of Achilles as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

**OVER 1.5 MILLION COPIES SOLD**
**A 10th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION, FEATURING A NEW FOREWORD BY THE AUTHOR**

WINNER OF THE ORANGE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION
THE INTERNATIONAL SENSATION
A SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

'Captivating' DONNA TARTT
'I loved it' J K ROWLING
'Ravishingly vivid' EMMA DONOGHUE

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their differences, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms…


Book cover of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Lindsey Pogue Why did I love 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. 

By V. E. Schwab,

Why should I read it?

12 authors picked The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

"For someone damned to be forgettable, Addie LaRue is a most delightfully unforgettable character, and her story is the most joyous evocation of unlikely immortality." -Neil Gaiman

A Sunday Times-bestselling, award-nominated genre-defying tour-de-force of Faustian bargains, for fans of The Time Traveler's Wife and Life After Life, and The Sudden Appearance of Hope.

When Addie La Rue makes a pact with the devil, she is convinced she's found a loophole-immortality in exchange for her soul. But the devil takes away her place in the world, cursing her to be forgotten by everyone.

Addie flees her tiny home town in 18th-Century…


Book cover of The Heretic Queen

Lindsey Pogue Why did I love 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.

By Michelle Moran,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Heretic Queen as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In ancient Egypt, a forgotten princess must overcome her family's past, and remake history. The winds of change are blowing through Thebes. A devastating palace fire has killed the 18th dynasty's royal family - all with the exception of Nefertari, niece of the reviled former queen Nefertiti. The girl's deceased family has been branded as heretical, and no one in Egypt will speak their names. A relic of a previous reign, Nefertari is pushed aside, an unimportant princess left to run wild in the palace. But all of this changes when she is taken under the wing of pharaoh's aunt,…


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Book cover of The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven

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What is my book about?

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Haunted and hunted. Entwined by fate. Can their passion and power prevail?

By Jennifer Ivy Walker,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

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