While time travel will (probably) never happen, we’ll always have the next best thing: historical fiction novels. Through the magic of fiction (and authors’ dedication to researching endless incredible details), readers can feel as though they’ve been everywhere and every time, from Ancient Greece to colonial Asia to the American Revolution to the Holocaust. If you’re a fiction lover who wants to learn more about the past but isn’t sure about diving into the world of history books, it’s the best of both worlds.
Another reason to love historical fiction is that it can be crossed with any other genre. From historical mysteries to steamy historical romance to hilarious historical fiction, whatever genre you enjoy can be placed in another period.
Clearly, this is a genre that truly has something for everyone. Whether you prefer novels that bring you to times of war and terror or more whimsical stories set in the past; historical fiction that is surprisingly accurate or tales that take creative license with their settings, you'll find endless books to add to your TBR pile in the lists below.
Grab your sword and armor, and prepare to be transported.
Step into someone else's shoes.
By Nicole Klett
Step into the lives of the ancients.
Jump into history this holiday season.
Let these masters of the genre take you back in time.
Fleshing out fact with fiction.
An author's search for an accurate account of the Trail of Tears.
It wouldn't have been the Wild West without them.
Discover stellar stories about the war that gave birth to our nation.
These are the summer books everyone's going to be talking about.
Transport yourself back in time with these gripping reads.
Dive into the past.