Category: Historical Fiction

Book Review : The Warm Hands of Ghosts

Book Review : The Warm Hands of Ghosts

Every now and then a book comes along that makes you feel like you’re a better person for reading it—The Warm Hands of Ghosts is undoubtedly one of those books. The Warm Hands of Ghosts details a time, World War I, which is so often lost in the shadow of what came next. Author Katherine Arden lovingly and unapologetically places that time period out in the sun and shows it […]

Posted January 12, 2024 in ARCS, Book Reviews, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
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Book Review : Circe

Book Review : Circe

I had certain expectations going into Circe, a novel about the legendary exiled Greek Goddess and witch who turned men into pigs, had the voice of a mortal, and lived with tamed lions and wolves. I pictured a wrathful goddess who suffered no fools through her powerful witchcraft. Instead, Circe offers a rejected and insecure goddess who is not like the others, and plops her on an island to live […]

Posted June 10, 2022 in Book Reviews, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
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Book Review : The Lost Queen

Book Review : The Lost Queen

The Lost Queen markets itself as a mix between Outlander and Camelot—a bold claim. As I love Arthurian legend, I was excited to read this novel, which is based on the twin sister of the man who served as the inspiration for the legend of Merlin. I really enjoyed this premise of The Lost Queen, and all of the historical aspects of sixth-century Scotland, but I wouldn’t say it had […]

Posted April 26, 2022 in Book Reviews, Historical Fiction
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Book Review : She Who Became the Sun

Book Review : She Who Became the Sun

She Who Became the Sun is astonishingly, a debut novel, written by Shelley Parker-Chan, which feels like a Chinese historical drama, complete with all the political scheming and social climbing, and combined with interesting fantasy elements. But the real beauty of She Who Became the Sun is the characters. My god, are these characters developed, nuanced, and complex. The pain these characters feel emotionally is absolutely palpable, touching, and makes […]

Posted June 7, 2021 in Book Reviews, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
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Book Review : Spellmaker

Book Review : Spellmaker

Spellmaker is the second entry in the Spellbreaker duology. Unfortunately, I found it to be not quite as magical as the first entry. Though I said in my review for Spellbreaker that author Charlie N. Holmberg’s romance is always perfect, with just the right balance, I sadly found that Spellmaker was the exception to this rule. Other developments in Spellmaker, mostly those that did not immediately pertain to Elsie, felt […]

Posted January 11, 2021 in Book Reviews, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
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