The best historical fiction books you can't put down

Caitlin Sumner Author Of Alexander's Lost General (The Lost General Saga Book 1)
By Caitlin Sumner

The Books I Picked & Why

The Heretic Queen

By Michelle Moran

Book cover of The Heretic Queen

Why this book?

The first time I read this book I couldn't put it down. I read it in a single day. Every time I've read it since it's been the same. I'm just sucked into the voice and the story and I never want it to end. I've loved Egypt almost all my life and The Heretic Queen is one of the best Egyptian Historical Fiction novels I have ever read. To me, storytelling is about the journey, about the change in the voice as the character ages, about overcoming the hardships of life, and hoping for the future when the story ends. This book covers all of those and more.


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The Golden Goblet

By Eloise McGraw

Book cover of The Golden Goblet

Why this book?

I don't even remember how I got this book, I think mom bought it for me when I discovered Egypt. I've read it every couple of years since and opening the pages is like sitting down to tea with an old friend. It's a simple story, but powerful, and told in a sure voice that really brings you along on the adventure, and allows you to solve the mystery alongside the young boy who tells the story. How I view the story has changed over the years, but I continue to love it all the more for it.


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The Song of Achilles

By Madeline Miller

Book cover of The Song of Achilles

Why this book?

This is the kind of book you read on a rainy day when you need a good heartache, that kind that reminds you there is beauty in the world and to just keep hiding between the pages of a good book to find it. It is beautifully written, and the emotions you feel as you follow the story are so real that I haven't been able to read it a second time. Even though I've only been able to read it once, I would still recommend it, because the power and beauty of the love story that's told is somthing that will be remembered for years to come.


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The Alchemist of Souls: Night's Masque, Volume 1

By Anne Lyle, Larry Rostant

Book cover of The Alchemist of Souls: Night's Masque, Volume 1

Why this book?

As with most of my books, I came across these entirely by accident. I don't remember how or where, but I picked one up and then I was on the hunt for the other two. These books are fun, historical with a twist of the fantastic, with secrets, intrigue, and some very interesting and subtle romantic plotlines woven in. I've read these a couple of times now and whenever I glance at my shelf I remember that I want to read them again, to see if I can find something new once more.


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Poison (The Poisoner Mysteries #1)

By Sara Poole

Book cover of Poison (The Poisoner Mysteries #1)

Why this book?

I read this trilogy out of order but I’ll go ahead and recommend the first book. I found these on my hunt for things to do with the Borgias, and this is an absolutely brilliant set of books for it. Centered on a smart, strong woman in late 15th century Rome, it shows us a side usually left to male characters as she is embroiled in politics, plotting, and murder at the behest of the Borgias during the Papacy of Alexander VI. For anyone who loves to see every possible angle to a period of history, this is certainly one to add to their list. The only sad note is the series is, and seems likely to remain, incomplete, without a satisfactory resolution.


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