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.
Investigate the secrets of the past.
These historical fiction novels don't sacrifice accuracy for style or verve.
Harper Lee's words still ring true today.
Read an excerpt from Bryn Turnbull's stunning historical fiction novel.
Truth is stranger than fiction, indeed...
It’s time to give credit where credit’s due.
Lose yourself in a different era.
Rakes, dukes, Scotsmen—oh my!
By Olivia Mason
Can you tell the difference between historical Japanese legend and creative fantasy fiction?
Behind every great man is a great woman.