Historial Fiction | Read It Forward

Historial Fiction

Read It Forward features a wide range of well-written, well-researched historical fiction. For readers who love devouring stories set in another time and place.

“Believable and enthralling . . . So beautifully structured that the last sixty pages detonate like a string of firecrackers.” —Diana Gabaldon

With over 7 million copies sold, Ildefonso Falcones’ previous work has been translated into more than 40 languages worldwide. We’re thrilled to share The Barefoot Queen with you.

From the bustle of Seville to the theatres of Madrid, The Barefoot Queen is an unforgettable historical fresco filled with characters that live, suffer, and fight for the lives of those they love, and for the freedom they can’t live without.

The most successful blending of mystery, historical intrigue and occult fantasy since Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian.

“Inspired by an authenticated encounter between the family of Elizabeth Báthory and the occult superstars of the Elizabethan Era, John Dee and his protégé Edward Kelley . . . Defying pigeonholing into any single genre, Alexander’s brilliant and multilayered reimagining of the vampire mythos balances contemporary fantasy with erudite, yet accessible, historical fiction.” -J.D. Horn, author of the Witching Savannah series

A boy coming of age in a time of war… the love that inspires him to survive.

For ten year-old Jeremiah Prins, the life of privilege as the son of a school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies comes crashing to a halt in 1942 after the Japanese Imperialist invasion of the Southeast Pacific.

Amidst starvation, brutality, sacrifice and generosity, Jeremiah draws on all of his courage and cunning to fill in the gap for his mother. Life in the camps is made more tolerable as Jeremiah’s boyhood infatuation with his close friend Laura deepens into a friendship from which they both draw strength.

How historically accurate should historical fiction be? Is it okay if the author fills in the blanks with her imagination?

Michelle Moran is known for her meticulously researched, richly detailed historical fiction. In Nefertiti, Moran tells the story of Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, who have been raised in a powerful family that has provided wives to the rulers of Egypt for centuries.

Ambitious, charismatic, and beautiful, Nefertiti is destined to marry Amunhotep, an unstable young pharaoh. It is hoped that her strong personality will temper the young ruler’s heretical desire to forsake Egypt’s ancient gods.

Oh, Joan of Kent, the Fair Maid of Kent, such a romantic story!

“Here’s the question that nagged and nagged until I just had to take it on,” admits Emma Campion, author of A Triple Knot.

“If her marriage to Prince Edward was so happy, why did Joan choose to be buried with her first husband, Thomas Holland, a mere knight for most of his life, Duke of Kent only at the end (for just a matter of months)? Why would she give up being buried beside her beloved Edward? A royal burial?”

I’m drawn to strong female protagonists, especially those who struggle to define themselves within (and against) the traditional roles of daughter, wife, and mother.

“Here are six works of historical fiction that explore the lives of pioneering women and how their experiences challenge their notions of love, marriage, and loyalty,” offers Erin Lindsay McCabe, author of I Shall Be Near to You.

Check out Erin’s list for classics like Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner and recent bestsellers like Away by Amy Bloom, plus little-heard-of gems you’ll be excited to discover!