Tag: Historical fiction

8 Historical Fiction Books On My TBR List

8 Historical Fiction Books On My TBR List

I’ve always been fascinated by history, and so it’s really no surprise that one of my favourite genres is historical fiction. I just love seeing history come to life in the form of a novel, whether it’s about an event or historical figure I know well, and just want to see how a different author interpreted it, or something I want to learn more about. There are so many interesting looking historical fiction books out there though, that however many I read, my TBR list just seems to grow longer and longer! But here are the eight that I’m most… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘And I Darken’ and ‘The Wicked King’

Mini Reviews: ‘And I Darken’ and ‘The Wicked King’

I should probably refer to this selection of mini-reviews as the ‘badass ladies edition’, as I loved the strong female leads in both of these books! And I Darken is a book I’ve had my eye on for a long time, whereas The Wicked King is the much awaited second installment of Holly Black’s The Folk of the Air series which has been hugely popular in the book community at the moment. I really enjoyed The Cruel Prince, so I was really looking forward to The Wicked King, and it didn’t disappoint! And I Darken by Kiersten White ‘”If anyone is going to kill you,… Read more »

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6 Reasons To Read ‘Six Tudor Queens’ by Alison Weir

6 Reasons To Read ‘Six Tudor Queens’ by Alison Weir

I’m a huge historical fiction fan, and the Tudor period is one of my absolute favourite subjects to read about. I’ve read so many great books on the period, but I can honestly say that Alison Weir’s ongoing Six Tudor Queens series about the wives of the infamous Henry VIII are some of the best I’ve read. So here’s six reasons why you should be reading the Six Tudor Queens books by Alison Weir: To get a unique take on Henry VIII’s queens. Henry VIII and his wives are understandably a popular subject for fiction, what with all the scandal and political intrigue that took place at the… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Ship of Magic’ and ‘Drums of Autumn’

Mini Reviews: ‘Ship of Magic’ and ‘Drums of Autumn’

At the end of 2018 I decided to take advantage of having finished my Goodreads Challenge to read some of the longer books on my TBR list, and so I finally got round to reading Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb and Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon. Both of them took me quite a while to get through, but I really enjoyed them, although perhaps one more than the other. Check out my reviews below for my thoughts! Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb “Many will rant and rave against the garment fate has woven for them, but they pick it up and don it all the same, and most… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Last Tudor’ and ‘Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Last Tudor’ and ‘Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession’

I’ve again been on a bit of a historical fiction kick recently, and finally got round to reading two books I’ve been intending to read since they were released: Philippa Gregory’s latest book The Last Tudor, and the latest of Alison Weir’s Six Tudor Queens books, Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession. Check out my reviews below! The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory ‘You don’t get to be a favorite at a tyrant’s court without beheading your principles every day.’ Following the death of Henry VIII’s only son, King Edward VI, England is thrown into turmoil as the succession is unclear. With both his daughters vying for the… Read more »

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5 Genres I’d Like To Read More Often

5 Genres I’d Like To Read More Often

I think as bookworms we all have at least a couple of genres that we mostly stick in, and the big one for me is fantasy. There’s just something about kings and queens, and dragons, and magic, and sword-fights that I just can’t get enough of, and this has pretty much been the case since childhood when I became obsessed with The Lord of the Rings. I also have a pretty strong penchant for historical fiction (must be all those kings and queens and sword-fights again!) and YA (mostly fantasy YA, to be honest!), and for the most part, I seem… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Scandalous Duchess’ and ‘Excalibur’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Scandalous Duchess’ and ‘Excalibur’

I’ve been reading some really great historical fiction recently (well…I guess Excalibur is only ‘kind of’ historical fiction seen as it’s based on legend, but it has a historical setting!), so read on if you want some fantastic recommendations! The Scandalous Duchess by Anne O’Brien When Lady Katherine Swynford finds herself widowed and destitute, she turns to an old friend of her family’s for help: the powerful and enigmatic Duke of Lancaster, John of Gaunt. Katherine gratefully accepts a position in his wife’s household, but gradually finds herself drawn into the Duke’s web and a tempestuous love that outweighs the scandal. But… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Winter King’ and ‘Enemy of God’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Winter King’ and ‘Enemy of God’

Bernard Cornwell is an author whose books I’ve been meaning to check out for a long time but hadn’t ever found the time to (even though I’ve had a copy of The Last Kingdom for ages!). However, when I found out he’d written a series of books based on Arthurian legend (a topic I love so much I wrote my dissertation on it in university!) I decided not to wait any longer, and jumped right into the Warlord Chronicles. So far I’ve read the first two books, The Winter King and Enemy of God, and I’m really looking forward to reading the final book Excalibur soon! Check out my… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Lady of the Rivers’ and ‘The Taming of the Queen’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Lady of the Rivers’ and ‘The Taming of the Queen’

I’ve been a huge fan of Philippa Gregory for years, ever since I read The Other Boleyn Girl. In fact, I’d go as far as to credit Philippa Gregory with kick starting my love of historical fiction, which is now one of my all time favourite genres! However, I definitely haven’t read all of her books (she has so many!), so I thought it was about time to catch up on a few that have been on my TBR list for ages, and I did so very cheaply! I borrowed The Lady of the Rivers from the library and got The Taming of the Queen for… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Three Sisters, Three Queens’ and ‘Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen’

Mini Reviews: ‘Three Sisters, Three Queens’ and ‘Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen’

Historical fiction is easily one of my favourite genres, and so I’ve been very lucky recently to have read some amazing Tudor-period novels. Therefore I thought I’d combine them into a Tudor-themed mini review post, so enjoy, fellow history nerds! Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory ‘I will never forgive her this. I will never forget this.’ When Katherine of Aragon arrives in England to marry Arthur Tudor, she meets her two future sisters-in-law, Margaret and Mary, and so begins a life long sisterhood, rife with rivalry, affection and divided loyalties. Through the rise and fall of each sister’s… Read more »

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