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Historical Fiction Book Recommendations

If you want to read something a little more dynamic, historical fiction books can bring the past to life in a whole new way, often without sacrificing historical accuracy. That is to say, they focus on real people, places, and/or events, but reimagined. This genre often gets at the emotions and experiences of people from various historical eras, and humanizes them by allowing us to see from their perspective.

Whether you want to step into the lives of the ancients, discover moving stories set during the Holocaust, or immerse yourself in a novel about royal dynasties, our growing selection of historical fiction recommendations will steer you in the right direction.

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[CLOSED] GIVEAWAY: Win A Man at Arms by Steven Pressfield

This immersive new historical fiction novel explores the ancient world.

Travel to an Unexplored Moment in History with A Man at Arms

Steven Pressfield's latest historical novel investigates the years after the death of Jesus.

11 Absorbing Novels You'd Never Guess Were Historically Accurate

These historical fiction novels don't sacrifice accuracy for style or verve.

19 Essential Civil War Books

Explore the history of America's deadliest conflict with gripping fiction and nonfiction.

Rediscover Mary Renault, Queen of Ancient Historical Fiction

Renault set a high standard for accuracy and feeling in historical fiction.

7 Transporting Ken Follett Books for Historical Fiction Lovers

From medieval England to Cold War Russia, Follett’s novels take you on a journey into the past. 

Author Joe Haldeman on How the Vietnam War Gave Him Something to Write About

Haldeman’s military science fiction was heavily influenced by his time in combat.