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!
The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope (Tudor England; YA; read this book right now!)
Foundling, Lamplighter and Factotum by D.M. Cornish (Baroque; middle grade; highly recommended)
The Battle of the Sun by Jeanette Winterson (Elizabethan; middle grade; recommended)
Swordspoint and The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner (vaguely Georgian; adult; highly recommended)
The Lost Kingdom by Matthew Kirby (Colonial America; middle grade; recommended)
The Element of Fire by Martha Wells (vaguely Elizabethan/Baroque; adult; highly recommended)
Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle (Elizabethan; adult; very much not my favorite)
Thieftaker by D.B. Jackson (Colonial America; adult; not recommended)
The Cabinet of Wonders, The Celestial Globe, and The Jewel of the Kalderash by Marie Rutkoski (Baroque Bohemia; middle grade; highly recommended)
The Red Necklace and The Silver Blade by Sally Gardner (Revolutionary France; YA; not my favorites)
I, Coriander by Sally Gardner (Cromwell’s England; middle grade; recommended)
The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope (Revolutionary America; YA; highly recommended)
Are there titles I’m missing? I feel like there should be more in this period, but I’m not sure if I haven’t read them or if they don’t exist.