Historical fantasy is one of my favorite subgenres, an awesome melting pot of historical fiction and fantasy. I even have a separate page listing the ones I’ve read! This feature will run for a few months, showcasing the major time periods I’ve read in. Goal: have a spiffy, updated page by the end!
Lois McMaster Bujold’s Chalion series, starting with The Curse of Chalion and continuing with Paladin of Souls and The Hallowed Hunt (Renaissance Spain; adult; VERY HIGHLY recommended)
The Queen’s Thief series (Byzantine empire-ish; upper middle grade; one of my favorite series of all time)
Bloodline Rising by Katy Moran. (Byzantine/British; middle grade; highly recommended)
When the King Comes Home by Caroline Stevermer (Renaissance Portugal; YA; recommended)
The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh (Medieval Britain; middle grade; recommended)
Wise Child by Monica Furlong (Medieval Scotland; middle grade; recommended with reservations)
Alamut by Judith Tarr (Medieval Palestine; adult; recommended)
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (Renaissance Brittany; YA; not my favorite but has lots of fans)
Clare Dunkle’s By These Ten Bones.
No Such Thing as Dragons by Philip Reeve
Plain Kate, though this one has less of a historical and more of a cultural feel to it.
Gerald Morris’s Squire’s Tale series (Medieval Britain; middle grade; lots and lots of fun)
The Lions of Al Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay (Medieval Spain; adult; haven’t read)
The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer (Vikings; middle grade; Brandy captures my feelings)
Rusalka by C.J. Cherryh (Medieval Rus; adult; not my favorite Cherryh)
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (Renaissance Europe; YA; highly recommended)
Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell (Renaissance Germany; middle grade; recommended)
The Coming of the Dragon by Rebecca Barnhouse (Medieval England; middle grade; recommended)
Hawk of May by Gillian Bradshaw (Medieval Britain; adult; recommended)
Have I missed any here? I have trouble delineating exactly when Medieval ends and Renaissance begins (as does everyone else), so I’ve lumped them both together.