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Book Reviews: Some of My Favorite Historical Fantasy Reads

It’s mash-up time! My first review roundup featured some of my favorite fantasy books; the second highlighted historical fiction. For part three, you’re getting a combo—below are my thoughts on some of the best historical fantasies I’ve read recently.

Cover of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke.

This is my preferred genre to write. (Case in point: My new boxed set Colors and Ghosts contains Books 1–3 of a series set in a magical version of Early America.) And when it comes to reading historical fantasy, there are tons of great options. But if you only try one of the books I’m recommending, make it Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Susanna Clarke’s masterpiece has whimsy for days and is set in one of my favorite eras (Napoleonic Europe). It’s not exaggerating to say I had trouble putting this book down. The TV miniseries adaptation is also excellent. 

If you’ve read Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell or any of the other books on this list, feel free to let me know what you thought. And if you try one and like it, I’d love to hear about that too.

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Cover of the historical fantasy novel Witch in the White City, by Nick Wisseman.

Millions of visitors. Thousands of exhibits. One fiendish killer.

Neva’s goals at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago are simple. Enjoy the spectacle—perhaps the greatest the United States has ever put on. (The world’s fair to end all world’s fairs!) Perform in the exposition’s Algerian Theatre to the best of her abilities. And don’t be found out as a witch.

Easy enough … until the morning she looks up in the Theatre and sees strangely marked insects swarming a severed hand in the rafters.

"... a wild ride sure to please lovers of supernatural historical mysteries." – Publishers Weekly

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